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I think people know on a very superficial level that they're trading privacy for product, but I don't think they realize the extent of what they're trading. The predictive power. I think that's a major problem.

"Most Americans don't realize what companies can predict from their data"

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What is the point in having an feed of you only put the first paragraph in?

I’m looking at you, OMG!Ubuntu! and It’sFOSS.

That shit really grinds my gears.

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Need to draw names from a hat? Skip the hat and use Lottery for elementary OS! Add names, then let it randomly pick a winner. #GetItOnAppCenter

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@Digitalcourage Fighting for privacy and human rights since 30 ters now(Germany)

@LaQuadrature privacy organization in France


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#SelfHosting and #CommunityHosting are when you run your own server for yourself or your community. This means you can have full control over whatever services run from that server, for example email or social networking.

It has traditionally been quite difficult to run a server, but there are a number of projects on the Fediverse that are trying to make it easier:

❓ YunoHost:

📦 FreedomBox: @freedomboxfndn

🍖 FreedomBone:

🍭 Lollipop Cloud:


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#Tusky 5 beta 1 is live for all beta testers on Google Play!
Read the full changelog here:
Please report us all bugs so we can release a stable Tusky 5.0 for everybody soon!

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We're at the Southwest Maker Fair today. My kids now want to build a robot.

We're doing something right.

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Calling all #Fediverse admins of instances in the #EU. The #CopyrightDirective is coming, we need to show the MEPs how massively the EU Internets will be affected.

We are preparing a list of all EU-based #Pleroma, #Mastodon, #GNUSocial, #Peertube, #Funkwhale, and any other instances.

Please *contact me*. All I need is the domain name, which EU Member State it's located in, and the rough topic of the instance. Approximate user count welcome, but not necessary.

Please help. This is important.

@switchingsocial you were mentioned at lifehacker a some days agk

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📰 NEWS: Times of India publishes major story about #FreedomBox in India:

"Currently, [FreedomBox] is operational across 12 villages...The newly-Net savvy villagers are now getting online for everything from educating themselves on government policies to accessing better healthcare."

Shout-out to @swecha for leading this initiative and to our developers @sunilad and @njoseph, who were quoted in this article and do trailblazing work in India.


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Turns out the current German federal data protection commissioner, @ulrichkelber, has an active Mastodon account!
It's really great to see that Mr. Kelber is active where much of the IT - and especially privacy - community are, instead of only on the big, privacy-violating social networks.

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GNOME 3.32 is due to be released this March, and the theme this cycle is 𝗣𝗘𝗥𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗠𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘! Check out some of the upcoming optimizations being made GNOME Shell and Mutter:

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