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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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"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 —
jasonhickel.org/blog/2018/10/2

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"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."

#Solarpunk FTW

solar.lowtechmagazine.com/2019

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This passage from Zuboff's Surveillance Capitalism just got a +100 relevance bonus in the wake of the #EU #copyright vote.

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Big heckin' thanks to @wu_lee for all his work on getting the new infrastructure in place for accepting new members. :)

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... :TwinPines:

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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.

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The digital world is a steady march towards a new kind of feudalism in which nothing is "sold" to us, only rented, making us tenant farmers of everything that was once our property.

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My entire #FOSDEM journey has been worth it with this one brilliant piece of wisdom from Sage Sharp for newcomers:

Ask "what questions do you have" instead of "do you have any questions".

#OpenSource #FLOSS #FOSS #FreeSoftware

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Who’d have thought that the difference between people as people and people as property would have come down to the intricacies of data structures and communication protocols.

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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.
techcrunch.com/2019/01/30/appl

Interestingly, TechCrunch claims that Facebook aren't the only ones playing dirty this way, with Google being similarly caught red-handed.

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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.

youtube.com/watch?v=_E6mIYNO3S

#np #nowplaying

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Google’s also peddling a data collector through Apple’s back door

techcrunch.com/2019/01/30/goog

Almost as if… they’re both surveillance capitalists acting exactly as you would expect surveillance capitalists to act.

Via @laura

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WhatsApp is next - and it's been coming for a while Show more

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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?

nextcloud.com/blog/next-big-op

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The internet used to be a city: it had its weird bohemian districts, its flea markets, its high-rises and back alleys. Now it's just a shopping mall, and I miss my old city so much

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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.

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