@dajbelshaw Remember when everybody was jumping to GitLab because Microsoft bought GitHub?

It should be noted that this ethos (or lack of ethos) is true for all of open source. The whole point of open source is that there are no restrictions on who uses the software.

I've never really been comfortable with this, but I've not ever found a way to reconcile this contradiction.

I'm a huge fan (and patron) of usesthis.com.

I'm also a huge fan (and patron) of Audrey Watters.

So this is the best thing I've seen this week: usesthis.com/interviews/audrey

I am happy that RMS finally stepped down as FSF president. The Free Software and Open Source movement deserves a new and better leadership which understands diversity, community, business and decency.

Wired, 1993: Rebels with a Cause - Your Privacy. "On the cover were Eric Hughes, Tim May, John Gilmore, holding up an American flag, faces hidden behind white mask, their PGP fingerprints written on the foreheads. Gilmore even sporting an newly-founded EFF T-shirt. (from Thomas Rid, CS Monitor)"

Wired, 2019: YOU'RE IN PRIVATE MODE. To continue using a private window, sign in or subscribe. The title of the article being denied reads "It's Time to Switch to a Privacy Browser. Ad trackers are out of control".

Has anyone ever lamented the fact that browsers blocking autoplaying videos with audio has effectively killed the rickroll?

My personal rickroll page can only work reliably if I mute the audio:


A few days ago I saw that @Pinboard@twitter.com had joined Telegram, and now I know a bit about why:


A worthwhile read on what thinks are like in Hong Kong right now.

the design of twitter & other follow-boost services like tumblr or mastodon is fundamentally untenable and will always create conflict on such scales that people will feel like their only response is violence

Fun way to find random documents. Go to Google search, and search for

filetype:pdf the

Feel free to replace the word "the" with any other innocuous word. You'll get a bunch of random PDFs.

Another fun constraint:

filetype:pdf site:org the

This will return PDFs by ".org" domains (mostly nonprofits) so you get a bunch of random reports.

Also try

filetype:pdf "internal use only"

"So the solution has to be to build ethically and to meet a user's need in the most direct way possible. Build something that people really want, and do it ethically, while not making the ethics the differentiator. You'll capture some early adopters through the ethics of your work, but you'll get the bulk of your customers by serving their self-interest." werd.io/2019/doing-well-while-

I'm extremely pleased to launch Run Your Own Social: How to run a small social network site for you friends.

This is a guide book to running a small, tight-knit federated social network server. It comes from my year of experience running Friend Camp. It's focused largely on SOCIAL solutions, though it does touch on the technical.

I've tried to keep it technology-neutral, and it should be a pretty easy read for anyone who's been on the fediverse for a while.


Shout out to one of my all time favorite internet things: this collection of images of novelty baby clothing on zazzle but with the default model switched to an adult.


I only just found out that there are RSS and Atom feeds standard for every Mastodon user. That makes life so much easier…




in my case!

The big EU-US Privacy Shield legal showdown happens on July 9th. For me it's quite obvious that the US Cloud Act is incompatible with the GDPR. Let's see how the court rules: techcrunch.com/2019/06/24/eu-u

Here at Bits of Freedom we have to go out and found new supporters twice a year.

Today we started our donation drive under the nomer: Be A Rebel.

We really need to collectively say ‘no’ more often…


@darius I think you can take some credit for me finally arriving here...

This is a beautiful analysis of all that is wrong with our current cloud based model of doing software (think Google Docs or Trello) and some very real explorations of how ‘Conflict-free Replicating Data Types’ (CDRTs) could help create true local first software:


The first "Be a freedom rebel" sticker has been spotted in the wild...

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