La Contre-Voie was founded in January 2019 under the name “42l” as a student association of 42 Paris.
In July 2022, the association leaves 42 Paris to extend its activities of raising awareness about ethics in the digital world in high schools, universities or other places linked to popular education, in order to propose a new look at the digital tools we use every day.
Questions about the association? Maybe you’ll find your answers here…
In June 2019, as a structure that hosts libre/open-source software, La Contre-Voie joins the CHATONS: the Collective of Hosters Alternative, Transparent, Open, Neutral and Solidarity. It is the beginning of a long adventure.
Like the CSA model, the collective gathers more than a hundred structures that offer alternative services to the tech giants, on a local scale, in order to help people who are not computer-literate to be less dependent on tools that sell their personal data.
Defending “digital ethics” is also about political and social values. To help you recognize these issues, here is a non-exhaustive list of our commitments.
- In May 2019, we sign the open letter of La Quadrature du Net to demand interoperability of Tech Giants through open standards, in order to foster the decentralization of the Internet.
- In December 2019, we join the call On est la Tech which critically reflects on the pension reform and proposes to favor the automation of hard work in order to reduce working time.
- In January 2020, we sign the call of La Quadrature du Net asking municipal candidates to oppose the security use of facial recognition.
- In May 2022, we sign the open letter of the Free Software Foundation Europe to guarantee the reparability and interoperability of electronic devices and allow its users to gain free choice.
Through our conferences and workshops, we bring digital issues to the attention of an average of 40 people per activity, with about 20 activities organized per year.
These activities are broadcasted on the Internet and available on our PeerTube channel, which allows us to reach a larger audience and to perpetuate our work. These videos accumulate a few thousand views.
The frames of our activities are available in open format on our repositories and can therefore be reused by other collectives.
Measuring the use of our services is a rather delicate exercise since we have chosen not to track our users. However, we generate basic statistics (weekly and monthly) using connection logs that we are legally obliged to keep for two weeks.
For example, our Nitter service has exceeded 30,000 visits per day and 2TB of weekly traffic, with over 50 million requests per week. Our DoH service also processes over 5 million requests per week.
Check out our full statistics on this page.
Find here our meeting transcripts as well as our moral and financial reports.
The Contribution Committee
🔗The open source community
From software development to artistic creation to popular education to defending our digital freedoms, the organizations that work to protect the cultural commons extend into many fields.
Among these structures, we have friends, acquaintances, people with whom we have ideas in common. They all represent a gateway to the libre/open-source world.
Here are a few resources to help you identify and meet structures that have a similar vision to ours.
- The directory of structures and organizations that provide libre/open-source digital training, realized by Framasoft in September 2020.
- CHATONS is the Collective of Hosters Alternative, Transparent, Open, Neutral and Solidarity. This collective aims to bring together structures offering libre/free and open-source, ethical and decentralized online services to allow users⋅ices to quickly find alternatives that respect your privacy.
- The Librehosters network, which federates on an international scale structures that host libre software (like CHATONS, but targets a rather English-speaking audience).
- The FDN Federation gathers associative Internet Service Providers that share common values: volunteerism, solidarity, democratic and non-profit functioning; defense and promotion of net neutrality.