Imagine a conference with lung specialists, talking about lung cancer, sponsored by Pall Mall. Then you, as a contributor, are compromised, aren't you?
This is what happened with the Amsterdam Privacy Conference 2018, organised by the University of Amsterdam. This conf. was sponsored by Google and Palantir, among others.

Mastodon doesn't punish you for living your life.

It doesn't actively take metrics of your interactions to gauge your social or cultural capital.

Never will it demand that you post this much to be or stay relevant to the community, disappearing into the void if you don't meet The Quota.

So please, for the love of toot, take breaks whenever you feel you need to! We'll be here when you get back! :patcat:

Don't say women cannot be evil:
Anita Jones
Michele Weslander
Regina Dugan,
three women to be afraid of.

Hello Three.js... Rendering extruded buildings from OpenStreetMap data... The most complex thing actually was to parse the WKT geometry to get it into the ThreeJS library. Rendering is really straightforward :) #threejs #osm

What options are there to avoid Google and Apple?
Sailfish (flash it yourself)
lineageos (flash it yourself)
e. foundation (now: flash it yourself, probably later: ready made)
Librem 5 (wait and see)

So, what options are there now for non tech savvy people? None

"We therefore call for:

1. The discontinuation of Palantir’s sponsorship of the Amsterdam Privacy Conference,
2. Organizers and participants alike to engage in an action-oriented discussion on corporate funding of academic events,
3. The development of rigorous criteria and guidelines for corporate sponsorship, for example, based on Human Rights Impact Assessments."


cc @aral @felix

"As privacy scholars and advocates concerned with human rights, we write to express our dismay with the decision to have Palantir as a platinum sponsor for the Amsterdam Privacy Conference (APC).

The presence of Palantir as a sponsor of this conference legitimizes the company’s practices and gives it the opportunity to position itself as part of the agenda. This is deeply problematic and extremely regrettable."


Check out the review of the Librem Key by Alessandro Castellani -! We'd love to hear your feedback. Remember you can ask questions at

Pro tip: the best way to prevent Google from scanning your emails is to stop using Gmail and then convince everyone you know to also stop using Gmail.

You know what’s super cool? You can just turn your phone and computer off whenever you want and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.

Now we know why 'Don't be evil' is no longer part of Google's code of conduct:

It's time to switch to an alternative that respects you and your data:

Looks like screwed GPG Suite over with an update again.

For the record, this is literally putting journalists and their sources in danger (while we strongly suggest moving to Thunderbird, not everyone does).

Let that sink in: Apple is putting journalists in danger on a regular basis, because they cannot be bothered to test Mail App against GPG Suite.

In case you missed it, we released the Librem Key today! Learn how the Librem Key could help secure your laptop -

Show more

Follow friends and discover new ones. Publish anything you want: links, pictures, text, video. This server is run by the main developers of the Mastodon project. Everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!