2018-05-28T02:25:34Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/05/secure-data-act-would-stop-backdoors
Strikes me as sound and needed. Not least because mandatory backdoors don't strike me as easy to reconcile with software freedom.
2018-03-19T20:20:07Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersSome people reading this qualify (don't doubt it) and might be interested in the Bassel Khartabil Free Culture Fellowship ($50k, due March 24) more at basselkhartabil.org -- it's written broadly and perhaps a bit vaguely but I bet e.g., working on bringing decentralization to the people by writing free software would be a good fit.
2018-02-25T20:01:00Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersSounds great. I haven't read/watched beyond titles, but I guess Endless is doing something similar Debian-based?Also, glad that Red Hat has people working on https://siliconislandblog.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/1-year-of-fedora-and-gnome-hardware-enablement/I wonder if any of the handful of Linux laptop vendors will switch from Ubuntu to Fedora (or whatever their derived thing is or would be) at some point?
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2018-01-24T01:23:07Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttp://adeona.cs.washington.edu/ (2008, discontinued)Adeona is the first Open Source system for tracking the location of your lost or stolen laptop that does not rely on a proprietary, central service. This means that you can install Adeona on your laptop and go — there's no need to rely on a single third party. What's more, Adeona addresses a critical privacy goal different from existing commercial offerings. It is privacy-preserving. This means that no one besides the owner (or an agent of the owner's choosing) can use Adeona to track a laptop. Unlike other systems, users of Adeona can rest assured that no one can abuse the system in order to track where they use their laptop.Adeona is designed to use the Open Source OpenDHT distributed storage service to store location updates sent by a small software client installed on an owner's laptop. The client continually monitors the current location of the laptop, gathering information (such as IP addresses and local network topology) that can be used to identify its current location. The client then uses strong cryptographic mechanisms to not only encrypt the location data, but also ensure that the ciphertexts stored within OpenDHT are anonymous and unlinkable. At the same time, it is easy for an owner to retrieve location information.Anyone know of a descendant (direct or inspired) of this?I think only the client is. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prey_(software) also links to a minimal free software server, presumably independently implemented, not updated since 2013. In any case, it relies on a server. One of the interesting things about Adeona was its use of a distributed hash table.it would be pretty trivial to get a twister client script running on the laptop to post the location of the laptop, if you can script the finding out of the location. it wouldn't post the location to the DHT, just to a torrent it would then distribute to followers that would find it through the DHT, so it's no worse. you could even make it post it as a DM to yourself, so nobody else would get info about your whereabouts until the laptop is lost, because DMs are encrypted
2018-01-21T20:20:24Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersNice recommendation of F-Droid https://www.wired.com/story/android-users-to-avoid-malware-ditch-googles-app-store/ by Yale Privacy Lab researchers closing with:Installing F-Droid isn’t a silver bullet, but it’s the first step in protecting yourself from malware. With this small change, you’ll even have bragging rights with your friends with iPhones, who are limited to Apple’s App Store unless they jailbreak their phones.But why debate iPhone vs. Android, Apple vs. Google, anyway? Your privacy and security are massively more important than brand allegiance. Let’s debate digital freedom and servitude, free and unfree, private and spied-upon.Probably related https://f-droid.org/en/2017/12/14/new-collaborations-on-exposing-tracking.html found at https://privacylab.yale.edu/press ... note recommendation of fediverse in the sidebar!
2018-01-13T03:08:15Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://joinup.ec.europa.eu/news/public-money-public-code (Barcelona migration to Linux desktop plans)Now there's a useful independence move.
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2018-01-06T21:10:52Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersAGPLv3 enforcement in Israel, software: CKAN, against government agency with new and incompletely implemented open source policy. No litigation, but threat of litigation.Interesting. Also have to wonder how things would have gone (1) with litigation, eg were any CKAN copyright holders involved? (2) without anyone noticing, eg would CKAN modifications have been released eventually as part of agency's open source strategy?I noticed this on https://planet.documentfoundation.org/
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2018-01-05T17:29:02Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersThe end of patent encumbered video is finally in sight https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-online-video-compression-av1/For traditional codecs anyway.
