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#CompDM representing 50+ tech companies from 16 different countries has sent out a letter to #plenary urging for stronger upfront rules for dominant “gatekeeper” firms in the #DMA

Check it out:

What are we asking? Let’s find out! ⬇️


According to POLITICO’s, the Commission’s proposal for a legislation on #Chatcontrol 2 has been pushed back to 8 March 2022. This gives us more time to mobilize against the indiscriminate and illegal mass surveillance scheme.

Act now:

🇬🇧 Our new study on the impact of tech on the #environment recommends:

🪛 a #RightToRepair, and devices that can easily be fixed

📲 Guaranteed software updates for 5 years to fight #PlannedObsolescence

♻️ moving from proprietary systems to interoperable and open ones

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Someone Is Running Hundreds of Malicious Servers on the Tor Network and Might Be De-Anonymizing Users

New research shows a threat actor has taken over a substantial portion of the privacy-protecting service. 🇬🇧 A FOI request by has revealed that the Commission and national governments continue to plot EU-wide bulk communications #DataRetention behind the backs of European Citizens.

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Wow! Europe's largest network of 45,000 small and medium ICT enterprises are standing with Nextcloud, against Microsoft - urging the EU to open an Antitrust investigation!

Major change of Germany's positions on EU policies:
👍New government opposes EU's #chatcontrol plans!
👍Pro right to #anonymity! #DigitalServicesAct
👍Pro ban on #BiometricMassSurveillance! #AIAct
#dataretention only "on an ad hoc basis and by judicial order"
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The Commission wants to collect and store data on your whereabouts and private communications ( #dataretention ), but when it comes to keeping records of their own correspondence, they are suddenly much less enthusiastic!

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So we need to be concerned when Facebook are laying their own cables, when they provide services and cheap hardware to the global south. This isn't out of the goodness of Mark Zuckerbergs heart. It's about monopoly, market share and influencing the next generation of humanity and selling that power to the highest bidder.

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“Apple and Google agreed to demands from the Russian government to remove a strategic voting app developed by opposition leader Alexei Navalny from the iOS and Android app stores.

Apple then disabled its Private Relay feature (which enhances web browsing privacy) for users in Russia. Google also removed YouTube videos giving advice on how to vote strategically in the elections.”

Big Tech will choose profit over democracy and human rights every time.


🇬🇧 #Facebookdown demonstrates: Society is too dependent on Facebook's near-monopoly position. With a right to #interoperability, users could exchange information across platforms.

Read on:

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Tech giants need to be pushed to make it easy for users to leave, or to use other tools to interact with their data without leaving entirely. Tell your representatives to pass the ACCESS Act

#fediverse alive servers stats

alive servers: 6,035 (-11)
max: 6,367
total users: 3,532,218 (+7,858)
max: 3,684,126

top ten (soft users servers):

:mastodon: 2,770,621 3,092
:diaspora: 328,538 17
:peertube: 209,265 984
:pleroma: 71,083 1,038
:pixelfed: 51,933 199
:writefreely: 41,018 351
:lemmy: 18,875 21
:plume: 15,494 51
:friendica: 10,961 96
:gnusocial: 9,291 21

I didn't even realise #facebook was down till a hour ago, when a friend mentioned it over signal.

When I talk about decentralised and distributed networks, people yawn. Not yawning anymore?

Interesting Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram are all down. Twitter feeling the pain too.
Mastodon, pixelfed, signal etc all fine.


For those unfamiliar with the term #SPOF, it's an acronym techies use, meaning "single point of failure".

That is: if you have a system, no matter how distributed, duplicated, and/or redundant elsewhere, which depends on a single service, person, piece of equipment, etc., to function, then when that element goes down, the entire system is down.

It's the idea behind the old expression, "don't put all your eggs in one basket"

Facebook's concentration of its Internet infrastructure behind a single entity responsible for identifying who it is on the Internet (that's what BGP and DNS are, both of which Facebook serves itself, as well as owning its own registrar), meant that to get to the servers in the cage at their facility some guy had to show up with an angle-grinder.

On the one hand, that's a failure mode which may be accepable.

Though the idea of blowing iron or aluminium filings all through my server racks gives me some cause to pause. Conductive
dust and electronics tend not to play well together.



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On Thursday, the JURI Committee will vote on its opinion on the #DigitalServicesAct #DSA. Read here my assessment of why I consider the proposals dangerous to #privacy and #freespeech in many respects:

The Microsoft database hack shows that data stored in the cloud must always be encrypted end-to-end. While politicians still ask for 'legit access' to fight CSAM, the latest Microsoft hack shows that any data stored without encryption is always at risk.

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