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Happening in an hour! Open Tech Will Save us #4, featuring @arcalinea@twitter.com, @aniampiotrowska@twitter.com (from @nymproject@twitter.com) and @nehbit@twitter.com discussing #privacy, #decentralization, #p2p technologies and more! matrix.org/open-tech-will-save

Episode 2 of my new talks to Finn Brownbill,
Head of Marketing at @Mojeek is a with a fully independent search index (No Google or Bing here) and is privacy by design. jamesmullarkey.com/2020/06/bui

has funded deniers, is contributing hugely to the needless pollution of the internet through its and tracking and builds tech to help drill for fossil fuels BigTechLovesBigOil.com

This looks interesting - Extinction Rebellion in the US giving Google, Amazon and Microsoft a boot in their corporate balls bigtechlovesbigoil.com/

Finn from Mojeek spoke on @jamesmullarkey new #WeDontStream podcast, all about Mojeek's story, being privacy by design & what it's like to challenge big tech in the field of search.

Also make sure to check in on who James chats to next as he "looks at the maverick renegades of the internet who are pushing back against big tech monopolies, surveillance capitalism and climate change".

jamesmullarkey.com/2020/06/bui

@self I think it's gotten worse. HTML is used to make things pretty now, not to, oh I don't know, markup content like it was originally designed to do. And operating systems, like Linux and Android, with poor accessibility don't help either. Now, blind people usually prefer mobile apps and desktop clients because they feel *clean* compared to the sometimes very verbose, linear web, where keyboard commands are few and far in between, non-standard (look at Gmail then Twitter, or even Gmail compared to Google Voice.) And there are so many sites where headings could be used but aren't, and lists to facilitate things which can be skipped, like alternative language options for articles, replies to a comment, things like that. It's just poorly done, and even the "simple" layered approach of mobile apps are easier to use for us than the flat (to us) representation that is the web.

The HTML standard changing stuff probably doesn't help much either. And Javascript just means that if I want to use Emacs with Emacspeak to gather text formatting information that a dumb screen reader doesn't provide, I usually get told that Javascript needs to be enabled, on a mostly textual site. In fact, text is *all* that a blind person gets, besides other audio. So if image descriptions aren't provided, or if there's a presentation-style thing going on, like in a lot of Apple press releases, we need textual alternatives to the silent videos and images. So plain sites, like my blog which I recently moved to Hugo, are best. Simple, statically generated, no stupid freaking databases! and it's freaking clean! No heavy bull crap slowing down load times and not many images.

Oh and screen readers aren't magic, either. They're really quite dumb. They gather as much information as they can by the OS accessibility API's, which can be pretty good, like Windows, fairly okay, like Apple's, or pretty neglected, like Linux because no one wants to actually work on the core OS accessibility. Like I always say, accessibility starts with the OS.

#a11y

I'm sure many already know about Mozilla's hypocracies, but this is a nice compendium of transgressions:
digdeeper.neocities.org/ghost/

So use what? Crome? *barf* I think the problem goes deeper. We need a web that isn't so confounded to the point where no one, besides large corporations, can maintain a performant, usable and accessible web client. As long as it's this way we will continue to pay for the web with our privacy.

The first guest on my new is @sam formerly the Tech Lead at

Sam is an anti-tracking pioneer who worked on the privacy focused Cliqz browser (a fork of ) and Cliqz search engine.

jamesmullarkey.com/2020/06/ant

Wedont.stream

Here's a new I've started which interviews maverick renegades who are pushing back against monopolies, and and more wedont.stream

Google to auto-delete users' records by default

But is this data wiped from Google servers permanently or does it just make it invisible?

bbc.co.uk/news/technology-5316

I've just read Greenpeace's report on the energy sources for serverfarms.

There's some interesting takeaways. Looks even more vital now to promote alternative entertainment outside of the "streaming services"!

Streaming is not green. Downloading it won't be much better, but will once you've rewatched it instead of something else!

Funkwhale brings music and audio to the Fediverse:

@funkwhale

It lets you discover, store and share music or other audio.

The official website has more:
funkwhale.audio/

Funkwhale is a federated, decentralised platform running on open software, and uses ActivityPub so it is also compatible with Mastodon and other Fediverse networks.

#Funkwhale #Fediverse #ActivityPub #Alternatives #Music #Audio #Podcasts

Amazon says 'Black Lives Matter'. But the company has deep ties to policing - Activists say the company’s work, which includes commercial partnerships with law enforcement, harms communities of color theguardian.com/technology/202

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