"#FreeSoftware compete with big tech (gatekeepers) not in scale but in principle by providing to end-users curated solutions that respect their rights. #DMA is important for non-profit as well"
@fsfe at the Digital Markets Conference


European Competition Network's conference summarized how our digital infrastructure is working, e.g.

"The narrative of excuse, which is so often used by big tech players, is a self-serving story created by the incumbents who have the ability to solve incredibly complicated technical problems. Security solutions are not intractable and do not prevent compliance. Once security is taken care of, consumers obviously like choice"


The CIA has a long track record, documented from their own archives and elsewhere, of breaking just laws about torture, kidnapping, murder, due process, etc. On top of that, they have built a system to ensure they rarely have to face the consequences. 4/4

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113 makes a very dangerous conclusion that sometimes governments need to break the law. In many countries, the law is the law, and there are no exceptions. I'm fortunate to live in one: Austria. The US Constitution does not say that the government can break the law for security reasons. The US executive branch decided that, and the checks and balances are failing. The right standard comes from MLK Jr: people should break unjust law, but accept the consequences. 3/

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The has a well documented, decades-long history of using coercion and even murder, from Abu Ghraib to the Korean War. If you want extensive detail, see the National Security Archive. Or a great book on the topic is Killing Hope, by William Blum. The CIA even hosts a free PDF of the book, if you trust downloads from them ;-) cia.gov/library/abbottabad-com 2/

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The is doing more PR these days, like putting up agents for interviews on popular podcasts where the interviewer won't contradict their or even outright lies, like "the CIA does not spy on Americans". I heard a clear example of this on episode 116 Mad Dog, where the agent said the CIA doesn't typically use coercion. The key spin word is "typically". Most agents are paper pushers, so they aren't torturing, but the CIA does regularly and frequently torture people 1/

We have a new blog post about the Mobifree project and our role in it.

In short, it's a human-centered, ethical alternative, that champions privacy over profit and believes in collaboration, sustainability and inclusiveness.


#FDroid #mobifree

Friendly reminder if you're an open source developer in the mobile ecosystem:

You still have time until 1st of June to apply for a #mobifree grant.


Looks like will pass a key point in its war on : its own response will kill more of their own people than the original attack. This already happened long ago for , more were killed in this war than all since 1948. The lost more of its own people in the wars of and than in the Sept 11th attacks. These facts clearly demonstrate who gains from these kinds of wars. The leaders who drive them do so to stay in power, not to serve their people interests.

It's so weird watching The Dropout – a TV series about the Theranos and Elizabeth Holmes – while also watching OpenAI and Sam Altman happen IRL.

"Die fehlende Zustimmung Österreichs zum EU-Renaturierungsgesetz blockiert derzeit den Beschluss dieses Gesetzes im EU-Umweltministerrat.

Die Unterzeichnenden dieser Petition ersuchen jedes einzelne Bundesland, dem Gesetz zuzustimmen."


Which flag best symbolises Europe's unity?

Many ideas were submitted to the Council of Europe in the 1950s, but the 🇪🇺 EU flag was unanimously adopted on 8 December 1955.

Seven decades on, the flag embodies the values of unity, solidarity, diversity and harmony and is the most recognisable symbol of our European identity.

Ahead of #EuropeDay, get to know it ⬇️

The F-Droid Board of Directors got an update with a few new faces, some remaining ones and one leaving.



's core crypto/tls library merged client support! It should be included in the Go v1.23 release. Server-side support is still in the works.


Now that is removing ever more apps from their Chinese app stores, it looks like Chinese mobile buyers are leaving Apple in droves. Most recently it was , , , and more. True to their status, Apple locks users in with no other supported option for installing apps. For Android devices, there are lots of app stores available.


:microsoft: ➡️ :matrix: It's a Big Freaking Deal when we can move any #UnitedNations organization away from #Microsoft.

The system-wide IT shop UNICC has announced its move to #Matrix:


The lack of direct funding to all the code maintainers the monopoly companies rely on is a clear sign how little they actually care about security. They have massive profit margins, so they have the cash. And a company can just give cash to devs. I know this because in early days just handed @guardianproject $100,000 to do what we were doing. Among other things, we used that to work on IOCipher, our per-app encryption lib, back when Android stored files unencrypted.

Completely mind boggling to me that we threw away 5 billion phones in 2022.

Some of those could have been repurposed: smartphones are hardly innovating any more. The most eco-friendly phone is the one you already have.

We need to publicly support communities like @postmarketOS who work on making these phones repurposable, and @gnome that work on making a polished mobile experience that serves people, not creepy corporations.


It's pretty unsavory how everybody talks about #MarketPlaces when it comes to platforms for distributing apps. I guess because of #DMA. But it's important to take a step back and appreciate that like many other #FOSS platforms #FDroid is not a maket place, it's a #commons.


We’re excited to share details about STF’s investment in @gnome to improve accessibility, tooling, and security for the Linux desktop ecosystem. Learn more about the comprehensive plan to modernize the platform and support features in the public interest:


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