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Hi there, I'm a non-technical digital immigrant, soccer-playing private tutor and a Crete-loving West German with Bavarian roots who doesn't want to be watched by big brothers!!!

"Social media sucks. What we see as a nice way to stay in touch with our friends, in reality are just many hits of dopamine stimulating precise spots in your brain, leading to you spending more time on the platform consuming ads.

But what if I told you that there is a huge ad-free social network out there, not governed by a central authority, full of great people and completely free to use? This place is called the ." (Garrit Franke)

"Today, everyone of us is being profiled and targeted. It
seems that every day many megabytes of data are being collected about us. This leads to highly detailed digital doubles, which reflect our economic situation and consumption behavior, our social network, our behavior, psychology, and health. Such data can be used to manipulate our thinking, emotions, and behaviors. Most of such data uses today seem to happen without our knowledge and consent."

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#Welcome to the #Fediverse / to #Mastodon

Here is my article on Mastodon and Fediverse for Beginners:

Hier gibts eine Deutsche Version:

#MastoGuide #FediGuide #MastoTips #FediTips

Feel free to spread, copy, adapt, translate, ... under #CCSA (Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike).
Also please spread this outside of the Fediverse.
But #boosts are also always appreciated.

#boost #BoostsWelcome

"It appears that Social Media, once seen as an opportunity for fairer, participatory society, have (been) turned into promoters of fake news and hate speech. It also turns out that Big Data has empowered businesses and secret services, while in comparison citizens have probably lost power." (Dirk Helbing)

“It’s clear that football is fairer, but it’s also clear that VAR has had an i mpact on the flow of the game,” Elleray said. “If you are going to stop the game to look at a replay that involves a stop in the flow of the game.

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There's a Goodreads alternative for the Fediverse called Bookwyrm, which is currently in closed beta testing.

If you would like to take part, see this thread:

#GoodReads #Alternatives #Fediverse

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Today I wrote an update to my adventures in leaving big tech behind. While there is still room for improvement I'm pretty happy with were we are for the moment.

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Short reflection on Christmas 2020 and how important human contact is. Also, thanks for the Fediverse Christmas channel @Gina !!

Day 40 of #100DaysToOffload

Jonathan Lear describes his book Radical Hope as a work of “philosophical anthropology”. Like an anthropologist, he is interested in what happened to the Crow tribe when they were moved onto reservations and their traditional way of life came to an end. Unlike an anthropologist, however, Lear is also concerned with the larger questions entailed by the possibility that a way of life could come to an end.

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"We asked web builders that we admire the same question: "What is one thing you learned about building websites this year?" Here's what they told us."

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Written by Martin Gundersen:
"There are 160 apps on my phone. What they’re actually doing, I don’t know.

I have a feeling these apps are spying on me. Well, not listening in, but that they’re keeping track of where I am at all times. That my every move is shared on. When I am shopping for groceries, having a drink, or hanging out with friends.

I know there are those that buy and sell such information. How are they tracking us, and what do they want with our data?"

Death by Algorithm?
Nov 26, 2020
Dirk Helbing , Peter Seele

Big data, artificial intelligence, and digital technologies have left us surprisingly ill-equipped for the challenges now facing us, such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Building resilience and flexibility – the hallmarks of sustainable systems – into policymaking and international cooperation is a more promising approach.

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Panoptykon Foundation:
"NEW: Our report ToTrackOrNotToTrack shows that privacy-friendly advertising is possible *without* bankrupting online publishers. But in order to promote the uptake of alternatives, EU policymakers must create a regulatory push."
➡️ Read the report:

What a piece of work really means is not determined by what you want it to be but by what happens when people interact with it. As Marcel Duchamp wrote: “All in all, the creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.”

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