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So it is (my interpretation) looking toward either "no deal" or "no Brexit" (UK can cancel the process any moment until April 12th). I sincerely hope we get the latter, for all of us, both in Europe and UK.

Although observing the UK after a Brexit gives us concrete evidence to backup our claim that we need the EU to survive in a globalized world, I cannot wish for this sad outcome to become the reality.

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Rock goddess from Oz, Courtney Barnett, live in Utrecht. Great gig!!!

The songs have grown a lot since I saw her last, awesome stage performance too.

🎶 Gimme all your money
And I'll make some origami
Honey 🎶

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Computer scientist 👨‍🏫 :

Information Retrieval 📄

Data Science / Big Data 💾
PhD in Multimedia Databases 🎥
(Yes that was a respectable research topic once upon a time pre-birdsite I suppose!)

is my academic home now.

Entrepreneur: co-founder of

Loves indie music: will see Mozes and the Firstborn in Merleyn this month. Le guess who is my indie music home.

In love since I met my love ♥️
Two sons, 9 and 11.

And since 2 days:
Rattenvanger van Hamelen

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The EU Council is pushing for encryption backdoors to messenger apps such as WhatsApp and Signal to fight terrorism (German article):

Despite the fact that errors of investigation in Austrian authorities had made the attack possible in the first place and not a lack of digital surveillance powers. Politicians must start to understand that more surveillance will not lead to more security. That's why we fight any attempt for an encryption backdoor:

Professor of Artificial Intelligence & Language, Speech and Communication

Employment: 0.8 - 1.0 FTE
Maximum gross monthly salary: € 8,371
Faculty of Arts
Required background: PhD
Duration of the contract: 5 years
Application deadline: 11 June 2021

For , let me dig up my ancient blogposts on decentralized social media from time before .

Oldest one would be this, where I mention Diaspora as "alpha": - just over 10 years ago!

And 9 years ago :birdsite: still had RSS feeds for each account:

Today on fedi you can get RSS feeds. Here's mine:

And here's the RSS feed of on m.s:

The Obfuscation workshop (with Helen Nissenbaum as co-organizer!) has developed their own online platform, in line with the line of thinking behind obfuscation as a tool to cope with "environments and conditions of asymmetrical power and information".

More about the platform:

The workshop has an opening event on May 4th to welcome all participants and release artworks and media from invited speakers.

“Huawei is proposing a fundamental internet redesign, which it calls ‘New IP,’ designed to build ‘intrinsic security’ into the web. Intrinsic security means that individuals must register to use the internet, and authorities can shut off an individual user’s internet access at any time. In short, Huawei is looking to integrate China’s ‘social credit,’ surveillance, and censorship regimes into the Internet’s architecture.“

That’s a hard no from me, John.

Congress is asking for feedback on a terrible new copyright proposal. If you make and share your work online, add your voice to the conversation by signing this letter.

"Is there a working group talking about vocabulary or interop with other federated networks (#ActivityPub/#XMPP)?"

Matthew Hodgson of @matrix's answer about cooperation among #federation protocol development

1. New VC-backed startup enters the scene
2. People flock to it
3. They discover it’s a surveillance capitalist (and still have no clue what that is)
4. They’re shocked (because, see 3)
5. It’s too late, they’re too big and they’ve exited
6. Goto 1



Want all the gory details of how we hosted the world's largest free/open source conference #FOSDEM21 via Matrix? We just posted the full writeup at Huge thanks to for putting their faith in Matrix & to everyone who helped make it a success! 🎉❄️🎆

Google is a "cornerstone sponsor" of FOSDEM this year, which is being run entirely on Matrix, accessible on Android via Element, which has just been pulled from Google's Play Store. FOSDEM is in a week. This all makes perfect sense.

RDP at home, or "how to operate the Linux desktop playing an HD movie via HDMI on tele (in Firefox of course) from the Windows laptop", or pause/play without leaving your couch.

A manual for GNOME remote desktop (server) on FC33 (including a temporary workaround for missing UI and more):

Mouse-only so far (Wayland...).

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