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.
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.
It's not perfect, but Firefox with uBlock Origin + Privacy Badger + telemetry disabled is probably the least worst option IMHO.
Understanding environmental impact is hard.
Me and my gas-guzzling mini-van have a much lower impact than most "green car" owners... simply because I drive way, way less than average.
Planes aren't bad for the environment because they burn lots of fuel. Planes are bad for the environment because they are convenient and encourage, enable and create a market for massive amounts of travel.
Switching to advanced, super-clean vehicles won't improve things nearly as much as telecommuting would.
After years of insisting that DRM in HTML wouldn't block open source implementations, Google says it won't support open source implementations
@kylerankin You see this in Silicon Valley today. Tech billionaires send kids to private schools that tout being tech-free and hands-on with human teachers.
#privacy is the freedom to act without being watched and thus, in a sense, to be who we really are — not who we want others to think we are. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/10/opinion/sunday/privacy-capitalism.html
This would be remote, contract-based work for now, with a chance to go full-time later in the year (assuming all continues going well). You'd be creating free / open source software.
Zuckerberg funded FB engineers to make a "personalized learning" platform for Kansas kids. Besides the educational concerns, how much personal data is this program storing indefinitely? Who gets access to it? #privacy https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/21/technology/silicon-valley-kansas-schools.html
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Also worth mentioning is #Armory3D ( https://Armory3D.org ) - The libre 3D game engine built with deep integration into Blender, a powerful node logic system and highly cross platform outputs (Linux, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Xbox, Playstation, Switch, HTML5 etc)
Real time image from Armory:
Ouch… I just had to realize that @matrix doesn't provide the ability to block other homeservers.
It's not possible because it messes up room states, great.
At the same time this will cause legal trouble for every server admin when illegal content is federated to your server due to a user of your server being in a channel it got shared.
Due to this it's a bad idea to recommend running a homeserver for more people than yourself. ☹️
HTML5 ping tracking – Firefox will enable it by default:
– HTML5 ping attributes can be used to track people if they click a link (<a href=… ping=…>) by sending POST requests to an arbitrary amount of hosts
– Steve Gibson talked about it in Security Now 709: https://mastodon.at/@infosechandbook/101899819296611698
– ping is enabled in Chrome, Opera, Edge, Safari by default
There is both a risk and an opportunity in the current political sabre-rattling against "social media" in multiple countries. The #DataFarms will attempt to capture any new regulation and twist it into anti-competitive forms that disproportionately target smaller players, and even non-commercial ones like most #fediverse instances (eg #Article13). But if we can educate politicians enough, they might begin dismantling the datafarming revenue model that gives #TheStacks their dominance (eg #GDPR).
#Codeberg is a not-for-profit #CodeForge website launched this year:
The Long Climate Crisis
"I believe strongly in the right to privacy. Without privacy, we can't have agency, and without agency we are slaves. That's why I have dedicated my life to this struggle. Surveillance is a threat to us all, we must stop it."
- Ola Bini
Idealist, technologist and general optimist.
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