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'Millions of Business Listings on Google Maps Are Fake—and Google Profits. Google Maps is filled with false business addresses created by firms pretending to be nearby'

the map is the territory is the empire,
and the empire is full of shit

3/4 The report acknowledges that at present there is much UNLAWFUL processing going on in this industry and puts forward some next steps. This can only be the beginning, further action is necessary to reign in these practices!

Yesterday, the U.K.’s data protection regulator @ICOnews has published a report, which concludes with a damning assessment of programmatic advertising:

"the ad tech industry appears immature in its understanding of data protection requirements”.

Just discovered CryptPad via the FLOSS Weekly podcast. Basically, Google docs without privacy concerns.

CryptPad in their own words:

"CryptPad is a private-by-design alternative to popular office tools and cloud services. All the content stored on CryptPad is encrypted before being sent, which means nobody can access your data unless you give them the keys (not even us)."

It's also Free software.

Better still CryptPad is on the Fediverse:



Check out this interactive timeline of Facebook's history. You can see the trouble brewing from its early days.

Share this with folks who want to learn about Facebook's history. And tell them that alternative technologies are emerging! We can #DecentralizeTheWeb--one person at a time!

when discord asks for your phone number, or facebook wants you to upload a picture of your face, or twitter makes you create an account to view the "tweets and replies" tab...

that's a paywall

you pay with your privacy


Tech lawyer Marc Whipple wrote a tutorial about creating the most inexpensive #FreedomBox home server!

Marc introduces the basics of FreedomBox and teaches you how to build one step-by-step using screenshots.

Read and share!

"Apple says, 'What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.' [But] our privacy experiment showed 5,400 hidden app trackers guzzled our data — in a single week."

If you haven't read @geoffreyfowler's latest @Washingtonpost column, make time for it: tweeted by @mozilla

How DRM has permitted Google to have an "open source" browser that is still under its exclusive control

Have you even wondered why you're seeing a political ad online? It might be because advertisers have bought access to v personal data about YOU, to target messages that they hope will appeal to people like you. Watch our new video: #EUelections2019

It's... #FollowFriday :gentleblob:

📰 @wallabag Wallabag: Free open alternative to Pocket

📄 @LimeSurvey LimeSurvey: Free open alternative to Google Forms

👣 @gnome GNOME: Makers of a free open desktop environment

🌐 @cwebber Christopher Lemmer Webber: One of the creators of ActivityPub

🐐 @GoatsLive Goats Live: Aww... The everyday adventures of a pair of pet goats

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