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Pitch Deck for Gitcoin Round 13

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Critical tech solutions

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Index

Navigate your own way

01 - About XR

05 · Resources

09 · Strategy

02 · What we do

06 · Quote

10 · Financials

03 · The Problems

07 · Solutions

11 · Traction

04 · Our Map

08 · Help

12 · Thank you!

Extinction Rebellion ?

Extinction Rebellion (XR) is a self organizing global movement seeking to create a world fit for future generations.

The DAOs that aren't on chain!

  • Longevity of life on earth, civilizational longevity and diverse species longevity
  • Regenerative practices & conservation
  • Participative democracy with peoples assemblies, when politics get in the way of good decisions
  • Awareness of truth as agreed by scientific consensus
  • Cutting edge organisational systems for, decentralization, mitigation of power, empowerment of many, increased efficiency & creativity.

This is about acting now to enable:

Problems

ACTIVISTS NEED SECURE VPNs

XR rebels struggle to afford VPNs and know which VPNs to trust

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Rebels are paying for Virtual Private Network services to protect themselves in their work for XR. Many of our rebels are not in a financial position to afford monthly VPN costs and so go unprotected. Some rebels live in places that cannot reach social media services in the West due to those services being blocked. An example is Turkey's intermittent blocking of Twitter. An operational issue is that any VPN service needs to be trusted, as the VPN service operator have full access to the traffic exiting their server. A legal issue is that rebels could abuse the service, to download/share copyrighted and/or illicit material.

ACTIVISTS NEED SECURE WEBMAIL

Many use protonmail however we have recently descovered that they have shared metadata.

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Rebels are quickly reaching the limits of free ProtonMail accounts. Some are paying to upgrade their accounts. Many of our rebels are not in a financial position to afford monthly costs for secure mail. An operational issue is that ProtonMail have been collaborating with some governments and agencies to share metadata. A legal and technical issue is that rebels might abuse the mail service by using it to send unsolicited mail, poisoning the reputation of the mail server and so resulting in non or poor delivery for all users.

LARGE SCALE DDoS ATTACKS

XR GS run servers have come under considerable network attack

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XR Global Support run servers have come under considerable network attack, in particular the global website which has endured DDoS (and NTP reflection) attacks from well resourced adversaries. This consumed so much bandwidth at the datacenter we had to increase capacity. It is feasible that our core services may also come under such large scale orchestrated attacks. At present our firewalling is done on each server, with the global website sitting behind Hetzner's own Juniper/Arbor dedicated firewall. These solutions are insufficient to endure large orchestrated attacks while maintaining server uptime. We cannot use CloudFlare as CF effectively man-in-the-middles SSL/TLS traffic, a point of compromise.

TECH SUPPORT CAPACITY & SYSTEM

We have limited capacity for tech support and training at the moment.

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While we already have a ticketing system at https://support.organise.earth it is not used as we have no reactive capacity within Structure or Tech to manage it. It also needs some styling to look better. A ticketing system would be a significant improvement in efficiently meeting rebel's day-to-day technical and informational needs and helping them find their way, building confidence in our platforms.

TRUTH GLOBAL LEAKS INCOMPLETE

Needs finishing. Content needs checking by XR Scientists and for ethical considerations before publication.

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We have a leaking platform at https://truth.rebellion.global but no landing page for this platform that communicates what it is to be used for. We have been working with designers to come up with a landing page and we have a developer able to integrate it. It just needs to be done.

FREE WEBSITE HOSTING

Many new XR groups come into the world without a tech team, funding or any means to host their own website.

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It has long been envisaged that GS can both provide a website template and host websites for such groups, making it easy for them to get up and running, collecting subscribers and promoting themselves.

REAL TIME TRANSLATION

Rebels find it difficult to interact on our platforms across language divides

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L3: As we attempt to communicate and organize globally groups are partitioned by language. We need to implement instant translation on our platforms.

SHELTER

Many activists & earth defender groups in the global network don't yet have the tools or protection that we have developed

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New groups & old need support in the common cause. XR is having significant impact globally and our success is attracting enemies. With 358 rights defenders were murdered last year we are one of many climate activist groups needing help.

XR Worldwide

Over 150,000 accounts supporting many many more unconnected

86 countries / 1207 local groups

Many XR groups in the USA and Canada.

Venezuela, Colombia, Equador, Guyana, Peru, Brazil, Chile, Argentina.

21 national groups in Africa and the middle east. Many more local groups.

12 nations across Asia and many more local groups.

Over 100 local groups in Australia & New Zealand.

Many throughout Europe, 36 countries & over 800 local groups.

Mexico & Costa Rica.

Extinction Rebellion can even be found in the Solomon Islands.

You can find us in Antarctica. Yes the Scientists rebel too, https://www.scientistsforxr.earth/.

