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Mike MacgirvinMike Macgirvin wrote the following post Mon, 25 Sep 2017 18:49:13 -0500

Does the W3C not actually... exist?
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"Healthcare should be free"
GOVT: Who will pay for it?

"College should be free"
GOVT: Who will pay for it?

PENTAGON: "We need $700B"
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KlausKlaus wrote the following post Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:53:25 -0500
19 May 2017
Soviet officer who averted nuclear war with US dies, 77 | News | DW | 19.09.2017

Stanislav Petrov, a former Soviet military officer dubbed "the man who saved the world," has died. His split-second decision in 1983 averted unintended nuclear war.
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Mara LavdaraMara Lavdara wrote the following post Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:21:23 -0500
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Jason RobinsonJason Robinson wrote the following post Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:46:33 -0500
An open letter to the #W3C Director, CEO, team and membership | Electronic Frontier Foundation
#EFF leaves W3C in response to #EME ie #DRM on the web. Full support ✌ Feeling like making a donation to show support.
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giggles 108**giggles 108** wrote the following post Sat, 16 Sep 2017 07:03:08 -0500
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Free Software Foundation EuropeFree Software Foundation Europe wrote the following post Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:47:10 -0500
Sorry for the delay. The MarkDown version of the full press release is ready now ready for #Diaspora

Public Money? Public Code! 31 organisations ask to improve public procurement of software
Digital services offered and used by public administrations are the critical infrastructure of 21st-century democratic nations. To establish trustworthy systems, government agencies must ensure they have full control over systems at the core of our digital infrastructure. This is rarely the case today due to restrictive software licences.


Today, 31 organisations are publishing an open letter in which they call for lawmakers to advance legislation requiring publicly financed software developed for the public sector be made available under a Free and Open Source Software licence. The initial signatories include CCC, EDRi, Free Software Foundation Europe, #KDE, Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, #openSUSE, Open Source Business Alliance, Open Source Initiative, The Document Foundation, Wikimedia Deutschland, as well as several others; they ask individuals and other organisation to sign the open letter. The open letter will be sent to candidates for the German Parliament election and, during the coming months, until the 2019 EU parliament elections, to other representatives of the EU and EU member states.
"Because the source code of proprietary software is often a business secret, it radically increases the difficulty of discovering both accidental and intentional security flaws in critical software. Reverse engineering proprietary software to improve or strengthen it is an absolute necessity in today's environment, but this basic technical requirement is unlawful in many circumstances and jurisdictions. With critical infrastructure such as hospitals, automobile factories, and freight shippers having all been brought offline this year due to flaws concealed within proprietary software, unauditable code is a liability that states can no longer subsidize with special legal privileges without incurring a cost denominated in lives.

Right now, the blueprints for much of our most critical public infrastructure are simply unavailable to the public. By aligning public funding with a Free Software requirement -- "Free" referring to public code availability, not cost -- we can find and fix flaws before they are used to turn the lights out in the next hospital."

Edward Snowden, President of the Freedom of the Press Foundation about the "Public Money Public Code" campaign launch.


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Public institutions spend millions of euros each year on the development of new software tailored to their needs. The procurement choices of the public sector play a significant role in determining which companies are allowed to compete and what software is supported with tax payers' money. Public administrations on all levels frequently have problems sharing code with each other, even if they funded its complete development. Furthermore, without the option for independent third parties to run audits or other security checks on the code, sensible citizen data is at risk.
"We need software that fosters the sharing of good ideas and solutions. Only like this will we be able to improve digital services for people all over Europe. We need software that guarantees freedom of choice, access, and competition. We need software that helps public administrations regain full control of their critical digital infrastructure, allowing them to become and remain independent from a handful of companies."

Matthias Kirschner, President of the Free Software Foundation Europe.

That is why the signatories call on representatives all around Europe to modernise their digital infrastructure to allow other public administrations, companies, or individuals to freely use, study, share and improve applications developed with public money. Thereby providing safeguards for the public administration against being locked in to services from specific companies that use restrictive licences to hinder competition, and ensuring that the source code is accessible so that back doors and security holes can be fixed without depending on only one service provider.
"Public bodies are financed through taxes. They should spend funds responsibly and in the most efficient way possible. If it is public money, it should be public code as well!" says Kirschner.

