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@furkachi @seachaint @eloquence Try using the terms "cooperative technology" or "cooperative software" with people unfamiliar with FOSS. IME they'll understand it quickly without needing to explain much if anything. And there's no need to explain what source code is.

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@seachaint @eloquence @furkachi I think we need a new vocabulary that isn't a sell out to capitalists and also isn't associated with Stallman's pedantry, misogyny, and other problematic behavior.

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I renamed the essay to "Towards A Cooperative Technology Movement" and moved it to cooperativetechnology.codeberg

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Boost this if you want to be part of an explicitly anticapitalist technology liberation movement.

Does Signal really want to become the preferred way for paying for drugs and guns? That's not a good look to politicians and government bureaucrats, especially those who are clueless about technology, much less cryptography.

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And hiding the server source code for a year while working on this was a terrible move.

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Also they did an awful job communicating this. All of this should have been said in the initial announcement, not doing damage control after the fact.

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Signal posted an update about the new cryptocurrency payment stuff.

My opinion is still pretty much the same. I'm not freaking out and calling them names, but taking on a project of this scale when they still have so much work to do on their original scope of messaging (like decoupling from phone numbers for one) does not seem like a smart idea. And the point about inviting regulatory and legal scrutiny still stands.
signal.org/blog/update-on-beta

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Just to clarify, I'm not trying to blame individual users of these technologies here, because the conditioning is really insidious and I've been conditioned as well. The point I'm trying to make is that governments and other groups should try to regulate big tech from a position of 'we don't need you actually, agree to our terms or fuck off', rather than 'we need you and we're willing to sacrifice so much to keep you'.

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The whole 'unstoppable big tech' narrative is really frustrating to me, because it implies that *at best* we can bargain with them/regulate them, when in fact we could reject them altogether and build something different.

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It's really frustrating to me that governments etc try to deal with Facebook on Facebook's terms; accepting Facebook's false premise that it's a necessity and it's here to stay whether we like it or not.

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In the news I see governments and think tanks wrestling with the problem of 'how do we regulate Facebook', and discussing it in terms of 'this thing we need' like it's a utility, like water/power. It's not. That's just successful marketing my dudes.

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We really don't *need* all this shit technology and leaky, bad code, it's just been made easier to use it than to avoid it. The *internet* is a really useful utility but Facebook and insta and Twitter really aren't.

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Orwell didn't really account for the fact that people will *happily* give up information about their every movement and interaction, as long as they are rewarded with cute cat pics and bleep bloop notification noises

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The lesson of the internet over the last ten years is basically that people will willingly submit to constant, intense surveillance, as long as it's convenient and they get memes out of it

The migrant concentration camps are Joe Biden's Guantanamo Bay.

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@be @marie_joseph yes. I personally think gov'ts should be collaboratively funding FOSS development because it now forms critical infrastructure (including competing implementations of key open standards)... that's my pipedream (that policy-makers would "get" this stuff).

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the reason is security theater (govs trying to look like they're "doing something") to distract from their pro-corporate policies (allowing non-essential businesses to reopen, not offering healthcare/ PTO/unemployment insurance) that actually do impact covid's spread

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RT @zeynep@twitter.com

What exactly *is* the reason outdoor events remain banned and shamed? (Transmission outdoors isn't just rare with distancing and precautions. It's.. just rare. Very few confirmed cases anywhere and not a single confirmed outdoor-only big cluster—after a whole year). @simonplittle@twitter.com

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PSA - the 3GB/32GB mainboard special offer for BraveHeart and UBports owners seems to be back in stock! Final offer ends April 30th.

People who want to upgrade their older Pinephones, this is you last chance!

pine64.com/product/pinephone-c

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@be this is why even software engineers need class consciousness

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@marie_joseph And it's in Google's interest to keep expanding the scope of the web to eat all of computing so that nobody else could make a modern web browser.

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