“When we choose to store our data online, we're often ceding our claim to it. Companies can decide what type of data they will hold for us, and can willfully delete any data they object to. Unless we've kept a separate copy on our own machines or drives, this data will be lost to us forever. If any of our data is found to be particulalry objectionable or otherwise in violation of the terms of service, the companies can unilaterally delete our accounts, deny us our own data, and yet retain a copy for their own records, which they can then turn over to the authorities without our knowledge or consent.
Ultimately, the privacy of our data depends on the ownership of our data.
There is no property less protected, and yet no property more private.”
– Edward Snowden, Permanent Record
Former NSA chief Keith Alexander has joined Amazon’s board of directors
Edward Snowden (@snowden)
Seven years ago, as the news declared I was being charged as a criminal for speaking the truth, I never imagined that I would live to see our courts condemn the NSA's activities as unlawful and in the same ruling credit me for exposing them.
And yet that day has arrived.
Holy crap, google is apparently taking down all/most fediverse apps from google play on the grounds that that some servers in the fediverse engage in hate speech. At least three apps I know of anyway and I'd imagine the others will follow soon under the exact same reasoning.} Seems to be the case with Husky, Fedilab, and "subway" tooter.
this is a scary precedent if google play is going to ban any apps that can in any way be used to access content with hate speech. So what about a forum client, do they take that down just because there is a forum somewhere on the internet posting hate speech?
This is particularly worrisome because for most people Google Play is the only way they understand to install apps at all.
Picture attached of one of the notices received by fedilab.
Want Social Justice? The Free Software Movement Fights For Everyone!
In a democracy, the state can’t take over private organizations and replace their boards with political appointees. That's what the administration wants to do to the Open Technology Fund. EFF and partners told a court today: that's illegal, don't let it. https://www.eff.org/press/releases/eff-court-trump-appointees-removal-open-technology-fund-leadership-unlawfu
The Right To Being Anonymous Online Must Be Defended
Wow, who could possibly have seen this coming? From a browser designed around peddling cryptocurrency? I am incredibly shocked.
So when you are using the @email@example.com browser and type in "binance[.]us" you end up getting redirected to "binance[.]us/en?ref=35089877" - I see what you did there mates 😂
The Most Unethical Piece Of Software I've Seen
PSA: please stay clear of r/pinephone. The subreddit is ran in bad faith and for nefarious reasons. Full statement in the provided link: https://reddit.com/r/PINE64official/comments/fxcipk/psa_refrain_from_using_rpinephone/
I'm a privacy advocate from Canada. Interests include bsd/linux, networking, open source software, privacy, and security. I use no proprietary software or services and I aim for software simplicity.