EFF will always fight for strong encryption—in the courts, in Congress, and around the world. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2021/10/global-encryption-day-lets-stand-privacy-and-security
So if you have been under a rock today, here's the original announcement: https://www.pine64.org/2021/10/15/october-update-introducing-the-pinephone-pro/
@martijnbraam made this killer video about it: https://spacepub.space/videos/watch/358f4436-ad94-4436-8560-4157603d3380
...and of course prepared a merge request to put it into postmarketOS edge: https://gitlab.com/postmarketOS/pmaports/-/merge_requests/2607
Don't miss the latest episode of This week in Google https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-google/episodes/633?autostart=false
with @pluralistic brilliant as always. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
If an advertiser seems to be tracking you across multiple websites without your permission, Privacy Badger can automatically block that advertiser from loading any more content in your browser. https://www.eff.org/privacybadger
In 8 hours from now, at 20:00 UK Time (whatever that is where you are 🤷♀️), we're having an "After Show" 🎉
Grab a cup of tea and some biscuits, and join @email@example.com @firstname.lastname@example.org and @email@example.com , live over on the YouToobs. Mash that reminder button, etc. ⤵️
And we did it once again.
Epic Games announce full Easy Anti-Cheat for Linux including Wine & Proton https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2021/09/epic-games-announce-full-easy-anti-cheat-for-linux-including-wine-a-proton #Anti-Cheat #SteamPlay #Wine #Meta
Here's Cory Doctorow (@pluralistic) with some thoughts on the Framework laptop which has great reparability and customization. Exciting to see how it evolves over time although it does look promising here. https://pluralistic.net/2021/09/21/monica-byrne/#think-different
It's the antepenultimate episode of @firstname.lastname@example.org !
Yes, we just discovered the word "antepenultimate". Learning right to the end. 💪
Here's some highlights:
Para 87: Zuckerberg's M&A chief writes to him to say, "imo, photos (along with comprehensive/smart contacts and unified messaging) is perhaps one of the most important ways we can make switching costs very high for users - if we are where all users’ photos reside because the upoading (mobile/web), editing, organizing, and sharing features are best in class, will be very tough for a user to switch if they can’t take those photos and data/comments with them."
I have a (free) new book out! "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is an anti-monopolist critique of Big Tech that connects the rise of conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies and proposes a way to deal with both:
I mean, fuck the panic over automation-driven unemployment. Relocating every coastal city inland, dealing with hundreds of millions of traumatized refugees, fighting continent-spanning fires and dealing with wave after wave of zoonitic and insect-borne pandemics will give us full employment for centuries to come.
6. Documentation and Non-Discrimination
"Interoperability interfaces shouldn't discriminate between competitors and shouldn't come with strenuous obligations or content restrictions. Interfaces, such as APIs, must also be easy to find, well-documented, and transparent."
"We must take a holistic view of digital policy, and take care that policymakers do not inadvertently give incumbents excuses to block their competitors from entering a market. "
Companies have a duty to keep users safe, but regulators musn't allow this to become a pretense for shutting down interop: "communicate transparently, resolve the problem, and reinstate interoperability interfaces within a reasonable, clearly defined timeframe."
Mandate best practices for privacy: "data minimization, privacy by design, and privacy by default" and augment them with "easy-to-use interfaces through which users can give their explicit consent regarding any use of their data (as well as revoke that consent)."
Allow users to designate providers - companies, nonprofits, coops, etc - to act on their behalf, pulling in the messages waiting for them inside Big Tech silos and pushing replies back, without requiring them to expose themselves to surveillance.
3. Limit Commercial Use of Data
Commercial use of data made available through interop should be banned. It "should only be used for maintaining interoperability, safeguarding users’ privacy, or ensuring data security."
1. General Interoperability Obligations
Fix and expand the GDPR's "data portability" rules to close loopholes and allow Europeans to fetch their data continuously, in realtime from within the big platforms. Expose the same APIs that platforms use internally to competitors.
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