@switchingsocial @coffeentacos @better @aral Better has one (free and open) blocking rule list, curated by us with the aim to protect your privacy and enforce the principles of our ethical design manifesto (https://ind.ie/ethical-design/). This also means we can fix issues with specific sites/update rules based on reported problems. The app is designed to be easy for anyone to use, so you can just install the app and forget about it (no switches or choices to be made.) Hope that helps!
@paul Thanks for the automatic expiration alert! Quite useful :-)
If you find human rights in tech an overwhelming topic/don’t know where to start, I really recommend David Meyer’s Connected Rights newsletter.
It’s easy to read, and David’s recent use of “positively homeopathic fine” made me spit coffee down myself.
Also very informative about what happens to your data when you sign up to the newsletter!
"We found that at least 61 percent of apps we tested automatically transfer data to Facebook the moment a user opens the app. This happens whether people have a Facebook account or not, or whether they are logged into Facebook or not."
Investigating Apps interactions with Facebook on Android | Privacy International
If you didn't yet know, Google is datamining GMail etc for purchase confirmation emails amongst other things and aggregating it for their own purposes in an extremely detailed way.
(Everything you purchased with order ids, detailed billing details, VAT, including subscriptions etc)
Do not believe a single word about how this information is kept private. There is zero reason to build a system to aggregate this and then not use it to make money out of.
elementary OS 5 Juno is here. It’s more refined, more productive, and an even better platform for developers. We've majorly updated apps, made the desktop more productive with several new features, refined the overall look and feel, and a whole lot more. https://buff.ly/2RSeAts
Open source: do anything you want with the source, including closing it off. (https://opensource.org/osd)
Free software: you can’t close it off either; you must share alike. (https://www.fsf.org/about/what-is-free-software)
Ethical technology: all of the above, and don’t make technology that violates human rights. (https://ind.ie/ethical-design)
Open Source is open as in “open for business”, free software guarantees a healthy commons, and ethical technology builds on free software but excludes unethical uses.
Unpaywall.org is nice. But remember, Sci-Hub also exists. Although URL often changes, Wikipedia is a nice place to find its updated URLs! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sci-Hub
Unpaywall is a handy little open source project, available to use as a browser extension, which makes it easier to find open access copies of journal papers.
I just thought I'd share this here for those who may need it. I find it very useful!
Good morning, newbies. Lifehacker has a Beginners Guide to Mastodon post up today.
The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!