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.
“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.
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 https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/12/new-fight-online-privacy-and-security-australia-falls-what-happens-next #eff #spy #privacy #security
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.
‘Google faces GDPR complaint over ‘deceptive’ location tracking’
‘“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.’
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If your instance isn't a coop nor has some sort of common-ownership path then it isn't mastodon enough.
I guess most of you don't farm sheep: why is #commons research relevant to you?
The atmosphere is our global commons. We all use it. Whoever adds thermally retentive gases, everyone is affected.
Almost all commons problems were solved by parties 1) talking together 2) agreeing to facts 3) making and enforcing mutually acceptable rules.
With the IPCC in place, we've reached 1, but we're struggling with 2 & 3. There is no world government to appeal to: cooperation is required!
“The physics of software is _not_ algorithms, data structures, languages and abstractions. These are just tools we make, use, throw away.
“The _real_ physics of software is the physics of _people_—specifically, our limitations when it comes to complexity, and our desire to work together to solve large problems in pieces.
“_This_ is the science of programming: make building blocks that people can understand and use easily.”
—Pieter Hintjens, http://zguide.zeromq.org/page:all (emph. mine)
Coop education resources and "learning paths" in English, Spanish, and French.
"The Cooperative Educators Network (CENet) is a hub for educational resources and materials for teaching and learning about cooperative enterprises. Here you will find several curated learning paths designed to help someone self-teach to increase their awareness, knowledge or skills OR for someone in an educator role to gather materials to use in the teaching of others."
La historia se escribe latido a latido.
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