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Federation

ActivityPub

Mobilizon uses ActivityPub to federate content between instances. It only supports the server-to-server part of the ActivityPub spec.

It implements the HTTP signatures spec for authentication of inbox deliveries, but doesn't implement Linked Data Signatures for forwarded payloads, and instead fetches content when needed.

To match usernames to actors, Mobilizon uses WebFinger.

Instance subscriptions

Instances subscribe to each other through an internal actor named relay@instance.tld that publishes (through Announce) every created content to it's followers. Each content creation share is saved so that updates and deletes are correctly sent to every relay subscriber.

Activities

Supported Activity Supported Object
Accept Follow, Join
Announce Object
Create Note, Event
Delete Object
Flag Object
Follow Object
Join Event
Reject Follow, Join
Remove Note, Event
Undo Announce, Follow
Update Object

Extensions

Event

The vocabulary for Event is based on the Event object in ActivityStreams, extended with :

The following properties are added.

repliesModeration

Disabling replies is an ongoing issue with ActivityPub so we use a temporary property.

See the corresponding issue.

Accepted values: allow_all, closed, moderated (not used at the moment)

Info

We also support PeerTube's commentEnabled property as a fallback. It is set to true only when repliesModeration is equal to allow_all.

Example:

{
  "@context": [
    "...",
    {
      "mz": "https://joinmobilizon.org/ns#",
      "pt": "https://joinpeertube.org/ns#",
      "repliesModerationOption": {
        "@id": "mz:repliesModerationOption",
        "@type": "mz:repliesModerationOptionType"
      },
      "repliesModerationOptionType": {
        "@id": "mz:repliesModerationOptionType",
        "@type": "rdfs:Class"
      },
      "commentsEnabled": {
        "@id": "pt:commentsEnabled",
        "@type": "sc:Boolean"
      }
    }
  ],
  "...": "...",
  "repliesModerationOption": "allow_all",
  "commentsEnabled": true,
  "type": "Event",
  "url": "http://mobilizon1.com/events/8cf76e9f-c426-4912-9cd6-c7030b969611"
}

joinMode

Indicator of how new members may be able to join.

See the corresponding issue.

Accepted values: free, restricted, invite (not used at the moment)

Example:

{
  "@context": [
    "...",
    {
      "mz": "https://joinmobilizon.org/ns#",
      "joinMode": {
        "@id": "mz:joinMode",
        "@type": "mz:joinModeType"
      },
      "joinModeType": {
        "@id": "mz:joinModeType",
        "@type": "rdfs:Class"
      }
    }
  ],
  "...": "...",
  "joinMode": "restricted",
  "type": "Event",
  "url": "http://mobilizon1.com/events/8cf76e9f-c426-4912-9cd6-c7030b969611"
}

location

We use Schema.org's location property on Event. The ActivityStream vocabulary to represent places is quite limited so instead of just using Place from ActivityStreams we also add a few properties from Schema.org's Place vocabulary.

We add an address property, which we assume to be of PostalAddress type.

{
  "@context": [
    "...",
    {
      "PostalAddress": "sc:PostalAddress",
      "address": {
        "@id": "sc:address",
        "@type": "sc:PostalAddress"
      },
      "addressCountry": "sc:addressCountry",
      "addressLocality": "sc:addressLocality",
      "addressRegion": "sc:addressRegion",
      "postalCode": "sc:postalCode",
      "sc": "http://schema.org#",
      "streetAddress": "sc:streetAddress",
    }
  ],
  "id": "http://mobilizon2.com/events/945f350d-a3e6-4bcd-9bf2-0bd2e4d353c5",
  "location": {
      "address": {
        "addressCountry": "France",
        "addressLocality": "Lyon",
        "addressRegion": "Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes",
        "postalCode": "69007",
        "streetAddress": "10 Rue Jangot",
        "type": "PostalAddress"
      },
      "latitude": 4.8425657,
      "longitude": 45.7517141,
      "id": "http://mobilizon2.com/address/bdf7fb53-7177-46f3-8fb3-93c25a802522",
      "name": "10 Rue Jangot",
      "type": "Place"
    },
  "type": "Event"
}

Join

participationMessage

We add a participationMessage property on a Join activity so that participants may transmit a note to event organizers, to motivate their participation when event participations are manually approved. This field is restricted to plain text.

{
  "type": "Join",
  "object": "http://mobilizon.test/events/some-uuid",
  "id": "http://mobilizon2.test/@admin/join/event/1",
  "actor": "http://mobilizon2.test/@admin",
  "participationMessage": "I want to join !",
  "@context": [
    {
      "participationMessage": {
        "@id": "mz:participationMessage",
        "@type": "sc:Text"
      }
    }
  ]
}

Last update: March 5, 2020