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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

HT @robby

The total screening of all private online communications via GMail, Facebook Messenger etc. in the absence of any suspicion must come to an end! I have filed a #GDPR complaint with the data protection authority: #SaveYourInternet

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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.”

FSF boycotts Amazon not just because of their #DRM but also because we are a small publisher -- we urge you to ignore #PrimeDay too. If you don't, you can still redirect some money by selecting FSF as your charity at

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.

Donnerstag, 15. Oktober 2020:
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Did you ever have troubles explaining to your friends or your relatives why surveillance is so bad? Sure you did!

The "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 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 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?


Work at Google. Work at Facebook. Work at Palantir. Heck, work at Phillip Morris or Exxon Mobil or Halliburton. But don’t you dare be proud of it. And don’t you dare tell me you’re working to bring about a better world for everyday people. Don’t you fucking even dare.

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.” (hat tip to @Rigby_Koyaanisqatsi)

Somehow this doesn't motivate removal of other apps from Google's app store. What could explain this difference?

A better explanation, from @pluralistic:

“The more freedom you have to leave Google, the bigger a risk you pres­ent to Google.”

Enter the address of your favourite website to check which user-tracking technologies it uses and who it is sending your data to.

Cool new tool!

The free software #GNU Taler payment system is now operational at Bern University! Read more:

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