signal app 

So Moxie backtracked and says they'll push a fix to make pins optional. Meanwhile if you don't add a pin (which the app still doesn't say will /upload your signal contact list into the signal servers/) you can't get back in to coordinate a platform switch with your secure contacts. Unless you were already using the desktop app which isn't pin locked, or somehow manage to downgrade the phone app.

Suddenly being held data-hostage -- turn over this data or you can't talk to the people, not even to arrange a different means of contact -- without any forewarning is unacceptable and a perfect example of why centralized infrastructure and single-client rather than interoperable systems are a major failure.

There's some crazy internal US politics right now that threatens #OpenTechFund, who funded #LetsEncrypt, #CertBot, @torproject , #NoScript, TLS ESNI/ECH, #DNSPrivacyProj, #ReproducibleBuilds, #Wireguard, #DeltaChat, #OpenKeychain, #pypi, @guardianproject , @signalapp , and more. Looks like a couple proprietary software companies are trying to take over this #FreeSoftware money. Please sign on to the campaign to try to stop it:

@jonne Sujuuko /e/:llä sähköpostit ja kalenteri Exchangen välityksellä? Muistaakseni tuo oli yksi kompastuskivistä kun muinoin koitin ajaa LOSia ilman G-palveluita.

Isn't it funny how within 24h the approach to #Keybase changed from "it's secure and awesomesauce, use it for everything!!1!" to "I just use it to share stuff but warn users not to do sensitive stuff there"?

No, actually it's not funny. Because it keeps happening:

1. a new shiny startup does X in an open source but centralized way
2. a lot of "experts" saying how great it is; some greybeards warn that it's centralized but nobody listens - it's so shiny and cool!

It's official - is fully live on Matrix! Helping get Mozilla going has been a lot of fun, and we'll see a lot of improvements to Riot's UX in the coming months based on their feedback (turns out they know quite a lot about FOSS usability :D)

In an effort to your life, which one would you choose? 📱

LineageOS is an obvious one, so it is not listed, and the poll only takes 4 choices.

@yojimbo @rtwx @feld @kev I've been using a Amazfit for two months now. Its basically a Pebble with GPS & HR. I can use 3rd party apps like which don't send my every move to some corporate cloud. I like to track my exercises and hiking trails so the onboard GPS and HR are a plus. The bip is cheap but does not feel cheap. I feel this is the perfect watch/fitness tracker for now. I'm eager to see how turns out.

Over the last few days we've had constant requests to respond to's 'The ecosystem is moving' blog post & recent 36c3 talk - we've tried to articulate Matrix's viewpoint over at

Tim Berners-Lee and the World Wide Web Foundation have made a "Contract to the Web". Are we seeing the first building blocks for the constitution of Internet being created?

@poperigby I agree. FOSS community should fight this. I already donated!

Have you ever wanted to beat a patent troll?

Lets send a message to all patent trolls not to mess with the community!

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