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Björn Schießle

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"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." - Jane Goodall

These days I tried to switch from uBlock to Privacy Badger because I like the idea not to block advertisement in general but only the harmful stuff. But now it happens quite often that websites detect Privacy Badger and show a pop-up every few seconds. So I'm back from blocking some advertisement to blocking all advertisement. Don't think it is better, but it seems like this is what publishers prefer these days.

Saw it the first time, F-Droid now allows you to add a donate button... I like it!

After Sean Parker, another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya says he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make.

Computers are everywhere. They control our access to culture, knowledge, information, education & work it enables us to participate in democratic decision-making. It is crucial that in the 21st century software is controlled by the society

Computer sind heute zentraler Bestandteil unseres Lebens: Zugang/Teilhabe an Kultur, Bildung, Arbeit, Meinungsbildung, Demokratische Willensbindung und Teilhabe. Daher ist eine demokratische Kontrolle von Software unerlässlich.

If you care about digital rights in Europe and a free & open internet you should consider joining me supporting @edri

I wrote a small tool which enables you to forward Toot's from to Buffer which allows you to post to , , , , etc.

I just rediscovered this small tool I wrote some time ago: Upload one or multiple files with one click to your and create a public link. Works with , , and

"Public domain is a local conclusion, not a global license" - Some good reasons why Free Software projects should be careful with public domain code. by @webmink

Immer wieder spannend zu sehen wie an der CDU alles abprallt. Es wird über alle Parteien geschrieben, was sie falsch gemacht haben oder was sie jetzt machen müssen. Nur über die Verantwortung von CDU/Merkel und was dort falsch gemacht wurde schreibt mal wieder niemand.

Heute Abend um 20 Uhr ist wieder Treffen der #FSFE Gruppe !Kiel in den Räumen des Toppoint e.V.

A report made by Quartz has brought to light the fact that Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services and GPS are disabled, even with the SIM out of the phone and factory-reseted.

This only shows the need for a truly open option when it comes to mobile systems that respect your privacy, like the Librem 5 project from @Purism supported by @matrix, @gnome, @kde, @nextcloud and @monero

People wrote already many good things about Firefox 57 for the desktop. Today I updated Firefox for Android and I have to say that the progress there is at least as impressive as on the Desktop side! I use Firefox on Android for years, but this is by far the best version. For the first time Firefox's look & feel is like a real mobile browser and not like something ported from the desktop to the mobile world.

I was just pointed to the paradox of tolerance: "Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." I see some similarity to the discussion of protecting vs non-protecting licenses.

You <3 Free software?

You are looking for a student internship for 2018? Ask the @fsfe !

While a lot of our interns studied legal or political science, we also had students with a more technical or other social science background.

Read our news item :
"2018 internship positions as student interns"

The blogosphere suddenly became aware of the existence of Intel ME "spying at you" to paraphrase some catchy titles. If some authors seem to discover that technology, the truth is it is here for almost 10 years!

So, in order for you to make your own educated opinion, I tried to summarize the facts concerning Intel ME and the current state of the community knowledge about that technology.