Welcome to 2020, where you need more than 2GB of ram in order to run the signal-desktop client. :-(

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decentralized government can make for much more responsive government. This can be seen in the Bay Area county government response to vs. the Trump administration. I can also be see in Germany: theguardian.com/world/2020/apr

Vice dot com (a website that sends data back to Google, Facebook, and Segment, even if you don't have a Facebook account) reports that the Zoom iOS app sends data to Facebook even if you don’t have a Facebook account

History tells us that protocols adopted in times of crisis often persist when the crisis is over.

That’s why social media platforms should publicly commit, now, that they will restore and expand human review as soon as this crisis has abated. eff.org/deeplinks/2020/04/auto

We're sorry, Zoom is becoming a bit of a punching bag - but, like Facebook, they choose their own business practices and we all can disagree with those questionable choices. So do SpaceX and NASA... They have banned the use of Zoom.

We, alongside a network of advocates, have launched an online resource centre to track and explain worldwide Covid-19 measures - you can find it here: privacyinternational.org/campa

Anyone with updates can contact us at: info@privacyinternational.org.

"Zoom's ease of use, feature base, and free service tier have made it a go-to resource not only for all those office meetings that used to happen in conference rooms but also for teachers, religious services, and even governments. The widespread use, in turn, is shining a bright spotlight on Zoom's privacy and data-collection practices, which apparently leave much to be desired." -> arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20

Good info from F-Droid on the jitsi app.

Warning: when using a Jitsi Meet instance, your stream is encrypted on the network but decrypted on the machine that hosts the bridge. See github.com/jitsi/jitsi-meet/is for more information.

The bluetooth contact tracing discussion is all over the news now.

There's this project, which is being sold as doing the right thing regarding privacy: pepp-pt.org/

Unfortunately they don't seem to intend releasing anything as free software :(

> We are establishing a partner management team to help you get going quickly.
> As a partner, you will: … have access to our documentation and the source code of a reference implementation.

for most people, quarantine means work life has merged into the home. Since I was already remote working from home, using lots of social media, it feels like my entire life has become like work.

Our ally and Electronic Frontier Alliance member, @STOPSpyingNY is working hard to shine a light on the privacy risks posed by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. twitter.com/STOPSpyingNY/statu

About contact tracing apps, I'm skeptical they are so effective. For example: "iPhone users are asked to keep the app open so it can keep using Bluetooth, which iOS will otherwise throttle to save battery life." How many would actually do that?


Wearing masks is clearly more important, and lacks the privacy risks, and are already cheap and available. I've worked quite a bit with Bluetooth. Its far from reliable, unless users really actively manage the process.

Privacy and protecting data is usually not much of a concern for SAAS providers - Zoom here shares your data on Facebook, even if you don't have a facebook account...
#selfhosting #onpremises

I'd like to remind you all that Jitsi is in F-Droid while Zoom is not. That's all for now.

Schools need to slam the brakes on surveillance and think about what kind of dystopia they’re creating for their students. eff.org/deeplinks/2020/02/scho

EPIC backed the plan to establish Best Practices to limit the distribution of child sexual exploitation material, but cautioned "against recommendations that would reduce privacy and security for Internet users." EPIC pointed out that actual end-to-end encryption "protects users, promotes commerce, and ensures cybersecurity." -> epic.org/2020/03/epic-backs-st

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