A conference on freedom-and-human-rights-respecting technology should not have a titan of #SurveillanceCapitalism like Google as sponsor. The good people in our community shouldn’t have to choose between having a platform to meet up at and having their legitimacy usurped by association to whitewash such companies. I’m attending under protest to meet and chat to some lovely members of the community.
Google doesn’t belong there.
The punk rock internet – how DIY rebels are working to replace the tech giants
“I got into the web because I liked the democracy of it,” says Kalbag, who has just published a book titled Accessibility for Everyone… “I want to be able to be in a society where I have control over my information, and other people do as well … I think we have to have technology that serves everybody – not just rich, straight, white guys.”
Last week i was sick in bed. So as always, although i had a lot of work to do anyways, i need some entertainment. Usually i try then to play some video games.
So i finally managed to fix up my Amiga emulator. Installed hwdload, amigaos3.9 and started getting all the demos, modules and games i remember from '90s.
Ended up with over 5000 games.
We're now officially a #nonprofit organisation (registered in Estonia, thanks to the ease of e-Residency) and would welcome contributions from volunteers (#educators, curators, designers, developers, etc) and donors.
Please spread the word, and get in touch if you can help in some way!
Sitting in a bar with some ppl i worked with 3 year ago. Room filled up with devs and ops and noone knows of most open source projects i mentioned. Federated networks?forget it.
Ehhh corporate coders...
Finally an update on the Librem 5 phone from @Purism > https://puri.sm/posts/librem-5-phone-progress-report-the-first-of-many-more-to-come/
https://christob.al/ now runs on my own host, and builds from my self hosted Gitlab.
Looks bad on mobile, bear with me, I'm learning, this is my first project.
Yo dawg, I put a federation in your federation
Incomplete list of problems we are trying to address when we strive for #decentralisation: profiteering, exploitation, surveillance, inequality, hierarchy, intellectual property, inaccessibility, elitism, credentialism, manipulation, conformity, idiocracy, etc...
Or simply put, power and capital.
Annoyingly some restrict their meaning of #centralisation to "I want me some of that too!" (eg. a lot of the blockchain people these days)
Keep in mind, though, this is the same Miles Davis who, in 1987, was invited to dinner with the Reagans. When Nancy Regan asked him what he'd done to merit being included in the dinner, he looked at her with a straight face and said "Well, I've changed the course of music five or six times. What have you done except fuck the president?"
First off, we're going to start with Miles Davis' Jack Johnson.
IMO, this is the best rock album to come out of the psychedelic era.
It's two tracks, roughly an hour total. You can listen to it here: https://vimeo.com/59238431
Pay attention to the fact that you don't hear a trumpet (and therefore, you don't here Miles) until two minutes and twenty seconds in to the track, and just before Miles comes in (right at the two minute mark) all the music dies down, and almost stops completely. (More to come.)
To fight Centralization:
- Own your data.
- Archive your data online and off.
- Use decentralized services like Mastodon and Matrix and whatever whenever possible.
- publish to places that aren't facebook or medium (and if you must, only use central services for syndication.)
To fight user hostility:
- Use ad blockers and privacy badger
- If you can get away with it, use no-script or similar when possible.
- Stop using, or reduce your use of, platforms that profit from treating you poorly.
Hey, so my husband got his lay-off notice today. He was the brewer at Mendocino Brewing Company.
Do any of you socialists know how to put together a worker's coop? Because it is absolutely ridiculous that the brewery is standing on one side of a locked door, and everyone who knows how to brew and bottle beer is on the other.