Link

Customized secure platforms running on renewable energy, hosted in Switzerland

¨First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.¨

Nicholas Klein, 1918

358 rights defenders were murdered last year!
¨Most of 358 victims worked on land, environmental, and Indigenous rights.¨

Solutions

SECURE VPNs

An OpenVPN service is proposed with rotating credentials, traffic-shaped as needed (QoS).

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IP geo-location and browser fingerprinting are an easy way for our adversaries to identify rebels. Commercial VPNs have their own data-sharing agreements, even if they provide protection along the route to them. The XR VPN service will provide the necessary layer of privacy.

SECURE WEBMAIL

We need to expand our webmail service movement wide. This requires space and support.

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L3: We need to expand our internal self-hosted and secure webmail service movement wide, so all of our rebels have access. This requires servers and support. End-to-end encryption coupled with VPN provides significant protection for organising actions and growth without risking lives.

TRANSLATION

Develop instantaneous translation capability on our platforms

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We will add instant translation tools to our chat, video conferencing, forums & more.

DDoS ATTACKS

We will acquire the hardware and rack space to implement our own firewall, capable of resisting virtually any attack.

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More capacity to resist near constant DDoS attacks. We will acquire the hardware and rack space to implement our own firewall. Likely shared across at least two fronting OpenBSD servers behind which we can situate all GS core infrastructure. Built atop the industry proven pfsense tooling, it will be capable of resisting virtually any take-down attack.

TECH SUPPORT

Increase reactive capacity for tech support ticket system &
develop improved training for sys admins worldwide.

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Global Support Tech have already deployed a ticketing system, but we need a team to manage it. An active ticketing system would be a significant improvement in efficiently, meeting rebel's day-to-day technical and informational needs and helping them find their way, building confidence in our platforms.

Additionally we will create Improved training for sys admins worldwide, such as DIY courses and mentoring.

TRUTH GLOBAL LEAKS

Payment for people to finish the site and to review information before publication.

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L3: Extinction Rebellion has its own self-hosted truth-telling platform built atop the proven platform Global Leaks. This allows those in governments and corporations to securely leak critical information to the movement. We need a landing page for this new platfom that communicates its power and potential.

WEB HOSTING

Free website hosting. We can provide both a website template and host websites

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Free website hosting. We can provide both a website template and host websites on our own battle-tested infrastructure, making it simple for groups to get up and running, collect subscribers and promote themselves. Will also build global fundraising support for all levels of the ecosystem.

SHELTER

We will provide protection for groups using Data Center Light & can give groups guidance.

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We can create a beautiful manual for groups, docs, training's & information. Keep updating information from what we learn.

To protect our servers & develop new tools.
We plan to use new resources to also help other organisations including public good DAOs

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Quadratic Matching Strategy

Twitter & Instagram posts pointing to this GR 14 Grant proposal. Explaining how quadratic matching works & asking those with crypto to donate. We will also work with partners on Twitter to drum up support.

388K

@ExtinctionR

Followers

15-20M

@ExtinctionR

Impressions

677K

@extinctionrebellion

Followers

5-10M

@extinctionrebellion

Impressions

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Apr 2022

$168,800

Ramping up capacity, support & communications for Q2

July 2022

$168,800

Consolidation, preparation, onboarding period in Q3

Oct 2022

$356,800

Doubling, rapidly scaling up in Q4.

Jan 2023

$356,800



Consolidation, preparation, onboarding period in the new year.

Financial PROJECTIONS

Create the momentum driven mobilization

= > $1M

(WHEN LAMBO???)

  • $28800 - 6 to 8 dedicated project people for 3 months
  • $15000 - VPNs for 3 months
  • $15000 - Mailserver for 3 months
  • $10000 - misc project costs
  • $100000 - growing Global Support structure through Q2

  • $28800 - 6 to 8 dedicated project people for 3 months
  • $15000 - VPNs for 3 months
  • $15000 - Mailserver for 3 months
  • $10000 - misc project costs
  • $100000 - Consolidating Global Support structure through Q3

  • $76800 - 10 to 16 dedicated tech project people for 3 months
  • $30000 - doubling VPN capacity for this 3 months
  • $30000 - doubling webmail capacity for this 3 months
  • $20000 - misc project costs
  • $200000 - growing global support structure and global support activist tech funding through Q4

  • $76800 - 10 to 16 dedicated tech project people for 3 months
  • $30000 - VPN capacity for this 3 months
  • $30000 - Webmail capacity for this 3 months
  • $20000 - misc project costs
  • $200000 - Consolidating Global Support structure and global support activist tech funding through Q1 2023

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$1M

If we can raise one million we can expand our services beyond XR & protect so many fighting for future generations and life on earth

One Million will secure us and many others for the coming year

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Every donation helps, even the small ones will increase our quadratic matching. But we know you big donors are out there so amplify your impact, please. We are extremely efficient & everything is at stake.

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