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Are you concerned about the darker aspects of tech? Like unethical data harvesting, privacy invasion, ad-tech, fake news, social erosion, smartphone addiction, online bullying, and many more harms of technology?

Do you want to work on solutions, and help raise awareness? Then join our community..

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Who we are, What we do, And how you can help Humane Technology too. Just follow the link..

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“[B]eing ethical is not comfortable … We should embrace being uncomfortable. We live in a political and social hellscape. The majority of us have no job security, we can’t afford houses and we can’t afford to have families. Many of us can’t even afford healthcare. None of this is comfortable, so we may as well do something to change that for our futures, and for future generations.” – @laura, Ethical Design Is Not Superficial

laurakalbag.com/ethical-design

“Just install Linux on it” is the “just change the engine of your car” of tech.

Not everyone is a mechanic, not everyone wants to be a mechanic, and, if we want a world where freedom is the norm, we must stop expecting everyone to become a mechanic.

Note: this is not because these people are too dumb to be mechanics. It’s because they’re brain surgeons and space-shuttle pilots and they have three kids and they care for a loved one and they don’t have time to also be a mechanic.

Join the workshop in by our member Sharmin on Sat Feb 23. 14:00 – 16:30 GMT

Improve your relationship with technology and focus on what matters most to you. Combat digital distraction.


eventbrite.com/e/digital-wellb

So in the course of #DeGoogling, I downloaded my #Hangouts chats. I found this tool to convert the file into something human readable, but I couldn't get it to work.

github.com/Jessecar96/hangouts

Anyone know of a tool that works? I'd love to be able to go through these logs.

#NeedHelp

G-Droid 0.7.0 is now available on #fdroid . This version shows apps similar to your installed apps and apps you might also like. Give it a try! This is a new experience to browse apps of the F-Droid repository. #gdroid #Android

Another good thing: it does all these things without stealing your data to analyze it or do any kind of tracking. #deletegoogle 😍

Alternatively, you can find people to follow across the entire #Fediverse by using the #Trunk directory:

communitywiki.org/trunk

It too is opt-in, so it only includes people who actively ask to be listed.

#MastoTips #FediTips

Twenty-five speakers have already confirmed their presence at the Free Silicon Conference (#FSiC):

wiki.f-si.org/index.php/FSiC20

The introduction on Day 1 will begin with talks of:

1. Purism (puri.sm/)
2. Wiring (wiring.org.co/)
3. Echopen (echopen.org/)

Which impact will the first free and open (layout included) chips have on security, education and cooperative projects?

Tim Berners-Lee's Solid project really resonnate with me. But I have a hard time figuring:
1 - How to make the big players in the game to embrace such framework
2 - How, even if the framework is adopted, alternatives to the web giant will emerge and manage to convince people to move

Anyway, great article by Ruben Verborgh #solid #decentralization ruben.verborgh.org/articles/re

@dtluna @switchingsocial @humanetech @aral I actually know that regulation does work. The way I know this is because getting food poisoning in a restaurant or with store-bought food is extremely unlikely.

That's not something "the market" solved. That's regulation.

The power is with and in the people. Ignoring the power that the collective has is equivalent to taking it from them.

The @CNIL issues a EURO 50 Million fine to Google for breaches of transparency & information obligations, & failure to provide a legal basis for personalised advertising cnil.fr/fr/la-formation-restre

The CNIL found that consent as collected by Google is not valid. (1) The user is insufficiently informed & infer doesn’t communicate the magnitude od giving consent (2) consent is not obtained in a specific and unambiguous manner. Obsfucated controls/mechanisms

This is a public service announcement: by saying "IT is crap because users still buy it" you are effectively blaming the victim.

There is a huge information and resources asymmetry between large companies creating software and hardware, and regular person who just wants their Internet-connected device to, you know, not do harm. Companies effectively made a business model out of that asymmetry.

We need education and regulation to make IT not crap.

As some query the above, You can of course analyse an app directly via reports.exodus-privacy.eu.org/ or using a Firefox extension or a myriad of other ways. Take your pick.

I've been promoting the Exodus tool to regulators and legislators and to workshops in different countries. Let's not be precious about how Exodus is accessed. The point is, it's making a difference :)

Checking out eclips.is by Greenhost (they gave me an account to try out.)

eclips.is

“eclips.is has a solid, agile base and can deliver instances within 30 seconds. Its functionalities are designed especially for developers of services to promote digital civil rights.”

Quite like the sound of that :)

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The federated social network #Friendica has just released its new version 2019.01, which now includes full #ActivityPub support:

github.com/friendica/friendica…

Thanks to ActivityPub, it federates with Mastodon, PixelFed, Pleroma, PeerTube, NextCloud Social, Osada, Hubzilla etc.

Friendica also still has federation with #Diaspora, so if you're wanting to follow ActivityPub accounts without leaving your Diaspora friends, Friendica might be a good option.

THERE IS NO WAY THIS WILL OBVIOUSLY BACKFIRE! | Australia Becomes First Western Nation to Ban Secure Encryption

extremetech.com/internet/28199

@aral @bjoern You're welcome! We are aware that we are arriving late to the WebRTC game... at some point we had to switch from the OpenWebRTC library to libwebrtc due to lack of maintenance of the former. If you're curious there's a lightning talk on the topic from the last Web Engines Hackfest: youtube.com/watch?v=LHSVMWOYVi

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