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Interview with Mary Gray, an anthropologist and co-author of the book "Ghost work":
"Ghost Work" (a reader's guide, in PDF, summarizes the book):
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UC terminates subscriptions with world's largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research
"Knowledge should not be accessible only to those who can pay," said Robert May, chair of UC's faculty Academic Senate. "The quest for full open access is essential if we are to truly uphold the mission of this university."
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The costs of academic publishing are absurd.
The University of California is fighting back.
The Real Cost of Knowledge
Big Win For Open Access, As University Of California Cancels All Elsevier Subscriptions, Worth $11 Million A Year
I just donated to Software Freedom Conservancy, a not-for-profit home to many of the most admirable Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects in this planet. Today is a good day to donate if you have not done so. Let us help the home base do work to help the software which help us do our work.
tl;dr: Mozilla are removing RSS feed discovery and display features from Firefox in an upcoming release. This is an unfortunate decision which will actively harm the open web, and should be reversed. It is also part of a larger pattern of unfortunate decisions by browser makers which contribute to a user-hostile network.p1k3.comI'm sad that RSS discovery was removed from prominence many years ago, but I totally buy their reasoning around Live Bookmarks. They never worked all that well, and the functionality should be put into an external competent RSS Reader instead -- like e.g. Mozilla's own Thunderbird.
- https://torrentfreak.com/fox-stole-a-game-clip-used-it-in-family-guy-dmcad-the-original-160520/ "You couldn't make it up." via @jedilin
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♻Developer of anonymous Tor software dodges FBI, leaves US
Isis Agora Lovecruft, a core developer on the anonymous browser Tor, decided to leave the United States rather than talk to the FBI about an ongoing case.
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- @firstname.lastname@example.org my hunch is that the primary intent for mass surveillance is to disrupt mass movements. They may say terrorism, but I think the authoritarians are more frightened of large scale political unrest.
Interview with Noah Swartz of Privacy Badger
This community interview highlights the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Privacy Badger browser add-on. To view in your browser visit https://u.fsf.org/1fr
We conducted an email-based interview with Noah Swartz of Privacy Badger. Privacy Badger is a browser add-on that detects and blocks third party tracking. If Privacy Badger notices a third party site that it thinks is attempting to track your browsing around the web it blocks it and prevents it from writing or reading cookies and other identifying information about your browser. Additionally Privacy Badger works with EFF's newly drafted Do Not Track policy which aims to make user opt-out of online tracking a reality.
Noah Swartz is a Staff Technologist at EFF and works on Privacy Badger.
What inspired the creation of Privacy Badger?
Online tracking has become a pervasive and invisible reality of Web browsing. Users get a sense that it's happening when they're shown targeted ads, but that is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how the data collected about them is being used.
Why is a browser plug-in like Privacy Badger so necessary?
Advertisers and other online trackers have proposed to regulate themselves by allowing users to 'opt-out' of target ads. Unfortunately this 'opt-out' does nothing to stop the collection of user data. We felt that there had to be a stronger way for users to protect their browsing data, and a lever by which to push trackers into a place of respect for user privacy.
What features do you think really sets Privacy Badger apart from other privacy protecting software?
Privacy Badger doesn't use an explicit blacklist to decide what and what not to block. Instead it builds up its own list of what to block based on what looks like it's tracking you as you browse. This means that not only can advertisers not try to cajole EFF into making their domains exempt from being blocked by privacy badger, it also means that Privacy Badger will catch trackers that haven't been identified by other ad blocker's blacklists. Additionally Privacy Badger works in tandem with EFFs new Do Not Track policy, which we hope to see online tracers adopt as a way to respect user opt out.
How can users (technical or otherwise) help contribute to Privacy Badger?
Technical users are encouraged to contribute code. The repositories for the Firefox and Chrome versions are on github (https://github.com/EFForg/privacybadgerfirefox & https://github.com/EFForg/privacybadgerchrome) and have many open bugs and feature requests that we'd love help with. Non-technical users are encouraged to use Privacy Badger and let us know about any issues they have. This includes things like visual nitpicks, broken sites, or platform specific bugs. Also we're working to translate Privacy Badger into many different languages, we'd welcome anyone able to help with that.
What's the next big thing for Privacy Badger?
We're looking into how to spot more types of tracking. Currently Privacy Badger checks for text cookies, HTML5 local storage cookies, and canvas finger printing. But there are many other ways in which your browser can be identified, we'd like to prevent those as well. Additionally there are other browsers we don't support, as well as no mobile browsers supported. Since the way people interact with the Web is becoming more through mobile platforms we think it's an important next step.
For more tools and resources on protecting your privacy, please check out our campaign against surveillance
Enjoy this interview? Check out our Licensing and Compliance Lab's interview series. In our last interview, we featured Joël Krähemann, maintainer of Advanced GTK+ Sequencer
Pumpiverse community update
We just had a mini-meeting in #pump.io on irc.freenode.net... here is a quick update. @Evan Prodromou kindly joined us, and quite a few other community members, and everyone seems interested in making Pump.IO more of a community project. Here are roughly the future steps from this meeting:
- Find a community-stewardship home for pump.io. We will apply to become a Conservancy member project (@Bradley M. Kuhn is interested in Pump becoming a member project, but he is not the only one involved in that decision), though other places may also be explored (but Conservancy is currently target #1)
- We will be expanding the number of people committing to and contributing to the project. To start with, Evan has extended commit and admin rights to @jpope and myself. We will also be looking to make this more of a community structure; @Laura Arjona and I are volunteering to help with this transition. Laura also started this community document!
- E14N is looking for new homes for E14N hosted nodes on the pumpiverse. Are you interested, and a responsible person with strong interest in the health and future of the pumpiverse? We could use your help!
- We will probably need to raise funds for some of the hosting costs. How that will be done is yet to be determined.
- Since @Evan Prodromou, @Tsyesika and I are all working on the ActivityPump spec, of course we want Pump.IO to begin adoption of this standard, and will be looking towards that over the next few months. We'd like to also see GNU Social and Pump.IO talking together; ideally this would happen via both of them adopting the new standard, but probably Pump.IO needs to lead the way here and product a reference implementation to test against.
I'm looking forward to a more community-driven future of Pump.IO. Long live the pumpiverse!Show all 13 replies
I think we need a section with the people involved in the non-core code/services. I'll try to add/reorganize tomorrow; feel free to be faster than me, or just add yourself and later I'll reorganize.
Thanks for caring!
“What's involved in adopting the E14N nodes? If the cost isn't something crazy, I can probably adopt one. in order of preference: microca.st (bencook, already claimed), fmrl.me, pumpbuddy.us.
I see urmf.net in the list -- what is that one? I don't think I have seen it before.”
urmf.net ('you are my friend') was a pump.io node from the beginning, like microca.st
>> Laura Arjona:
“urmf.net ('you are my friend') was a pump.io node from the beginning, like microca.st”
Actually, it's more than that! It has the honor, along with identi.ca, of being a StatusNet-server-migrated-to-Pump ;)
It was migrated before identi.ca, in fact! And it's been in the "tryit" list ever since.
- Today can fuck right off.
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