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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

A new project website? A code of conduct? Governance platform? New mascot? Funkwhale is starting to make a big splash. Show more

New privacy focused released

"CalyxOS minimizes tracking, surveillance, and spying done by phone manufacturers, mobile phone service providers, internet service providers, advertising companies, data miners, and malicious hackers.

CalyxOS is designed with the needs of human rights frontline defenders, journalists, lawyers, and political and social activist groups in mind."

The repository for , the new security and privacy focused fork from The Calyx Institute, has been released on Gitlab.

CalyxOS is one of a new wave of alternative privacy respecting operating systems for Android devices.

CalyOS comes without any services, and and lots of other open source and software built in.

In Seattle taking local taxis... 4 out of 5 taxi drivers told me they believe they are being HACKED. When events happen their radios go down and customers tell them they have been over charged by as much as 20x and it takes weeks to reverse this so they do not choose local taxis and go with Uber and Lyft. Any ideas how to suss this out?

Web of climate change deniers

"To sum up, we're being screwed by rich b******* who want climate change to be ignored and human rights to be removed to make more money, using elaborated, widespread and various disinfo technics/mouthpieces to convince most of us to support that/fascism."

Clicked around on our Loomio page, and what the Tech WG is publishing is fascinating. The level of professionalism and openness is commendable.

Internalional Day of Peasant Struggles-
Standing in solidarity with peasant farmers across the world
"The rights of peasants cannot be substituted by public policies based on the interest of the global market and agribusiness. We denounce this model that not only marginalizes our peasant communities but also appropriates our rights,Β common goods and lives, in the name of productivity and for the development of the capitalist system in the countryside.”

You don't have to use Google Play on your Android phone.

There's a free open alternative app store called F-Droid, which is much more privacy-friendly, and which you can install yourself relatively easily.

There's a simple instruction guide for beginners on

There's a much more detailed guide by @IzzyOnDroid here:

You can follow the official F-Droid account here:


#FDroid #GooglePlay #DeleteGoogle

Leaving today for #catalunya, where next weekend we'll give a workshop during #hacktheearth at the 'ecoindustrial post-capitalist colony' #calafou. Picture by @webmind

fresh off the press - this is why I don't like to give the "benefit of the doubt" to Big Tech, even though I will limit my comments to the available info:

UK mutual credit network is launching -

The Open Credit NetworkΒ

Plans to incorporate as a multistakeholder .

Software will be free/open source.

Local nodes will be supported, that could be nested into the national scheme.

It's now official, we're buying land to start our #forest #community! We're settling in Silverto, Paredes de Coura in #portugal. #rural #cohousing

Any Ruby on Rails security experts looking for a small (side) gig?

In April/May, Freedom of the Press Foundation is looking for contract help (small-ish contract, think 4 digits total USD) auditing the configuration of our Redmine support portal and associated plugins, including the OpenPGP plugin (, and preparing for a release upgrade. (Redmine is built on RoR.)

No formal RfP; if this might be of interest and you have questions, please DM me :).

Some rather well-crafted phishing attempt just landed in my inbox with a PDF attachment. If you would like to have a go at the PDF, let me know.

I've not opened the PDF but would be interested to know if it's just as well crafted as the email was, or if it is only there to get a trojan into my machine.
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