CryptPad is a privacy-friendly free open source online office suite, you can follow at:

➡️ @cryptpad

It can be self-hosted, or you can use the official instance. More info available at cryptpad.fr

It's collaborative and anonymous with "zero knowledge" encryption, so no one can access your data except you and those you choose to share with.

Tails is a special version of Linux that aims for maximum privacy and anonymity. You can follow the project at:

➡️ @tails

Tails runs entirely off a USB stick, it uses @torproject to connect to the internet, and by default it resets/forgets everything you've done when you switch it off. (You can also optionally save encrypted data if you need to keep something.)

The official site is at tails.boum.org

Open Source Gardens aims to connect gardeners around the world, and encourage them to plant open source seeds (plant varieties which haven't been patented). You can follow at:

➡️ @opensourcegardens

Their website is at opensourcegardens.info

Infosec Bytes is a series of easy-to-understand videos explaining how to protect your privacy. You can follow at:

➡️ @infosecbytes

They are made by the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London, and are originally intended for journalists, but anyone can use them.

For example, here's their video explaining Signal messenger:

tilvids.com/videos/watch/b3abe

SecureDrop is a free open source encrypted platform for whistleblowers and activists to contact journalists and NGOs anonymously through the @torproject network. You can follow its official Fediverse account at:

➡️ @securedrop

SecureDrop is used by news organisations and NGOs around the world to receive anonymous tips.

The website is at securedrop.org

School For Africa is an initiative by a Kenyan teacher to help educate some of the poorest kids in the world. You can follow the project at:

➡️ @Jonathan

The project's website is schoolforafrica.org

It's run by Fediverse user Jonathan Mburugu, who also posts on his personal account at:

➡️ @JonathanMBR

The Briar Project is an encrypted FOSS peer-to-peer messenger app which can be used online through @torproject or offline locally through wifi or bluetooth. The "not yet official" Fediverse account for Briar is at:

➡️ @briar

Its offline mode means it can be used locally even if the internet is shut down (for example due to disasters or other reasons).

Briar's website is at briarproject.org

Mobilizon is a free open source federated events platform, designed to provide a privacy-friendly alternative to Facebook Events. You can follow at:

➡️ @mobilizon

It has just left beta testing and is now ready for use. You can find out more on official sites at:

joinmobilizon.org/en

and

mobilizon.org/en

It has been designed for activists and volunteer organisations, but anyone can use it.

Karrot is a free open source platform for sharing resources in real life (for example by sharing excess food before it goes to waste).

You can follow the project here:

@karrot

There's a flagship instance of the project at karrot.world

It's currently used mainly for food sharing, but it can be used for sharing any resource.

Mastodon

This is a brand new server run by the main developers of the project as a spin-off of mastodon.social 🐘 It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!