Heads up for people living in the United States:
The Senate is moving forward with the EARN IT Act AND have introduced a bill that if passed would in fact plant a nuclear bomb into our privacy, our security, AND our online freedom of expression.
Please pay attention and fight this! #privacy #security #cybersecurity #freespeech #Section230 #internet
Activists rally to save Internet Archive as a lawsuit from publishers threaten to shut it down https://decrypt.co/31906/activists-rally-save-internet-archive-lawsuit-threatens
If people are smart, it's time to archive the Archive right now. In other words, fork it and turn it unto a decentralized platform. I hope someone out there is working on that.
Plus you have to think libraries need some decentralization as well as this lawsuit could kill libraries as we know them.
Publishers/authors are trying to officially kill the Internet Archive https://torrentfreak.com/publishers-sue-the-internet-archive-over-its-open-library-declare-it-a-pirate-site-200601/
It's become very clear that these publishers and authors want to kill libraries and it would be a dangerous precedent if they win.
For example: libraries never needed permission to lend books, and these same publishers are trying to change that with this suit. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200519/13244644530/libraries-have-never-needed-permission-to-lend-books-move-to-change-that-is-big-problem.shtml
Example: the Mastodon SDF instance haven't found any trackers.
The great people over at The Markup has released Blacklight, a real-time website privacy inspector that illuminates hidden tracking technologies on any website you browse. Try it out here: https://themarkup.org/blacklight
Blacklight is a new "realtime web privacy inspector" from The Markup: you give a URL, and it gives you back a realtime snapshot of the trackers on that page.
Though you may think of this as a "gotcha" tool that lets you see how the site you visit are nonconsensually harvesting your data, a core audience for this tool is web publishers, who often have no idea how the partners they trust invite others to the party.
Someone created a Uber for evictions. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ep435n/gig-economy-company-launches-uber-but-for-evicting-people
I fully expect Bethesda to become Xbox and Windows exclusive in the long term, which like I said it'll won't be good for anyone.
Microsoft plans to buy Zenimax Media, Bethesda's parent company for $7.5 billion https://bloom.bg/35S3hLr
Microsoft is trying to monopolize the gaming industry over the past couple of years by buying all these companies and it's not going to be good in the long term. Boy, the House Antitrust Committee has to be beating themselves for not inviting them like the other Big Four a couple months ago. It's called building a monopoly.
Purism announces Android app support for the Librem 5
It's really a shame that people haven't mention that the WeChat ban is more significant than TikTok and thankfully a judge temporarily halted the ban which would have taken place this morning. It would have discriminated Chinese Americans especially. https://flip.it/x6mtuf
Dr. Demento DOCumentary from 2000. Pretty groovy.
So far this year Mozilla has: Discontinued Firefox Send and Notes, laid off employees, announced they're shifting focus away from their web browser, introduced Mozilla VPN (reskinned Mullvad with Mozilla telemetry), Firefox Monitor (all breaches sourced from haveibeenpwned), and introduced "Firefox Private Network" (a VPN that isn't Mozilla VPN, only works with Firefox Desktop, and uses Cloudflare).
I believe this is what you call a "lack of direction"
My last words before I sign off for the night for US folks:
This is the most vital election in our lifetimes and you must vote like your life depends on it, because there's a good chance this could be the final true election in your lifetime. If you need inspiration, take RBG's legacy and do something to ensure that hers isn't in vain.
The entire republic is at stake. I hope you do the right thing.
We'll never know this, but this is going to be the biggest "what ifs" ever.
What if RBG retired in 2012?
It's all but guaranteed that any progress the US has had over the last decade would vanish unless Dems win the Senate and expand the court.
USPol and TikTok - WeChat
Say what you will on TikTok and WeChat but these bans will set a huge precedent that presidents can shut down companies they don't like and this a huge blow to freedom of expression, and human rights. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/18/trump-to-block-us-downloads-of-tiktok-wechat-on-sunday-officials-tell-reuters.html
Mostly tech, IT, and off topic stuff here but I'm versatile.
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