So suddenly there’s a lot of attention around email and it’s exposing how many people in the web community still use Gmail. Like actually trust all your personal information and communication (and that of your potentially marginalised or vulnerable contacts) with Google. 🤮
There are a lot of hard problems and lack of alternatives when it comes to rights-respecting technology. But email (as imperfect as it is) has a fair few affordable alternative providers. Small change, big difference.
The German Corona Warn App went live today. F-Droid cannot distribute the app for multiple reasons:
1) The core bluetooth contact tracing functionality is only implemented in Google play services and requires proprietary client libs to be included in the app.
2) The google api mentioned above is only available for use by apps which are whitelisted by google and distributed through the play store.
Alerte: la Méditerranée déjà polluée par les masques et les gants jetables ! https://rmc.bfmtv.com/emission/alerte-la-mediterranee-deja-polluee-par-les-masques-et-les-gants-jetables-1920987.html
Google memories (13/x)
In one of my last TGIF parties I witnessed a couple execs chatting happily about how they managed to fire 2/3 of temps/part-timers/contractors in Argentina and hey, the office is doing fine. They were laughing about it. Loudly. They didn't care enough to even fake concern.
This was the first time I learned that capitalists are not nuanced villains like in Miyazaki movies. They're sad caricatures, like the villains Captain Planet.
Google memories (9/x)
"Radical Transparency doesn't mean you can say critical things".
I learned he was chastised by his _own_ boss. he had an Unhappy Employee. we're the Best Place To Work. Unhappiness is not supposed to exist.
I started paying attention. A person from Project Android posted a confession about being disappointed with the directions of the project, open-sourceness-wise. It was personal, heartfelt; they felt betrayed.
Google memories (1/x)
y'all going to laugh, but I really believed it. I drank the kool-aid. this was the mid-00s, a tech company with a motto "don't be evil" still felt daring rather than cringe – for an alienated techie like past me, at least; my politically aware friends tried to warn me; but I didn't realise that Google leveraged its fine-tuned advertising machinery also for recruiting, and I swallowed the whole thing.
Google memories (14/14)
@dmbaturin not true. plenty of minority lects (languages+dialects) survived for millennia in extensive pancultural networks, coexisting with lingua francas. multilingualism is the norm for premodern societies (cf. Amazon, Australia, PNG etc.); monolingualism is a late European anomaly.
what creates monolingualism isn’t global communication, it’s monocultural colonisation. what kills lects isn’t knowing a lingua franca; it’s when you are ashamed to teach children your own.
recemtly I heard Bradley Kuhn making this argument: IRC os old an crank but it has resisted the onslaught of the proprietary chat techs
Because its people clung on it
It's not the tech, its the culture
In some cases it's the anthropologies that drive the tech, not the other way around
and geeks suffer from dopamine pollution as everybody else 🤷♂️
> Privacy is the #freedom to be imperfect
It is #acceptance of who we are and everything that we have been.
Part II, also as yet unfair, still, some people have spent a lifetime trying to build free services, yet #fuckoffwhatsapp users won't pay the price of a beer for a lifetime of IM from something like #Threema
"Get a life, get a real messenger."
There is a parasitic element to supporting these corporations that feed off of our needs.
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