Just to follow up on the recent post about ethical phone makers @Fairphone , a number of people asked if there was a more ethical OS on it too.
Fairphone comes with stock Google Android by default, but
Fairphone also make their own de-googlised version of Android called Fairphone Open:
It doesn't come with the Fairphone by default, but because it's provided by Fairphone themselves it's relatively easy to install:
@david come to think of it usually chromium browsers seem to 'struggle' to let me see it. Firefox OK. I shouldn't be suprised.
@david I can't always get it to work unfortunately :(
Startups like Uber etc pretend they are gaining customers through innovation, but all they are really doing is buying market share by providing artificially cheap services, so they can run rivals off the road. When rivals disappear, prices go up.
Stable companies with sustainable business models that treat their employees well are being unfairly squeezed out of the market, unless they too start screwing workers and throwing money away. (See also Amazon and their pee bottles.)
Yikes. "The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information... was discovered on a publicly accessible database for a company used by the likes of the UK Metropolitan police, defence contractors and banks." https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/aug/14/major-breach-found-in-biometrics-system-used-by-banks-uk-police-and-defence-firms
📢🎁 Hi /e/ supporters and users!
Today, we announce the first release of /e/OS "Pie" on two smartphones!
- OnePlus 6 "enchilada"
- Google Pixel "sailfish"
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"These startups aim to smash Apple and Google’s smartphone duopoly"
With /e/OS and Librem ^^
An official report for the Dutch government concluded:
“(Microsoft Office) systematically collects data on a large scale ... covertly, without informing people. … Microsoft does not offer any choice with regard to the amount of data, or possibility to switch off the collection.”
Don't use Microsoft Office, use LibreOffice instead 👍
It's free, open and you can get it here:
You can follow them on here:
Need to send a clear message to their bots that they ain't welcome.
Belt / braces / another belt approach seems like it's making things crystal. #bots
Data brokers like @Acxiom need to be investigated! That's why we've written to @DamianCollins & the DCMS committee
Time for #FollowFriday ⌚ 🍩 ☕
🔍 @exodus Exodus Privacy: Analysing privacy of Android apps
📚 @libreture Libreture: Online ecosystem for DRM-free eBooks, incl. storage and bookshop list
📝 @dev Microblog.pub: Lightweight single user ActivityPub blogging system
⛏️ @Minetest Minetest: Free open alternative to Minecraft
🍿 @ScreenTestOfTime Screen Test of Time: Podcast discussing every film nominated for Best Picture Oscar in order
Previous Follow Friday posts:
Another day, another time that Facebook admits to stealing all your data, even supposed encryption in WhatsApp is worth nothing if they download your chats in an unencrypted fashion back to their servers. Stop using their shit. Please! There are alternatives. Get rid of it. Everything. They'll never learn if people don't make them. Please don't use Instagram, don't use WhatsApp, don't use Facebook. It's much worse for you than you might want to imagine.
@jotbe wowsers if true
@InternetKevin I'm a bit suspicious of Brave because of Peter Thiel investment and I'm not convinced this BAT business model is a good thing.
For #NoToChrome I didn't recommend any Chromium browsers because I think we're better off without their influence - even a bit of it
I would recommand you this, alternatives are mentioned too!
Need some help getting Oil out of the ground?
The nice people at Google can help because we are #BenevolentTechOverlords
More on Google and the #ClimateEmergency (not forgetting Microsoft and Amazon) in this article
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