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You can now watch yesterday’s Small is Beautiful livestream with guest David Heinemeier Hansson, with captions, or read the transcript at small-tech.org/videos/small-is

We covered so many topics! Including Small Tech (vs Big Tech), business models, ethical design, scaling organisations, and much more.

Oh my goodness, someone just pointed out that NFTs are exactly the same as the "name a star"/"buy a piece of the moon" scam and suddenly it all makes sense.

Literally the only real reason anyone cares about anything blockchain-related is because they think if they speculate, it'll make them rich. There's literally no other reason. And they're willing to risk the future of this world to become rich off of pure speculation. Ugh.

That feeling of despair when you've nerdsniped yourself into spending an inordinate amount of time on something only to realize that it's actually not possible to do the way you intended. 😭

So... How's your Wednesday going?

Alicia Kennedy: On the future and why justice is more important than innovation.

aliciakennedy.news/p/on-future

Read and absorb every delicious word of this.

Small Is Beautiful

Live, this Thursday, Feb 18, 2021, at 5PM UTC. Paul Frazee (Beaker browser) will join us talk about his new decentralised social network project, CTZN.

small-tech.org/small-is-beauti

#SmallIsBeautiful #SmallTech

Inequality requires narrative stabilizers. When you have too little and someone else has more than they can possibly use, simple logic dictates that you should take what they have.

The forbearance exercised by the many when it comes to the wealth of the few isn't down to guards or laws - rather, the laws and the guards are effective because of the *story*, the story of why this is fair, even inevitable.

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Today, EFF published "Privacy Without Monopoly: Data Protection and Interoperability," a major new paper by Bennett Cyphers and me.

eff.org/wp/interoperability-an

It's a paper that tries to resolve the tension between demanding that tech platforms gather, retain and mine less of our data, and the demand that platforms allow alternatives (nonprofits, co-ops, tinkerers, startups) to connect with their services.

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Looks like we'll need authentication of any kind of external code - which upon writing it seems completely obvious.

How lazy we have become...

CC @aral
twitter.com/alxbrsn/status/135

There is no such thing as a backdoor that only lets the good guys in. Together with Tresorit, @threemaapp and Tutanota, we are calling on EU policy makers to rethink anti-encryption proposals that would introduce backdoors in encryption platforms: protonmail.com/blog/joint-stat

The only “ethical AI” for personal data is free and open AI that runs on your own devices where you own and control it. The only “ethical AI” for communal data is free and open AI owned and controlled by us all. AI/data owned and controlled by corporations is unethical to begin with.

Today, in a hearing at the Danish parliament, the minister of justice admitted that the Danish telcos could not be prosecuted or otherwise punished for ceasing the general and undifferentiated logging it has upheld for mere than a decade - despite several rulings from EUCJ against it.

A great day for privacy in Denmark!

In Pasco County, police assign crime scores to people, including minors, who they think might commit crimes—then harass them for years.

This predictive policing program is “the worst case scenario in our head, played out exactly,” says EFF's @mguariglia.
tampabay.com/investigations/20

📣#FreedomBox 21.0 was released & uploaded to #Debian unstable. It will migrate to #testing in 2 days, then can be uploaded. ⚙️🔨🔧

The News:
-Allow downloads in openvpn & backups
-Updates for 8 languages 🌐
-12 contributed 🥸

Details:
discuss.freedombox.org/t/freed

Thanks to SIDN Funds we are working to develop an integrated privacy center for #Android and /e/OS. We want an app tailored to your needs, so we'd like your input! Take our anonymous survey about privacy & related issues on mobile phones here :
community.e.foundation/t/2021-
#privacy #opensource #yourdataisYOURdata

Small is Beautiful

Our first stream for 2021 is tomorrow.

Join @laura and me for an update on our work on @better, Site.js (sitejs.org), and Small Web (small-tech.org/research-and-de).

Have your webcam/mic and headphones ready if you want to join the conversation in the studio.

small-tech.org/events/small-is

#SmallIsBeautiful #SmallTech #SmallWeb #LiveStream

I'm exceptionally hyped by the amazing tech Paul Frazee and team are building. 🤩

If you care about a decentralized web, this is something to watch.

youtu.be/RymFCytTWz8

Regardless of what you think of Julian Assange, this is a welcome win for press freedom and human rights. I hope he is released post haste, can return to his family, and can claim compensation from all involved governments for his inhumane treatment.

inkl.com/a/kkvBBVfjBoj

Just ran the same WebSocket load tests with #SiteJS on a 2 vCPU VPS with 2GB RAM and it started dropping messages (1 message/sec) at around 10K concurrent connections.

I’m more than happy with that as a starting point. (That’s not what we need to optimise. For context, I have 7.24K followers on the fediverse after 3 years. We won’t start hitting those limits on the #SmallWeb for a while.) ;)

Videos, etc., at: twitter.com/aral/status/134573

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