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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.

today i finished writing my rss feed generator in nim for my wiki. its kinda cool to see that rss still feels valuable and relevant after all these years... also it was really easy to write in #nim !

i was explaining rss to a friend, and he was like, it sounds like you're just trying to re-create social media. i thought it was funny, because before centralized platforms like fb etc, things like rss and personal websites *were* the social parts of the web

WireGuard VPN – Google adds WireGuard to the Linux Kernel 5.4 of the upcoming Android 12:

WireGuard is already part of the Linux Kernel 5.6 and newer for Linux desktop distributions.

#WireGuard #Android12 #Android #VPN #Security #InfoSec #CyberSecurity

"As more and more computing is done inside a #browser as opposed to on a system itself, many enterprise organizations have begun to deploy browser isolation services where the browser doesn't actually run on a user's computer.

Instead the browser runs on a virtual machine inside a #cloud provider's data center."


@kev @hund Interesting conversation about #RSS setups!

I also used newsboat exclusively (CLI FTW!) in the past. But I missed being able to pick up my feeds on a different device without losing the information where I was. So I set up a TinyTinyRSS instance on my FreedomBox.

tt-rss comes with an API and web interface, and newsboat has config options to hook it up. Love it!

#rss #freedombox #newsboat #selfhosting

@njoseph The whole paper is great, but this point stood out for me: "But although a greedy strategy can be useful for simple problems, it is unreliable in complex search spaces: we may quickly find a local maximum, but will be stuck there, far from a broad terrain of better solutions. Computer scientists would never accept a greedy algorithm for complex optimization problems, and similarly should not accept a reformist strategy for complex political problems."

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs has always been wrong but it still misguides a lot of policies worldwide to this day.

Payal Arora on Povery and Leisure

This 4-page paper by Ben Green should be recommended reading for all working programmers.

"Good" is not enough

Medium made blogs boring. They all have the same theme.

blogs have customizable themes. doesn't have ads like free WordPress blogs, but is so annoying that I permanently disabled JS on it using uMatrix.

PEP 638 -- Syntactic Macros

"Python is both expressive and easy to learn;... However, it is not the most flexible. That title belongs to lisp.

We would like that ability in Python, without the many parentheses that characterize lisp. Fortunately, homoiconicity is not needed for a language to be able to manipulate itself, all that is needed is the ability to manipulate programs after parsing, but before translation to an executable form."

From the trailer, it looks like the movie has deviated significantly from the book's story.

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There's also a movie of this book

But you can pretty much read the book in the same amount of time. It's a short read.

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This morning is RacketCon!

Right now is the keynote. In a couple of hours is my talk on Spritely Goblins!

And you can join in this virtual world thingy

Free design work for any good cause :boost_ok: 

Since starting my independent artistic practice during covid, I've been considering how to find work that matters. That's when I had this idea; to offer my skills to anyone fighting for social justice. So if you need something for an event, a poster, a banner, a logo, even a website for that matter, just DM me and I'll see what I can do to help. I have the time available to give so I'd be glad to do it for free. Boosts ok for awareness, thanks!!

I finished the "The Dispossessed" by Ursula K. Le Guin today. It's an amazing read: philosophy, politics, anarchism, loyalty, societal pressure, freedom, science and so much more all set on two brilliantly imagined worlds.

One of the best books I've read in a long time; highly recommended.

#books #reading #scienceFiction

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