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“We live in a world where captains get arrested for saving people’s lives on the sea; where a person downloading scientific articles faces 35 years in jail; where people risk charges for bringing contraceptives to those who otherwise couldn’t get them. Folks are getting in trouble for giving food to the poor, medicine to the sick, water to the thirsty, shelter to the homeless.”

syllabus.pirate.care/

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I love koreader and feel like it is a critical piece of software. Ebook platform monopolies like Kindle and Kobo have control of information. koreader lets you liberate your hardware from them. I hope I can soon use something like Open Book and have libre hardware, too.

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According to Google, you’re not human if you aren’t being tracked by Google.

“…one of the ways that Google determines whether you’re a malicious user or not is whether you already have a Google cookie installed on your browser.”

fastcompany.com/90369697/googl

#SurveillanceCapitalism

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Torrents aren't just a pirating thing
they are a legitimate file sharing method

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someone please create a typesetting program and call it Nitrile

for people like me who are allergic to LaTEX

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Repair and jobs.

“To say nothing of the impact on jobs: landfilling a kiloton of ewaste creates <1 job; recycling that waste creates 15 jobs, while repairing it creates 200 good, local jobs that can’t be offshored (you don’t send a phone overseas for repair).”

pluralistic.net/2021/05/26/nix

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What do you think of the #dotcons #DIY issue, and how do we move to reboot the #DIY aproch and push away from the #dotcons aproch?

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billboard idea:

maybe you're trans,

that's ok!

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proprietary (no source code included) s/w is like supermarket packaged goods without ingredients label. And you know how bad that would be.

It's not that everybody reads the list of ingredients, but that *anybody* could, & that organisations can randomly sample to confirm the list adds up.

We need this for software just as much as food:

- 20% evil, sends data to Google
- 38% screwed, displays adware based on that data
- 17% previous purchases shared with Amazon
- 26% audio history to Apple

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In the decades since Microsoft, Apple, Google, and Facebook were upstarts, luring users away from the giants of their days, these same companies have labored to stretch copyright law, terms of service, trade secrecy, patents and other rules to ban the tactics they once used.

This has all but extinguished comcom as a commercial practice.

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WAT?! You're telling me there has been a team at Facebook designing and implementing this feature, and not one person has stood up and asked:

"Uhm, isn't that super creepy, even for us?"

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When Twitter, Instagram, etc., tell you they’re “better on the app”, what they mean is that they can farm you better on the app.

#SurveillanceCapitalism

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In case you're wondering how Freenode is doing, just take a look at their latest policy update:

github.com/freenode/web-7.0/pu

In other news, if you enjoy political, racial, ethnic, religious or gender-related invectives, Freenode is now the network of your choice! 😬

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Self-Repair Manifesto
Let's take back our right to repair! Help us get this manifesto posted in every workshop, hacker space, and garage in the world!

ifixit.com/Manifesto
#repair

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Ethics as PR (or the ‘Some Very Good People Work There!’ Fallacy)

“There’s been a lot of research into ‘Ethics in AI’ recently and it’s being sponsored and led by… *checks notes*… surveillance capitalists like DeepMind… Similarly, lots of people are working on ‘Ethics in Health’ at Philip Morris and ‘Ethics in Environmentalism’ at ExxonMobil.”

ar.al/2021/05/08/ethics-as-pr-

#ethics #ai #SurveillanceCapitalism #privacy #PeopleFarming

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May 17 is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia - This year let’s all be “Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing!” 🏳️‍🌈
#IDAHOBIT #IDAHOBIT2021 may17.org/

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Happy Hacking Friday!!! love you all! keep on defending hacking culture please! please #ff follow @sidd_harth0_5h4h @colectivo @pluralistic @oxymurah:hispagatos.space @iby:hispagatos.space @NerdRat @ana:hispagatos.space @RosaAcrata @eff @hackernol @hacktivists @thegibson @gamingonlinux @elmau @merce @Killab33z_OG @x3r0x @leog :ancom: :crt_w_green_lines: :crt_w_prompt: :anarchiststar:

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What3Words sends legal threat to a security researcher for sharing an open-source alternative – TechCrunch

techcrunch.com/2021/04/30/what

What3Words claims open source alternative WhatFreeWords violates its copyright.

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