"The phenomenon we’re living through isn’t about partisan politics. The central problem is the speech landscape has been almost fully privatized, with the overwhelming majority of people getting information via a handful of key companies[...]But who was kicked off Facebook, Apple, and YouTube was less important than the what and how: unaccountable, unelected private executives making major decisions about who gets to speak in a 100% non-transparent, unappealable process."
"There are times when powers of repression and censorship are aimed more at the left and times when they are aimed more at the right, but it is neither inherently a left-wing nor a right-wing tactic. It is a ruling class tactic, and it will be deployed against anyone perceived to be a dissident to ruling class interests and orthodoxies no matter where on the ideological spectrum they reside.“
Happy #Fediversary to me!
A re-#introduction: My 1st computer was a TRS-80. But it wasn't cool to be a nerd then, so I became a drummer and made a living at that for 10yrs, cruiseship #piano bars for 5. Now I do #songwriting for #art. Along the way I came back to the computer and learned to run my own servers for my website and #livestreaming and do my own #recording and to reclaim power through #selfhosting pretty much everything. Finally escaped Win for #Linux just last year ✊ #Arch btw lol
It is a tremendous indictment of our system that no President of either party cared to address this historically harsh sentence for a single count of whistleblowing. She had to make it through without them -- and even despite them. Respect.
Strength to her and her family. https://t.co/Dz6cidYQRV
New York Senate passes a bill supporting #RightToRepair .
Sounds like there's plenty more to happen, but seems like a good first step.
"This shows that Right to Repair has real support when the issue gets an actual vote, despite the efforts of tech manufacturers’ lobbyists"
"Our problem isn’t that we’re not writing stories. Our problem is we just can’t break through the blockade. There is a news blockade. It’s not just on social media; it’s not just on the web, meaning Google search engines and so on. We just can’t get discovered. [...]we don’t promote each other in the way of discovery, and that’s a problem. We’ve got to break our own barriers, our own intellectual property hangups."
I'm giving this music video streaming site a go. If you are in a band, have ever been in a band, have some kind of music project, or make music as a hobby and have videos you make to go along with your music please upload them here: https://nextcloud.real-ity.com/s/8PsGsA2cb7n8sfW
Feel free to share with any music friends of yours that have music videos they may want to add to the rotation.
"What have you [military recruits] to fight for? National independence? That means the masters’ independence. The laws that send you to jail when you demand better living conditions? The flag? Does it wave over a country where you are free and have a home, or does it rather symbolize a country that meets with you clenched fists when you strike for better wages and shorter hours?"
--Helen "Yes That Helen" Keller
It's almost as if ownership matters 🤔
Community co-operative ownership of the means of communication is the way forward or these enclosures of the software commons will keep happening over and over and over.
Individuals cannot be trusted in the long run, capital can not trusted, the desire for constant growth cannot be trusted, even NGOs cannot be trusted if they don't have democratic control by their community.
How many times do we have to see examples of this in the wild before some tech folks will acknowledge this problem.
Libre software is part of a global commons. The organisations administering it should be too.
andrew lee just seized over 700 channels on freenode because they mentioned libera.chat in their topic.
This includes projects like openbsd, wikimedia, FOSDEM, etc.
https://archive.is/uHw1g shows 720 channels that match what is being checked.
here's an example log: https://gist.github.com/pushcx/ab2a1d5b1d18e964c581ef18ccb3a79f
boost this if you care about foss in any way.
Without journalists to tell the story, the public would not have known about it.
Without human right lawyers defending that public, the courts would not have cared about it.
Without those courts, politicians would still be denying it.
I could not have done this alone. https://t.co/TqqLzEj3Ht
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