With its new Jitsi imtegration, Riot seems to have become a viable decentralized alternative to Skype.
If you care less about development, consider supporting your local instance admin instead (in case of mastodon.social that's still me and link above, YMMV)
Sigmund Freud Appears in Rare, Surviving Video & Audio Recorded During the 1930s. He died on this day in 1939.… https://twitter.com/i/web/status/911776203241005056
"The ‘Fair Trade’ Smartphone Now Has an Upgradeable, Modular Camera"
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/wjjkkw/the-fair-trade-smartphone-now-has-an-upgradeable-modular-camera #fairphone https://social.coop/media/ZzRCC9N3W5KocltiTPE
An interview with the people behind the social.coop Mastodon instance https://medium.com/open-collective/social-coop-a-cooperative-decentralized-social-network-c10980c9ed91
A super-interesting new article by Robin Celikates: "Critique and resistance: Ethical, social‐theoretical, political? On Fabian Freyenhagen's Adorno's Practical Philosophy" #adorno #philosophy
@wrenpile If you're in EU, you might have legal right to see info connected to your name. But Irish data protection officer does not sanction their non-compliance with this. See (German text)
"Facebook users should pay attention: When you tag a friend in a photo, that’s feeding a massive facial recognition dataset"
New publication: Collective Responsibility for Oppression http://www.titus-stahl.de/blog/2017/08/03/new-publication-collective-responsibility-for-oppression/
The making of the Dialectic of Enlightenment http://www.titus-stahl.de/blog/2017/07/31/the-making-of-the-dialectic-of-enlightenment/
Ultimately Mastodon's killer feature is that it's a public good that someone built because they thought it needed to exist and not a startup someone built because they wanted to get rich quick selling other people's data.
Dutch Senate votes in favor of dragnet surveillance powers
Via bits of freedom:
Where Despots Rule
AN INTERVIEW WITH ELIZABETH S. ANDERSON
@clhendricksbc I have started to use Humanities Commons (https://hcommons.org/) - it has social features, but is non-commercial and scholar-run. You even get a DOI for everything you upload. Some things are still a bit awkward to use but they are very open to constructive criticism. Once I asked for a few minor features, and they were immediately implemented.