Freedom in a Box
My talk about privacy, decentralization, self-hosting, freedom of speech and FreedomBox.
It's a non-technical talk meant to spread awareness about the dangers of mass surveillance and the alternatives that exist to centralized systems.
Links to slides are in the video description.
Delivered at ThoughtWorks Hyderabad for the 46th edition of GeekNight on 2nd Jan, 2019.
Digital Empowerment in Rural India - powered by FreedomBox.
Sudhamsh Kandukuri and I presented yesterday at XConf India 2018.
An inspiring story of a grassroots movement where people rejected Facebook's Free Basics and installed low-cost community Wi-Fi networks instead.
A FreedomBox on the network provides most of the essential digital services required, offline.
Video recording: coming soon!
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We've been letting companies steal our personal data and sell it to the highest bidder and destroying democracy in the process all to save what? A coffee a month?
This is one of the worst deals in history.
"While western colonialist culture believes in “rights”, many indigenous cultures teach of “obligations” that we are born into: obligations to those who came before, to those who will come after, and to the Earth itself. When I orient myself around the question of what my obligations are, a deeper question immediately arises: from this moment on, knowing what is happening to the planet, to what do I devote my life?"
The End of Ice by Dahr Jamail
Richard Stallman - Dangers of IoT and Amazon Alexa
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If you'll be there, stop by this lightning talk by one of our team members:
Here's the "final" comment on #ActivityPub by the informal spokesperson on inter-operationg from the #Diaspora project:
Very thrilled to hear that Drew DeVault will be able to work on https://sr.ht full time
“A VC offers you a contract: he gives you money to accelerate a proven business model … we understood that we weren’t really a startup. We don’t really share any of their characterizing traits. In fact, we are more likely a “stay-up”, to steal a term from Aral Balkan, i.e. a sustainable business with no exit deadline.”
Here’s to more stayups in Europe. We don’t have to blindly follow the toxic Silicon Valley model of VC & exits that gave us #SurveillanceCapitalism
"What’s needed instead is a movement to reclaim technology: to prevent its capture by capital, and direct it towards creating social value. Of course, the tech giants are not going to cede this ground easily. This is why the demand of the future will not be to tame or reform Silicon Valley, but to abolish it."
'Abolish Silicon Valley'
Christian Heilmann: "So, to me, there is no such thing as going back to the good old web where everything was simple. It never was. What we need now to match the siren call of closed garden publishers is making it easier to publish on the web. And to control your data and protect the one of your users. This isn’t a technical problem – it is one of user interfaces, services and tools that make the new complexity of the web manageable."
Insect collapse: ‘We are destroying our life support systems’
Scientist Brad Lister returned to Puerto Rican rainforest after 35 years to find 98% of ground insects had vanished
"i use linux as my operating system," i state proudly to the unkempt, bearded man. he swivels around in his desk chair with a devilish gleam in his eyes, ready to mansplain with extreme precision.
"actually," he says with a grin, "linux is just the kernel. you use GNU+linux."
i don't miss a beat and reply with a smirk, "i use alpine, a distro that doesn't include the GNU coreutils, or any other GNU code. it's linux, but it's not GNU+linux."
the smile quickly drops from the man's face. his body begins convulsing and he foams at the mouth as he drop to the floor with a sickly thud. as he writhes around he screams "I-IT WAS COMPILED WITH GCC! THAT MEANS IT'S STILL GNU!"
coolly, i reply "if windows was compiled with gcc, would that make it GNU?" i interrupt his response with "and work is being made on the kernel to make it more compiler-agnostic. even if you were correct, you won't be for long."
with a sickly wheeze, the last of the man's life is ejected from his body. he lies on the floor, cold and limp. i've womansplained him to death.
Social media giants plan to fight India's strict internet rules https://www.engadget.com/2019/01/14/social-media-india-internet-rules/ #business #politics #gear
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