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If you want well-formatted, public domain e-books, standardebooks.org is the place to go.

“Grindr is sharing detailed personal data with thousands of advertising partners, allowing them to receive information about users’ location, age, gender and sexual orientation…”

bloomberg.com/news/articles/20

#FreedomBox version 20.0 has been released to the Unstable branch! Soon, it will migrate to Testing and then to Stable-backports.

Highlights:
-Update translations for 6 languages 🌎
-10 people contributed❗

Details: discuss.freedombox.org/t/freed

Bear with me, my mind is a jumbled mess right now. Hopefully will be fixed by the end of the week. :/

Unfortunately, you can't vote the rascals out, because you never voted them in, in the first place.
-- Noam Chomsky

#anarchism #quote #bot

In 2020, the first large-scale study of pre-installed software on Android devices found harmful behaviours and backdoored access to sensitive data and services without user consent or awareness.

Tell @google to do better

#LowCostTech

privacyinternational.org/petit

Happy New Year everyone!

As you journey into 2020 and a new decade, a piece of advice: stop searching for the meaning of life, why you're here, or what purpose you may serve.

Instead, CREATE it. Carve it out, fight for it, shape it yourself. Start living your best life TODAY!

Just witnessed a whole conversation on a non-nerdy chat group about the evils of Facebook and big tech in connecting with people, finding local events and so on. No one has the perfect answer yet, but it's so encouraging to see that non-techy people are looking for better answers and a bunch of them already refuse to use FB.

#socialmedia

What this means practically: Apple will say that privacy is a fundamental human right, but their actions show they don’t believe that right extends to over a billion people in China.

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Google will say they value their privacy and while they seem to do a good job keeping your actual data to themselves, it fuels a massive industry of invasive and dangerous data collection and ad targeting.

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Microsoft will say they love Linux, and some of their current actions back that up—but they are so massive they could pivot at any point to attempt to crush any threat to their business models.

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While I don’t believe a corporation is a moral entity (they are amoral groups whose actions reflect the morality of those in power), I do believe any massive company will not value individuals above all other interests.

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I also don’t believe it’s immoral to use products by these companies; you gotta live your life. But whenever possible, we should be redirecting our support to truly open source and free software efforts from independent and smaller organizations.

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Massive corporations do not have your interests at heart. No matter what they tell you about privacy, security, etc., you as an individual do not matter to them and they will bow to other interests first. Remember this in 2020, and support independent open source projects.

@Wolf480pl I'm a fan of systemd actually :) it is free software and it is quite modular, contrary to some beliefs. Different distros ship with different sets of systemd components. Wouldn't hurt for it to be even more modular, such as supporting elogind (being able to use logins without systemd the PID 1) upstream.

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