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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.

peertube.mastodon.host/videos/

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.

Slides:
njoseph.me/~joseph/Digital%20E

Video recording: coming soon!

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Welcome to this little corner of the Fediverse. This instance is one among hundreds running Mastodon.

You are seeing this because I'm the administrator of this account and I'm the first person you follow when joining this instance.

Please read the rules before posting.
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This site is funded by individuals and doesn't make money with your data. You can use your real name or an alias.

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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.

Folding@Home Crushes Exascale Barrier, Now Faster Than Dozens of Supercomputers - ExtremeTech

The Folding @ Home network continues its inescapable march to world domination. Today, the exaflop. Tomorrow, the world.

extremetech.com/computing/3083

Cool, got LibreOffice on my laptop integrated with NextCloud's WebDAV.

Now I can edit documents from my desktop, mobile, or the web interface, and the document data should update without any problems.

This is good progress. 😎

We received $10.000 funding in our collective (opencollective.com/f-droid) from the Mozilla Open Source Support Program (MOSS) speed dating event that happened during #FOSDEM.

These funds will be used for making the f-droid build process work faster and more reliably.

Today was my first day going to the grocery store since the pandemic started. I'm glad we were able to wait. Other that bathroom tissue everything was in stock again and the lines were back to normal length.

All the supermarkets in my area have switched to issuing cloth bags instead of polythene bags. These bags are 4 times as expensive, so customers have started bringing in their own bags after being charged 3 or 4 times.

Having been used to seeing polythene bags for basically my whole life, this feels like an overnight change to me (it took like a month), but a welcome one. :toot:

Jitsi is getting a lot of mentions here.

I wonder if people are aware of GNU Jami, a P2P solution.
jami.net/

Jami has end-to-end encryption while Jitsi is only encrypted during transit. The Jitsi server has your packets available in unencrypted form. If you can't trust a Jitsi server and need end-to-end encryption, Jami can be a good alternative.

As part of being social in self-isolated world I hosted a #jitsi meeting with my friends and it was remarkable. Absolutely 0 issues for all the 4 participants for that multi hour meeting!

Citizen vs. Taxpayer

"That's what walkaway is -- not walking out on 'society,' but acknowledging that in zottaworld, we're problems to be solved, not citizens. That's why you never hear politicians talking about 'citizens,' it's all 'taxpayers,' as though the salient fact of your relationship to the state is how much you pay."

"Talking about 'taxpayers' means that the state's debt is to rich dudes, and anything it gives to kids or old people or sick people or disabled people is charity we should be grateful for, since none of those people are paying tax that justifies their rewards from Government Inc."

from Chapter 2,
Walkaway by Cory Doctorow


Taxpayer is the corporate narrative of shareholder, retrofitted into government.

Shareholder : Corporation :: Taxpayer : Government Inc.

When I was very little, I thought "Pirate Radio" would only work if there were bands of folks roaming the seas in converted fishing trawlers. Flood lights and cranes replaced with giant antennas

And then the internet happened

Censorship became more widespread after the powers figured out you could put an entire country behind a firewall to prevent thoughts from spreading

And then Tor happened

Coronavirus, Amazon relief fund(!) 

We are now approved as an organization on github sponsors: github.com/sponsors/f-droid

We only have mirrors of our repositories on github, but if using github sponsors is a convenient way to donate to projects for you, feel free to use this.

The funds will be contributed to our #opencollective without any additional fees.

You can also find other options to donate here f-droid.org/donate/

Does it make sense to use ActivityPub protocol for instant messaging?

@cwebber @librelounge

As many of us make the switch to remote working for the forseeable future, Martin Fowler shares some thoughts on getting the most out of video calls: martinfowler.com/articles/effe

JSTOR. Ah yes. JSTOR. The single largest aggregator of other people's journals, putting the lot behind paywalls. Charging insane prices per article. That JSTOR.

Getting kudos for making 6000 ebooks and 150 journals free until June. 6k ebooks out of 70k. 150 journals out of 2.6k.

Good, a small fragment of critical human knowledge is briefly publicly available, kindly provided by the ones who crippled that knowledge away from the majority of the population in the first place. Grab it while you can. We may never see this without expensive access fees again.

thenextweb.com/world/2020/03/2

Google does not "sell" your data

"... suppose a company wants to acquire data about expecting mothers. It can buy a list of a million device IDs that a data broker believes to belong to such women. The company can upload this list to Google and target an ad at those IDs. If even a small fraction—say, 1%—click on the ad, then 10,000 people are sent to the advertiser’s landing page, where they automatically share their IP address, cookies, and possibly geolocation data."

eff.org/deeplinks/2020/03/goog

Debian Social is using Pleroma for federated microblogging.

lists.debian.org/debian-devel-

The Debian Social Team maintains a variety of services under the debian.social domain. These services aim to make it easier for Debian contributors to share content and collaborate.
wiki.debian.org/Teams/DebianSo

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