Want to learn more about ActivityPub, extensible file formats, and how parsing files is like learning another language? Check out this week's episode of Libre Lounge:


@bobchao Installed this as a test tonight ... not bad, but still some rough edges ๐Ÿ™‚

@pixelfed Just checking: there's no way to bulk import Instagram photos, right?

This is an exhaustive list by @paulakreuzer about #FOSS Software to help you "How to Live Without #FuckOffGoogle and Other Evil Tech Giants"


Thanks for the collection and the write-up!

#SurveillanceCapitalism #FLOSS


Harvard Law Review, 1919:

"Each side takes the position of the man who was arrested for swinging his arms and hitting another in the nose, and asked the judge if he did not have a right to swing his arms in a free country. 'Your right to swing your arms ends just where the other manโ€™s nose begins.'"

Firefox is going to ship with DNS over HTTPS (DoH) by default soon. They're partnering with Cloudflare to get achieve this and it will ignore whatever you have configured locally, even your hosts file. They do have some specs available for how your DNS service can be listed as compatible but it will still use Cloudflare by default.

It may be time for me to start looking at some of the more private derivatives of Firefox. It's sad to see a project dedicated to privacy ruin that with crappy defaults ๐Ÿ˜•

#DoH #PrivacyByDefault #Mozilla #Firefox #DNS #Privacy #Security #Cloudflare #FuckCloudflare

TIL you don't have to install Android apps to use , , and mobile services.

They're all available through mobile web clients just fine, and only get your location (only) when you're using it for what you need to do.

With Fennec (Firefox) on Android you can even install a handy icon on your launcher screen to tap.

What other apps can be replaced by mobile web experiences?

@lightweight Yeah, many of them are told they're supposed to worry about it and protect it.

In my line of work, it's more about peeling back the onion to discover that people want to be acknowledged and non-exploited.

FLOSS licenses (often copyleft) and trademarks tend to work well to calm their *real* fears.

@lightweight Yeah this is always one of the early conversations. "When you think about IP, what concerns do you have about what might (or might not) happen? ... etc."

"NBC has obtained THOUSANDS of pages of leaked internal documents show that Facebook wasnโ€™t just spitballing about selling access to user data - the plans had buy-in among Zuck, Sandberg and were pitched to the board of directors"


@combativeamerican Can you really use "Facebook" and "trust" in the same sentence? ๐Ÿ˜‰

What IT project would you have more faith in? The one being worked on behind closed doors by a small group of unknown devs - or the one being openly worked on by an entire community of motivated developers?

This former dev that has worked on an infamously failed national IT project has her suspicions..

We need to #opensource government IT. Not just because of transparency reasons, but also because it leads to better results.

LAST REMINDER: My dayjob is giving away $100,000 USD to 4 projects that serve international development, humanitarian response, or peacebuilding.

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> People working for #freesoftware and #privacy should not be criminalized. There is nothing criminal about wanting privacy.


@akuchling Thanks for your report; I have set that domain to silenced status. Please continue to use the report button for anything you find that's concerning; thanks!

ICYMI: developer Ola Bini, currently a major contributor to the OTR encrypted messaging protocol, has been detained with no or flimsy charges for 4+ days and counting in Ecuador. "Evidence" included having technical books and too many devices. They say he'll be held up to 90 days while they "develop charges" against him.


LWN: The state of the OSU Open Source Lab

Summary of a conference talk about the State OSL, which hosts a wide variety of projects, both for organizations like the , , and Software Foundations, and for individual projects such as mutt.

You don't hear a lot about the OSL, but I donate money to them every year.


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