Presented by

  • Matthew Wild

    Matthew Wild

    Matthew Wild is an open-source developer and proponent of decentralized communication platforms. Founder of the Prosody, Snikket and Modern XMPP projects. Executive Director of the XMPP Standards Foundation.


The XMPP Standards Foundation (XSF) is a community-governed non-profit organization. It has been at the helm of the XMPP ecosystem for more than two decades. During this period, the internet and how we communicate online has changed beyond recognition. This talk is about how XMPP adapted to change, and the role that the XSF played in its continuity. We will also discuss the benefits, challenges and sustainability of open ecosystems and open networks. The second half of the talk will focus on the XMPP network. Any successful network will attract spam and abuse as it grows, and XMPP is no exception. Unfortunately, open networks are at a natural disadvantage here compared to proprietary platforms. We will share the various kinds of abuse we've seen on the XMPP network, and what the community has done to tackle each of them.