“Feeling anxious? Got lucky last night? Having some health issues? Tell Maya and they’ll let Facebook and others know (oh, and they’ll share your diary too!)”— Privacy International
Seriously Mark Zuckerberg is a robot.
Thousands of facial recognition scans were matched against Chinese police records. Security researcher found an open database hosted on a server of Alibaba.
Sharing genetics and place of origin is very problematic. Do you really want a corporation like @Airbnb to know this info about you? Think about the current hostile political enviroment that we live in, that data one day could be use against you! #SurveillanceCapitalism
Want to visit your 'country of origin'? Just share some data with @Airbnb and @23andMe and you get a visit for free, awesome right? Well, no. This is more complicated than it seems. https://www.fastcompany.com/90353578/airbnb-and-23andme-want-you-to-take-a-heritage-vacation #SurveillanceCapitalism
Archiving personal is only right if those who created the data consent.
I'm a big fan of archiving, and I am personally fine with selectivily archiving my own stuff, but back when I had my own instance before it shut down I went to the members and said I wish to archive the instance, do you consent.
Availability doesn't mean consent, and just becaue someone consents doesn't mean that consent is eternal, it can be revoked.
It's back—#jail4journalists under a new UK Espionage Act: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/20/espionage_act_proposal/
Home Sec Sajid Javid proposes criminal sanctions for whistleblowers / theguardian journalists to stop any future Edward Snowden
"If you let Amazon do a digital 3D-scan of your body, you might get a $25 gift card… to Amazon. An online form, spotted earlier Wednesday by Mashable, lets interested participants sign up for a body scanning study conducted by Amazon Body Labs. The image study aims to learn about "diversity among body shapes," according to the form, and is operating at two different locations in New York (...) "
We ARE living in the worst timeline, after all...
E-mail too is federated, decentralized and open-source. Doesn't stop Google from spying on, like, a half of E-mail users. And that's more than enough for most uses. Why is that? That's because a lot of clients made G-mail the default. Even Elementary Mail, which I love, shows this (1) when you start it the first time. And when you want to use some other server, it suddenly blows up to this (2). It becomes a chore to set up, and considering E-mail, being what it is for that long, already has all kinds of autodiscovery tools like MX or SRV records or plain damn Thunderbird ISP Database, and failing all that, just poll the goddamn standard E-mail ports on the domain for auth methods, I'm prepared to wait 500 miliseconds while you do it, it's not hard.
So. Do we really need another Gmail?
‘Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by [UK] report on fake news’
“Facebook deliberately broke privacy and competition law and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation, according to a devastating parliamentary report denouncing the company and its executives as ‘digital gangsters’.”
The thing is — GNU Social, Friendica, Mastodon, Pleroma, ... — they're all a part of the Fediverse, so you can use whatever you like and still talk to and follow anyone else anywhere else on the Fediverse.
Mastodon it is a federation—think Star Trek. Thousands of independent communities running Mastodon form a coherent network, where while every planet is different, being part of one is being part of the whole. Free, open-source software. There is no advertising, monetizing, or venture capital.