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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.

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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.

Things I will be doing if Apple goes ahead with its plans to violate the sanctity of your devices:

- Remove Better Blocker from the iOS and Mac app stores.

- Stop recommending Apple as a privacy-protecting alternative outside of China (already wasn’t in China)

- Stop using an iPhone and not buy another Apple phone/computer (had already moved my daily driver dev machine to Linux three years ago).

- Not write another line of code for their platforms.

#apple #privacy

As someone in my discord server said - “the best way to make politicians anti-facial recognition might be to use it on them”.

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Microsoft admits to signing rootkit malware 💣💥

G Data malware analyst Karsten Hahn found a driver signed by Microsoft, called "Netfilter," is in fact a rootkit, and was observed communicating with Chinese C2C servers. #infosec

We're bringing you an interview about first-hand school experience in Bavaria of using and implementing Nextcloud, the multiple Nextcloud benefits, and the important message to key decision-makers for collaboration solutions in schools!

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"No #democracy can deprive the majority of the people of their right to private #communication w/o altogether discarding #democratic principles." #encryption #privacy #tech

READ Eben Moglen & Mishi Choudhary's piece in the @htTweets:

The needs to rethink its vision on the #DigitalGreenPass, a Covid-19 vaccination passport.

#Pirates want decentralised health information in the hands of us citizens.

🇬🇧 The Commission’s #DigitalDecade 2030 targets are questionable:

Digital ID, storing all of our sensitive medical records online & pushing for EU companies to use cloud-based technologies, AI & Big Data are not a value as such.

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Ad tech harms the internet, free press & our democracy. With the Digital Services Act #DSA, we have the chance to ban ad tech and get back to fair competition and free and safe communications in the digital space. Join our #MyContentMyRights campaign: #DSA

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