Local-first software for frontline communities

Mapeo is working first locally to preserve the privacy of local communities, their ressouces, their knowledge, the organisation of their resistance should never be stored on unencryped online storage as it is well explained in this article.

As they also explain there is a long history of offline mapping that connects only when accepted, for example the amazing baobaxia “eventually connected network” has been developed within quilombos communities, for their use and their type of connectivity needs. An approach analysed in a recent article:

However the article also explains “The only data we collect in Mapeo are error messages, used for triaging fatal errors and application crashes.” wich is contrary to their first affirmation of connection and data sharing only by acceptance, therefore this would need to be looked at more carefully.