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So before everyone panics over the #freenode "take over," or whatever the heck is going on, instead of just migrating to something with the word "libre" (or similar) in it, treating every project with that word in its title as if the name guarantees anything, especially #privacy, which is a moronic thought for a public, centralized #irc server, my personal recommendation is #oftc since that is where Tor seems to do their IRC. They also have a web client at

The logo went up on the website way back in 2016 even before it became the new owner. Staff didn't revoke the owner's access to the domain registration and nobody complained about a "hostile takeover" back then. Why this time?

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Here's the blog post from 2017 announcing the sale. Apparently I am the only person on the Internet who read it. I always figured everyone else knew who owned it, since it wasn't hidden or anything.

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All I have to say to folks that just learned this week that was sold 4 years ago to someone:

It's 2021 and you're still not decentralized?


Molly de Blanc and I wrote a Declaration of #DigitalAutonomy, outlining the Principles of Digital Autonomy. We'd love to hear your thoughts:

access, digital skills, and online have never been more important than during the pandemic. But increased control, Internet shutdowns, and are on the rise.

Join me at the Stockholm Internet Forum 10-12 May and let's come together as a community to learn, build, solve, and create to strengthen democracy and to fight poverty.

Software freedom contributors are human. We all make mistakes, often very publicly. It's tricky to write a public apology for those mistakes.

This blog post by @sagesharp will help you avoid common pitfalls and craft an effective apology:

Google Chrome is now officially adware.

Anti-virus programs should start tagging it as such.

#FLoC #GoogleChrome #SurveillanceCapitalism

Delete Chrome. Now.

Google is using its exceptionally powerful position to make *the browser itself* analyze your browsing behavior and serve that on a plate in the form of "cohorts" to anyone interested.

They are transforming Chrome into a "browsing-history-passport" - right now.

If you care about your intellectual freedom even a little bit, you must put Chrome out of your life as soon as possible. Support others doing the same.



- Get vaccinated as soon as you can with any type of vaccine you can;
- Keep wearing masks and distancing until we reach the right point globally.

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The past week I started again. First time since the started in Jan 2020. Being fully , I felt quite safe, but felt very stressed by those who were subject to others refusing to follow basic non pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) like wearing (fully) at all times and physical distancing.

People may be reckless but there's no right to recklessly endanger the 80% (in the US; far higher elsewhere) of people who aren't able to be vaccinated yet.

Looks like I don't really need @EFF 's HTTPS Everywhere add on anymore as Firefox has added HTTPS-only mode ( for new enough releases ) and also blocks mix content

I had been wondering if it's still providing me any functionality

If you still want the rulesets, HE is moving to a lookup service from DuckDuckGo (sounds privacy problematic) by the end of 2021

Thanks to @resist1984 for commenting on the ruleset change as I'd overlooked the announcement


Gitter is now bridged natively to Matrix! As such we will soon retire the previous bridge in favour of the new. Learn more at


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