Aral Balkan @aral@mastodon.ar.al

Disroot

“We want to encourage people to break free of the walled gardens of popular software and turn to open and ethical alternatives, may it be on our platform or on another (or you could even host your own).”

Awesome project (and how lovely to see my foreword for Trine Falbe’s excellent White Hat UX book quoted on the site – whitehatux.com)

Best of luck with this, folks! 😎👍

Visit: disroot.org

Follow: @disroot

Via @notabene

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Disroot News:

🍏 Disroot is now a foundation!
🍐 EmailAlias feature launched!
🍓 Short domain available for all email users
🥑 Jitsi (video conferencing) instance deployed for testing
🍇 Disroot on Patreon!

Read more details here: disroot.org/blog/aliases-caffe

#disroot #jitsi #patreon

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Why we won’t be applying for the Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards Fellowship shortlist (Ind.ie was among the 85 longlisted candidates)

TL;DR: Because Google is a sponsor and we don’t want to be associated with a surveillance capitalist.

forum.ind.ie/t/why-we-will-not

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(reposted because I made a mistake) Hey, y'all, I wrote a #shortstory for a class if you'd like to read it. Please excuse my misunderstandings of how computer science works. This was meant to be about #surveillancecapitalism and digital privacy. It's deeply inspired by @aral and his work, as well as James Tiptree Jr's "The Girl Who was Plugged In!" thiscatastrophe.tumblr.com/pos

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Another release, yet another marketing company introduced to Firefox (iOS). 😔 @aral
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In London for my birthday

My present is the pleasure of getting to introduce Laura to Wicked. mastodon.ar.al/media/p51z0zg7U mastodon.ar.al/media/mKVuo9iQH

General Assembly: Live stream from Berlin – starts 7PM CET today

I am taking part under protest as one of the delegates to the assembly – unlike nearly all of the others – does not represent an oppressed or progressive group but Erdoğan’s ruling AKP party in Turkey (who used the democratic process to get into power only to systematically destroy its institutions once there). I will present an intervention at the opening session.

Live stream: general-assembly.net/en/

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Flying to Berlin tomorrow to take part in The General Assembly as a representative for cyborgs.

I am taking part under protest as one of the delegates to the assembly – unlike nearly all of the others – does not represent an oppressed or progressive group but Erdoğan’s ruling AKP party in Turkey (who used the democratic process to get into power only to systematically destroy its institutions once there).

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Hey Pedrojuan, your best bet is to start with the development community and check out the resources they have there: github.com/tootsuite/mastodon

Also, I am going to need someone who is active at DiEM to take over the hosting and running of the d25 instance as I can no longer devote resources to it. Would you, or someone else from DiD, be interested in taking it over? It currently runs on a tiny instance at CloudScale at under ~€1/day.

Non Breaking Space Show: Certain Unalienable Cyborg Rights

Had a lovely, casual late-night chat about technology, surveillance, human rights, and democracy last Friday with Christopher and Simon.

The video podcast is now out.

Watch it at:

goodstuff.fm/nbsp/136

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Finally updated my instance to 2.0

PS. Doesn’t the info page read so much better with “person” instead of “user?“ I just changed it in the screenshot, not the code, but here’s hoping we make that change. Much more human, don’t you think?

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So I just revoked my current PGP key (instead of an old one) by mistake 🤦

Latest/only public key:

🗝 ar.al/downloads/aral@ind.ie.as (4F57010A)

“Women, I will let you in on a male secret. Men know that constantly self-proclaiming male 'feminists' are often predatory sleaze bags … they are viewed to be sex traitors.“—Julian Assange, DiEM25 Advisory Panel

“I am utterly a feminist in my disposition.”—Yanis Varoufakis, DiEM25 Coordinating Collective

These two statements are incompatible. DiEM members have a right to know where DiEM stands on this.

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GitLab raises $20M from Google (Ventures) – the key word here is “fork”

Today, on Venture Capital Ruins Everything, we have the lovely folks at GitLab (which we use and love at Ind.ie) raising $20M from GV (née Google Ventures).

Investors invest in the exit so imagine what GitLab’s exit will look like after this. If any competent folks are thinking of a fork, now is a good time to start doing prep work. Think ownCloud/Nextcloud…

techcrunch.com/2017/10/09/gitl mastodon.ar.al/media/6ESFuEQKO

On AI, Big Data, and its effects on society

A brief piece I wrote for my recent talk for the students at Copenhagen Business School.

marketinglab.dk/blog/2017/10/9

AI in the age of surveillance capitalism: who’s getting smarter about whom?

Will be engaging 500 students today at Copenhagen Business School on ethics in AI.

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