What it's like to get locked out of Google indefinitely
“It's just one reason why it's so important that we fund and develop human-scale small tech as an alternative to the stranglehold of big tech on our lives." – some guy who goes on about this stuff a bit
#Mobilizon v1 is available 🎉
It is an online tool to help manage your events, your profiles and your groups.
You can find an instance thanks to the picker: https://instances.joinmobilizon.org/instances
Their account on Mastodon @mobilizon
Zoom is deleting events that criticize Zoom censorship... 🤨
This is aimed at enhancing user privacy. It's just laughable.
“The search giant (Google) also announced earlier this year it was planning to kill off all third-party cookies by the end of 2021, as has already been done by Safari and Firefox. Though it will still retain first-party cookies and, it seems, give its own sites special preference in Chrome.”
Big tech accused of avoiding $2.8bn in tax to poorest countries https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/oct/26/big-tech-accused-of-avoiding-28bn-in-tax-to-poorest-countries
Holy shit. 14-21% of Apple's annual profits comes from Google paying them to be iOS' default search engine https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/25/technology/apple-google-search-antitrust.html
Amazon to escape UK digital services tax that will hit smaller traders https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/oct/14/amazon-to-escape-uk-digital-services-tax-that-will-hit-smaller-traders
Jeden dritten Donnerstag im Monat treffen wir uns in Zürich zu einer gemütlichen Runde. Neu in der Bitwäscherei, mit thematischem Input und Übertragung ins Online-Pub.
Did you ever have troubles explaining to your friends or your relatives why surveillance is so bad? Sure you did!
The #film "The Social Dilemma" has found a way to explain it also to less technical people thanks to a lot of animations and real-life examples.
It also contains the criticisms of some of the early developers of those big-data monsters, and it is therefore an important source for technical people too.
Worth watching!! 🎞️ 🍿
The web #browser is probably one of the most used applications worldwide.
It can manipulate billion of people by deciding what are the default search engines, the role of the address/URL bar, the (in-)compatibility with add-ons, you name it.
Isn't it time for #Europe to stand up and finance its own AGPLv3-licenced web browser, require that all EU websites are compatible with it, and enforce a transparent governance?
Unredacted suit shows Google’s own engineers confused by privacy settings https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/08/unredacted-suit-shows-googles-own-engineers-confused-by-privacy-settings/
So for anyone who wasn't following, Google pressured a bunch of #fediverse app developers to do an impossible thing and in the end they had to delete their app off the Play Store
Here is a good synopsis by @SubwayTooter
🕵️♂️ Investigate Google Accounts with emails. .
I did not try this yet, but this sounds like madness.. then again its Google madness..
“The official reason given by Google for the removal of #Fediverse apps is that these apps can be used to access […] content which are dedicated to hate speech.”
Somehow this doesn't motivate removal of other apps from Google's app store. What could explain this difference?
“The more freedom you have to leave Google, the bigger a risk you present to Google.”
Let's build up awareness, and therefore anger, against this monster.
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