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I'm based in the UK and into food, land, tech and people collaborating to manage them.
I'm involved in a few projects - 40 people using online tools to collaborate managing a field is a mobile hackspace/workshop set up to help environmental & community projects build & fix tools and infrastructure Soilhack is a peer 2 peer learning network

Global banks defy U.S. crackdowns by serving oligarchs, criminals and terrorists

The FinCEN Files show trillions in tainted dollars flow freely through major banks, swamping a broken enforcement system.

FinCEN Files: All you need to know about the documents leak

'Leaked documents involving about $2tn of transactions have revealed how some of the world's biggest banks have allowed criminals to move dirty money around the world.'

Get paid working on open source security and privacy tools

UX - community - docs - mobile dev

Internews’ BASICS project takes two well-known problems in the open source internet freedom community – sustainabilityΒ challenges and lack ofΒ diversity – & combines themΒ in order toΒ solve both.Β 

BASICS is improving the sustainability of criticalΒ open sourceΒ privacy & security tools by building ties between tool teams & the communities they serve

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State of the World's Plants and Fungi Virtual Symposium

13 – 15 October 2020

Online worldwide

Join international experts to discuss actions for protecting and sustainably using the world’s plant and fungal biodiversity for the benefit of people and the planet.

I have some great news about Boston Public Schools and free software. You may know that my Co-op has been hosting some Boston Public School courses over the summer using free software.
Assessments of student progress shows that the teachers that stuck with BBB had better assessment scores for their students!! Especially the Math teachers. Scores were SIGNIFICANTLY higher by about 10-15 percentage points and it is believed that is because BBB allowed for student engagement more than Zoom did.

dear tech community help us collecting truthful non-imperialist tech and tools for communicating in the internet

Podcast about interesting digital democracy developments in Taiwan.
A Microsoft employee interviews Tiawans non-binary Digital Minister, a free software activist, who rigged up networking so discussions could be displayed outside during the 2014 sunflower movement occupation of the parliamentary building


FABx (the annual international Fab Lab meeting) has had to go online this year because of you-know, but precisely because of the opportunities for a better world, the line-up/programme is intriguing and worth investing time in, e.g. Juliet Schor is speaking on Wednesday on cooperatives and Rebooting Economies

registration for the whole conference here

this is really the time to promote coops where they are needed (!!!)

Beware! Giving an app accessibility services capability enables it to take over your phone.

Security and privacy of Android systems and web browsers have improved significantly in recent years to the degree that it has become increasingly difficult for malware to capture valuable data.  Malware often attempts to fool the phone user into granting it powers that enables it to collect data about the user, encrypt data and demand a ransom for its return, or even to launch attacks on other devices.

There are a number of things worth consideration before installing, and when using apps. Permissions and device administrator powers can be used by abusive apps against you.  The most powerful capability you can grant to an app is enabling it as an accessibility service. Once granted this capability the app can do everything a user can, draw over other apps, even block a users inputs. It can grant itself any permission it requires to take full control of the device, block attempts to stop or remove it, even hide that it is installed.

An app doesnt necessarily need to be malicious. It may be vulnerable to an attacker who could use its accessibility services capabilities to take control of the phone.

The BlackRock banking trojan, latest in a line of powerful trojans, tricks users to grant it accessibility services, then it is able to set up the device to resist attempts at detection and removal and gets ready to collect account login data.  BlackRock can see when you launch banking, social media and dating apps and overlay a screen to encourage you to enter login or credit card details, which it collects.

It is strongly recommended never to grant apps accessibility services capabilities, unless you need them due to a disability.  You can check in android settings to see if apps have this capability, and remove it if necessary. A cunning malicious app can however hide this and/or stop you disabling the capability. On devices launched with Android Oreo or newer, its possible to reliably check if your device has an accessibility service using the Auditor app (also available via izzyondroid F-Droid repo) with a second phone also running Auditor or the service. Alternatively any phone can be connected  to a computer and examined using adb. It is also possible to use adb to uninstall a malicious app which is blocking its own removal.
#Android #Security

the ocean is big, really big. but for all its abyssal depths and seemingly endless expanses of blue, it is finite. traversable. to some, even ordinary. it's comprehendable. so too are the continents, the whole of the Earth can rest neatly in the mind's eye.

but even understanding the amount of empty space between here and the Moon is a great strain on our understanding of scale. the distances involved are lacking any context, and when we start to apply that context, it quickly starts to become difficult to really understand those distances on any intuitive level. But still, it can be done. If you could drive on a magic bridge to the moon in a car traveling at a nonstop 60 mph, then the moon would be a 6 month car drive away... the amount of nothing in between is already mindboggling. You could fit all of the planets of the solar system in that space, end to end, and still have room to spare...

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β€’ Readlebee: a viable #Goodreads alternative; book reading progress, lists, reviews, comments -
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I present the MEWP (mobile elongated walnut pincher)...

Recently I told you about my planned "output rewrite" for Adebar. First version of that is now available for Testing (in the "devel" branch) – and I'd very much welcome your input! Ideally in the corresponding issue (

I'm looking forward to your feedback (and boosts) – and thanks in advance!

#Adebar #Android


Nice to see you pick up my fdroid rfp for PDF Viewer πŸ˜ƒ. The lack of a v1 sig is currently a blocker for the main repo.

Would you be interested to add Auditor from the same dev? Its a powerful app but needs to be signed by dev to work (and again no v1)

Degoogle a Google phone

"With all the privacy and security concerns going on with our smartphones. I wanted to switch today and not wait any longer. So in this video, I go over and moving to a completely google service free ecosystem. I go over what works and what doesn't. "

Big bright pink drifts of ragged robin (lychnis flos-cucli) splattered around all over the meadow. Makes it look a bit ethereal - bit hard to capture on camera.

They appear to like it in the shallow gullies. These 20cm deep gullies are carved into the surface, about every 10 meters, like in many other meadows on the Somerset Levels, to keep things a bit drier in wet spells.

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