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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

'momentum building for global grassroots democracy' – our report on Collaboration Incubator activities in 2018 is out. Enjoy our co-created 74 pages full of pictures, stories and resources.

@kavbojka @mattcropp @Matt_Noyes @ntnsndr @emi @yova @wolftune @richardb – I'd love to hear what you think about this work!

βœ”οΈ federation
βœ”οΈ renewable energy
βœ”οΈ cooperatives

Sounds good to me.. anyone know more about ii?

" is the European federation of renewable energy cooperatives. We are a growing network of 1,250 European energy cooperatives and their 1.000.000 citizens who are active in the energy transition."


That's why we need blogs (and everything else in our digital world) to be part of the fediverse. Only way to defeat competition-based network effects is cooperative network effects!

@dankwraith @starrycosmos @ExperimentV @alanz

Draw over other apps permission is not listed when looking at an apps permissions.
For these facebook apps on this phone the switches cant be turned off

Not a very secure device
Has Android6 Marshmallow
4 years & 4 lots of major security and (potentially) privacy improvements since,coming with each new Android version

Android security patch level= Feb 2017-feels a bit recent for a phone still on Android6

Updated June.There is another update

@dankwraith @starrycosmos @ExperimentV @alanz

I've been using it today, sent it a few unique files via Bluetooth, rebooted a couple of times, added some apps & did some web browsing

I havent caught the facebook system apps doing anything yet except when starting the phone & then only one of them, it runs for about 00:20 (20 seconds) while it calls home & transfers a bit of data

Possibly (but unlikely?) they are being v sneaky & hiding their activities - as explained they could do this

@dankwraith @starrycosmos @ExperimentV @alanz

Its not possible to disable these apps. They restart pretty soon after they are force stopped.

They have the 'draw over other apps' permission and it cant be disabled (can fool you to do things or hide stuff from you)

Looking at com.Facebook.system using the Stanley app it has very powerful permissions. Can watch what apps are running, start and stop apps (or just parts of them) and even install or delete software on the phone

@dankwraith @starrycosmos @ExperimentV @alanz

Decided I should check out my assumption that a disabled presinstalled Facebook app couldnt get my data

Have a very cheap Acatel Android I got new a year ago

Deleted the Facebook app when I got it

Looking at android settings, apps & selecting 'show system' from the menu I found that there are 2 facebook system apps

One of them starts up at boot, connects to Facebook & transfers some data. It has storage permission (I had it off)


@dankwraith @starrycosmos @ExperimentV

Applications Info (Show metadata of installed applications) -
(I find this crashes when asking to look at some apps)

Checkey (utility for getting information about the APKs that are installed on your device) -

Net Monitor (Shows network connections of installed apps) -

I think that disabling pre-installed Facebook app would stop it collecting data from your phone.

@dankwraith @starrycosmos @ExperimentV

In Android settings -

*If you check out app permissions - in this case telephone permission. You should also be able to get it to also show you permissions of system apps

*If you activate the hidden android "developer options" you can check Running services and if apps are active.

Apps that can give more interesting info about apps -

Stanley (An application explorer for developers) -


@dankwraith @starrycosmos

As far as I'm aware all Androids follow the android permission model & stuff we know about Facebook tells

* On Android phones with Google Play Services stuff installed and active the Facebook app eavesdrops on your calls and from your pocket htpps://

* Facebook added permissions to their app to grab peoples call logs

Things that can be checked …


A proposal for a Global Co-operative IT Network from the International Co-operative Alliance

"The purpose will be to serve the IT needs of the coop movement.

It will be a forum where ICA members can go to get advice on different IT products, services and service providers and where IT professionals from coops or who serve coops can work together, learn from each other and recommend products and services to help members."


There's a in Indonesia that's bridging the digital divide with locally-produced, low-end smartphones that have built-in platform for users to access services from other cooperatives.

They want to eventually launch a cooperatively owned satellite.

Here's one of the co-founders talking about it in Hong Kong Platform Cooperative event.

Not exactly what you're talking about, but lot of overlap.

GCHQ Propose Workaround That Creates Same Trust Problem As Encryption Backdoors

"Multiple rulings have found GCHQ's surveillance efforts in violation of UK law. A number of leaks over the past half-decade have shown its oversight is mostly ornamental"

Did you know a site can use JavaScript to see what sites you have open in other tabs in a browser?


Technological Sovereignty 2


What are we talking about?

Learning to love machines again

Code is political, algorithms are weapons of math destruction

Digital Governance

The case of Internet Relay Chat

Hacklabs to technological cooperatives

From appropriate technologies to re-appropriated technologies

A seed sprouts when it is sown in fertile soil

Simultaneous interpreting using radio frequencies

Whistleblowing, a double edged sword


RT Here is a recording of the talk I gave yesterday introducing in German:
English language slides including English speaker notes are here:


Show more is a a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]