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A (Very) Brief History

This site first went online in 2010, back when blogging was mostly for hobbyists. Originally, the topics covered were about software freedom generally, and Ubuntu specifically. Over time, the need for a shift in focus became evident. The world was changing and new levers beyond software were needed. How could we make the world a better place when the information landscape was still broken in fundamental ways?

As a result, this site went through a major transformation in 2018 and it was also moved to a new domain and host. If you're looking for the original site (probably because of the Ubuntu content), Brewster Kale and the friendly folks at the Internet Archive have graciously retained a copy of it here: Amplify The Signal v1.


Ownership & Authorship

Amplify The Signal is an independent web site. Independent web sites used to be the norm until the people who own and operate social media sites came along and did very mean things to people.

The site is owned and operated by Randall Ross. There are hundreds or possibly thousands or Randall Ross'es on the internet. This Randall is verifiably not most of them. If you'd like to know more about this Randall, please send a note.

Articles and Briefs are authored by Randall Ross. Occasionally, guest writers are invited to write on topics of interest to the supporters of the site, but not generally in Randall's "sweet-spot" of expertise.

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Photo Credits

The sliding banners that appear on this site are courtesy of the following gifted photographers: Steve Chou Photos (neighbourhood festival), Ian Cook et al (Lego outrage), Dick Vos (woman reading), Jose Herrera (gossiping), Guillaume Payen (gotcha!). All other images are credited where they appear.