"Killing links is a strategy, designed to keep people from the open web. The web is where we can make sites that don’t abuse data in the ways that Facebook properties do. Links take us to places where we can make choices that Instagram never would."
I'm continually impressed with how much good, new cryptography the Signal community keeps researching and developing to ensure that services can know as little about their users as possible https://signal.org/blog/signal-private-group-system/
Todo.txt: the official website for the todo.txt system, listing available apps for major platforms.
Sigh. Some day I will stop ranting about Twitter. I guess I'll be happy when some prominent writer covering the social media beat and constantly railing about how awful Facebook/Instagram/YouTube/etc are, concludes their podcast interview by saying, "Follow me on Mastodon/fediverse/my own damn blog." Either that, or they come up with a convincing argument as to why those platforms are so awful, but Twitter deserves hours of their attention every day.
It is proven! I am michel_slm on Keybase: https://keybase.io/michel_slm/sigchain#19f3de87d7d6e399725c075d8b99fe4c3f787c3ad6b25b13e6777ce437804c460f
(will update when we know why)
If you want actual privacy, actual security, actual tech empowerment then you can't rely on tech professionals to build things for you.
Part of that is demanding open standards and an end to proprietary interfaces, and another is taking responsibility to rebuild those bridges.
It takes one click to potentially undermine your #privacy.
Maintain better privacy:
- Containerize browser tabs. This creates an isolated browser in each tab to stop cross-site transfer.
- Empty browser cache after each use.
- Use #EFF's #privacybadger
- Don't accept default cookie popups.
Or, you can replace steps 2–4 with pitting Google's toys against one another, and have the audio Captcha solved by google's speach-to-text algorithm: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pa55z8/researchers-fool-recaptcha-with-googles-own-speech-to-text-service?utm_source=reddit.com
@alexbuzzbee Also, as a user: file bugs / issues with service providers who *do* rely on reCAPTCHA telling them that you find this practice unacceptable.
1. Privacy / surveillance.
2. Privatising results of crowdsourced intelligence.
3. Potential military / antisocial applications of technology.
4. Other (think of your own).
I regularly do this.
If you are a web developer trying to keep spambots out, DO NOT use reCAPTCHA. It is an unethical privacy invasion that follows people around the Web and stops disabled people from accessing information or services for no good reason.
Instead, just ask a (very) simple logic puzzle from a decent-sized set. Ask the questions in regular text and give an option to change puzzles. Switch out the library of puzzles occasionally. This will stop the vast majority of spambots.
"How designers are fighting the rise of facial recognition technology
From LED-equipped visors to transparent masks, these inventions aim to thwart facial recognition cameras."
Remember that even when you trust a company to not share your information, if they can access it, that means they can be compelled to give it up. Dangerous times we love in and majority of folks don't even realize it.
"If Silicon Valley billionaires are the Rockefellers of the data age then China’s leaders are the new Lenins, melding the power of data with that of the state to create an alternative, more abusively centralised model. Once more, in the early decades of a century human civilisation is faced with a grim choice between domination by private firms and domination by overmighty states. Yet once more, there is a healthier third way."
What the Chinese are doing to the Uighurs in Xinjiang could become a model for elsewhere
The messenger #Wire and the web search service #Startpage have been taken over US companies. They are/were popular services in the privacy and #cryptoparty scene. Both companies appear to be interested in the data business. Takeovers like these will happen again. If these events teach us anything it is that we should seek decentral and self-hosted alternatives to take back control. Don't put your trust into centralized services!
#searx #yacy #xmpp #jabber #matrix #fediverse #mastodon #email