Decrypting Amber Rudd
Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube (Google/Alphabet, Inc) have formed the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism and Amber Rudd is asking them to quietly drop end-to-end encryption from their products. You should not believe a single word any of those companies tells you about end-to-end encryption or privacy on their platforms ever again. PS. WhatsApp is owned by Facebook.
Heut Abend 18:20 Uhr Facebook Livestream mit MP Albig und vielleicht mir beim #SiliconValley FollowUp https://www.facebook.com/login/?next=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fgroups%2F187988678288581%2F #DigAgendaSH
The next time you find yourself using Microsoft or Facebook or Apple (...) products, ask yourself if there isn't an open source alternative - and if there is, go check it out. Most commercial software has readily available alternatives that were developed in the open source community.
If you talk to somebody about using open source products, they'll usually start talking about the different meanings of the word 'free'; e.g. free as in beer, free as in freedom, etc. At the same time, many will try to push products on you with licenses written by lawyers which dictate exactly what you can and cannot do with your 'free as in freedom' software. [I always found this amusing.]
But I think they are all missing the point. I develop and use open source software - and my reasons for using it have very little to do with 'free'; and have everything to do with the fact that open source is developed by definition in an environment that is open and transparent. I know a bit about software, and I also know that you can bury manipulative and deceptive algorithms inside software in order to control and influence the software "users". During my years of employment in the industry, I've been asked to create software with manipulative and deceptive intentions, and I've also been affected by manipulative and deceptive algorithms which were created by other companies to stifle competition by the very companies I worked for. You don't see these algorithms because they are tucked away behind a curtain and a veil of secrecy. But let's summarise: software tends to embody within itself the values and motives of the organisations who create it, both good and bad.
So I use open source software because ultimately it is an ethical and "trust" decision. I tend to put more trust into things which are open and transparent and developed by people and organisations who embody those values than things which are closed and manipulative and developed by people and organisations that embody those values.
Thank you for your time. Have a nice day.
Also consider the following simple question - why would anyone use Tor to hide their identity, if he'd log into his Facebook account, just to confirm it's actually him?
Another question - what would happen if millions of people log into Facebook, while using Tor? Facebook can then compare their public IPs from previous logins with their current Tor IPs and the Tor network will become transparent to them and anyone willing to pay for this information.
However, I think you missed my point about Facebook and Tor. Facebook sells targeted ads. How will the owner of a new London cafe target only the locals? I don't live in the UK, but I could use a London based relay or exit node. In the same way, a resident of London may appear to be from New York. So how will Facebook convince its clients to use their services?
[...] but that would require the entire net running three protocols (http, https, onion) and most administrators will frown upon it, especially considering that setting up an onion server is not as straightforward as editing an apache virtual configuration file.
If Facebook is indeed working with Tor, Tor will be compromised for profits.
Earth First! Newswire wrote the following post 2 hours ago
Top environmentalist Vandana Shiva, one of the world’s leading campaigners against genetically modified organisms (GMOs), has alleged that what Monsanto, the chief promoter of GMO in the world, has “done by pushing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) laws and patents on seeds, Facebook founder mark Zuckerberg is attempting to do to Internet freedom in India.”
Revealing the relationship between Monsanto and Facebook, Shiva says, “The top 12 investors in Monsanto are almost the same as the top 12 investors in Facebook, including the Vanguard Group. The Vanguard Group is also a top investor in John Deere, Monsanto’s new partner for ‘smart tractors’, bringing all food production and consumption, from seed to data, under the control of a handful of investors.”
Save the date! Das nächste Barcamp Kiel am 19. und 20. August 2016!
Traditionen soll man pflegen. Deshalb wird es auch 2016 wieder ein Barcamp in Kiel geben!
Wir freuen uns darauf am 19. und 20. August 2016 jede Menge bekannte und hoffentlich auch viele neue Gesichter zu sehen. Anmelden könnt ihr euch allerdings leider noch nicht. Wer den Start der Anmeldung aber nicht verpassen will, der folgt uns einfach auf Facebook oder Twitter oder abonniert einfach unseren Newsletter.
I guess we have the feedback of the people that matter.
Since it's commit messages that are need to be followed (according to Benjamin), maybe someone can start following the work so everybody interested doesn't have to do it separately. I'm not interested in trying to follow the things re The Federation any more (which I guess is dead on arrival) with the attitude on our side.
I guess also this means that we're not any more interested in the SocialWG work since, unknown to me, you're talking about making a proper implementation of the current non-protocol. I was under the impression, as a core project member, that we were only extracting the current code out and then possibly adopting something else like the SocialWG work. I guess before you spend countless hours on the protocol work it would be nice to discuss these things within even core team members - or is that just Jonne and Dennis now?
Thanks Dennis for your constant attitude regarding anyone else, including other core members.
I think I'll take a little breather on the 1-2 hours a day I spend on mainly promoting diaspora and the federation, and supporting diaspora users via various channels. If someone else wants to do some of that, let me know and I'll set you up with some access to the accounts. Clearly, consulting other core team members is not needed in this project where communication is not wanted by a certain part of the core.
Sorry for dragging you all into this. Dennis is btw the reason we are talking here because he refused to argue these points in private messages where this all started.
Facebook ist so groß, dass es Regeln des Zusammenlebens definiert, ohne zu sagen, wie sie lauten. Transparenz kann diese Unfreiheit beenden. Nutzer sollten sie einfordern....
# update friendica with bash, vim and curl
# I put this in my path as "friendi.sh"
# by tony baldwn, http://tonybaldwin.me
# on friendica at http://free-haven.org/profile/tony
# released according to the Gnu Public License, v.3
# first, create a post/update
# if you did not enter text for update, the script asks for it
if [[ $(echo $*) ]]; then
# now to see if you want to crosspost elsewhere
echo "For the following question regarding crossposting, please enter the number 1 for yes, and 0 for no."
echo "If your friendica has the plugins, and you've configured them, you can crosspost to other blogs and sites."
echo "friendica will even automatically change the bbcode to proper html for you."
echo "would you like to crosspost to "
read -p "statusnet? " snet
read -p "twitter? " twit
read -p "facebook? " fb
read -p "dreamwidth? " dw
read -p "livejournal? " lj
read -p "tumblr? " tum
read -p "posterous? " pos
read -p "wordpress? " wp
# now to authenticate
read -p "Please enter your username: " uname
read -p "Please enter your password: " pwrd
read -p "Enter the domain of your Friendica site (i.e. http://friendica.somesite.net, without trailing /): " url
# and this is the curl command that sends the update to the server
if [[ $(curl -u $uname:$pwrd -d "status=$ud&ljpost_enable=$lj&posterous_enable=$pos&dwpost_enable=$dw&wppost_enable=$wp&tumblr_enable=$tum&facebook_enable=$fb&twitter_enable=$twit&statusnet_enable=$snet&source=friendi.sh" $url/api/statuses/update.xml | grep error) ]]; then
# what does the server say?