“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


Very excited for the release of Mastodon 3, looks very promising with tons of new features 🙂

@aral but also Nesta, Waag, Nexa, City of Amsterdam and Barcelona, dyne, Thoughtworks, Thingful, Pilab, eurecat and cnrs.

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!

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. fastcompany.com/90353578/airbn

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: theregister.co.uk/2019/05/20/e

Home Sec Sajid Javid proposes criminal sanctions for whistleblowers / theguardian journalists to stop any future Edward Snowden

Vice put up a 30-minute video documenting what the youths have been doing behind the scenes to organize the worldwide #ClimateStrikes. The media pays a lot of attention to @gretathunberg, but there are many inspiring young leaders in this movement.

"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...


Your phone number should not be used to turbocharge targeted advertising. It’s time for Facebook to #FixItAlready fixitalready.eff.org/facebook

Had some issues with Ruby on my server but now I'm back up!

One word:


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?

@bamfic @aral

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Javi's Mastodon

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.