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Google say they will use tech to fight the but they have founded their own company.

Send them a message and stop using their products starting with the Chrome browser notochrome.org/

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.

theverge.com/2019/7/12/2069195

“@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 nytimes.com/2019/07/15/technol

What's the one thing every web user can do to fight ?

Replace the Google Chrome browser

I've started a new website to send a message to Google that we prefer the internet without them

notochrome.org/

Response from UK Home Office to my letter about Police testing of 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?!

Amazon confirms it keeps your Alexa recordings basically forever - Enlarge / "Alexa, does my voice really sound like that?" (credit: Amazon)
If you (like so many of... more: arstechnica.com/?p=1531281 #amazonalexa #congress #policy #amazon #alexa

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."

👉🏻 theguardian.com/commentisfree/ #FuckOffGoogle

'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!

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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”.

ico.org.uk/media/about-the-ico

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.

cryptpad.fr/

Better still CryptPad is on the Fediverse:

@cryptpad

#FLOSS #FOSS

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!

prettyzucky.com/

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

NEW TUTORIAL:

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!
legalinspiration.com/?p=795

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