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The man with two masters is a free man, or so the saying goes. Is that a viable privacy approach for centralized services? Use clients which randomly chooses one of the two (or N) competing services every time the user needs the use case in question, and then present the result in an as uniform way as practically possible. Then each service would only get a subset of a given session and a given person's total traffic. Client side service commoditization in the name of privacy.

Ironic discovery of the day: Google runs Tor exit nodes (tor.google.com). I guess it's useful data for them.

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Very cool!

DuckDuckGo just shared a data set of 5,326 domains used by 1,727 companies that track your behavior online.

The data is publicly available and automatically generated and maintained through continuous crawling and analysis.

github.com/duckduckgo/tracker-

a centralized, or at least hierarchic, entity. This property is the crux of this problem. So, I ask myself, what does a world where I neither have the need or desire to access such a data repository look like? I have no answer, but it is a truly fascinating question. [3/3]

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entities are even required to by local law. Facebook and similar services face threats from several open systems, from small-tech.org/research-and-de to high-profile projects like Inrupt. There is a fundamental difference between the services provided by e.g. Facebook and Google: With Facebook, any given user really just need a tiny subset of the total amount of data. With Google, any single query in principle checks the entire web. An index is by definition [2/3]

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I am convinced solving “distributed discoverability” is the single most interesting problem facing those working for a free Internet today. The centralized Internet rests on three pillars: AWS, which hosts everybody's data. Facebook, which keeps everybody connected to their contacts. Google, which supplies resource discoverability by letting people query their index of the web. AWS has real competition, and there is no inherent force against hosting anywhere else, some [1/3]

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Email was meant to be decentralised. Thanks, Google, for fucking that up.

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@tinytoydragon @lyskar
1998: IRC? lol anon, why don't you use ICQ instead, it's much better.
2002: IRC? lol anon, just install MSN, stop being such a nerd.
2006: IRC? lol anon, with Skype you can make phone calls for free.
2010: IRC? lol anon, Chat is all you need, everybody is there already.
2014: IRC? lol anon, you should try WhatsApp, you can even send voice messages.
2018: IRC? lol anon, that's prehistoric! you should checkout Discord and Slack, so much better.

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I noticed that the project #EUnomia started to be more active within the fediverse.

So I want to remind that it's a research project funded with around 3 millions, also aiming to investigate the #fediverse.

companies leading #projectEUnomia are also involved in:

- mass surveilience
- military and law enforcment
- developing strategies and tools countering mass movements
- countering local journalism with clickbait

several month ago I made some research about them and puplished it here:
hub.libranet.de/wiki/paulfree1
there's also an easy to remember shortlink available: frama.link/eunomia

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👉🏻 adversarial.io/ is an easy-to-use webapp for altering image material, in order to make it machine-unreadable.

Through introducing perturbance, 👉🏻 adversarial.io/ seeks to question and subvert automated image recognition. #databaseculture

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@ataraxia937 I feel that using tor (even though I'm not a journalist or protester) helps protect those who need the extra anonymity, by adding to the pool of identical looking users

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A friend of mine just send me the following #IETF draft.

tools.ietf.org/html/draft-wkum

It gives you wise insights into drafts and I am still laughing very hard.

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DoorDash drivers use their forced arbitration clause to force DoorDash into arbitration

...No doubt, DoorDash never expected that so many would actually seek arbitration. Instead, in irony upon irony, DoorDash now wishes to resort to a class-wide lawsuit, the very device it denied to the workers, to avoid its duty to arbitrate. This hypocrisy will not be blessed, at least by this order....

theverge.com/2020/2/12/2113547

#DoorDash #WilliamAlsup #Arbitration #Irony

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Addresses and phone numbers both require money and stability to retain. They can't be the only fallbacks from facebook. Email is better, fediverse is far better. When imagining fallbacks, imagine displaced populations without steady income. They need safety checkins, video calls, chat with presence notification, photo albums, goofy meme threads, fundraisers... Facebook has done a good job of positioning itself as a one-stop connectivity provider.

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“Using the personal data of millions of Americans against their will is certainly alarming. But what’s the difference between the Chinese government stealing all that information and a data broker amassing it legally without user consent and selling it on the open market?” via @aral
nytimes.com/2020/02/10/opinion

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DNSposting 

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Bizcat is a CC licensed retro 8x16 bitmap font, intended for hobby computers or terminals that use a 640x480 graphics mode, like the Linux VGA console robey.lag.net/2020/02/09/bizca

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"Every platform dies off some day. Geocities, LiveJournal, now Yahoo Groups. One day, Medium, Twitter, and even hosting services like GitHub Pages will be plundered then discarded when they can no longer grow or cannot find a working business model"

jeffhuang.com/designed_to_last

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