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Surveillance Capitalism and the Climate Crisis
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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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.
Maybe once Elon Musk's Neuralink goes mainstream, advertisements as we know them will not be necessary anymore.
You suddenly have a memory that you wanted to buy a Tesla car for a long time.
You go on the road and every car looks like a Tesla.
The Ts you see start appearing in the font of Tesla's logo.
You wave at a "confirm purchase" view when saying bye to grandma.
You've always driven Tesla cars for as long as you can remember and are loyal to the brand.
extreme sarcasm, tech rant, don't open
The next big #innovation after Electron apps is putting your compiled Flutter apps into Android Docker containers and packaging them with the Docker runtime into virtual machine images.
A new Golang utility will be created to easily run this multi-Gigabyte monstrosity. $Utilitynetes will help orchestrate this kind of apps on your desktop.
A security upgrade is simply replacing the VM. No data is lost, since you never had it anyway, it was in the Cloud.
Less than 24 hours left to provide your feedback on the EU guidelines for #RouterFreedom! #BEREC is running a #PublicConsultation defining whether your router will belong to you or to your ISP. Please participate now, it's as easy as sending an email!
NEWS: Eben Moglen Delivers “FreedomBox Turns Ten” Speech
To commemorate the ten-year anniversary of #FreedomBox's birth, Eben Moglen delivered a speech. He stressed this idea: regular people can change the web through collective social action.
Check out this blog post by @bob titled, "FreedomBox at Ten."
Bob Mottram: "If the last decade was the birth phase I hope that the 2020s will be the time when running your own internet services, individually or in small groups, becomes quite normal."
Read his full post here: https://blog.freedombone.net/freedombox-at-ten
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@clacke very true, and conversely facebook, twitter etc should be referred to as the legacy networks 😃
Now available: Video of Eben Moglen's speech commemorating the ten year anniversary of the founding of the #FreedomBox project.
📺WATCH: Eben Moglen: "FreedomBox Turns Ten" (Nov. 2019)
The recording of my talk today on the future of Internet regulation at the European Parliament is now available to watch.
Secure Scuttlebutt Wikipedia entry finally got accepted 🙌 🖤
If I posted text posts about anything I cared about on facebook the algorithm would not show it to almost anyone thats even following me. It would literally just drop off the radar and be forgotten. I post a random thought here and people from around the world actually have a chance to respond. That is powerful. That cant be underplayed. The fact that we dont have to worry whether our messages have financial viability makes our ideas stronger. Our voices ring.
Oh yay, another proprietry social network, inspired by Wikipedia: https://www.zdnet.com/article/wikipedias-jimmy-wales-has-quietly-launched-a-facebook-rival-social-network/
I can't wait for a moderator to delete my posts because they don't find them "notable".
Sorry, closed networks no longer interested me. We have Mastodon now as an example of what could be, and it actually works, and lots of people actually use it. There's zero appeal to me for another "Facebook, but by a different company".
As technologists, we should talk in terms of concepts instead of products to discourage monopolies.
Don't say "just Google it", say "do a web search".
Don't say "I sent you the Excel sheet", say "I sent you the spreadsheet"
If people who don't know that there are search engines besides Google or that there are office applications besides Microsoft Office, they might ask what a search engine is or what a spreadsheet is. We should take this as an opportunity to educate people about alternatives.
A Short History Of Coopon SciTech
Legally we have registered ourselves as a Limited Liable Partnership (LLP). We wanted to register as a #Cooperative in #Puducherry #India. But the Cooperative Act for Puducherry states that there should be a minimum of 25 members to register as a #Cooperative
Unlike material production, we are a Software Engineering consulting services company therefore it was not suitable for us to register legally as Coop due to the number of members required. Therefore, we registered ourselves as an LLP and wrote our Deed like a Cooperative. i.e We are operating as if we are a cooperative but legally we are not.
Thanks to Nilenso the India’s first Software Cooperative from #Bangalore without whose help and guidance we wouldn’t know how to get this legal process done. It was their Deed document which helped us.
We strongly believe in workers self-management along with commitment to class struggle. We have regular sessions to educate ourselves on previous experiences of building cooperatives across centuries, we have knowledge sharing sessions, etc.,
We would like to contribute more in the sphere of #PlatformCooperativism
An essay by Trebor Scholz, titled Platform Cooperativism was the one that inspired us to start such a coop here.
We don’t take Venture Capital, for it is fundamentally against practising Economic Democracy and we don’t strive to become a Tech. Startup whose aims are to be either chewed away by big tech. giants or become another big brother, instead we would love to practice what @aral and @laura termed as Stayups
Like this Cooperative #Fediverse, let there be federation of workers cooperatives.
Idealist, technologist and general optimist.
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