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2017-12-30T04:21:28Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersWhile I was not paying attention (several years apparently):bulk.resource.org access to nonprofit filings terminated https://web.archive.org/web/20140715041700/https://bulk.resource.org/irs.gov/eo/terminate.htmlbulk.resource.org entirely taken down, last capture at https://web.archive.org/web/20160527023419/https://bulk.resource.org/ vague note at https://twitter.com/carlmalamud/status/773685462707818497:( :( :(
>> Mike Linksvayer:
“I guess for nonprofit filings https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/ probably gives easier access to the same info. I'm not sure if there's even more available at https://aws.amazon.com/public-datasets/irs-990/”
SFLC's most recent Form 990 is interesting reading.
2017-11-25T00:38:59Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersSaw in an ad posted in my neighborhood for a room share:Access to shared movie drive on my local area network with over three thousand movies, episodes and showsIs this a common feature of shared houses? Of roommate ads? Surely someone is studying this phenomenon.I wonder how often free software is featured in housing ads? Any famous examples?On the sad side, is it common for housing ads to tout bundled access to paid-for proprietary stuff? Come to think of it, the ad I quoted above also does mention Netflix and Apple TV.
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2017-11-16T22:42:20Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/d3devm/motherboard-guide-to-not-getting-hacked-online-saf...Recommends iPhone (previously) and not hosting your own email.Repeat: ...and if we take software freedom to mean control over one's computing, a relatively insecure device is highly questionable, as if the device is compromised, someone else has control over your computing, and not a faceless corporation that wants to sell your eyeballs or force upgrades through obsolescence while you get some utility from a device, but criminals whose business is completely adversarial to your interests.
The situation seems pretty desperate to me. Free software hackers presumably make things better to the extent they do things like make builds reproducible and migrate to more secure languages, but for people (including hackers) to have access to systems that are relatively secure from malicious adversaries requires lots of integration....Before I suggested regulation, and I still do, but I also would love to see more large (or trying to become large) vendors dedicated to all aspects of user autonomy delivering competitive integrated products. For phone and email I guess now that's Purism and Kolab, though those are both tiny and not yet competitive (or existing, in case of phone).Also related: I loved https://brettcsmith.org/2017/libreplanet/Another one https://techsolidarity.org/resources/congressional_howto.html recommending iPhone and gmail, and Chrome (I think the only free software recommended is uBlock and HTTPSEverywhere) discussed at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=15777387
2017-11-10T23:25:16Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2007/07/i-dedicate-this-work-to-the-usa-that-it-become-just...Pretty sure I've cited this a bunch of times, but can't find anything public. Anyway, permarelevant.
2017-11-07T05:21:48Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers
2017-10-27T02:28:24Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersStrikes me as 100% conceptually aligned with FLOSS -- look at the table comparing Unicorns to Zebras https://static1.squarespace.com/static/588e67e0a5790aa54e649863/t/58c002f9e3df28e544ec499b/148897869... basically every row could be instead proprietary vs libre, but (a guess, very happy to be wrong) likely very little practical overlap.I think this must indicate some kind of massive social failure on the FLOSS side.
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2017-10-22T21:41:29Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersNaive and possibly stupid and painful questions:(1) If on were spinning up a new ActivityPub microblogging instance, how would one choose between Mastodon and Pump.io?(2) Has any instance been migrated from one to the other?(3; for fun) Has any instance been set up to run both, handling sessions among them randomly, keeping databases in sync? Surely the answer is no, so let's expand this to any other sort of messaging software. Who has done it? Surely it is worth doing at least as an art project.
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Not sure if you are expecting answers, nor do I know much about all these, still let me spill out somethings:
(1) Mastodon seems chatting while Pump.io seems, eh, blogging (?). So it depends on which mode one dislikes more.
(2) I don't know. But I guess the paint point will be keeping intact and functional the follower/following thing. Also Pump.io allows richer markup, so converting from legacy posts to just text (with some links and pics) could be headache.
(3) An art project indeed. One need to have both personality: you don't feel like talking and you are afraid to write. I think an empty space will do.
2017-10-22T19:46:23Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers