If I lived in/around London, I would be at this event with bells on. If you’ve not yet heard of surveillance capitalism, this would be the perfect introduction, with the woman who coined the term:
(Hat-tip to @adamprocter )
Unlike traditional social networks, Scuttlebutt has no servers. Members store all their personal data on their own computer or phone, and connect directly to their friends' devices in order to update statuses. Scuttlebutt also works offline.
It's currently available on @fdroidorg and Google Play. (Note it's still in beta and many features are missing.)
Are you a #UX expert? Would you like some #UserStories for features that have been implemented by the #BenevolentTechOverlords that no user ever asked for? Here you go! https://www.jamesmullarkey.com/2019/01/if-you-really-are-user-first-then-you-must-be-surveillance-last/ #SurveillanceCapitalism #UserDreamsWholesale
404 → 302
A simple gesture for an evergreen Web.
What if links never died? What if we never broke the Web? What if it didn’t involve any extra work?
It’s possible. And easy.
Just make your 404s into 302s.
Thoughts, suggestions, and contributions welcome:
Since I care about ethical alternatives to surveillance machines like Amazon Echo or Google Home, I've voted for #mycroft Mark I in the Internet of Arduino challenge ( https://www.arrow.com/arduino-voting ) from Arrow and Indiegogo, where they stand to gain $50.000 if they win (they're among the three finalists).
Here's another Amazon product to keep out of your home: Ring security cameras.
"Ring has a history of lax, sloppy oversight when it comes to deciding who has access to some of the most precious, intimate data belonging to any person." https://theintercept.com/2019/01/10/amazon-ring-security-camera/
2019 is the year to stop talking about ethics and start taking action
- from Fast Company
Watch it here: https://ar.al/2018/12/10/surveillance-capitalism-at-the-bbc
New blog post: Why does decentralization matter?
Follow Friday: digital privacy
Some accounts to follow if you are interested in digital privacy:
Pointers to privacy-conscious alternatives to various commercial products/services
Official Mastodon account of the Tor Project
Updates from the Free Software Foundation
Community project at Yale
Android privacy issues (FR/EN)
Home-hosting network services
This is why we must be on Mastodon! #Facebook #NoPrivacy #DataLeaks
Due to an internal error, Amazon recently sent 1700 private Alexa voice files to an unauthorized customer.
It’s now time to sue them using GDPR!
The New York Times reports Facebook gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify, Netflix, Apple, Yandex, Yahoo and others far more access to users' data than previously admitted, including access to private messages:
There is never going to be a better time to #DeleteFacebook, the violations are only going to get worse.
If you know someone who wants to try alternatives and needs a simple non-technical guide, try sending them this:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and its COO Sheryl Sandberg, and its public relations people, and its engineers have lied repeatedly, exhaustively. They have lied so much they've lost track of their lies, and then lied about them.
Digital professional person
Agitation Designer for a slightly better interweb
For people involved in the activities of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), in Working Groups or Community Groups, and people who follow the work of the W3C. Run on a volunteer basis by Sandro Hawke and others, NOT the W3C systems team, and NOT supported by W3C. Uses the W3C Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. A place to talk online about the things you would talk about in a meeting, or at a meal with your group. We plan to have a relay-bot soon, so don't feel like you need an account here to be a member of this online community. Please post things you think the W3C community might find interesting!