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.
#Snips is an upcoming open privacy-friendly alternative to invasive voice assistants like Siri or Alexa.
Instead of sending your voice to be processed elsewhere, the processing happens offline on the device itself:
It's not yet ready for ordinary users, but there's an official site for developers/hobbyists who want to have a go at making their own Snips device:
How sex censorship killed the internet we love https://www.engadget.com/2019/01/31/sex-censorship-killed-internet-fosta-sesta/
With honorary mention of @switter!
You should always be able to do what you want with the devices you buy. You own it, you pwn it. But you should never let an organization like Facebook pwn your device so it can watch you use TikTok. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/01/what-we-should-learn-facebook-research
"We are paid a ton. Looking forward to my yearly bonus of $100k. Fuck ethics. Money is everything."
Google/Facebook are to the health of our human rights and democracy what Philip Morris is to the health of our bodies and what Exxon Mobil is to the health of our habitat.
If you’re a doctor, you do not get sponsored by Big Tobacco. If you’re an environmentalist, you do not get sponsored by Exxon Mobil. If you’re a privacy advocate, a human rights activist, or a democrat, you do not get sponsored by Google, Facebook, or any other surveillance capitalist.
It’s that simple.
Facebook is predicting if you'll kill yourself. If it wasn't already bad the amount of influence that they hold over teenagers and vulnerable people now they're coming up with algorithms to predict if you'll kill yourself? When are we going to stop this octopus? We must stop it's tentacles to ruling our society!
Software Developer. Believer of a fairer world, free and open net and ethical consumption. Contributes to Open Source software.
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.