…This isn’t about whether Apple backs down on this or not (although that’s important too in the here and now and you should sign this letter to put pressure on them.)
This is a greater struggle to protect personhood in the digital network age. Today, we extend ourselves with technology. Not owning and controlling these aspects of ourselves is a violation of our personhood.
…It’s also victim blaming to tell everyday people they’re at fault for using one of the two main tech platforms instead of an (as of yet inaccessible) alternative. (I have two Pinephones and my room overflows open hardware. No, I don’t blame you for using an iPhone or an Android device. You’re the victim here.)
Blame the actual culprits: clueless legislators/policymakers who allow these monopolies to continue and fail to protect our human rights. Blame Big Tech and those who enable it…
…I’m seeing people say “just don’t use an iPhone.” It’s not that simple when everyday things like financial apps with two-factor authentication are locked into the two main platforms.
We need legislation to ensure critical services use open standards so you can use your Pinephone to buy lunch in the future.
It’s shocking how easily some folks jump to “just go live in a cave.” No, that’s not an acceptable alternative. We deserve to partake in modern life without sacrificing our human rights…
Regardless of whether Apple bows down to pressure on this, it shows you how they think. It’s their phone, not yours. Tim Apple is your daddy and as long as you live under his roof, you live under his rules. And he’s just made it clear he can enter your room whenever he likes and search your drawers. Might be time to think about moving out.
Problem is, where do you go? Do you move in with creepy uncle Google next door? No, he’s even worse.
And your banking app only works on iOS and Android…
When I wrote the Universal Declaration of Cyborg Rights, I wanted to get people thinking about the kind of constitutional protections we would need to protect personhood in the digital and networked age.
I didn’t think we’d need them so soon. I thought we had more time.
But where do you even begin to get legislators to understand and act on such a thing in the here and now?
Basically, if Apple implements this, it means your phone is no longer your own.
Every iPhone and iPad will come with parental controls activated. The parents, in this case are Apple, and your national government.
If you, yourself, are a parent, you will have the option to activate a second level of parental control for your children so you are notified if they share nude images. In some cultures this will lead to a stern taking to. In others, it will lead to honour killings.
Apple’s plan to have your devices snitch on you violate a fundamental trust and create a terrible precedent: that your device is not yours and that it does not work for you. This is not about protecting children, it is about gay people and other persecuted minorities, activists, etc., who will eventually be prosecuted in certain jurisdictions. It backdoors e2e encryption.
The Universal Declaration of Cyborg Rights has never been more relevant.
“We undermine not only unions, but every aspect of the worker's life: AirBnB spikes rents, Uber disenfranchises drivers, a thousand streaming services reinvent cable, Amazon fucks everybody, and so on. Despite any niche expertise, these are companies made possible by software, by the lending of software labor to capitalist ends.”
📢 BREAKING: Austrian Supreme Court asks CJEU if Facebook "undermines" the GDPR by confusing 'consent' with an alleged 'contract'.
If so, they would not only have to stop processing data, but also pay damages to millions!
More here: https://noyb.eu/en/breaking-austrian-ogh-asks-cjeu-if-facebook-undermines-gdpr-2018
Any and all answers are greatly appreciated. No judgement whatsoever. Asking this for research on a WIP article:
Do you #selfhost ? If so:
- What do you host yourself?
- Do you use an existing toolchain (Ansible/Puppet scripts, Yunohost, etc)?
- Do you run it bare metal, virtualized or containerized? Which one?
Decentralisation without decolonisation is bullshit.
What do I mean?
I mean if you’ve centred your organisation on your “decentralised” platform so that when one scales so does the other, you may be decentralising something but it’s not wealth or power. (So if anyone tells you they have venture capital, for example, and they’re working on decentralising the web, etc., you know they’re full of shit because the billion-dollar exit their funding requires is the antithesis of decentralisation.)
Does a livestreaming videochat solution exist that will allow me to record the raw input streams of the participants (locally in the background)?
I'd like to be able to conduct panel debates / interviews and both livestream them as well as create higher quality recordings not subject to network issues.
Basically Jitsi Meet, but with local copies of raw streams for post-processing.
@aral, do you by any chance know of such a solution?
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As a blind person, this means a lot to me. If you read this and you describe your images, thank you so, so, so much on behalf of all of us. If you don't, now you know you'll be helping random Internet strangers make sense of your posts by typing in a few more words than usual.
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