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Things started out it a scholarly vein, but the rush of commerce hasn't allowed much time to think where we're going. — James Thornton, Considerations in computer design, 1963

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“Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.” ― Edsger W. Dijkstra

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doctorow.medium.com/about-thos

This is important. Very, *very* important.

Like, "human extinction"-level important.

> John Deere’s decision to build ag-tech that can be remotely controlled [and] disabled, along with its [total monopoly], means that anyone who compromises its system puts the world’s food-supply at risk.

> John Deere has extraordinarily terrible information security.

This is great. So, so great.

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We tried to communicate w/ #GitHub re: #Copilot; they have outright refused to answer community questions on Copilot & took it for-profit. Copilot ignores copyleft requirements; so it's time to #GiveUpGitHub GiveUpGitHub.org

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We call on people in positions of power in their FOSS communities to stop using GitHub and stop recommending it. GitHub, as a proprietary, trade-secret platform cannot be the singular development community for FOSS projects.

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We can no longer in good conscience stay silent about problems w/#GitHub's products. This latest effort to capitalize on the corpus of #copyleft code hosted on GitHub is merely the latest of their many ethical and moral lapses.

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I want a Web where CDNs are unnecessary.

Where different organizations, different website operators, can help each other out by hosting assets for each others' websites, thus spreading the load across many orgs in solidarity, instead of centralizing it in gatekeepers.

I've had this idea for years. The problem always was: how do I trust third party operators with my website's assets?

I believe I might slowly be getting to a point of having a decent answer to that question.

No blockchain required.

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d'oh

maybe we shouldn't have put all our decentralised Web behind a couple of giant centralised CDN services

techcrunch.com/2022/06/20/clou

<< A Cloudflare outage, which began about 15 minutes ago, has hit several popular services including Discord, Omegle, DoorDash, Crunchyroll, Feedly, Zerodha, Medium.com, news outlet Register, Upstox and Social Blade. The internet infrastructure firm said it is investigating the “wide-spread” issue, but it’s unclear what all regions are impacted. >>

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🇺🇳 Currently the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council is taking place.

Read OONI's submission in support of the OHCHR Report on Internet Shutdowns and Human Rights: ooni.org/post/2022-ooni-submis

We share OONI data on social media blocks during elections & protests over the last 5 years.

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🔴 Measuring DoT/DoH Blocking Using OONI Probe: A Preliminary Study
ndss-symposium.org/wp-content/

We investigated the blocking of DoH and DoT in , , and with a new OONI Probe experiment (DNSCheck). 🐙

Read our summary of findings: ooni.org/post/2022-doh-dot-pap

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A Quick Look at QUIC Censorship
ooni.org/post/2022-quick-look-

As part of her Open Technology Fund (OTF) fellowship with us,
Kathrin Elmenhorst investigated QUIC blocking & QUIC's potential for censorship resistance.

Her findings reveal QUIC censorship in , , and .

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It's been a little while, but I finally had time to work on phosh-antispam. Yesterday, I released a version 2.1.

gitlab.com/kop316/phosh-antisp

Let me know what you think!

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Yes, energy. But here's the problem with the widespread hope that we'll soon find cheap, abundant, easy energy: we'd use it to ... uproot Earth even more. No, it's better if energy available is limited & valuable: to be used judiciously.

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Fuck me, the university is killing the domain for the computer club (still quite active, literally one of the biggest mirrors for free software in northern europe in terms of bytes served), and with it a) this mastodon domain (that'll be another fun headache to figure out) b) the e-mail I've been using for all sorts of personal and accounts-based uses for the last 15+ years.

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@rysiek And of course that's ignoring the real solution.

Supply chain risk is fucking easy to solve.
Know your dependencies, yourself as much as possible and then with other people you trust to make software repositories.
That's what distros are for, which also means that if you do not trust a software repo you've picked: Leave it.

It's also why I've been avoiding entire software ecosystems where dependencies are managed by stuff like dependabot without any reviewing process going on.
Or ones where librairies can't be packaged by themselves.
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Major Court victory against #Vizio Friday evening. After hearing oral arguments from both sides, The Judge quickly decided to remand our case back to California state court! sfconservancy.org/news/2022/ma

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📢 Job Opening: OONI Community Coordinator 😍
ooni.org/post/2022-job-opening

Join our team to support human rights defenders worldwide to investigate and fight internet censorship. ✨🐙✨

This is a full-time, fully remote position.

Apply by 12th June 2022! ❤️

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