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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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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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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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"You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future under their very eyes."

"If solutions in the system are so hard to find, then maybe we need to change the system itself."

Stirring speech by Greta Thunberg at #COP24. Full video here youtu.be/HzeekxtyFOY
#ExtinctionRebellion

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“Powerful technologies, and AI is no different, are neutral in themselves,” [Hassabis] says. “So it depends on society and humanity. How we decide to share the gains is also going to determine whether it is good or bad for the world.”

In other words: AI will fuck us up if we keep developing it under capitalism, so we better get that revolution started.

theguardian.com/sport/2018/dec

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public authorities "can secretly compel tech companies and individual technologists, including network administrators, sysadmins, and open source developers – to re-engineer software and hardware under their control, so that it can be used to spy on their users. Engineers can be penalized for refusing to comply with fines and prison"... sounds like a nightmare but it is reality in the #UK and #Australia eff.org/deeplinks/2018/12/new- #eff #spy #privacy #security

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Will European Parliament oppose Authoritarian Censorship? Wednesday 12 December, first step against the European #totalCensorship Regulation. Parliament must refuse to outsource Internet censorship to Google and Facebook.

laquadrature.net/en/2018/12/10

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I see a lot of anger about Australia's Anti-encryption Bill, but what are we actually doing about it? We can't let this fade away over the Christmas break and become just another news cycle. Let's get organised!

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‘Google faces GDPR complaint over ‘deceptive’ location tracking’

techcrunch.com/2018/11/27/goog

‘“Google is processing incredibly detailed and extensive personal data without proper legal grounds, and the data has been acquired through manipulation techniques,” said Gro Mette Moen, acting head of the Norwegian Consumer Council’s digital services unit in a statement.’

Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/google-faces-gd

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social.coop

social.coop is 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]