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Australia’s new law might allow police to order engineers to program surveillance features into software behind their company’s back—with “the potential for Australian tech firms to have no clue whether they were even subject to an order" says Nate Cardozo

Firefox is now more important, isolated and vulnerable. Some suggested ways we can support it:
• Set it as your default browser. And if you're back home with family over Christmas, suggest/set as their default too.
• When you hear web devs say "can't everyone just use Chrome", please challenge it.
• Contribute to Mozilla-led projects, e.g. MDN Docs:
• Donate to Mozilla if you can:

Australia just made Man-In-The-Middle attacks required by law. They call it "the ghost" and every #encryption connection has to be open to the government.

Good luck with that.


@Art @Eric Buijs @Matej Ľach  ✅ @Hiro 🇯🇵  🎉 @gecko @Andrew Roach

I live in Australia. I have created encryption technology which cannot be broken - ever; and social networking software with E2EE where the users control not only the keys, but also the *algorithms*. It's physically impossible for me or anybody else to backdoor your encryption. It's also trivial to provide the same basic ability to other fediverse software.

There is also an Australian law which forbids me from discussing encryption technology with people from other countries (quite stiff penalties).

Anyway this entire body of work is available to anybody in the world right now and it's equally impossible for me to take it back. The only thing that has changed is that I can no longer help you. It's up to you to get smart and I would suggest that you need to do it quickly.
@peter People also need to be aware of Firefox's default on telemetry, which they don't inform the user about and which can't be fully turned off from the preferences. This is a really bad practice which undermines their claims about privacy.

So my main takeaway from the tumblr debacle is that people are still expecting corporations to behave like they're their friends. And they're not.

Communities are built out of individuals coming together, not imposed on them from above.

With any luck recent events will see people switching back towards early-internet style sub-Dunbar number ad hoc communities. I remain hopeful.

@blakehaswell One factor to consider is that if the Australian law is considered to be "successful" then similar laws will be passed elsewhere.

Some possible tactics:

- Ensure that any backdoors which the government adds are discovered and publicized
- Work towards reproducible builds
- Encourage everyone not to trust proprietary chat apps. Assume that such apps are already backdoored
- Devise and deploy systems for monitoring the relevant open source projects. For example, a system which monitors open source chat apps and lists changes to cryptography related sections. Make code review of sensitive files trivial
- The government won't follow its own laws, and will use apps which are not backdoored. Use FOIA or anything similar to check what apps are used/purchased by officials and point out the hypocrisy
- Run cryptography workshops for your people. Make cryptography cool. Make it fashionable. Make songs and art about it. The government will prefer that people are uneducated on the topic

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I confirm that I did not subscribe to this list, although I presented to the Paris OSS. I did ask for clarification and mentioned the #GDPR, but no answer yet.

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Plus de 2 millions et demi de personnes ont développé leurs idées, échafaudé des projets sur depuis sa mise en place.

Framasoft ne vit que de vos dons :


It's taken 10 months, but I now have a more vibrant and interesting network of people than I ever had on Twitter. I'm regularly getting to see things I would not have seen over there.

Which is just confirmation that building a social group *anywhere* (online or offline) takes effort, patience, and often humility. We can't just move from one place to another and expect to keep what we had (again, applies online and offline).

For me, it's been worth the price.

> You never know when the next person who starts just fixing a misspelling in the documentation ends up implementing the next great feature. But you stand a chance to find out if you smile and say thank you for whatever small contribution that gets the motivation flowing

@Framasoft nous offre une tonne de service ! Avec l'arrivée récente de PeerTube en prime, il y a une raison supplémentaire d'aider à maintenir les serveurs et le développement des différents projets.
Alors si vous souhaitez aider à dégoogliser internet, n'hésitez pas à faire un don ! Même quelques euros ponctuels aident !

Ça se passe ici :

Et si vous avez quelques euros en trop, vous pouvez soutenir #Wikipedia, qu'on utilise tous gratuitement !

Simplifying the dynamic DNS on #freedombone for freedns. This should make things more reliable and reduce some UI complexity.

"Young people are better at spotting misinformation and more privacy-aware than their parents' generation". Good to hear some positive final thoughts from the panel after a sobering session on "AI's collateral damage"! #MozFest18

EFF's @CamFisch explains that while election machines have vulnerabilities, “when you have paper ballots, you have an actual physical record that you can audit an election with.”

Lol only just noticed the tag for this year , ljubljana is lovely

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