@mlcdf @sydneyfalk Which is why we must fund/build decentralised, interoperable, free and open technologies where there is no centre that can scale, no central accumulation of power and wealth even as the system itself grows, no incentive to scale vertically.
Mozilla, by the way, used to get the ~$400M/year it makes from Google and now does from Yahoo! They’re entirely funded by #surveillancecapitalism
The Nomad Who’s Exploding the Internet Into Pieces
Excellent article on the lovely Dominic Tarr and his efforts to decentralise technology. Dominic is not only one of the most prolific developers I know but one of the few people actually working to further the cause of decentralisation. (And we’re not talking about right libertarian blockchain bullshit but actual topological decentralisation of the network itself.)
@boots @nightpool (That said, I just updated the article summary and reissued my toot to make it clear that Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube formed the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, not Amber Rudd – that was a late-night mistake on my part – and that Rudd asked them to quietly drop e2e-encryption. Thanks for helping me improve the article.)
Decrypting Amber Rudd
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter & YouTube (Google/Alphabet, Inc) have formed the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism and Amber Rudd is asking them to quietly drop end-to-end encryption from their products. You should not believe a single word any of those companies tells you about end-to-end encryption or privacy on their platforms ever again. PS. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook.
It doesn’t feel like you read my post, just the toot. They didn’t “attend a forum”, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism is a group formed by those companies (see https://blog.twitter.com/official/en_us/topics/company/2017/Global-Internet-Forum-to-Counter-Terrorism.html) and they’ve been asked to quietly drop e2e-encryption by the UK’s Home Secretary.
@nightpool @boots Did you read my post? The issue here is that these companies have joined her Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism group and Amber Rudd has asked them to quietly disable e2e encryption in their products. WhatsApp is closed-source. End-to-end encryption could be disabled in the next build. Either they must get independent audits of every release build or there is no grounds to trust e2e-encryption won’t be silently dropped at some point.
@eldang @dzuk The companies in question have joined her Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism and she has stated that she wants them to drop e2e encryption and that – ironically – conversations between the govt and tech companies “must be confidential”. At this point, unless these companies get independent auditing of every build, I see no reason to trust what they say on e2e encryption in their products.
PS. I’m very new to the EasyList format and this is just the first rough conversion. I’ll be cleaning it up and refining it as I go. Please do send suggestions if you notice anything awry with the rules.
In my limited testing so far, it seems to work and match the Safari results.
You will want to turn off the other filters so as not to skew the experience (see screenshot for how I was testing). https://mastodon.ar.al/media/53n2cuoF8gTIOLs74II
Found a few hours to code today so I wrote a simple WebKit Content Blocker → EasyList converter, converted Better’s (https://better.fyi/) ruleset, and integrated it into the site build. It’s all very alpha right now & there’s no support, etc., but if you want to play with it + know what you’re doing, pop the following URL into your uBlock Origin & play.
1st step to opening Better up to Firefox, Chrome & Edge :) https://mastodon.ar.al/media/QijB3STjZf2HS_PsQxc
So I just posted my Coordinating Collective candidacy on the DiEM25 forum as asked.
That’s about as much campaigning as I’m going to be doing. (I’m not a politician nor do I aspire to be.) Please only vote if you agree with me that I’d be most effective on the CC while working to help implement the technology pillar policies internally. And don’t do anything silly like voting for me instead of Yanis or Srećko—the CC needs them more.
Proposal: We should add a disclaimer to the DiEM25 Facebook page (as a pinned post) stating that we are using a surveillance-based platform monopoly under protest to reach people we might not otherwise be able to reach in the short-term. This is what we do with the Better (https://better.fyi/) Facebook page (see screenshot).
For more info on our pragmatic approach to using current platforms, see: https://ar.al/notes/spyware-vs-spyware/
Roomba maker iRobot plans to sell digital maps of your home
Robot vacuum cleaner company iRobot “reportedly has a new strategy in place: providing Roomba-gathered maps of your home to other smart device makers.”
"You are not the product being sold, you are the livestock being farmed."
Wise words from Mr. @aral
Wait! What's that surveillance capitalism thingy? Quite a big thing but let me give the word to Shoshana Zuboff to explain this model.
@viTekiM I really liked the book but I have a feeling you have to have grown up in and be quite nostalgic for the 80s for the full effect.
Also have a sneaky suspicion Mark Zuckerberg read it and, instead of a dystopian warning, took it as an instruction manual and kicked off his foray into VR. The latter is purely conjecture, by the way :)
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Saw the old post was 💾, rewriting for spelling. 😜
The shower doesn't work, she calls a plumber. He shows up very shortly after, assesses the issue. He says he "has the parts she needs", goes out to the truck and gets the parts. He then fixes it quickly without making a huge mess in the bathroom. After all that, he charges a reasonable amount for his services and leaves with a smile. She finally gets to relax and take a shower.
#porn #erotica #plumber
Must watch documentary: Nobody Speak – Trials of the Free Press (Netflix original)
“The documentary is themed around the effects of big money on American journalism. [It] focuses on two cases: Peter Thiel financing wrestler Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker Media, and casino owner Sheldon Adelson's secret purchase of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.”
@phildenfer The ePrivacy regulation that’s at the European Parliament at the moment has a provision that states that WiFi and Bluetooth tracking must be declared (this falls short of protecting you as your only recourse is to turn off the features), not sure what provision (if any) there is for facial recognition but it should be similar – at least as covered by GDPR. Will add this to list of things we need to address in DiEM25’s technology pillar.
Speaking of amateurish behavior:
The military's press secretary claimed on Friday that the Transport Agency "has nothing to do with the military vehicle registry"… but now sent a request to the Transport Agency for the info they claimed they didn't have and modify the statement to "However it is as such that some information exists both in the military vehicle registry and the Transport Agency's road traffic registry".
Well… that… makes your earlier unequivocal statement 100% untrue.
Were you just making it up?
Don't you KNOW who has lists of like... your tanks?
What… are you doing over there?
Can we trust you with a̲n̲y̲t̲h̲i̲n̲g̲?