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2019 is the year of FreedomBox Pioneer edition home servers, Purism Librem 5 smartphones and the growing Fediverse.

This year marks a point in history where people have started to rebel against the surveillance capitalist platforms threatening our democracy and take back control over their digital lives with freedom-respecting products and services.

#2019

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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.

peertube.mastodon.host/videos/

Links to slides are in the video description.

Delivered at ThoughtWorks Hyderabad for the 46th edition of GeekNight on 2nd Jan, 2019.

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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.

Slides:
njoseph.me/~joseph/Digital%20E

Video recording: coming soon!

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You are seeing this because I'm the administrator of this account and I'm the first person you follow when joining this instance.

Please read the rules before posting.
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This site is funded by individuals and doesn't make money with your data. You can use your real name or an alias.

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All it costs to fulfill the average person's needs for digital services is a $5 per month VPS instance. It's even cheaper if you buy a single board computer and host your services at home.

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.

Check out this interactive timeline of Facebook's history. You can see the trouble brewing from its early days.

Share this with folks who want to learn about Facebook's history. And tell them that alternative technologies are emerging! We can #DecentralizeTheWeb--one person at a time!

prettyzucky.com/

Dual-booting Windows + Debian is such a nightmare these days.

I remember the good old times when it was so easy that my 17-year-old self could do it with barely any effort or technical knowledge.

Looks like Windows and Intel are joined together at the hip. Are AMD machines any better for dual-booting?

The Tragedy of Commons was a thought experiment made by a proponent of unregulated capitalism, how ever several sociologist have shown it to hold no real truth in real systems. A sociologist/economist Elinor Ostrom got a Nobel prize for her work on looking at cases of commons in the real world.

mood: abolish borders and nations and then build an intercontinental high speed rail network, so i can finally hang out with everyone i love <3

We are organizing an all kerala mapping campaign.The primary agenda is to add more content to OSM in the light of last flood It will be organized in 10+ phases.On each phase we will focus only on one set of parameter. The first phase will focus only on relief points like hospitals, schools and major buildings.
We are planning for 1000+ contributors. We will run a distributed call centre network to coordinate the activity. We have done the same call centre setup during last flood time.

WordPress, osCommerce, miniBB, MyBB, and many more CMSs use MD5/SHA-1 to "securely" store passwords by default:

zdnet.com/article/a-quarter-of

– 60% of the CMSs use outdated or inefficient hashing schemes
– no CMS used scrypt or Argon2
– 14% of the CMSs didn't use salt, and 37% didn't employ iterations for their hashing function

#cms #password #storage #md5 #sha1 #security #infosec #cybersecurity #wordpress

Could you recommend me any books (fiction/nonfiction) that helped you to either

* self-reflect,
* strongly reconsider the relation between yourself and the society you live in,
* or grow/change as a person?

If yes, which book(s)?

(Boosts welcome, I guess.)

My wife asked me why I was speaking so softly at home.
I told her I was afraid Mark Zuckerberg was listening!

She laughed. I laughed.
Alexa laughed. Siri laughed.

I have a sizable DVD collection that it's time to rip to the computer. I still believe in owning your media, but the convenience of online services makes it easy to stop caring about these things...

For the arguments about the environmental impact of physical media- I agree, but DRM and "streaming" make it such that only by owning your media can you be assured you'll have it!

I gave a short (15 min) talk at CSVConf last month about federated social media, trust, and how we can better define community boundaries. In particular, I discuss the importance of local-only content that never federates, and the ability to tag other servers as "trusted" and federate things only to those servers. That last idea is something I call "neighborhoods".

youtube.com/watch?v=qxBu5Tktm1

Non-youtube direct mp4 here: tinysubversions.com/talks/csv-

People can moderate their own space here, because it's actually their's. That's the entire idea of this whole Fediverse thing.

If that bothers you, like what are you even doing here?

Michabo v0.1 release 

i'm wanna lift things up i like today

if you are organizing a co-op or a cooperatively managed group you need to know the work of Cooperation Jackson. They are literally leading the way that social transformation and collective action can work together. they literally wrote down everything they are doing, and it's incredibly inspirational:

Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi

https://cooperationjackson.org/blog/2018/2/15/jackson-rising-at-last-a-real-strategic-plan

@thegibson what if we had, like, a World Wide Web, but NOT all running on one computer in Jeff Bezos' basement

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries. - Anne Herbert

Today I learned that #Scuttlebutt now has realtime chat apps, a #CLI client called #Scat and a GUI one called #Gester:
github.com/stripedpajamas/gest

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