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We're pleased to announce that Zoë Kooyman has been appointed as the FSF's new executive director. Thanks to John S. for nineteen years of service with the org, and read our announcement here: u.fsf.org/3i7

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To help people get started quickly with Briar, we wrote a new quick start guide: briarproject.org/quick-start/

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Unimpressed by the planning of the current winter for several reasons:

- Major mistake #1: hosted in a dictatorship
- Major mistake #2: hosted on dates colliding with

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#quoteoftheday generated by #Fortune
« Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them. »
SPOCK

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A new gift 🎁 from KDE has landed: GCompris, the comprehensive collection of educational exercises and games 🧩, releases version 2.0! Get children aged from 2 to 200 playing and learning with super new fun activities these holidays 🎄.

dot.kde.org/2021/12/17/gcompri

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The root problem is that of incentives. First-parties want to monetize without charging users. Current answer to this is ads. Personalized ads pay better, hence tracking exists. If resisted, FPs will retain server-side tracking and worse, bring in-content, unblockable ads.

Can we make non-personalized ads more profitable than personalized ads or in-content ads for first-parties? Should we? I have my preferences ("No ads of any kind, even if this means less content"). But is that the best?

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I cannot stress enough how important it is to understand that Apple, Google, or Amazon can simply _decide_ to remove access to anything you've "purchased", including many physical goods (if they are internet-connected and running proprietary software), and you have absolutely no recourse.

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Jag gav just en person ett medlemskap i dfri.se i julklapp! Gör det du också för att skapa en mer digitalt fridfull #dfrijul med @dfri.

dfri.se/bli-medlem/

Ha en god jul med ökat privatliv och integritet! Mindre #Hackad och mer #dfrijul!

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Encryption helps protect the privacy of people you communicate with, and makes life difficult for bulk surveillance systems. Learn how with our Email Self Defense guide: u.fsf.org/1df

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@rumo @eliasr @matrix Sorry to wade in late, but I Have Thoughts.™️

The answer is easy: put the original on peertube or wherever, and put a shorter version or a teaser on youtube, with a link to the rest. Give people a path toward discovering the approach to video sharing that doesn't take advantage of them.

Don't be satisfied slouching to youtube if you are supposed to be an organization with a vision! Give people what they want, reach them, and push things in the right direction! #privacy

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The #nobelprize winners have been announced this week. And here is Nobel Prize official #linkeddata web site that I built this spring in cooperation with @metasolutions: data.nobelprize.org/#esc_year=

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Ugh. I'm so frustrated to be continually asked to participate in talks & panels on Zoom specifically about tech ethics & #opensource. There are great #FOSS systems for this. See @fosdem's successful use of solely FOSS solutions for over 30,000 participants. #jitsi #BigBlueButton

In Swedish, E-identification, FOSS 

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Using #FreeSoftware everyday from OSes (for desktop and mobile) to a music player, I've realized the value of freedom of software and the reason why free software is not the matter of price (gratis).

Basically this is the matter of rights, responsibility, and ethics of the civil society. See "Mutual recognition of freedom" by Hegel.

It is unfortunate that free software has been mainly the topic of computer geeks and established thinkers around the world have not thought about that quite much.

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