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The co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity could easily have been used to write the to the future many envisioned when the World Wide Web went live. Although today we are far removed from this vision, projects like and the offer us a way back to an open, people-focused web. I am pleased to be involved.

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Excellent news - we’ll be hooking this into Matrix’s E2EE as soon as it’s ready, giving full E2EE video conferences at last!!


Straight from the Jitsi kitchen, end-to-end encrypted meetings coming soon:


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† RIP John Conway (1937 - 2020). Corona is a 💩 ☭‽@$%💣☠🖕 😢

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If you have some time and want to expand your musical horizons, try this amazing site:

Which genre should be the official genre of Social.Coop? Kawaii Future Bass? Traprun? Punk Catala?

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Here's a request for coding help to get BigBlueButton integration in #nextcloud to help schools continue their lesson plans! Want to support education in this time of social distancing?

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"Like a snake eating its own tail, our growth-orientated civilisation suffers from the delusion that there are no environmental limits to growth. But rethinking growth in an age of limits cannot be avoided. The only question is whether it will be by design or disaster."

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“Anyone who is serious about developing skills on the chessboard will do it mainly by spending countless hours studying games played by the masters. You analyze a position in depth, predicting the next move, and if you get it wrong, you go back and figure out what you missed. Research has shown that the amount of time spent in this sort of analysis—not the amount of time spent playing #chess with others—is the single most important predictor of a chess player’s ability.” —#AndersEricsson, #Peak

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León Benavente really know how to put on a show. Spectacular!

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There's a petition to Save the .org top level domain. Apparently, ICANN could still stop it from being sold.
I know, petitions rarely work, but I also know that _sometimes_ they do.
Please consider signing if you _run_ anything there, or if you _use_ or _care about_ anything that's on a .org domain. Also, boosting this to others who follow you, would be very much appreciated.

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A worker owned taxi in Southend has grown from 6 to 70 drivers.

They repaid all their investors and returned £3000 to their members last year. The same year Uber left the area after failing to compete with them.

We need this in every town and city!

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Gah. I've been notified I'm being made redundant. One month to go.

Therefore: I will be renewing my search for co-op software opportunities.

And/or going freelance if that fails.

Or perhaps returning to employeedom if that fails.

Any leads appreciated!

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So Swiss regulators want to turn the two largest retailers in the country from coops to capitalist companies.

They also question "whether a cooperative structure is appropriate for banking"?

Coop banks were less likely to go bust and lend more to SMEs than other banks. Coop retailers are shown to be better for customers especially under monopoly situations.

WTF is wrong with Swiss regulators?? This is making me more angry than it should... Seriously who the hell are these idiots??

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Months ago I started writing a blog post about why I quit Facebook & Instagram, but it got too long and boring. Their record on privacy is well known. The main thing for me: I'm not going to use a service where I'm not in control of what I see.

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"Austerity is the idea that the global financial crash of 2008 was caused by there being too many libraries in Wolverhampton."
Alexei Sayle

#politics #austerity

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Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your precise location? Sike, can't believe you fell for that... again

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Reading about latest iOS #Firefox’s advanced tracking protections and notice that I can try it out on the #Mozilla site telling me about it. Surprised to see this. Thanks Firefox for blocking Google Analytics, on the Mozilla site!

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Facebook Messenger still scans all messages, even with end-to-end encryption. Scanning is done locally on the device before text messages are sent and after received messages are decrypted.

Facebook privacy lol

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UK + US politics 

"Trump's administration has told Britain it will not get a trade deal unless it drops plans to tax tech companies such as Google, Facebook & Amazon, [designed] to create a fairer tax system".

If only we were members of a 28 state trading union hey?

This community cycle pump is a perfect example of what the world could be. Don’t ever underestimate the difference we can all make!

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