"Digital ads are starting to feel psychic," says one writer. Everyone has a story about an in-app ad that coincided w/ a real purchase even though there was no way for the app to know about the real purchase.
How this happens is a mystery. But...
All it costs to fulfill the average person's needs for digital services is a $5 per month VPS instance. It's even cheaper if you buy a single board computer and host your services at home.
We've been letting companies steal our personal data and sell it to the highest bidder and destroying democracy in the process all to save what? A coffee a month?
This is one of the worst deals in history.
and also a good thread about this topic:
What happens when users rely on proprietary software platforms that are run by corporations at the mercy of governments?
This happens: iPhones with China-specific configurations crashed when users typed the word "Taiwan."
Let's regain control. #FreedomBox
REMINDER: #FreedomBox progress call tomorrow! ☎️
WHEN: Saturday, July 14th at 14:00 UTC
WHERE: We are using Mumble voice over IP (VoIP). Connect to server <http://fbx.freedomboxfoundation.org> on port: 64738
Learn how to connect to calls here: https://wiki.debian.org/FreedomBox/ProgressCalls
All are welcome!
You: Why should users insist on using fully free and open source software on their devices?
Us: If you can't see the code, you can't trust the device.
You: Prove it.
Us: Chinese phone cameras self-activate with certain apps (e.g. browsers & chat apps).
Facebook and Twitter announced new #Ad disclosure efforts.
...but what if we all used a platform that had no ads? What if our platforms were fully free and open source and enabled users to inspect them?
We have the technology to do this: #FreedomBox.