A paper about #GDPR violations and consent:
In the conclusions:
"we have identified four legal violations of both the GDPR and the ePD and we have detected them on 1426 European websites that use TCF cookie banners. We have detected at least one of these violations in 54% of websites."
- Sending your searches to Facebook.
- Sending your watched videos and usage time to Appsflyer partners.
- Fingerprints the hardware of the person watching the shared video on both web browser and mobile app using canvas leak and audio API.
- Embeds sharer ID into shared video URLs, hides it via URL shortening.
- And more!
Since they do not ask for consent they're in violation of multiple EU privacy laws.
Twitter is full up censoring even the mildest criticisms of our system
I posted a rather innocuous anti-neoliberal tweet that got a few likes and retweets in its first few minutes. Then I posted another and everything stopped - neither tweet got any further reaction.
So, I checked the analytics and saw that the first tweet had " - " impressions (never seen that before) and the other one "0" (all my regular tweets get at least 20 impressions in their first few minutes).
So I tweeted again to test - And you guessed it "0" impressions for that tweet too (screenshot below)
Twitter might claim a bug or weird chance, but having heard to many stories like this I don't believe that at all, especially as this has happened to me in exactly the same way once before. The offending tweet in that case pointed out the complete media blackout of the Yellow Vest protests.
But hey, if our oligarchs feel that their grip on the consensus is that fragile then I'm feeling hopeful
Why did @uspto issue a patent on organizing photos? We don’t know, but now it’s being used to sue a non-profit that develops free and open source software. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/12/how-patent-sorting-photos-got-used-sue-free-software-group
Amazon Unveils New Server Chip to Compete With Intel’s Product
Facebook teaches employees what to say if friends or family ask difficult questions about the company over the holidays:
Let Facebook employees rediscover the feeling of shame.
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."
I really wish that academic studies on Mastodon like this were not funded by UK's Orwellian programs on Defence and Security:
Anyhow, the paper contains useful statists. For example, it points out that Amazon 🤮 hosts more than 30 percent of the Mastodon users.
The FSF just announced an "Ethical TECH Giving" guide with recommendations on #ethical hardware and associations working towards ethical goals. Among these:
The full list is at:
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@Framasoft just announced its ambitions for 2020:
* education on several fronts
* #mobilizon, a platform to mobilize people
* increasing popularity of peertube
* "cloud Framasoft": a single account for several services
Facebook shut down from Sunday November 24 at 21:00 to 1:00 next morning the page of the movement called #Sardine which protests against former Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini. This happened shortly after a successful flash mob:
It is likely that Salvini purchases large amounts of publicity on Facebook.
Sacha Baron Cohen (who created the character "Borat") exposes himself and writes against the giants of the internet:
"if Facebook were around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Adolf Hitler to post 30-second ads"
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