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Freedom in a Box

My talk about privacy, decentralization, self-hosting, freedom of speech and FreedomBox.

It's a non-technical talk meant to spread awareness about the dangers of mass surveillance and the alternatives that exist to centralized systems.

Links to slides are in the video description.

Delivered at ThoughtWorks Hyderabad for the 46th edition of GeekNight on 2nd Jan, 2019.

#FreedomBox #SelfHosting #privacy #ThoughtWorks #decentralization #federation

TIL Google won't let you subscribe to a podcast unless you grant them permission to save and track all your web and app activities, including location. (It's OK I'll use a different podcast app 😄)

I’ll be on Al Jazeera Inside Story at 17:30 GMT to discuss how we can rein in surveillance capitalists like Google and Facebook (and start investing in ethical tech infrastructure) within the context of the news about the new French tax on ad revenues.

We’re recording in a few hours. You can watch the live stream of the channel at:

@paulfree14 One thing's for sure. Microsoft didn't buy Github for altruistic reasons because they wanted to support public software development. Their motives will have been purely financial, and they'll switch into value extraction mode quite soon.

I almost feel like there needs to be a book like "Centralization: The First 5000 years" written for people to wake up to why p2p and federation are massively important. Of course I assume most people here know the answer, but the broader public needs some quotable material to wake up to most issues, it seems.

I am kind of disappointed how many people are happy to dance on 's grave with comments against decentralization.

Eben if Bitcoin in particular isn't your thing, I find it strange that with the amount of documented abuse of centralized power, regular people are cheering on the same powers that caused so much pain in 08, the powers that censor social media etc.

I get the blockchain has been over-hyped, I get there are ICO scams, I still support the idea of decentralization of power.

I’ll be live on Al Jazeera news in about ten minutes to discuss France’s new “tech tax” for multinational tech companies.

Watch live at

In 2019, I really want to get some leftie YouTubers on Mastodon as they could have a huge impact on what kind of people join the Fediverse next...

my new years resolution is to mew even more!!

"In January the European Commission is launching 14 bug bounties on Free Software projects that the EU institutions rely on." Including FileZilla.

Feeling like rebelling against my old Kindle, wanting something more open. Wish there were more options to buy books not through amazon...

I'm thinking of getting a Kobo though. If you know of a better choice, I'd love to hear. :) But it has to have the e-ink screen. It hurts my eyes to read on backlit screens.

"We found that at least 61 percent of apps we tested automatically transfer data to Facebook the moment a user opens the app. This happens whether people have a Facebook account or not, or whether they are logged into Facebook or not."


Investigating Apps interactions with Facebook on Android | Privacy International

Jonathan Blow had recently criticized modern approaches to concurrency programming, making the claim that none of the approaches taken by newish languages to simplify concurrency are any good.

Interesting, so I was curious what his solution for Jai is.

Turns out, his solution is to not have one. The notion that unless something is 100% optimal, (practically impossible), it's not worth even looking at, or that because something was done such and such for so long == it must be good is absurd.

GOG is giving away SOMA for free today!

Highly recommend that game, a very good psychological horror game

#gameing | #gaming

Uspol; shut down; anarchist clarification 

There's an argument about complexity that's been made by various ecologists/historians—I first read it from John Michael Greer, though I can't remember which blog post—that the main feature of modern technological "progress" is that something consumes more resources than before. New solutions are rarely simpler. They usually pile on additional complexity or dependencies (e.g. internet access). Capitalism doesn't allow us to say "okay this problem is solved now". Each year demands a new layer.

Solid overview of the current state of async/await in with plenty of code examples to get started -

I wonder how many of the blind spots that are left in the global surveillance network light up during .

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Hi there! I am a free software developer. I enjoy working on useful software, as well as advocating for software freedom and the use of open standards, promoting data ownership, decentralization and privacy. If this is important to you, I may be worth following. If you like Go, Rust, or Swift, it may be worth following me as well. Besides computing, I enjoy metal, a good read and occasionally some gaming, (not much time for that these days).