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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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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.
A friend of mine who works at the Wikimedia Foundation wants to spread the word that they are hiring for two research positions:
Research Engineer: https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/2267741
Research Scientist (Disinformation): https://boards.greenhouse.io/wikimedia/jobs/2267633
Application deadline is Aug 31. You'd be working remotely in either case. I can put you in touch with my friend, if you have questions.
When I began using computers, there was this thing called RSS.
That allows me to read things from your blog/site, without open it. It was good, because there plenty of implementations, and therefore I can read in multiple platforms and get away with things I don't want but could have on your website like tracking, ads, unwanted pop-ups, the ugly design of your blog and focus on what I (and you should) want on your blog/website:
your content, your message.
Please, have a RSS Feed
So many people saying they're switching from Firefox. Won't this only make the problem worse?
If you're switching to Brave or qutebrowser or UnGoogled Chromium or something, you're only strengthening Google's monopoly. If you're switching to a Webkit-based browser like Epiphany, you're shifting the monopoly towards Safari, whose parent company doesn't consider the Web a priority.
That Mozilla has bad management doesn't change the fact that Firefox is the most viable option for the open web.
Weird thought: if Mozilla falters, maybe this could lead to enough entrenchment by Google controlling browsers and just making them straight up unpleasant enough that it actually leads to the downfall of browsers.
For the first time since the 90s, I'm considering "maybe stuff built for the web not only might not last in terms of bitrotting, but maybe people will stop using web browsers and switch to something else"
@jakob I think it's more that the resources just plain aren't there, period.
previously you could say "no one except Google and Mozilla has the massive resources to fund a project as expensive as the development of a browser" and now it's more obvious that it's "no one except Google".
it's foolish of the Mozilla management to keep what little they have on non-browser-engine projects, but the writing was on the wall before yesterday; it was never going to be feasible in the long run regardless.
Our software is only as free as the tools we use to make it
I don't think we lack technical solutions
We lack the culture
We don't need to implement stuff
We need to talk and think more
Call for Debian 11 (bullseye) artwork proposals https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2020/08/msg00002.html
And yes, it will always happen: people see business opportunities and jump in, and with venture capital it is possible to put-organize us, again and again. Welcome to capitalism. But there’s hope: the grim reaper that cuts down enterprises in a pandemic, in an economic crisis. When profits are gone, we’re still there. Gopher is still there. RSS is still there. Plan 9 is still there. Emacs is still there. (Vim, too.) Forth is still there. Email is still there.
@Shufei @alcinnz I've been mentoring a 15-year-old in the ways of sysadmin. They wanted to set up a pastebin, and the top of the list is Hastebin, written in node.js. They recoiled in horror at the sheer list of dependencies that apt wanted to bring in just to get the environment built.
We switched to looking at Privatebin. About 15 minutes later they had the PHP environment up and the app running.
The kids these days, they're alright.
Further proof that #encryption helps protect your data - The Chinese government is now blocking TLS 1.3 and ESNI, which makes it harder to know certain domain information.
But, it's not just in #China that these things occur...
The US government is currently trying to weaken your ability to use encryption too. If you believe in a more private and secure #Internet, please speak out to your member of #Congress and share why #privacy matters to you.
Idealist, technologist and general optimist.
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