More on Google and the #ClimateEmergency (not forgetting Microsoft and Amazon) in this article
The Verge wrote a piece about Mastodon and Gab. There’s also a paragraph in there about what I had to say about this whole thing. Give it a read if you’ve got a few minutes to spare.
“@DuckDuckGo is a poster child for a future in which companies stand with their users and still make money...They counter the assumption that we’ve all been socialized to accept: that it is normal to hand over all your information." - EFF's @jenuhhveev https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/15/technology/duckduckgo-private-search.html
Response from UK Home Office to my letter about Police testing of #FacialRecognition in public
I asked how they could justify the tests given little public knowledge or support and no public scrutiny of either testing or how the technology actually works.
I also asked the legal basis for this test especially around GDPR which needs active consent to be given.
They seem to think this is popular, scrutinised and perfectly legal although no mention of GDPR. Human rights act though?!
It’s not that we’ve failed to rein in Facebook & Google. We’ve not even tried. The tech giants use our data not only to predict our behaviour but to change it. But we can resist this attack on democracy
"#SurveillanceCapitalists are rich & powerful, but they are not invulnerable. They fear law. They fear lawmakers. They fear citizens who insist on a different path. Both groups are bound together in the work of rescuing the digital future for democracy."
The online advertising industry breaks the law, says the UK’s data watchdog - https://www.technologyreview.com/f/613847/the-online-advertising-industry-breaks-the-law-says-the-uks-data-watchdog/
"Each product, service, node, & touchpoint is a supply chain interface for behavioral data flows headed to production & sales - no matter how it's dressed up. Why are we surprised?" #ShoshanaZuboff #SurveillanceCapitalism
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!
Google reportedly arguing cutting Huawei off from Android threatens US security - https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/7/18656163/google-huawei-android-security-ban-claims
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