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.

eff.org/deeplinks/2020/01/ring

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: wiki.communitydata.science/Com

Feeling like you want to put some money towards something that matters? Invest in software freedom today -- and get your gift doubled! sfconservancy.org/news/2019/no

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!) sfconservancy.org/blog/2019/de

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: usnews.com/news/best-states/wa

"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.
youtube.com/watch?v=a7sp0pTbx6

@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: amnesty.org/en/latest/news/201

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?

news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

“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.

amnesty.org/en/latest/news/201

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: inkandswitch.com/local-first.h . Nextcloud should have got at least an honorable mention ( nextcloud.com/ ).

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

Many interesting links in there, including the library of congress recommended formats: loc.gov/preservation/resources

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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