🇬🇧Belgium’s proposed #dataretention law blatantly violates ECJ case-law - another doomed attempt to justify collecting private data on the entire population. Blanket retention is NOT targeted!

Read on:patrick-breyer.de/en/tomorrow-

A reminder that Mastodon and the Fediverse do NOT use cryptocurrency, blockchains, NFTs, tokens, coins, mining, web3 or anything like that.

Masto and the Fedi run on traditional servers and use a sustainable network federation model somewhat similar to e-mail (that's why Fediverse addresses look similar to e-mail addresses).

Also a reminder there are no venture capital firms or other investors either. No one owns the network, each server is independent. Masto and Fedi server running costs are paid by their owners, sometimes with donations from users.

No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.

(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)

Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain


@EU_Commission You joined the Fediverse a month ago, which is great! You keep us informed about your activities – nice! Fedizens reply to your posts, want to interact with you – isn't that wonderful? But…

I searched your whole feed: not a single time did you answer questions directed at you (or did I miss something?). It seems like the Fediverse is a blackboard to you. But we are colorful! The Fedi lives from interactions. So will you start participating, not just cross-posting? We wait for you :awesome:

Hey , does anyone here know of a beginning developer, in need, that could use a laptop gratis? I have a Starlabs Laptop IV that I don't use. Please boost for visibility.


Feedback period
13 May 2022 - 15 July 2022

The Commission would like to hear your views.

All feedback received will be summarised by the #European #Commission and presented to the European #Parliament and #Council with the aim of feeding into the legislative debate.

Rules for unsuitable content: no vulgar speech (I know it's hard to remain calm, but please try!)

Let's tell them why #ChatControl is the worst idea ever and won't contribute to the protection of #children!

@shiftphones, a German phone company producing ethically sourced smartphones with a focus on repairability is now on Mastodon! They shipped #postmarketOS some phones to help develop mainline Linux support and get our system running well on it and so they are awesome in my book 😉

Go say hi and welcome them to the fediverse!

Day 2 of PublicSpaces conference has started! Follow the livestream at conference.publicspaces.net - we have started with the launch of #pubhubs - an alternative for social media platforms pubhubs.net

For almost five years, we have been doing the exercise of replacing stock OS on phones. We can tell first hand how oftentimes unnecessarily difficult/impossible it is. In the interest of reducing the insane amount of e-waste and truly being in control of our devices, we need laws that allow us to install any software on any device!

Thanks to @fsfe for writing a nice open letter about just that, we happily signed it:


Aflevering 69 - EU spyware wet, i-Police, en duizenden keyloggers online

Speciale shout out naar @computerclubpod die slachtoffer werden van infantiele inbreuk op privacy door @radio1be .

#podcast #privacy #avg #GDPR


Want to help a girl out? If you were a university student what would you have liked to know about the DevOps world? (You’ll help out a guest lecture 😁)

@EU_Commission This approach is totally wrong and won't fix the problem you're trying to address it. I really believe the intentions are good, but the approach to make these intentions a reality is just wrong. Besides the technological issues such as false positives, do you want to live in a EU state? will just move to non-surveillance platforms, they are not stupid. Better move the battle to these non-surveillance platforms instead of invading everyone's .

It's time for another service pack. It's a small one and in fact the last one for v21.12 - meaning next month around this time we'll have v22.06 out!


Dear #Linux distribution makers: take all the energy you spend creating #GNOME themes and invest them in improving your overall experience, contributing upstream, and creating a nice dynamic wallpaper instead.

You’re not going to improve on stock GNOME 42.

This is not what I would have said in the past but I’m hugely impressed by the latest version and, more importantly, the direction they’re going. And sad to see the wasted effort that slows down releases and ties up vital development effort.

Nieuwe aflevering van Dasprive Discours over het Vlaams Datanutsbedrijf.

Hoe wilt Vlaanderen de #Solid technologie gaan inzetten om gegevens van burgers op de juiste manier toegankelijk te maken, welke initiatieven lopen er?
#privacy #vlaanderen


nice to see some contributions to lomiri support for @postmarketOS, it will be amazing to have working gitlab.com/postmarketOS/pmapor

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