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There are organizations like NYC Mesh and GuifiNet building community mesh networks in the west.

Meanwhile in India, we have this surveillance-powered, Google-partnered and VC-funded crap called Wi-Fi Dabba 🤦‍♂️

Is this surveillance realism in action? Has surveillance capitalism been normalized so much already? This kind of capitalism isn't even 20 years old yet!

Mesh networks might be the future of networking, but not like this!

Big conferences like FOSDEM should start hosting PeerTube instances instead of depending on mirrors.

I have never used a cross-poster since I don't have a birdsite account, but its quite annoying to find toots with an RT and a bunch of links on the Fediverse.

Can people who write cross-posting apps please just remove that irrelevant junk before forwarding the content to the Fediverse?

Being white, cis and male I have many privileges many other people do not have. There are people who need the protection of anonymity, or who look for help on the internet. There are people who are threatened by racists, homophobes or sexists, who reinvent their identity or who struggle with psychological problems. If you force people to express themselves only under their real name, it excludes their perspective. Forcing people to use their real names is nonsense.


Give an old MacBook new life with Linux - Elementary OS is an impressive platform for resurrecting an outdated MacBook

New version 0.2002.4 rolling out for Android and iOS. Main new feature is Private Messaging! 🎉

Ruby Team Sprint 2020 in Paris - Day One

Day One of the Ruby Team Sprint in Paris is over. Topics covered have been discussing the Ruby 2.7 transition, dropping the Ruby interpreter dependency from libraries, optimization of the Salsa CI service, helping Kali Linux to reduce the differences between their and Debian’s Ruby packages and much, much more …


The Ethical Design Handbook is out!

Featuring insights from the great @laura, @aral and more…


Free Software is most in need of marketing than anything else.

In the digital network age, the difference between fascism and freedom will be decided by who owns and controls the means of communication. Is it to be corporations (and by extension, governments) or is it to be us: individuals?

If we lose this one, the 2030s and 2040s won’t be like the 1930s and 1940s; they’ll be like the 1930s and 1940s amplified by the full destructive power of a hundred years of exponential increase in technological capability.

"We’ve already laid the infrastructure of techno-fascism. We’ve already created (and are creating) the panopticons. All the fascists need to do is move in and take the controls. And they will do so democratically, before destroying democracy, just as Hitler did."

Dear @aral don't forget that #simplicity is not necessarily #easy. 😉

If you have to pick one, keep it simple: easiness, without simplicity, is the #marketing term for #lock-in.

I don't want to be informed when my face are being scanned, in the same way that I don't want to be informed when a website is about to sell my data. What I want is for the law not to allow such things.

-- nieman @ HN

#privacy #FacialRecognition #surveillanceCapitalism

“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”
— Anne-Marie Bonneau

TLDR: Running a personal server should be just as simple as using a smartphone.

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In light of the #XMPP Summit and #FOSDEM. IMO the biggest thing XMPP is missing is a name. "Normies" won't use an acronym as complicated as XMPP. And they need a way to ask "if others are *on it*". Without a name, it can never catch on.
So either we re-adopt #Jabber in full (fuck Cisco) or we need a new name for "IM over XMPP".
@vanitasvitae @tigase @Goffi @dino @ivan

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