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Zoom is a video conferencing service used during some IndieWebCamp and Homebrew Website Club events.

You do not need an account to join a Zoom link, and you can participate by their web interface, but the web interface will prompt you to download the app if you're not careful about navigating their user interface. Zoom has apps available for: iOS, Android, MacOS, Windows and Linux. https://zoom.us/download

Consider Jitsi Meet for a WebRTC-based open source self-hostable alternative.

Tips for Remote Participation

Stay on mute until you are about to speak. That helps reduce background noise for everyone.

Use headphones. It's important to use headphones so that your microphone doesn't pick up audio from the other participants and feed it back into the call. Your phone's headphones are good enough, but a headset with a dedicated microphone, or headphones with built in microphone will work great as well.

If you will be using a camera to share your video, try to sit somewhere with a light source shining on your face, such as sitting facing a window. Avoid sitting facing away from a window because the camera pointing at the window will be backlit and it will be difficult to see your face.

Tips for Hosts

Anyone with a Zoom link can join the meeting. By default, any participant in a meeting can share their video, screen, and audio. To prevent spam, trolling, and abuse:

  • Use a new Zoom meeting ID for each event
  • Designate one or two other co-hosts of the event, and give them co-host ability when they join
  • All co-hosts should be familiar with how to kick people out of the video call quickly
  • Avoid sharing the Zoom link directly on Twitter, instead link people to the events.indieweb.org page to get the Zoom link from there
  • As host, consider turning off screen sharing initially and enabling only as necessary:
    • In the host controls, click the arrow next to Share Screen and click Advanced Sharing Options
    • Under Who can share? choose Only Host
    • Close the window

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Recommended Settings


Un-check "Enter full screen when joining a meeting"


Check "Turn off my video when joining a meeting"


Check "Join audio by computer when joining a meeting"

Check "Mute microphone when joining a meeting"

Share Screen

Uncheck "Enter full screen when a participant shares screen" and "Maximize Zoom window when a participant shares screen" to prevent Zoom from taking over your screen when someone starts presenting.



Point of clarification

No peer-to-peer mass-market tooling has multiple participant end-to-end encryption when peering. This is a significant fact so-called security experts leave out when criticizing zoom. Facebook messenger is only E2E in the pedantic sense with two participants. The same with Whatsapp, Signal and any other E2E platform in peer to peer mode. It is a significant technical challenge, although not impossible, and NO COMMERCIAL VENDORS offer this.

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