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Open source for distance learning thanks to the iorestoacasa.work initiative

The iorestoacasa.work (literally Istayathome) initiative was launched by a team of developers from the Italian city of Fabriano with the aim to offer a free and open source solution to those who need to videoconference in these quarantine days caused by the coronavirus emergency.

GARR, Italy’s national research and education network is among the first organisations to enthusiastically join the initiative by making available its own server: open.meet.garr.it. Thanks to this act of digital solidarity, a larger number of people will be able to benefit from this platform.

The project is based on Jitsi Meet, an open source system that allows users to make video calls quickly and in an intuitive manner, simply by opening a link on a browser, with no need for specific apps or registrations, thanks to the potential of the WebRTC protocol.

Submitted by Jane Gifford

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