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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!!!

Why meditation makes happy. Warum Meditieren glücklich macht | Gert Scobel & Mingyur Rinpoche (in english from 24th Oct 2020)

Top 10 books about social media

In fiction and in fact, these books trace how in less than 15 years, billions of people have given up a good deal of their waking life to Web 2.0

The Markup recently launched Blacklight, a free, instant privacy-inspection tool. Enter any website, and it reveals how you may be tracked when you visit the site, names the companies receiving your data, and explains what the trackers are doing—some of them watch your every mouse move and record your every keystroke. Trust us, it’s more than you’re expecting, raising the question: What can you do about it?

In this report, we analyze a sample of settings in Facebook, Google and Windows 10, and show how default settings and dark patterns, techniques and features of interface design meant to manipulate users,are used to nudge users towards privacy intrusive options.

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I agree with the authors central premise, though I'm not certain about the whole "blockchaininess" of it all. Honestly, I'm still not sold on blockchain. Thoughts?

"The biggest problem with centralization is that it takes control and power out of the hands of ordinary internet users. "

Patti Smith, rock star, poet, visual artist and writer, won the 2010 National book award with her memoir Just Kids. The Year of the Monkey, her moving postscript – about loss, serendipity, friendship and hope – is out now in paperback (Bloomsbury).

Maybe the virus was just a messenger from the future. The drastic message is: Human civilisation has become too dense, too fast, and overheated. It is racing too fast in a direction in which there is no future.
But it can reinvent itself.
System reset.
Cool down!
Music on the balconies!
This is how the future works.

Note: This text can be freely printed with the credit to and

yourData is openDemocracy’s project to promote data transparency. We explore ways to show people how their data is used by data-driven websites. If a website shows me an article, or tries to sell me a product, or manages my access to government services, I want to know if and how they’re using my data to make that decision. That decision is called personalisation and it’s a filter that you typically have little knowledge of or control over.

Surveillance capitalism is everywhere. But it’s not the result of some wrong turn or a rogue abuse of corporate power — it’s the system working as intended. This is the subject of Cory Doctorow’s new book, which we’re thrilled to publish in whole here on OneZero. This is how to destroy surveillance capitalism.

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In communist China, companies are actively working with the the authoritarian government to tack the citizens. On wait, it's actually Microsoft in the United States.

Here you can find an overview of all 101 complaints filed on Google Analytics and Facebook Connect integrations in webpages of EU controllers. Some complaints were filed with the (likely) relevant Lead Supervisory Authority (LSA) at the establishment of the controller directly. Others with the Austrian DPA, at the residence of the data subjects. These complaints will likely be forwarded to the relevant LSA under the "One Stop Shop" (OSS).

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I think bloggers should help each other out. @kev , @celia , @mike are just a few favorites!

Please read the full article; it's about the importance of micro-blogging:

"How The New York Times Thinks About Your Privacy.
Online privacy is complex, but it doesn’t have to be."
We used to read the newspaper, but does now the news read us???
(Robin Berjon Jul 23 2020)

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The #FediLibrary is now up! Check it out at and read some works from the #Fediverse and #ActivityPub community, on community and technical topics!

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In case you missed it, I wrote a little something about the Small Web on Friday.

What’s the Small Web?


Read on… ;)

#SmallWeb #SmallTech

Big Google Home Speaker is hearing you!!!
Whoops, our bad, we just may have 'accidentally' left Google Home devices recording your every word, sound, sorry.
Plus: Microsoft to dump support for Cortana on iOS, Android phones.

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ReverseEagle is a project to help developers find free open source privacy-friendly tools and services to use in their projects. You can follow them at:

➡️ @ReverseEagle

Their website is at

#ReverseEagle #FOSS #FLOSS #Libre #OpenSource #FreeSoftware #Privacy #Developers #Development #Software #Web #Dev #Devs #Alternatives

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Ein Seitenbesuch und mindestens fünf Konzerne haben Metadaten von dir? Kein Problem bei #Blinkist. Anhand dieses Beispiels zeige ich dir, wie unscheinbar und schnell große Konzerne an (Meta)Daten von dir kommen. Außerdem erfährst du, mit wie vielen Drittanbietern Blinkist Daten teilt, wieviele Tracker in der App enthalten sind und was du gegen das Tracking unternehmen kannst.

#VerkaufMichNicht #NoTracking #GAFAM #CloudFirewall

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@mobilsicher Das machen übrigens die beiden großen Kreditkartenanbieter (Mastercard und VISA) ebenfalls ungefragt und nur mit "opt-out" an Stelle von "opt-in":

Der "opt-out" gilt auch "nur" für 5 Jahre oder solange, bis sich die Nummer der Kreditkarte ändert (maximal 5 Jahre gültig), d.h. jedes Mal wenn man eine neue Karte bekommt muss man eine dieser beiden URLs nutzen, um den "opt-out" wieder zu aktivieren:

Nick Cave on Living with Loss and the Central Paradox of Grief as a Portal to Aliveness
“The paradoxical effect of losing a loved one is that their sudden absence can become a feverish comment on that which remains… a luminous super-presence.”
By Maria Popova

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