Does anyone host or on their own server? I feel this would be a great fallback for private , especially among family/friends (having full control of data, compared to, say, , which is centralised).

I also (still) want to try out , but the same old issue makes it difficult: network effect. I proposed trying it with some of my family (now finally on Signal). I got no response. I could almost hear them thinking, "Jeez, not again!"

If it wasn't clear already that cares more about money than its users' and , here you have it:

"Only our paid users will have access to end-to-end for their meetings."


Feels good to have just sent my first Freedom of Information Act () request to my home county council ().

I've asked whether is used; if so, how is the data handled/shared, and which locations/services is it used for. I think making such requests is a practice we should all get into.

Next, I want to ask about the video and audio that's captured on every bus I ride...

I'm welcome to other suggestions, especially regarding and use.

Delighted to learn the brilliant UK-based Big Brother Watch has just launched their own podcast. For anyone who doesn't know them, they're one of the main privacy groups in the UK (they feature as one of the 'defenders of digital rights' in my upcoming course)

Who can help me with some recommendations...

I need an affordable -WRT (or similar) supported , as I want to be able to route my games console etc. through my .

The router must have the option of creating an additional (guest) network, cost no more than Β£150, and having dual band is a bonus.

Excited to hear about @signalapp's "move to support additional features the Signal community has asked for – like addressing that isn’t based on phone numbers". This is a big deal and was one of the main reasons I considered moving to an alternative .

Currently syncing the @particl via their desktop client. Hoping the marketplace offers more than . We really need a decentralised, private alternative to !

@signalapp I'm getting this error when I try to open 'signal-desktop' (for Debian). Not sure why it's suddenly decided to stop working after most recent update... "The SUID sandbox helper binary was found, but is not configured correctly. Rather than run without sandboxing I'm aborting now. You need to make sure that /opt/Signal/chrome-sandbox is owned by root and has mode 4755. Trace/breakpoint trap"

Why do I get the feeling the gov's rushed release of a contact tracing app is just a cover for how they really intend to handle the situation: continue to monitor everyone's phone location data in real time. It amazes me they expect those of us who haven't been asleep for the last 10 years to believe they truly care about our .

TIL has an feature. So which feed do you think I'm going to add to my feed reader. The hero of course:

As much as I feel I should donate to , I see something like the following, and it's just too much for me:

"we place a pixel on our web pages that allows Facebook to place cookies on web browsers. When a Guardian reader who uses Facebook returns to Facebook, Facebook can identify them".

Any recommendations for quality sites that don't go to such lengths?

And on to the next unit I go for my course . This unit will be covering the 'defenders of digital rights' πŸ” ✊ , such as @privacyint @eff @torproject. :gnu:

Who wants to feature in the 'Why Privacy Matters' unit I'm working on for my course ? Just reply to this toot with your 'privacy pitch' - how you would explain to someone that matters. Any responses used will be anonymised and I will let you know if you're featured. Thanks!

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