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Folks, I’m running out of bandwidth on the plane again. Will be landing in Sydney in a few hours and demonstrating Site.js at the IxDA meetup (if I manage to make sense right after a 24-hour trip – will be dropping my bags off at the hotel and heading straight over) :)

Amazon has unsafe products on its digital shelves. That needs to change.

One place to start? Mandate privacy policies for *all* internet-connected devices for sale on the platform.

Sound smart? Sign Mozilla's petition to Amazon: t.co/SGlQEjZHvc tweeted by @mozilla

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." theguardian.com/technology/201

📢🎁 Hi /e/ supporters and users!
Today, we announce the first release of /e/OS "Pie" on two smartphones!
- OnePlus 6 "enchilada"
- Google Pixel "sailfish"
Download, test and report your experience!
gitlab.e.foundation/e/wiki/en/

peeps:

If I want to block several from my website is it excessive/pointless to use:

1.
2. .txt and
3. <meta name> in the header?

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.

Thanks :)

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.

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?!

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