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Beware the Unified Court: even if it is a good idea, they way it is being put together pretty much guarantees there will be hidden nasty surprises. Its delay is one benefit of

Great alternatives to Google Maps that use #OpenStreetMap data:

- Qwant Maps: website, has directions. Highlights the fact that data is from #OSM, providing links to view and edit the data.
- F4map: website, 3D views of cities.
- MAPS.ME: mobile apps with a neat vector renderer. Minimalist. Works offline. More obviously profit-oriented.
- OsmAnd: mobile apps with lots of features. Offline too. (Too?) many customisations and options available.

CryptPad is a free open source online office suite which can be used collaboratively and anonymously. It is a privacy-friendly alternative to Google's Drive/Docs services.

You can follow them here:

➡️ @cryptpad

You can self-host CryptPad or use their official instance. Their website is at

The system is designed to be "zero knowledge", so the people hosting have no access to users' data.

#CryptPad #FOSS #FLOSS #GoogleDrive #GoogleDocs #Alternatives #Privacy

interesting talk by one of the academics involved in the and how they worked with those companies

"the venture industry is no longer as focused on finding small companies that might one day change the world but more on creating financial instruments for the wealthy"

Yikes, a scary email phishing attempt for this person’s GitHub credentials. Shows how using a browser web extension for your password manager can help detect this by its autofilling.


So what you're saying is, after 18 months you've mined all the profit you can out of your users' data, which is the real heart of what you do.

Original tweet :

There's some crazy internal US politics right now that threatens #OpenTechFund, who funded #LetsEncrypt, #CertBot, @torproject , #NoScript, TLS ESNI/ECH, #DNSPrivacyProj, #ReproducibleBuilds, #Wireguard, #DeltaChat, #OpenKeychain, #pypi, @guardianproject , @signalapp , and more. Looks like a couple proprietary software companies are trying to take over this #FreeSoftware money. Please sign on to the campaign to try to stop it:

The German Corona Warn App went live today. F-Droid cannot distribute the app for multiple reasons:

1) The core bluetooth contact tracing functionality is only implemented in Google play services and requires proprietary client libs to be included in the app.
2) The google api mentioned above is only available for use by apps which are whitelisted by google and distributed through the play store.

German Version:
Die #CoronaWarnApp wurde heute veröffentlich. DIe app kann es nicht bei F-Droid geben, da die Kernfunktionalität in den Google Play Services implementiert ist und proprietäre Bibliotheken in der App benötigt.
Außerdem erlaubt Google die Benutzung der Contact Tracing api nur speziell freigeschalteten Apps, die über den Play Store installiert worden sind.

It seems that Google wants to make using app bundles a requirement for new apps on Google Play in 2021:

This would mean developers have to upload their signing keys to google play even though there's no technical benefit in doing that. You can achieve the same efficient download sizes by using bundletool locally and uploading all generated apks. But it seems google will stop allowing that and just wants your signing keys.

Also of note, if you are a play store user but still get some apps from F-Droid, Play Store billing will stop working for apps in F-Droid:

Many fellow open-source projects are hit hard by the COVID crisis. These are FOSS crowdfunding campaigns that need help! Check out their call for support:

Back in 2011, @eighthave and @n8fr8 had a crazy idea to turn SQLite guts into a standalone wrapper for , funded by money. made it a well-engineered product. Latest user: German gov's Corona Warn App. Technical projects with high risk of failure, without paths to massive profits rarely get developed in the private sector. This project highlights mixing public grants and private enterprise to deliver security and privacy in essential software.

It is proven!

Android apps can be built using only standard packages from Debian Buster!

"This project helps to document the Android tools in Debian by providing an example build, and can serve as a base template for new projects for those who would like to develop Android apps using only truly Free and Open Source software."

will require App Bundles for new apps in Play, thereby forcing developers to give Google their app's private signing key. This further centralizes the ecosystem and strengthens their by making it harder to publish outside of Play

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