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Spreact #1

Today we are happy to introduce Spreact, a new open source platform for decentralized events and actions (i.e. events / actions that happen not in one, but several locations). The name Spreact is a combination of the words to spread and to act.

The first release lays the foundation of the platform and is ready to be used for sharing decentralized events. It features:

  • Creating and editing events
  • Creating, editing and deleting local events
  • An event page containing a map of local events
  • A welcome page displaying an overview of events
  • Authentication (login via email) and authorization

You can see it in action on:

Get it

Spreact #1 is immediately available for download at:

Ideas, Bugs, Questions

Ideas, bug reports and questions are always welcome and appreciated.

Ideas for new features and enhancements can be proposed with’s feedback tool:

For more information on Spreact visit:

Frankfurt (Ein Gedicht)

Wenn in deiner Stadt Versammlungen und Proteste angekündigt werden

Dann behaupte, dass eine Armee von Gewalttäter_innen deine Stadt verwüsten wird
Verbiete die Proteste
Verbiete alle Versammlungen, die zeitgleich stattfinden
Verbiete alle Versammlungen, die die Verbote anprangern
Verbiete den Menschen deine Stadt zu betreten

Dann schließe deine Hochhäuser
Vernagle deine Geschäfte
Schließe deine U-Bahn-Stationen
Verschiebe deine Feste
Schließe deine Universitäten
Verkleide dich

Dann setze tausende Polizist_innen ein
Komme mit Wasserwerfern und Räumpanzern und Pferden und Hunden
Riegle deine Stadt ab

Dann finde alle, die in deinen Augen aussehen wie Aktivist_innen
Halte ihre Busse und Züge auf
Halte sie stundenlang fest
Durchsuche sie
Ziehe sie aus
Nimm ihnen weg, was sie zum Schlafen brauchen

Dann verbiete ihnen sich zu treffen
Verbiete ihnen zu gehen und zu sitzen
Verbiete ihnen das Singen und ihre Bücher und ihre Worte

Dann verfolge sie
Kessele sie ein
Räume sie weg, auch mit Gewalt bis sie schreien
Schlage sie, wenn niemand hin sieht
Umzingle sie, so dass niemand sie sehen kann
Und sperre hunderte ein

Dann, ja dann verteidigst du deine Demokratie

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M12 Erlangen – united, worldwide for real democracy and global change

M12 Erlangen

On May 12th, thousands of people all over the world will take to the streets and reoccupy the public squares to continue what began in 2011. They will protest against an unjust and undemocratic economic and political system. They will raise their voice for radical global change. They will begin to again shape their own future. Occupy Erlangen // Echte Demokratie jetzt! Erlangen [Real Democracy Now!] joins the worldwide movement with an open assembly in the central square of Erlangen.

Guest Speaker at Debate “Give Me Something That Remains.”

Tonight, there will be a debate in Erlangen about the recent education protests that took place in Germany and Europe, to which I’m invited as a guest speaker. The discussion will cover the analysis, criticism and perspective of the protests, what difference the protests made and if / how we can achieve a just, democratic and emancipatory education system.

10dec Erlangen – United for Human Rights and Global Change

On December 10th, people all over the world again will take to the streets. They will raise their voice and take action for global change – and human rights.

10dec Flyer Web

Echte Demokratie jetzt! Erlangen // Occupy Erlangen [Real Democracy Now!] joins the movement on this global day of action with a visual public discussion.

Occupy FAU

Has the time come for a new student movement?

On November 17th, International Students’ Day, people across the world will protest for a just and emancipatory education system. Inspired by the global Occupy- / “Real Democracy Now!”-Movement, there will be an open assembly at the University of Erlangen where students come together to discuss the issues of the current education system and the society as a whole – and to take action. More information…

15.O – United for Global Change

Today, on the 15th October, people in hundreds of cities all over the world will take to the streets for real democracy and global change.

We, Echte Demokratie jetzt! [Real Democracy Now!], a group of people that first came together in May in solidarity with the Spanish protests, also call for an open assembly on the central square in Erlangen. More information…

Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s – Animal!

Margot & The Nuclear So and So's - Animal!

Animal! from Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s is one of those rare albums where almost everything is done right and almost every song is a joy to listen to. It starts off with three weaker tunes only to show its full potential beyond. Most of the tracks are remarkably imaginative and combine fancy turning points with sections of different style. Below is a pick of the best songs of this album and all of them really stand out:

Glou WoC Week 3 – Handle my Stanza

This report is released weekly within the scope of the Glou Winter of Code.

The starter for last week was XmlElem obtaining a list of children and a link to its parent. That also means get_string of XmlElem now delivers the complete XML string inclusive the children’s content. After that it was all about XML namespaces. First XmlElem and XmlAttr have been a bit reshaped to properly support namespaces. XmlNsDecl was introduced; it represents namespace declarations in XML elements. By looking through those declarations one can find a so-called namespace scope which maps element and attribute prefixes to their actual namespaces. All XML stringify functions now use those namespace scopes to properly resolve prefixes for elements and attributes. The good thing here is that the whole namespace handling and prefix resolving is done transparently. So one more thing libxoup users won’t have to care about.

After that groundwork was done it was time to touch the XMPP / stanza handling code again. The XMPP handler tree had to yield for a simpler and more convinient approach. Now one globally can register a StanzaHandler, which then, on initialization, sets up triggers for every XML element (children of XMPP stanzas) it wants to handle. Those triggers will fire whenever such a specified element occures in the stream. In most cases the handling of a stanza will result in some event that’ll spit out some object (e.g. a MessageReceivedEvent which will deliver a Message object). In consequence StanzaHandlers are now also able to provide a serialize method which takes a Stanza object and then converts it into bits and bytes ready to be sent over the network.

Next to the above mentioned stuff a few minor things were also accomplished. Some more utility methods made it into the code and some bugs were fixed. Also, on top of the new XMPP / stanza handling, the implementation of XMPP resource binding has been started. All in all I would say we are looking back at a productive week :) .

This week the focus is on testing (mostly the code that was implemented during the last week), on polishing, fixing bugs, completing the examples and adding more documentation. Also the release of libxoup 0.1 is planned to happen this week. After that, if there is time left, the integration of libxoup into the existing parts of libglou will be prepared.

That’s it everyone. See you again, as always, next week on monday. Have a nice week.
- Sven

Glou WoC Week 2 – XMPP Streams

This report is released weekly within the scope of the Glou Winter of Code.

Another week passed that brought libxoup one step nearer to its first release. First of all the XoupXmppConnection obtained its backend, XoupConnection. The next step was to implement XoupXmppServer, which listens for incoming XoupXmppConnections. That means a XoupXmppConnection can now receive its data from the network, and hasn’t to be fed by hand anymore. Then there was time to concentrate on the main task of the week, the handling of XMPP streams (which basically means handling the XMPP <stream> element). After the XoupXmlElem was a bit enhanced with stringify functionality, XoupXmppStreamHandler was added which is responsible for stream handling according to the XMPP standard. As result establishing XMPP streams works now.

Besides the stream handling, the test system was updated. Every testcase is now compiled to an own executable, which makes testing easier as it is more stable against segfaults and other such nasty things. Furthermore a roadmap had been worked out that outlines the goals and the timeline for the first milestone of Glou.

For this week, the main goal is to implement stanza handling, i.e. parsing XMPP stanza elements (message, presence, iq) and emitting events when a stanza is received.  The second task is to enhance the XoupXmppStreamHandler with some better namespace and error handling. Those are pretty much the last blockers for the libxoup release.

That’s it for the report of week 2. Read you next week :) .

- Sven