Further informationThe initial signatories#pmpc #PublicCode #FreeSoftware #foss #opensource #FSFE #OpenLetter
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Perspective | How Silicon Valley is erasing your individuality - Washington Post


The perils of monopoly.
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Jason RobinsonJason Robinson wrote the following post Mon, 11 Sep 2017 08:14:04 -0500
The #Brexit vote simulator. Flipping a coin was a good way to decide what happens to a generation!
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India's biometric database is a dystopian nightmare


Seven years ago nearly 400 million people in India did not exist in the eyes of the government. They were “ghosts” who had no identity and no way of getting one, says Sahil Kini, one of the architects of India’s controversial Aadhaar database. In a country trying to modernize […]
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Oh dear. And that's the direction the rest of the world is going too I suspect.
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inky, from the tapeinky, from the tape wrote the following post Thu, 07 Sep 2017 03:46:29 -0500
In stark contrast to proprietary software, open source does not — cannot, even — die. Yes, it can be disused or rusty or fusty, but as long as anyone is interested in it at all, it lives and breathes. Even should the interest wane to nothing, open source software survives still: its life as machine may be suspended, but it becomes as literature, waiting to be discovered by a future generation.

#oracle #solaris #open-source #open source #free software
sync cloud/file storage

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@Hubzilla Development+ @Hubzilla Support Forum+ is there a way to sync cloud/file storage between clones?
Hubzilla @ sasiflo
They are syncing already.
Andrew Manning

2.6 should sync newly created files to clones just fine. In order to sync the older ones you'll need to use a plugin.

Originally there were two plugins called redfiles and redphotos for cloning/pulling files from Redmatrix into Hubzilla. I don't know the current state of the plugins; you should now be able to do everything with just 'redfiles' but it may require a bit of additional work because the API has changed slightly. You're welcome to have a look.
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ah ok, thanks
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DeeplinksDeeplinks wrote the following post Wed, 06 Sep 2017 12:12:41 -0500

Defend Our Online Communities: Stop SESTA

A new bill is working its way through Congress that could be disastrous for free speech online. EFF is proud to be part of the coalition fighting back.

We all rely on online platforms to work, socialize, and learn. They’re where we go to make friends and share ideas with each other. But a bill in Congress could threaten these crucial online gathering places. The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) might sound virtuous, but it’s the wrong solution to a serious problem.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, R Street Institute, and over a dozen fellow public interest organizations are joining forces to launch a new website highlighting the problems of SESTA. Together, we’re trying to send a clear message to Congress: Don’t endanger our online communities. Stop SESTA.



SESTA would weaken 47 U.S.C. § 230 (commonly known as "CDA 230" or simply “Section 230”), one of the most important laws protecting free expression online. Section 230 protects Internet intermediaries—individuals, companies, and organizations that provide a platform for others to share speech and content over the Internet.  This includes social networks like Facebook, video platforms like YouTube, news sites, blogs, and other websites that allow comments. Section 230 says that an intermediary cannot be held legally responsible for content created by others (with a few exceptions). And that’s a good thing: it’s why we have flourishing online communities where users can comment and interact with one another without waiting for a moderator to review every post.

SESTA would change all of that. It would shift more blame for users’ speech to the web platforms themselves. Under SESTA, web communities would likely become much more restrictive in how they patrol and monitor users’ contributions. Some of the most vulnerable platforms would be ones that operate on small budgets—sites like Wikipedia, the Internet Archive, and small WordPress blogs that play a crucial role in modern life but don’t have the massive budgets to defend themselves that Facebook and Twitter do.

Experts in human trafficking say that SESTA is aiming at the wrong target. Alexandra Levy, adjunct professor of human trafficking and human markets at Notre Dame Law School, writes, “Section 230 doesn’t cause lawlessness. Rather, it creates a space in which many things — including lawless behavior — come to light. And it’s in that light that multitudes of organizations and people have taken proactive steps to usher victims to safety and apprehend their abusers.”


Please use our campaign site to tell your members of Congress:
SESTA would strangle online communities. We need to stop it now.
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Qutebrowser - A keyboard-driven, vim-like browser based on PyQt5.

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A keyboard-driven, vim-like browser based on PyQt5.
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Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues


As teachers launch personal brands and cast themselves as influencers, start-ups and tech giants alike are racing to cultivate them to spread their wares.
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Good article !
I'am agree about the title...I see a lot of ethics issues