Big Tech is the malady. Decentralization is the antidote.
Decentralize, and the advertizing model breaks down. Celebrities turn into mere jerks with over-inflated opinions of themselves. Facebook can only profit if it has billions of users locked in to its walled garden. Without centralization, existential threats become paper tigers.
UK’s COVID-19 health data contracts with Google and Palantir finally emerge
Contracts for a number of coronavirus data deals that the U.K. government inked in haste with U.S. tech giants, including Google and Palantir, plus a U.K.-based AI firm called Faculty, have been published today by openDemocracy and law firm Foxglove — which had threatened legal action for withholding the information.
Concerns had been raised (...)
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@dokuja I was just thinking that this morning. "The police are not here to create disorder, the police are here to preserve disorder." The sad events going on in Minneapolis and other places can be overcome. Humans can be better than that. We CAN do great things like fly in space if we just work together.
@dokuja It's going to happen! Bob and Doug are going to slip the surly bonds of Earth!
@dokuja Take off you hoser. Eh.
@gemlog The cat was reported to have Tooted: "asjdflkvu qjafui fjkauivuaj bncvxuewn".
@gemlog Almost all asymmetric encryption (i.e., a public/private keypair) works like that, using the keypair to establish a shared session key that drives symmetric encryption (i.e., a single shared key). Symmetric is usually way lower overhead for sending messages. Plus, a session key that lasts for a single session means it's harder to capture your traffic and decrypt it later if some of your keys are compromised. Have to capture the initial shared key setup to do that.
@tomasino Sorry for your loss, tomasino. I am thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
Keybase, the company that asks you to upload your private keys to their servers, has just been acquired by Zoom, an essentially Chinese company notorious for having terrible concepts on how encryption should be implemented.
Even if you gave Keybase the benefit of the doubt beforehand, this is corporate suicide at it's most graphic. Delete your Keybase keys. Close your account. Rotate everything that Keybase touched, be that password or cryptomaterial.
Yeah, ok. Keybase is deader than dead.
"So, our shortest-term directive is to significantly improve our security effectiveness, by working on a product that's that much bigger than Keybase. We can't be more specific than that, because we're just diving in."
"If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas."
-George Bernard Shaw
We are enjoying Ergo Proxy tonight. So good!
@SDF If you are a member of SDF's Mastodon instance, you can invite members into the community. Click "Preferences" (the gear icon) and then "Invite people". The process will allow you to generate one or more invitation links. Each link can be used by 1+ people (configurable) and can have an optional expiration.
Inviting quality contributors to our Mastodon will help SDF to continue to grow while keeping the community strong!
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