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There's a petition to Save the .org top level domain. Apparently, ICANN could still stop it from being sold.
I know, petitions rarely work, but I also know that _sometimes_ they do.
Please consider signing if you _run_ anything there, or if you _use_ or _care about_ anything that's on a .org domain. Also, boosting this to others who follow you, would be very much appreciated.

@aral on freedom and the Internet, Facebook & Google, their business model & the silion valley surveillance capitalism model.
Listen to him, now with French, English & German subtitles

Waking up to @aral kicking the Antwerp crowd a conscience.

I have shared it before but now I found the time to watch it through. This is such a great talk. Thanks @aral !!

All set up for my opening keynote on Small Technology at Creative Ville 2019 in Antwerp.

“The technology behind the internet is not incompatible with our rights, but the business model Facebook and Google have chosen is.”

Yep, that’s Amnesty International saying that.

Right, just finished preparing and rehearsing my opening keynote on Small Technology for Creative Ville in Antwerp tomorrow.

The talk will include live demos and I’ll be showing off a couple of prototype Small Tech developer devices.

@aral made such an important speech at the EU commission, packing a lot of stuff.

I cannot stop laughing at this reference, though. 🤣

La conférence de Aral Balkan @aral au Parlement Européen est en ligne avec ses diapos et des sous-titres en Français ! C'est vraiment brillant !

Aral Balkan ( @aral ) at the European Parliament to talk about Facebook, Small Techs, Surveillance Capitalism, Mastodon and the Fediverse, with slides and English (and soon French) subtitles is now here :

Bonsoir !
La conférence de Aral Balkan @aral au Parlement Européen hier est en ligne avec ses diapos et des sous-titres en Français !
Merci à couscous, googy, obrow, vincib, bstn et ceux que j'oublie pour la traductions ! <3 datalove sur vous !

* By “no hassle” I mean no warnings about it taking X days to activate but they did scan my passport so it’s linked to me. Looks like you can’t anonymously access the Interwebs anymore. I remember many years ago having a similar experience in Turkey where prepaid cards would stop working after X days so it seems we’ve caught up with and surpassed Erdoğan.

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Walked into Orange and got one without any hassle.


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TBH most places are these days… and usually without the great chocolate.

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Enters Proximus to get a pre-paid data SIM.

- Do you have Belgian ID?

- Me: huh? Oh, no, I have EU ID.

- Oh, then it will take four days to activate… we work with the government to check your documents, etc.

Tell me again about this Single Market of yours… I swear with the military on the streets, police sniffer dogs everywhere and shit like this, Belgium is one far-right government away from fascism with great chocolate and shopping.

@aral We are currently transcribing it here
and will translate to French and add both subtitles to the video ;)

Next stop: Antwerp to present the opening keynote on Small Technology at Creative Ville 2019 (

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