BREAKING: We’ve confirmed that the Ring doorbell app on Android covertly shares personally identifiable information on its users with third-party companies, including Facebook.

We're down to the wire,so we wanted to let everyone know that you have until 2020-01-15 23:59:59 in AoE (Anywhere on Earth, UTC-1200) to help us make the last US$17,938 for our big annual match challenge. Let your donation to us count twice by giving now! Less than 40 hours left!

Learn #python and #datascience (or volunteer to mentor) at the sixth "Community Data Science Workshops" in #Seattle in January/February! Register before noon Sunday January 12 at:

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Going to be seeing friends and/or family this week and wondering if you should talk with them about software freedom? We asked some of our #freesoftware pals for advice! (Thanks Alice, @mako @meonkeys Eric and Abby!)

It's been a historic week in the fight against face surveillance:

Brookline, MA, San Diego, CA, and Seattle, WA each took steps to limit local use of face surveillance.

On Tuesday, Sea-Tac airport halted plans to implement face recognition:

"open URLs in a private/incognito web browser window/tab by default" would be a handy GNOME/KDE/etc desktop setting.

I tried to do this manually on Ubuntu and it took a ton of fiddling. I got it to mostly work by mucking with command line flags directly in /usr/share/applications/firefox.desktop and /var/lib/snapd/desktop/applications/chromium_chromium.desktop .

Firefox still doesn't want to start private when I click its icon in the GNOME dock.

Did you watch the Sunday Keynote from the #Nextcloud Conference yet? Executive Director of the Smart Citizenship Foundation & international human rights lawyer, Renate Avila talked about the fight for a better, fairer and more open internet.

@purism what is the battery capacity in watt-hours for the Librem 13 laptop?

This is a critical read about human rights and modern life, especially for folks in the tech world:

Check out Facebook's response in the full report, too.

I noticed a suicidal user on Hacker News, a popular tech news blog / discussion forum. I let the Hacker News staff know via their email contact link and I'll recommend the suicide prevention line to the user.

Anyone have any other ideas on how I might be able to help them?

“The technology behind the internet is not incompatible with our rights, but the business model Facebook and Google have chosen is.”

Yep, that’s Amnesty International saying that.

Come join my research collective @comdatasci! Applications to work directly with me at @UwCom are due 12/1. I'm happy to talk about the possibility of joining our group either this round or at some point in the future!
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Some cool collaboration/sync/privacy research by Kleppmann et al at Ink & Switch: . Nextcloud should have got at least an honorable mention ( ).

Conflict-free Replicated Data Types (CRDTs) sound cool.

Many interesting links in there, including the library of congress recommended formats:

Taking about trends in gendered language, using Ann Leckie's amazing book Ancillary Justice as an example of a story with all gender neutral pronouns or "gender flattening." At Eva Monsen's talk on the Regender project. @SeaGL

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