Singling out @tiktok_us just because it's linked to China is entirely the wrong move.
Don't ban a company.
Don't ban a country.
Ban the *practice.*
Make the systematic and exploitative collection of people's private details unlawful. Under *any* flag.
You don't "have something to hide" when you put blinds on your windows or close the door when you're on the toilet, or wear clothes. Privacy isn't about having something to hide, it's not about keeping secrets. It's about being able to choose what you reveal about yourself, and when, and to who, and the other word we have for that is "dignity". Your inherent dignity, as a human being. Privacy is the agency you have over your dignity.
I think the thing about liberalism is its ability to watch things get progressively worse, while immediately soothing itself and saying "oh, we don't really have to start worrying yet", creating this unwinnable war between the knowledge that absolutely horrible things are happening, and the unshakable belief that the world is still just despite this
re: US POL, abortion, privacy, Internet metadata
My opinion decades later has never wavered.
Reproductive rights are human rights.
You either believe in everyones human right to have control of their body or you don't.
The danger of mass surveillance and data collection threatens all our human rights, not just that of people who wish to have access to safe birth control or access to safe reproductive health options.
US POL, abortion, privacy, Internet metadata
Your Internet history & your phone history could be used against you.
"Large carve-outs and exceptions” give law enforcement wide latitude to utilize “mass extraction tools,” she says, which will “inevitably expose everyone—not just pregnant people—to this sort of digital self-incrimination.”
As I've said time and time again it doesn't take much to get on the wrong side of your government or the law.
Oh, good grief.. well, if anyone needed more of a reason to be anywhere else than mastodon.social or mastodon.online, Gargron's turned off the Local and Federated timelines there.
I've made a deliberate choice against a quoting feature because it inevitably adds toxicity to people's behaviours. You are tempted to quote when you should be replying, and so you speak at your audience instead of with the person you are talking to. It becomes performative. Even when doing it for "good" like ridiculing awful comments, you are giving awful comments more eyeballs that way. No quote toots. Thank's
I compared the landing pages of Mastodon, Pleroma and Misskey because I was curious how each characterized itself.
joinmastodon.org: "Mastodon isn’t a single website like Twitter or Facebook, it's a network of thousands of servers operated by different organizations and individuals that provide a seamless social media experience."
→ Mastodon is a network
join.misskey.page: "Misskey is a decentralized microblogging platform born on Earth. Since it exists within the Fediverse (a universe where various social media platforms are organized), it is mutually linked with other social media platforms."
→ Misskey is part of a network
pleroma.social: "Free and open communication for everyone. Pleroma is social networking software compatible with other Fediverse software such as Mastodon, Misskey, Pixelfed and many others. "
→ Pleroma is part of a network
I don't have a Nvidia GPU (or any GPU for that matter) so that should simplify things a bit. So far, I've been only used to rolling distros and using LTS Debian/Ubuntu on servers.
The original server operated by the Mastodon gGmbH non-profit