2019 is the year of FreedomBox Pioneer edition home servers, Purism Librem 5 smartphones and the growing Fediverse.
This year marks a point in history where people have started to rebel against the surveillance capitalist platforms threatening our democracy and take back control over their digital lives with freedom-respecting products and services.
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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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.
Check out this interactive timeline of Facebook's history. You can see the trouble brewing from its early days.
Share this with folks who want to learn about Facebook's history. And tell them that alternative technologies are emerging! We can #DecentralizeTheWeb--one person at a time!
Dual-booting Windows + Debian is such a nightmare these days.
I remember the good old times when it was so easy that my 17-year-old self could do it with barely any effort or technical knowledge.
Looks like Windows and Intel are joined together at the hip. Are AMD machines any better for dual-booting?
Jami/Ring, finally functioning peer to peer communication client at http://people.skolelinux.org/pere/blog/Jami_Ring__finally_functioning_peer_to_peer_communication_client.html - discuss at https://freepo.st/freepost.cgi/post/ohq06qwww5 #freepost
Transcript for Eben Moglen’s Keynote at re:publica 2019 at https://www.softwarefreedom.org/news/2019/jun/17/transcript-for-republica19/ - discuss at https://freepo.st/freepost.cgi/post/mblsx86ubo #freepost
We are organizing an all kerala mapping campaign.The primary agenda is to add more content to OSM in the light of last flood It will be organized in 10+ phases.On each phase we will focus only on one set of parameter. The first phase will focus only on relief points like hospitals, schools and major buildings.
We are planning for 1000+ contributors. We will run a distributed call centre network to coordinate the activity. We have done the same call centre setup during last flood time.
WordPress, osCommerce, miniBB, MyBB, and many more CMSs use MD5/SHA-1 to "securely" store passwords by default:
– 60% of the CMSs use outdated or inefficient hashing schemes
– no CMS used scrypt or Argon2
– 14% of the CMSs didn't use salt, and 37% didn't employ iterations for their hashing function
I have a sizable DVD collection that it's time to rip to the computer. I still believe in owning your media, but the convenience of online services makes it easy to stop caring about these things...
For the arguments about the environmental impact of physical media- I agree, but DRM and "streaming" make it such that only by owning your media can you be assured you'll have it!
I gave a short (15 min) talk at CSVConf last month about federated social media, trust, and how we can better define community boundaries. In particular, I discuss the importance of local-only content that never federates, and the ability to tag other servers as "trusted" and federate things only to those servers. That last idea is something I call "neighborhoods".
Non-youtube direct mp4 here: https://tinysubversions.com/talks/csv-conf-2019/video.mp4
Michabo v0.1 release
I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of Michabo v0.1. Sources can be retrieved from the Michabo Git repository. A pre-built binary for Mac users has been attached to this post.
I was planning to do a pre-built Windows version, but was unsuccessful in getting OpenSSL to work with Qt on Windows. Help with that is certainly welcome for future releases!
Michabo is a performance-oriented desktop client for Pleroma and Mastodon instances. With the exception of media handling, which is still a work in progress, the client implements most of the features one would expect in a fediverse client.
The primary goal of the client is to bridge between the fediverse and the desktop computing experience. This goal is only partially realized as yet, and I intend to write a more detailed blog soon about how this design goal is ultimately realized.
Michabo is free software, built by the Pleroma community and licensed under the GNU GPLv3 license.
Right now here are Michabo’s primary deficiencies:
No integrated support for viewing attachments (attachments are handed off to external viewers, with your web browser as the ultimate fallback)
Attachments without preview thumbnails are handled suboptimally.
The Attachment Grid Layout System could really still use some love.
Special timelines such as Pleroma’s Direct Messages timeline are not yet supported.
Composing messages with a custom scope are not yet supported (but the scope will be copied).
With that said, I’ve been using Michabo as my primary desktop client for the past few days to fairly reasonable success.
Please report any bugs you encounter to the Michabo bug tracker.
@thegibson what if we had, like, a World Wide Web, but NOT all running on one computer in Jeff Bezos' basement
#Debian 10 #Buster to be released on July 6 https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/06/msg00003.html #FreeSoftware
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