“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.”


Reject a in . Demand as , independent guarantees of , .

“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.”


Great to hear, @bensturmfels!

It often seems like raising these complaints is worthless but then the machine of bureaucracy keeps cranking and sometimes shows that someone is taking you seriously.

That's what makes it worthwhile to raise these issues. The only guarantee that it won't get fixed, is if not enough people tell them.

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Had a lovely call from ATO responding to my complaint about #MyGovID app being proprietary and requiring Apple/Google account. They've had significant feedback around this

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@skunksarebetter I am utterly and completely against this. I have no problem with people earning money, we all got to eat after all.
There are much better way though, like offering actual support.

@ataraxia937 I'm very happy with , uses standard tools (GnuPG) and formats (text, in Git) and protocols (SSH), so it is very cross-platform with many clients. passwordstore.org/

Answers will depend on exactly what you're trying to protect against; i.e., who are the parties you want to handle the email, who should not be able to read it.

There is a good existing guide @Hawk1291 from the FSF at emailselfdefense.fsf.org/

Totally agree, @zen3ger.

Also, many of us do not have a home big enough – or a home life quiet enough – to dedicate an entire frigging area of our home over to work. That's meant to be part of what an employer pays for: a dedicated workspace.

Some people might have the spare room and the quiet home and the absence of home commitments. But even when it might feel nice, “work from home” is a massive financial subsidy to employers, paid for by the employee.

@crazydeepgrowth Good advice when it's low stakes.

The problem now is, both “refuse” and “share [only] with those who are interested” amount to telling my loved ones I won't participate in the way they've chosen to communicate during a prolonged pandemic lockdown.

Which leaves only “provide alternatives”. And most of the alternatives are in a parlous state next to the features of the centralised proprietary surveillance platforms.

The developers are aware of the need github.com/jitsi/jitsi-meet/is to automatically reduce bandwidth usage for all people in a meeting.

The need for is being exploited by centralised corporate platforms.

Worse, it is hugely amplifying the effect of setting family members against each other.

Our loved ones request to set up Slack, Zoom, WhatsApp, various Amazon crap and Microsoft crap. How can we reject that request on principles? It's not feasible.

Yet this wholesale transfer of control, to corporate monopoly, will be monumentally difficult to undo after the crisis passes.

“thinking about how software companies slowly chip away at the idea of consent by turning every "no" into "not right now," every "stop this" into "do this less often," every "i don't want that" into "maybe later"”

Yes, software corporations are moving deeper into abusive relationship habits with their users.

thanks to @dandelion@snouts.online for the original.

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ProtonMail also did an interesting blog post surrounding some of the privacy concerns of Zoom. protonmail.com/blog/zoom-priva

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@klaatu @renor Yes, we tried the Jitsi Meet instance at meet.jit.si last week and found it to have way too much lag.

That's why this week we're trying a instance hosted locally in our country by a community member. It *still *has too much lag to be useful.

Yet, all the centralised videoconf services have no problem keeping up on exactly the same network and computers in this building.

So, what's Jitsi Meet doing differently that makes it so laggy, and can it be markedly improved?

The major complaints seem to be that it's laggy to the point of unusable: video feed is smooth but then quickly freezes, and eventually even the audio gets choppy and the browser app complains about network connectivity.

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Okay, everyone. How do we make faster for people, so that it's a good alternative for those being pressured to use centralised corporate surveillance videoconference?

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People who might get creeped out by an unaccountable tech giant having a microphone in their home, are now eagerly letting an unaccountable tech giant listen through the microphone *and* watch through the camera in their home.

Don't invite Zoom to watch you in your home (nor Google nor Facebook nor etc.); instead, work to get #JitsiMeet so we can all use that, and bypass the surveillance tech giants.

A big advantage of cryptocurrency is, you are the only person ultimately responsible for the security of your wallet.

A big drawback of cryptocurrency is, you are the only person ultimately responsible for the security of your wallet.

@MrChainman advice: don't store your currency on an exchange service; a local wallet under your direct control is the way. But also, don't put any currency in a wallet until you've learned a lot about how to secure it.

@bumbervevo I haven't called it a “phone” for many years; these are handheld general-purpose computers, and “phone” is one relatively minor app on the computer.

I use mine for loads of stuff! Audio episodes + audiobook reader; credentials + passphrase database; shopping + to-do list + organiser; cryptocurrency wallet with some carrying money; offline street map; audio recorder; camera; etc. et very much cetera.

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