“We, the undersigned, call on the Government of Australia to be open and transparent regarding its COVID-19 tracing software application, with an independent review process open to all in the international and Australian community.
“It is possible to offer the public both privacy and successful COVID-19 contact tracing.”
“There's a better way: "platform co-operativism," in which workers clone the apps - a trivial task - and then turn them into nonpredatory, worker-owned businesses that support the real economy instead of annihilating it […]
“The biggest co-op success story is Spain's Mondragon Co-Op. They [are offering] courses in platform co-op entrepreneurship.”
Worse, it is hugely amplifying the effect of setting family members against each other.
Yet this wholesale transfer of control, to corporate monopoly, will be monumentally difficult to undo after the crisis passes.
Me 2019: Hey, there's excellent #FreeSoftware non-surveillance videoconferencing service https://jitsi.org/jitsi-meet/ you don't even need to install anything, and if you like we can set it up you'll be ready to go.
They 2019: Wow this looks great! Hah, yeah I totally hate surveillance! If I ever need this I'll let you know.
Covid 2019: I'm coming, y'all
They 2020: Oh no, #Covid19 says we need videoconferencing, better create a Zoom account right now 'cause nothing else will do
Me 2020: ...
“We want to send a message to all software patent trolls out there — we will fight your suit, we will win, and we will have your patent invalidated.
“To do this, we need your help. Please help support the #GNOME Foundation in sending a message that patent trolls should never target free software”
“Big Tech *does* take away our right to choose, but not through manipulation. Rather, Big Tech steals our right to choose by monopoly. That's why the EU's Copyright Directive -- which will clear the field of small enterprises that might challenge Big Tech's dominance -- is such a catastrophe. We need a vigorous, muscular form of antitrust that goes beyond merely fining firms and actually splits them up.”
In this instance Adobe is complying with an order from their nation's government. Don't present that as an excuse; why place any corporation in a position to revoke your access unilaterally, for whatever reason?
Multi-Factor Authentication makes me #ThursdayThankful the major players have not walled us into a proprietary crapware protocol. Instead, they have converged on the open standard TOTP protocol for generating one-time passcodes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time-based_One-time_Password_algorithm
Of course, the major players will exclusively promote their binary-blob proprietary application without any mention you can choose a better TOTP client. So I'm #ThursdayThankful for the #FreeSoftware application, FreeOTP+ https://f-droid.org/packages/org.liberty.android.freeotpplus/
Interactive graphics editing tools get a lot of love. Less well known, the #CommandLine tools for manipulating these documents.
Mate, if you want me to write code for you, I'm happy to charge you for only my time and release the code to all under a #FreeSoftware license. You get my effort, you get the code written to your specifications, you get to use it before anyone else even knows that it exists. That's a good deal!
Keep the code proprietary so that I can't use it elsewhere in my career? That's antisocial, and it costs a *lot* extra.
Am considering how to communicate to a friend, asking me to do some bespoke programming, that I am valuable for this purpose precisely because my work is licensed to all under #FreeSoftware conditions.
It's pretty damned rude to ask for both “mate's rates” *and* insist on keeping the result proprietary. You're asking both to control it exclusively forever and to pay nothing for that advantage.
Great to see focus on #freesoftware community and governance at this year's LibrePlanet.
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