He twitches while he sleeps. He looks up from a dream and I tell him it’s ok, he can go back to sleep and he lays his head back down. These little moments… so priceless; they remind you how special life is.

Have you heard about Silicon Valley’s unpaid research and development department? It’s called the EU.


Who should you thank for Facebook’s Libra?

• “One of the UK’s leading privacy researchers”
• University College London
• The DECODE project

And, if you’re an EU citizen who pays their taxes,

• You.

Surprised? Don’t be.

RT @umairh@twitter.com

“That is what the idea of a crime against humanity says. That nothing — nothing — merits the stripping away of personhood, the systematic violation of a people, the removal of humanity. Not a thing — and definitely not being a refugee or migrant.”link.medium.com/qffJTj5vEX

🐦🔗: twitter.com/umairh/status/1142

Free yourself, your friends or your community from Facebook when you want to organise and coordinate events with @mobilizon

Free software is free as in freedom, not as in free beer, which is why @Framasoft raises funds through a crowdfunding campaign. There are still 19 days to go to collect the tiny 4.5k€ left, and to fully fund the project.


Just added an ephemeral statistics view to the next iteration of Indie Web Server and seeing a huge number of requests on my personal site from the IP address (~14,000 out of 18,000 requests in total to the site over the last few hours)… looks like it’s owned by Scaleway… anyone know what this is?


Love this. Very much in the spirit of what we’re working on.

The Jinhao fountain pen looks impressive but cost not much more than the iroshizuku ink. I’ve read great things about how it writes (can’t wait to try it). The notebook’s my favourite (Leuchtturm 1917, dotted) and the glasses are a cheap pair I found off the shelf in Sweden.

@aral Thank you! I finally got to setting up my own instance today. Looking forward to the ride...

it turns out that NYTimes "Privacy Project" was a honeypot for privacy advocates all along (who built a ladder of legitimacy for Google to climb), not just readers (who had their data pilfered by tons of Big Tech trackers). #SurveillanceCapitalism

Socialist critics of surveillance capitalism: corporations shouldn’t own and control your data

Me: Hear, hear!

Also them: But it’s OK if governments own and control your data if we’re the ones in government…

Me: No, actually that’s not OK either.

Them: you filthy capitalist!

Looking into OpenCollective… first impressions:


* I like the model
* Open source (nice)
* No trackers on site/source (nice); trackers in docs because they’re using Gitbook but that’s not the end of the world


* Paypal seems to be required for fiscal hosts; based on past experience don’t want to give them access to my bank account.
* I’m worried about the angel investment; they seem to be going down the VC road – so what’s the exit?
* This is worrisome: docs.opencollective.com/help/i

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