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Early in the lockdown, Huang and Xobs were invited by the EU to design such a token; their design, the Simmel, approaches a platonic ideal of how it would work; what's more, it reflects Huang's manufacturing expertise. It's production-ready.

Huang's starting assumption is that you can't do privacy-respecting tracing in a phone. Phones just have too much attack surface. They emit too much data. They hold too much data. They are opaque and unauditable and complex.


EARN IT is a bill that takes away online service providers' "safe harbor" (a rule that says that the company that provides your messenger app isn't liable if you use it for slander, obscenity, etc) under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

That is, unless...

Unless the service follows "best practices" - meaning rules set out by a commission chaired by the Attorney General, AKA Bill Barr.

If this sounds ominous to you, you're absolutely right.



Stessa cosa, insomma...

Eppure quando si parla si servizi informatici la maggior parte degli utenti è confusa se non si trova una situazione di questo tipo:

La società FACEBOOK produce una cosa chiamata FACEBOOK cui si accede da una App chiamata FACEBOOK ed utilizza dei server chiamati FACEBOOK.

Per questo motivo, dunque, New Vector ha annunciato un cambio di nome dei propri strumenti che verrà reso noto a breve.

Surveillance capitalism is the same as climate change, but for data:

- Some people have been warning about its consequences for years
- Most people don't care because they don't feel concerned, they can't see it affecting them
- A few companies are making a lot of damage with the help of governments
- When we will face the consequences it will be too late
- We can still do something about it, and the sooner the better

Es ist ein großer Fehler, dass das Nachdenken über die bessere Luft durch weniger Verkehr, über weniger Stress durch weniger Präsenz - und wenn nur für manche -, über bessere Bedingungen und vor allem mehr Geld für 'systemrelevanten Jobs' schon vergessen ist.

Behold CindyJS, a "a framework to create interactive (mathematical) content for the web":

Welp, there goes my productivity for today


#Brazil is pushing through legislation on #disinformation that appears extremely problematic on #censorship, #privacy, rule of law, due process & other grounds. i'm doing a more formal analysis, but given the urgency - 1/2


Your Undivided Attention has an interesting conversation with guest journalist Maria Ressa on the responsibility of tech companies platforms in encouraging the spread of disinformation, the attention economy and content moderation.

#Mapillary contributors: you have the power to take action today to respond to the Facebook acquisition.

Check out these two scripts to get your full-res photos back and delete them from their archive:

- Take Out script:

- Exit Mapillary script:

Don't let #Facebook lucrate on your original content. Claim back your photos and remove them from their database.

#tracking #OSM

This morning, my attention snagged hard on Daniel J Thomason's Software Engineer D&D Classes ("Ever suspected that software development is more like a big, poorly structured RPG than anyone admits at interviews? You're going to enjoy this, then...")

After thinking about it, I realized that the explanation is right there in the strapline: it's not merely that software development is nerdy and D&D is nerdy so they go together.


"A tale of two cybers - how threat reporting by cybersecurity firms systematically underrepresents threats to civil society," in Journal of Information Technology & Politics by Lennart Maschmeyer, Ron Deibert and Jon R. Lindsay, reveals a serious problem with infosec research.

1/ is a non-profit privacy-friendly collaboration and git hosting service for free open source projects:


Website is at

#developers #floss #foss #git #software

It's hard to imagine a more timely moment for the publication of Pavlina Tcherneva's "The Case for a Job Guarantee," a slim and sprightly book that makes the plainest, most straightforward case yet for ending involuntary employment.



Fantastic job opportunity to lead's advocacy. Work with a great team on one of the most pressing issues of the day (open public procurement). #COVID19 open-contracting-partnership.f


Even mainstream media is noticing that Chrome is spyware:

Google’s Web browser has become spy software
Our latest privacy experiment found Chrome ushered more than 11,000 tracker cookies into our browser — in a single week. Here’s why Firefox is better.

about #mapillary

Through the years I always failed to contribute more to Mapillary

Because my phones were crappy or becaue of lazyness or dragging my feet

The lesson: do not. DO NOT engage with vc funded stuff

#Facebook just bought #Mapillary.

Move your images to a #FOSS *community run* project instead! How? Simple:

1. Download your images:

2. Upload to #OpenStreetCam:

3. Enjoy giving a giant, fat middle finger to #Zuckerberg. 🌻 🌈 🌻

4. Boost and have a nice day!

Mapillary being acquired by #Facebook is at a good level of cognitive dissonance for the OSM community. I'm relieved I removed the #Mapillary sticker from my laptop just last week.

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Ecologia Digital

Mastodon da Ecologia Digital.

Construindo o ambiente digital público ~ comum ~, em prol de um ‘movimento ambiental para a rede [Internet]” -> #ecodigital

"Tal como o meio-ambiente, o domínio público (ou comum) precisa ser 'inventado' antes de ser salvo." - James Boyle, criador do ‘ambientalismo para a rede