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“It’s Terry,” said Terry. “‘Ere. That [story] you sent me. Are you doing anything with it?”
“Not really.”
“Well, I think I know what happens next. Do you want to sell it to me? Or write it together?”
“Write it together,” I said, because I was not stupid, and because that was the nearest I was ever going to get to Michaelangelo phoning to ask if I wanted to paint a ceiling with him.

—Neil Gaiman, on how he came to co-write “Good Omens” with Terry Pratchett

#terrypratchett #neilgaiman #goodomens

Is My Phone Listening in? On the Feasibility and Detectability of Mobile Eavesdropping

Streaming under quarantine doesn't have to involve #DRM. Check out our highlights from the DRM-free Guide here, and share with your friends and family!

Many times, I've seen arguments made like this: "I'd try Mastodon, but I already have Twitter followers", or "I'd like to use OSM, but Google Maps has better data for my city", or, in my case, "I'd like to use, but GitHub has better discoverability".

Platforms for which popularity improves the utility of the service are skewed in favor of the incumbents. New platforms face a chicken-and-egg problem. You have to decide - will you help it, or exacerbate it? Those are the only two choices you have.

Don't let that cool new platform die in obscurity while you wait for it to become popular.

Ever wondered how our Fairphones are made? 📲🤔 Take a peek behind the scenes and discover how we’re trying to make phones fairer at every step in the process 💙. Read more 👉: #WeAreFairphone #DareToCare

Great times! #Matrix is working on #e2ee by default (ready any day now) and #Jitsi is working on encryption too.

Has anyone tried a refurbished smartphone with /e/ OS pre-loaded? If so, is the phone ok? And what about the OS? Would you suggest it?

Boost appreciated.


The mechanism that Google is using to push its coronavirus contact-tracing system to the majority of Android phones is usually used for things like updating Google Maps, which doesn't require a full Android release


Yo Fediverse I know ya'll are pretty wise and somewhat #privacy and #cyberSecurity savvy... but a lot of your friends and family are not.

They just don't get it, right?

I decided to make a podcast for them. I call it "Your Secure Life".

The most recent episode came out yesterday. It's about why and how to use Two-Factor Authentication (#2FA).

You should share it with anyone you know who is not using it.

There are no ads in the #podcast. I don't sell anything. I spend my own time and money writing, recording, editing, hosting, and transcribing each episode. The episodes are released as #CreativeCommons.

It's there for 1 thing: herd immunity. The safer we each are, the safer we all are.

Here's a link:


We've seen documents revealing how the American big data firm Palantir and British AI company Faculty are helping build an "unprecedented" UK government database to help respond to the coronavirus outbreak.


"We have alternatives, you can use them [...] GNU/Jami which is for communicating anonymously encrypted." - #richardstallman

Link to interview:

#endtoendencryption #distributed #secure #anonymously #anonymous #privacy #private #security #free/libre #liberty #p2p #peertopeer #encrypted #opensource
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Prior to the pandemic, I wrote this to convince people to actively ignore marketing in the tech world. We need to be vaccinated against believing marketing in general... because in a desire to "return to normal" we're about to be hit by the biggest onslaught of it in history...

I like it when even Cloudflare starts to de-Google-ify.

"We recently migrated from Google's reCAPTCHA to the independent hCaptcha. It helps address a privacy concern inherent to relying on a Google service..."

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