For all the amazing potential of technology to be useful it must be unrestricted. We need Device Neutrality, for example, so that users can (un)install any software they want.
The plot thickens!
Silicon Valley Bank chief pressed Congress to weaken risk regulations
> CEO Greg Becker personally led the bank’s half-million-dollar push to reduce scrutiny of his institution – and lawmakers obliged
> [T]he bank was lobbying lawmakers on “financial regulatory reform” and the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act of 2015 – a bill that was the precursor to legislation ultimately signed by President Donald Trump
One thing I haven't figured out how to do well is to simultaneously laud good acts while blasting the bad acts. For example, #Google insists that Chromebooks be unlockable so users can install any OS. That's great! The same Google insists Chromebooks cannot allow "Unknown Sources" even though #Android always has. This looks like plain old monopolistic abuse. Or the #Chromium team works in public and behaves much more like a free software project, while #Chrome forces users to login. Any tips?
Just tagged v2.2.1 of #FDroid fdroidserver tools package, and uploaded it to pypi.org, #Debian, and our #Ubuntu PPA. This version has passed autopkgtest in Debian/bookworm, so it looks like it should make it into bookworm without further work https://tracker.debian.org/pkg/fdroidserver
If we want technology to serve society rather than enslave it
The #AI #ChatGPT #Bard etc story repeats the #Bitcoin story in terms of how it will impact society. They are built on the kernel of a useful idea, but their structures heavily preference harmful use cases. #Bitcoin enabled #ransomware, tax fraud, investment scams, dodging sanctions, while only providing a slow, energy intensive payment system. #AI texts enable #disinfo, #cheating at school/work, #TechnicalDebt, devaluation of human labor, all to provide an #climate-damaging, error-prone search
New York Times recently hired Charlie Stadtlander as its spokesperson directly from the NSA where he had served as NSA's head of public affairs https://theintercept.com/2023/03/07/new-york-times-nsa-charlie-stadtlander/ by Jon Schwarz
@1br0wn @eighthave @spikebike I heard it from someone pretty senior in NATO (not an American) at a Chatham Rule event in 2018 or 2019. Apparently they spent years tracking down a leak that turned out to be one unit saving money by using Huawei instead.
Let's fight chat control!
Congrats to @mullvadnet - you really nail it with your new campaign against client-side scanning! 💪🔒
#privacy #e2ee #encryption #clientsidescanning #chatcontrol
Nur eine Aktivistin notwendig: Skigebiet in Tirol lahmgelegt https://dietagespresse.com/nur-eine-aktivistin-notwendig-skigebiet-in-tirol-lahmgelegt/
Wow so the #Apple lobbyist speaking at the @EU_Commission #DMAWorkshop on #AppStores refuses to answer my question why his company should get to decide what software runs on their devices -- after he spent 15min doing PR blah blah about how #iPhone is the best. 🤦
And that concludes my reporting on the #DMAWorkshop, thanks to the Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web #FFDW and their grant to @guardianproject for paying my way. https://www.ffdweb.org/guardian-project-annoucement/ - https://f-droid.org/en/2022/02/05/decentralizing-distribution.html
Congrats to #matrix co-founder @matthew for rocking the last #DMAWorkshop, there was still quite a bit of buzz about how the live bridging demo carried a ton of weight, despite the lobbying efforts from #Meta, you can see it at around 14:00 in the live stream recording https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/dma-workshop-2023-02-27
@eighthave that sounds nicely put: Android used open source as a TOOL to get developers on board, and now that everyone is on board, is increasingly hostile to open source and has largely abandoned AOSP apps and functionality that they can replace with the Google Mobile Services "ecosystem". Additionally, SafetyNet (now Play Protect) lets developers "optionally" lock out people who exercise their right to modify free software (such as their OS)... and still actually run it.
Very exciting to hear the #EuropeanCommision say it is clear that the #gatekeepers are not the only ones who are providing secure and trustworthy app stores. I think that comment alone has made my trip worthwhile #DMAWorkshop
Rupprect Podszun said it is clear after today that there will be changes to the fee structures of app stores. #Google disagrees that there will be changes in the fee structure, and instead offers: "there will be more workshops". So is this a "kill the design by putting it to endless committee discussions"? #DMAWorkshop
Interesting comparison between #Google vs #Apple approaches at #DMAWorkshop. They have very different methods of gatekeeping, and #Android has been typically quite a lot more open #iOS. And Google has already added some improvements for other app stores. Google says, "hey, we're already trying to find ways to comply" while Apple seems to stick to its guns: "our way is the only way to trusted app stores."
The Open Web group is quite passionately advocating for putting web apps and #PWA on equal footing. While I do agree to some extent, I think there are key technical details that mean web apps will always be more dangerous for privacy and user control than native apps. Web apps are harder to review because their source can change per-user, per-visit, etc. #DMAWorkshop
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