Topio e.V. is a German non-profit organisation which helps ordinary people "de-Google" their phones by installing privacy-friendly operating systems. They run events to help with this including workshops, exhibitions, lectures etc. You can follow at:

(all are in German language)

➡️ @topio@mastodon.social (main account)

➡️ @topio@pixelfed.social (photos)

➡️ @topio_space (events)

Their website is at topio.info

Code The City is a grassroots initiative based in Scotland that organises workshops, user groups, hack events etc to promote open data and libre technology as forces for public good.

You can follow at:

➡️ @CTC

Their website is at codethecity.org

KostNixLaden Bochum is a free shop in Bochum, Germany, which distributes surplus stuff like clothes and other goods. Anyone can take what they need or donate what they don't need. You can follow at:

➡️ @kostnixladen (in German)

The shop's website is at kostnixladen.de/calendar

Deutschland

Bits & Bäume ("Bits & Trees") is a German campaign group which aims to build bridges between technology fans and environmentalists. You can follow at:

➡️ @bits_und_baeume (main account, in German)

More info at bits-und-baeume.org

Some of the local branches are on here too (all are in German):

➡️ @bitsundbaeume_berlin (Berlin)

➡️ @BitsUndBaeumeDresden (Dresden)

➡️ @bitsundbaeume_stuttgart (Stuttgart)

Computertruhe e.V. are volunteers in Germany who repair abandoned computers so they can be donated to charity.

You can follow their main account and also several local branches:

➡️ @computertruhe (main account, in German)

➡️ @@ComputertruheBerlin (Berlin branch, in German)

➡️ @ComputertruheChemnitz (Chemnitz branch, in German)

➡️ @ComputertruheMuenchen (Munich branch, in German)

Their website is at computertruhe.de

Co-op Cloud is an organisation that helps co-operatives and collectives to create their own online clouds using free open source software. You can follow at:

➡️ @coopcloud

You can find out more including technical details at coopcloud.tech

BicycleBen is a bicycle fan who posts about cycling and advocates for better cycling infrastructure. You can follow at:

➡️ @BicycleBen

Ben has a website about cycling at fiets.uk

Fridays For Future Nigeria is an young people's environmental campaign group based in Nigeria, fighting against global warming and other environmental destruction.

You can follow at:

➡️ @FFF

Jan Böhmermann is a German satirist, activist and television host, you can follow at:

➡️ @janboehm (in German)

You might have recently spotted the Mastodon logo :mastodon: floating through the intro of his TV programme...

There's more info about him in English at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_B%C3 and Böhmermann has an official website at boehmermann.de

Parents For Future is an international environmental campaign to stop global warming.

You can follow its German and Swedish branches at:

➡️ @parents4future (in German)

➡️ @parents4future_se (in Swedish)

The German website is at parentsforfuture.de and the Swedish site is at parents4future.se

Robert Kingett is a writer, blogger and advocate for accessibility (especially in open source and publishing). You can follow at:

➡️ @weirdwriter

Kingett's main website is at blindjournalist.wordpress.com

Jonathan Mburugu is a school teacher in Kenya who posts regularly about Africa as a whole, including the environment, politics and wildlife. You can follow at:

➡️ @JonathanMBR

He also runs the SchoolForAfrica site at schoolforafrica.org

Comradery is a co-operative donation platform, sort of like a more democratic alternative to Patreon. You can follow at:

➡️ @comradery

Because it's a co-operative, everyone who uses the platform has a say in how it is run. You can find out more on the website at comradery.co

It's currently still in testing, but you can sign up for an invitation to take part in the test.

Caro Koenigs is a self-published author and creator of audioplays about social issues in German.

The audios are on Funkwhale at @carokoenigs@open.audio but unfortunately you can't currently follow Funkwhale accounts from the Fediverse.

To browse them, go to open.audio/@carokoenigs (in German)

As a workaround can follow her general account on Mastodon at @carokoenigs@mastodon.art

(If Funkwhale account following gets fixed, I'll repost this so people know to follow.)

Privacy International is a charity which has campaigned for the right to privacy since 1990. You can follow them at:

➡️ @privacyint@mastodon.xyz (main account)

➡️ @privacyint@media.privacyinternational.org (videos)

Their website is at privacyinternational.org and they also have their own PeerTube instance full of useful videos at media.privacyinternational.org

Briar is an encrypted peer-to-peer messenger app which works both online through @torproject and offline through local connections (wifi, bluetooth, SD cards). You can follow at:

➡️ @briar

Briar works even if internet access is restricted or broken, more info at briarproject.org

(The app is in many languages including Ukrainian 🇺🇦 !)

It's available for Android from @fdroidorg and Google Play, and for Linux desktop from briarproject.org/download-bria

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The world is getting pretty grim, with sociopaths invading neighbours etc 😢

Repressive regimes try to control people by tracking and blocking internet traffic.

You can bypass tracks and blocks by using the Tor Project's browser, which routes traffic through a special network that hides its users' activities.

Tor's official account is at:

➡️ @torproject

You can get the Tor browser from their website at torproject.org

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

➡️ @opensourcegardens (in English and German)

Their website is at opensourcegardens.info

(Note that this is a different group to @opensourceseeds but they do support each other!)

CryptPad is a free open source collaborative online office suite built around maximum privacy. You can follow at:

➡️ @cryptpad (main account)

and

➡️ @cryptpad_design (photo account)

The project website is at cryptpad.fr

It uses "zero knowledge" end-to-end encryption, so no one can access your data except you and people you share with.

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