‘Facebook while black: Users call it getting ‘Zucked,’ say talking about racism is censored as hate speech’


“Facebook is not looking to protect me or any other person of color or any other marginalized citizen who are being attacked by hate speech…They are just looking to protect their bottom line.”

‘How Big Tech’s cozy relationship with Ireland threatens data privacy around the world’


“Ireland’s failure to safeguard huge stores of personal information looms larger now that the country is the primary regulator responsible for protecting the health information, email addresses, financial records, relationship status, search histories and friend lists for hundreds of millions of Americans, Europeans and other users around the globe.”

‘That mental health app might share your data without telling you


“Potentially advertisers could use this to compromise someone’s privacy and sway their treatment decisions…”

‘Why You Can No Longer Get Lost in the Crowd’


“Obscurity bridges this privacy gap with the idea that the parts of our lives that are hard or unlikely to be found or understood are relatively safe… And until lawmakers, corporate leaders and citizens embrace obscurity and move to protect it, your freedom and opportunities to flourish will be in jeopardy.”

‘Communities at risk: How security fails are endangering the LBGTIQ+ community’


“This enables governments and companies to construct profiles of them, using these highly sensitive details to make inferences or predictions that may or may not be accurate. Increasingly, profiles are being used to make or inform consequential decisions, from credit scoring, to hiring, to policing.”

‘Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police’

“Technology companies have for years responded to court orders for specific users’ information. The new warrants go further, suggesting possible suspects and witnesses in the absence of other clues. Often, Google employees said, the company responds to a single warrant with location information on dozens or hundreds of devices.”


In Hamburg? You can see @aral speak at Europacamp next week.


Will you miss it? You can see other upcoming events on our site ind.ie/events/

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Introducing Indie Web Server 8.0.0: install the server and start serving a secure static personal web site in literally seconds

Video demo + short post: ar.al/2019/04/16/set-up-a-live

I hope it makes your lives easier. This is one of the earlier pieces of the puzzle in the Hypha project.

(It took two weeks and a couple of false starts but Version 8.0.0 introduces native binaries for Linux and macOS. Production use via startup daemons is supported only on Linux platforms with systemd.)

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💙 New blocking rules! On 17th April 2019, Laura blocked first-party adtech on one site and blocked nine new trackers.

To get the new rules, choose ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.


‘Discrimination’s Digital Frontier’

“An ad system that is designed to maximize clicks, and to maximize profits for Facebook, will naturally reinforce these social inequities and so serve as a barrier to equal opportunity.”


Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/discrimination-

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Looks like they posted another interview I did with French media a few days ago. This time with L’ADN:

Google, c'est comme la cigarette : c'est votre choix mais il impacte les autres


‘Are you serious Mr Zuckerberg?’

“Facebook is seeking yet again to apportion blame for its failures elsewhere - this time on governments for failing to regulate. Yet Facebook continually obstructs regulatory reform with its powerful lobbying capabilities , appeals against regulatory judgments and then investigates its critics.”


Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/are-you-serious

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New blocking rules! On 1st April 2019, Laura blocked three blocker blockers, fixed one site, and blocked four new trackers.

To get the new rules, choose ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.


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Indie Web Server 7.1.0: Launch a live secure static site with a single command


I am really excited about this one. To launch a secure, live static site run this on any VPS that has a domain name pointing to it and Node.js installed:

npm i -g @ind.ie/web-server && web-server --live

#Hypha #NotAnAprilFoolsJoke

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Upcoming talks: April

6th: Singapore – Straits Times Education Forum. I’ll be debating for the motion “Entrepreneurs today do more harm than good.”

26th: Hamburg – EuropaCamp: React. Act. Democracy! I will be speaking on Small Technology.

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Custom error pages for Indie Web Server


I just released Indie Web Server version 6.3.0 with nicer default 404 and 500 error pages and support for custom ones.

‘Privacy’s not an abstraction’

“Privacy for marginalized populations has never been, and will never be an abstract. Being surveilled, whether by private actors, or the state, is often the gateway to very tangible harms–violence in the form of police brutality, incarceration, or deportation. And there can be more subliminal, insidious impacts, too”


Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/privacy-s-not-a

‘State websites are aiding a disgraceful silent surveillance’

“Of ‘special concern‘ is that, by cross-referencing such data to the vast trove of personally-identifying information Google also holds from services like Gmail, Android apps, and Search, Google can ‘easily associate web activity with the identities of real people’, the report warns.”


Also on our forum: forum.ind.ie/t/state-websites-

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💙 New blocking rules! On 20th March 2019, Laura blocked more first-party targeted ads on two sites, fixed two sites, and blocked one new tracker.

To get the new rules, choose ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.


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