The co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity could easily have been used to write the #introduction to the future many envisioned when the World Wide Web went live. Although today we are far removed from this vision, projects like #SocialCoop and the #IndieWeb offer us a way back to an open, people-focused web. I am pleased to be involved.
"It doesn’t have to be this way. We can call a halt to the madness – throw a wrench in the juggernaut. By de-enclosing social goods and restoring the commons, we can ensure that people are able to access the things that they need to live a good life without having to generate piles of income in order to do so, and without feeding the never-ending growth machine"
Degrowth: A Call for Radical Abundance —
"In 1957, Johannes Juul – a student of Paul La Cour – built the three-bladed Gedser wind turbine (...)The blades were built from steel spars, with aluminium shells supported by wooden ribs. (...) It ran for 11 years without maintenance, generating up to 360,000 kWh per year, but was not repaired when a bearing failed. When the turbine was refurbished and tested in the late 1970s, it performed better than the first wind turbines with fiberglass blades."
The EU Copyright Directive threatens OpenStreetMap. Find out more and how you might be able to help! https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2019/03/21/the-eu-copyright-directive-threatens-openstreetmap/
Got a few process things to finalize, and if the proposal in the CWG passes, then we'll be on track to start getting in touch with the list of folks who've said they are interested in joining starting next weekend...
What if privacy law was as strict as copyright law nowadays? You are not allowed to copy any private information about someone until 70 years after their death, even if it was non-commercial, and you can sue the heck (that is: €€€) out of someone if they do.
And then do the reverse to copyright law: copying anything copyrighted is the standard, creators who don't want it are refuted with "Oh, but you don't have something to hide, do you?", and Big Tech and Government actively help people to copy work from creators and to spread it further.
If you want to know what did Facebook do (now) to provoke the wrath of Apple, this article sums it up pretty good.
tl,dr; Facebook are zero-ethics scum, misleading teenagers into giving them all their data for a few bucks.
Interestingly, TechCrunch claims that Facebook aren't the only ones playing dirty this way, with Google being similarly caught red-handed.
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour is parting with his considerable guitar collection (some of his guitars are art pieces which belong in music history museums, like Leo Fender guitar #001). He hopes the collected money will help palliate urgent problems around the world.
At the same time, this has the melancholic vibe of someone making arrangements for when these guitars won't have someone to play them anymore.
Google’s also peddling a data collector through Apple’s back door
Almost as if… they’re both surveillance capitalists acting exactly as you would expect surveillance capitalists to act.
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Ahh the satisfying feeling of "come-uppance"...
Apple have now revoked Facebook's enterprise certificate, breaking their ability to distribute internal iOS apps.
It came after news broke of Facebook's dodgy "research" app that paid teens and young adults for access to all their Internet data via a VPN - using their enterprise certificate to bypass App Store approval, in a clear breach of Apple's rules.
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Facebook is rolling messaging between WhatsApp Instagram and Facebook messenger into one.
While they claim to add end-to-end encryption (let's see about that), the silent part is about profiles, contact lists and access.
Internally, the founders of WhatsApp left over this and employees are rebelling. That tells you a lot about how user-hostile these changes will be.
Zuck wants more data. #DeleteWhatsApp.
Does your school give the data of your children to a random cloud provider in another country? Or does it what the capital of Switzerland does for its 35.000 students, keeping their data safe and secure in their own #nextcloud?
Today is the day by which the UK’s fat cat CEOs have already earned more than the average worker will earn all year: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jan/04/uk-ceos-make-more-in-first-three-days-of-2019-than-workers-annual-salary
Worker Cooperatives Are More Productive Than Normal Companies | The Nation https://www.thenation.com/article/worker-cooperatives-are-more-productive-than-normal-companies/
#worker #workerowned #coop #coops
Google only allowing users to "pause" these data collections seems like a brilliantly devious ploy, to give users the illusion of control, while actually allowing Google to switch it back on whenever they like? I had previously switched off Location History but just found it was switched back on again.
Un hombre no es de donde nace, si no de donde elige morir.
A man is not from where he is born, but from where he chooses to die.
— Orson Welles
social.coop is a cooperatively-run corner of the Fediverse. The instance is democratically governed by its members, who generally share an interest in the co-op model, but topics of discussion range widely.
Our instance is supported by sliding scale contributions of $1-10/mo made via Open Collective. You must have an active Open Collective account to apply for membership; you may set one up here