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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.

@willghatch Personally, I want people to know computers aren't magic. That programming isn't scarry, and spreadsheet formulas are programming. And that data can & should move between different programs/webservices, that people don't have to look themselves in.

This is a useful way to see how the different protocols of the #Fediverse and #Federation interact and which software uses which.

@Gina On the metaphorical side... Shortsightedness and Corporate creep are like the tide against a sea wall. Some work is required to keep them out. Right now, it feels like there are a few cracks in the sea wall eroding away at liberty. Fortunately, sourcecode survives flood events even if infrastructure doesn't. In the mean time, Ill pay the additional cost of liberty for the same reasons I don't buy my groceries at Walmart.

Yes we live in societies where we live as neighbors with each other, in social contract, our day-to-day governed by written legal-formal laws, and as well as other semi-formal and non-formal presumably collectively agreed upon community norms. Facts remain though.

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#fz_thinkingOutLoud #Politics #Philosophy #Sociology #Morality

still reading: The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade 

Lifeograph got an upgrade and looks so much better! :blobaww:

NEWS: We have a fresh Contributor Invite❗️
Task Name: "Set up uwsgi by default in apache"

-Task Area: #Coding
-Effort Rating: 1/5
-Skills Required: #Python
Who wants to claim this Contributor Invite? 🤔


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How is free software relevant to the problems that are destroying people’s lives by the thousands, today and every day? Brett Smith, our Director of Strategic Initiatives discusses why we do this work.

Hey Fediverse! Do you use git (or Mercurial or Darcs)? Etherpad? Homebrew? Inkscape? quemu? Wine? Maybe even coreboot?

These are just a few of the projects for which the Conservancy project provides administrative support. The projects rely on Conservancy, and you rely on the projects.

Support the org that supports the tools you can’t do without. They are trying to raise money, and have donation matching for the next ~15k to be raised for two more days:

If you want well-formatted, public domain e-books, is the place to go.

@privacyint Sign our petition to say that we shouldn't have to beg for privacy with petition!

“Grindr is sharing detailed personal data with thousands of advertising partners, allowing them to receive information about users’ location, age, gender and sexual orientation…”

One approach to learning git is to treat it like a necessary evil, something distracting you from the actual thing you're trying to do - you just want to write your program, god dammit. The better approach acknowledges that git is a tool you're likely to use every day, many times a day, for the next 30 years or more, and investing the next few hours into learning about it.

Awful AI is a curated list to track current scary usages of AI - hoping to raise awareness to its misuses in society.

any economic system that assumes most people don't intrinsically want to do meaningful work is empirically false and should not be taken seriously

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