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When I toot about privacy/environment issues it's not because I enjoy writing about this. I hate it. I wish it would not be necessary.

We live in a world where so many things develop into the 'wrong' direction. (Where 'wrong' means: violating human rights, destroying our planet...)

So why do I spam you with this? Because I think spreading the awareness is the most efficient remedy. I'm lazy. I dream of a world without problems that force me to move my ass. Our world does.

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Das ist Peter.*

Peter leitet Firnen wie #Facebook, denen ihr Eure Daten anvertraut. Dann investiert Peter in Firmen wie #Clearview, die eure Daten illegal abgreifen und zur größten (bekannten) Datenbank dieser Art zusammenführen.

Für den Zugriff auf diese illegale Datensammlung zahlen zufriedene Kunden wie u.a. Behörden und Polizei viel Geld.**

Ob Peter der Menschheit damit einen Dienst erweist ist unerheblich, denn Peter ist Milliardär, weil der Markt das so regelt.

Sei nicht wie Peter.

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Microsoft und Co. an Schulen? Das geht gar nicht. Warum erklärt der nachfolgende Kommentar. Leitet ihn bitte an Eltern, Schüler, Lehrer, Entscheidungsträger etc. weiter - es gilt die digitale Mündigkeit zu bewahren. 🧙‍♂️

Nutzt E-Mail, Messenger, das Fediverse etc. zur Verbreitung.

Vielen Dank! ❤️

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climate change, photo of people taking cover from australian bush fires 

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Listening for the third time to the amazing speech of @aral at the EU Parliament, this time looking at a better video which contains also his slides:

At minute 12:20 he rocks and says:

"You are acting as an unpaid Research and Development department for silicon valley. Because if a startup here succeeds, it gets bought by Google or Facebook. If it fails, we pick up the bill."


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NGO sector leaders should have a say in decisions affecting every .ORG website. EFF is proud to stand with @IndSector, @NatlCouncilNPs, and @NatlAssembly to defend .ORG.

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@aral on freedom and the Internet, Facebook & Google, their business model & the silion valley surveillance capitalism model.
Listen to him, now with French, English & German subtitles

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Hong Kong revolutionaries cutting down a facial recognition tower in a dank display of praxis ✊

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This is Sao Paulo today, 4PM. The cloud from the burning of Amazon rainforest in Rondonia, covered the city. Sao Paulo is 3300km (2052 miles) distant from Boa Vista. Athens is closer to London than Sao Paulo is to Boa Vista. Just to give you an idea of the damage.

When launching I also noticed that it also initiates connections to OCSP servers. allows to check if a TLS certificate has been revoked. For the cases where a certificate with a long lifetime is compromised this might be useful but it also leaks to a third party what sites you are browsing.

security.OCSP.enabled = 0

By default Firefox opens a connection to at startup. There also seems to be a unique identifier for your Browser instance. I don't know what happens with it and therefore I don't like it and prefer to disable the feature:

dom.push.enabled = false

This possibly breaks push notifications though. Do they really all get routed through Mozilla's servers?

Disable safebrowsing because otherwise Firefox will load lists of 'bad' sites on startup.

browser.safebrowsing.malware.enabled = false
browser.safebrowsing.phishing.enabled = false

Disable captive portal detection by deleting the URL via about:config (type about:config in the URL field and use the search function to find this property)

captivedetect.canonicalURL = ''

I noticed that Firefox opens a lot of network connections when it is launched. Even if my homepage is set to 'blank'.

Tried to make silent. And will outline in the next posts what I did.
It's not yet perfect, though.

Did you ever try to make silent?

Such that it does not initiate a single network connection when you launch it?

Fediverse, what do you think about and Facebook's efforts to rule the world?

Micro$oft Edge (mobile) now integrates to warn users from "fake news" sites such as WikiLeaks.
NewsGuard tries to centralize the rating of news. This is highly questionable indeed. Just look at its advisory board: former CIA and boss (General Michael Hayden), former homeland-security minister (Tom Ridge, under George W. Bush), former NATO general secretary...
(source: Heise C't Nr. 14 2019)

Of course it gives a bad rating to WikiLeaks and favours FoxNews.

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Two senators are introducing a patent bill that would allow patents on abstract ideas and laws of nature. Congress needs to say no.

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