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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.

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.


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.

"Rankin warned that tech giants were now "redefining the word "privacy" in their own marketing." While they may claim to protect it, what they really want is to protect privacy from their competitors, he added. "They add security measures to their software and services so only they can capture, view and sell all of your data and others can't.""

Somehow stumbled upon RedHat's "The State of Enterprise Open Source" report.

Cloud Firewall for #Firefox is gone from the FF add-ons but there is this brand new one, #GAFAM Firewall - I am curious to try it :

TIL you can search the, and #matrix room directories from #riot by typing trhose urls into the server dropdown menu.

That's pretty cool. And very not-obvious.

FM Radio

I just rediscovered that my Android phone running LineageOS has an FM Radio app. It needs headphones plugged which acts as an FM antenna.

I wonder if people using iPhones ever realized that they lost access to FM Radio on their phones altogether with the loss of the 3.5mm jack. Maybe there's yet another adapter?

When I was a teenager, FM Radio was quite popular as most people used feature phones. These days, people mostly play it in their cars.

Some Google employees made a website. I would summarize their three objections as follows:

1) helping out border patrol and immigration with data
2) helping the fossil fuel industry with machine learning
3) doing (and publicly asking for more) mercenary work

I think these are also valid reasons to leave Google as a customer.

#google #deletegoogle

Lots of interesting #Debian-related video content can be found on the #Debtube #PeerTube instance.

Proprietary email clients scraping your inbox and selling the collected data to third-parties? Who would have thought :blobcatsurprised:

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“Imagine you could keep your lawnmower idling in your driveway, and every once and a while a Beanie Baby popped of the tailpipe”

Me, explaining bitcoin

Trying out RiotX, a native Matrix mobile client for Android written in Kotlin.

It is still in Beta but has most of the important features implemented already.

Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize…

Ahem! #2020 #nobel #peace #prize #nominees #wikileaks #julianassange #assange #xychelsea #manning #edwardsnowden #snowden all nominated! (People keep asking where all the #heroes have gone, they’re right here!)

Looks like the UX of Weblate has improved a lot over the course of the last year.

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