Raise your hand if you want to see a #privacy focused voice assistant that just works 🙋🏻♂️
Stanford OVAL Almond just released the first beta of their next major release and they made it available as a #HomeAssistant add-on.
«Privacy is necessary for an open society in the electronic age. Privacy is not secrecy. A private matter is something one doesn't want the whole world to know, but a secret matter is something one doesn't want anybody to know. Privacy is the power to selectively reveal oneself to the world».
- “A Cypherpunk's Manifesto”, Eric Hughes, 1993
Just heard about this. I've been using Decentraleyes for awhile, but didn't realize it hadn't been updated in a long time. This is a fork and is much more actively maintained. https://www.localcdn.org/
Very pleased to see that Mastodon already have the intention to block FLOC in a coming update.
How a #WhatsApp status loophole is aiding cyberstalkers
The Electronic Frontier Foundation built a new site to tell you whether or not you are a test subject in #Google’s latest #tracking experiment. Visit Am I #FLoC’ed to see if your #browser is putting you into one of their new #advertising categories.
This DuckDuckGo audit by @purism is a sobering read:
Remember that DuckDuckGo is venture capital-funded which means that they must exit—either become a publicly-traded multi-billion-dollar company (sell to the public) or sell to one of the incumbents.
(What we need is a publicly-funded but independently run search engine. The EU could create such a thing… if they didn’t have they heads firmly entrenched up Silicon Valley’s bumhole.)
"Defending your privacy – our #privacy – is a civic duty," argues Carissa Véliz.
"When we tell companies about ourselves, we give away details about others, too.”
A switch has silently been flipped in millions of instances of #Google #Chrome: those browsers will begin sorting their users into groups based on behavior, then sharing group labels with third-party trackers and advertisers around the #web.
In case you’re a person on here who’s still trying to get away from Twitter, I wrote a user stylesheet that might help you: https://laurakalbag.com/write-only-twitter/
«On the surface it seems like such a platform would be bad for business, lowering the number of users who can view #ads. #Facebook says the app wouldn’t be about its bottom line. In reality, such an app could make its ad-targeting ability across its platforms even better.»
Computer engineer. Dreamer. Hero.
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