Speaking about #RFC1984 I'm incredibly stoked to be giving a presentation at #HOPE2020 on Sunday about #RFC1984 and the Greek Mythology that inspired it. RFC 1984 - or Why You Should Start Worrying About Encryption Backdoors and Mass Data Collection
I'll also be asking How do we slay the Hydra of mass surveillance?
One of the ways I would say to slay the Hydra is to check out the excellent talks that are happening this week at Hope!
Another guide on self-hosting Plausible Analytics
The second half of the mintCast show that I got to be a guest on. This one is a lot more Blendery (and animation in general). Thanks again to mintCast for letting me ramble on and on. :)
Do we have a directory of Fediverse podcasters? Maybe we should start one? If there is not, add yourself here:
Free software is what unites us | #FSF Blog
Reupping my 2-year-old post: maybe your dissent shouldn’t be patriotic https://ruthtillman.com/scraps/dissent-patriotism.html
It’s definitely influenced by my Mennonite perspective.
Yet another decentralized GH replacement, using Git over the P2P SAFE network:
So I ramble on here. The latest is the 10th anniversary show,
Wed 2020-07-22: hpr3123 Sound reactive Christmas lights with #Arduino
Thanks #hackerpublicradio for hosting!
"Our motivation has been to find something Open Source and built around privacy. A big part of the reason we chose Plausible is that they are not an ad platform and therefore have no obvious incentive to collect and sell user data.
They make money the same way elementary does: by directly charging for their product. We know the importance of building your business model around your ethics and we wanted to support a company who shares our values"
Questions to ask when evaluating an online service
1. Are they open source to an extent that you're comfortable with? Do they ask you to run proprietary software on your devices? Is the code running on their servers open?
2. If they claim to be open source, do they use an OSI-approved or FSF-approved software license? If not, they're misleading you.
3. Is your personal data handled by such proprietary software? Do you ever transmit your personal data to their servers? Even if open source, they would be able to read and use this data however they wish and you wouldn't be able to tell - do you trust them to? What if they're compelled by law enforcement?
4. Do the needs justify the personal data they are collecting about you? If not, why are they collecting it?
5. If they claim to use encryption for the data which is transmitted to their server - question whether or not it's really private. Do they ever handle the unencrypted data? For example, if an email service claims to encrypt incoming emails, they have an opportunity to read the unencrypted email before they store it. Do they disclose these "gotcha"s, or do they make clear the limitations of their encryption? Is any encrypted information decrypted by software they control, like their web application, or a desktop application which is automatically updated without your consent? If so, they could decrypt it on your computer and transmit the decrypted data back to their servers.
6. Are they responsible for any scarce resources, like an email address, phone number, and so on, which you wouldn't be able to take with you if you leave? Are there ways to provide the same functionality without scarcity, such as the use of your own domain? If so, why aren't they offering them? How important are these resources to your identity, will your friends be able to find you if you choose to stop using the service?
7. How do they make money? What is their motivation for providing services to you? If their circumstances change, will their values change? How likely is change?
free and open source music composition software now with ~design~. amazing! https://musescore.org/en/MuseScore4
Free software is political, and we're not here to obfuscate this.
We stand in solidarity with Black people around the world. No justice, no peace.
If you need tools to obfuscate your online communication, Tails might be a tool to help you with that.
Learn more about it here: https://tails.boum.org
Tails report for May, 2020:
First beta for Android! Please help us test! https://krita.org/en/item/first-krita-beta-for-android-and-chromeos-in-play-store/
Wow! Wired wrote about Nextcloud. Super cool! https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-sync-your-data-everywhere/
Unix geek and open source software enthusiast. Tabletop game nerd. Podcaster, musician, multimediatician. Slacker since [Slackware] 12.0
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