I gotta say, I'm now feeling like the tables have really turned. The sanctions response it shaping up to be quite strong. As someone who witnessed the Sept 11 attacks with my own eyes and lived and worked in the smoke of the wreckage, I now can only wonder: where were these sanctions when the US and UK started the illegal and destructive #IraqWar ?
"...to keep open the possibility of an offer of Nato membership [to Ukraine] that Nato has no intention of ever honouring, and asking Ukrainians to die for this fiction, is worse than hypocritical" https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/mar/04/what-would-ukraine-russia-peace-deal-look-like
User accounts are so often a method of tracking users, yet they are not a requirement for running most internet services. #FDroid #Jitsi #CleanInsights #Wikipedia #Briar #FirefoxFocus all provide shining examples of working without accounts. https://f-droid.org/2022/02/28/no-user-accounts-by-design.html
@haskal I also love he went on a long rant about fdroid signing keys, meaning they could technically change the apps. And then he goes on to say:
"As for apps concerned by Play App Signing, while Google could technically introduce their own code like Amazon, they wouldn’t do that without telling about it since this will be easily noticeable by the developer and more globally researchers."
So you can't trust fdroid to not secretly change apps, but you can trust Google with this power?
f-droid's de facto complete lack of any sort of malware is literally more important than any theoretical concern imo
is it possible to sneak malware in if you really tried? yes
is there malware? no absolutely not
you go on google play and download a flashlight app and the top 20 results are all malware lol
sure f-droid has some pretty shit apps but none of them will infect your phone, and to be fair f-droid also has a handful of extremely high quality apps that you would have trouble finding otherwise
so idk, for the average user f-droid is just de facto higher quality apps, and confers more security just by being a little more tightly controlled by forcing apps to be open source (malware people will typically not want to make their shit open source. that's usually how it works)
Anyone else feeling like the current response to the #ukraine invasion echos Neville Chamberlain more than anything?
#karaswisher did a full on PR fluff piece for the #CIA, an organization that murders, tortures, spies on Americans, overthrows democratic governments, lies to Congress, drone strikes weddings, and more https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/26/opinion/sway-kara-swisher-dawn-meyerriecks.html
GNU/Linux systems are developed transparently by large communities around the globe with no single entity that is in control.
Unlike Android, code changes can be proposed transparently by anyone around the world.
#Munich regional court finds embedding Google Fonts in a website violates #GDPR, "legitimate interest" did not apply since the fonts can easily be directly integrated into their website, thereby avoiding sending IP addresses to #Google.
oh no. Die Polizei hat die Hausfeldstraße bei einer von Klimaktivisten besetzten Lobau-Tunnel Baustelle abgesperrt. Hoffe alles ist in Ordnung. :s
Can we have truly Free Software phones, without tracking and unwanted pre-installed proprietary software? GNU/Linux-based OS for phones are a reliable option for every user who values their privacy.
Use of Google Analytics is not #GDPR compliant according to the Austrian DPA. Other EU Privacy authorities including the Dutch are doing their own research. It might be wise to start looking into an alternative for Google services.
#Google has put a big emphasis on #security, and has done a good job of building secure systems at the OS level (#Android, #ChromeOS). The question here is why? They have to because they are built on gathering everyone's private data and metadata, and building profiles on everyone. They have monopoly power, so people have to accept their security changes even when it removes valuable features. The clearest example is how badly Debian is integrated on ChromeOS. #ARCVM is the next iteration.
Hacking revelations have rocked Poland, #Pegasus targets domestic critics and rivals: Liberals in EU parliament seek inquiry into abuse of spyware https://apnews.com/article/technology-middle-east-israel-poland-europe-50ed323d62ecb49e0f5fdf2c54103095