"Starting today, instead of the usual process of sending the data to the CDC, which then releases it to the public, states have been told to send it directly to a DoH and Human Services system that the NYT reports is 'not open to the public', which could affect the work of scores of researchers, modelers, and health officials who rely on CDC data to make projections and crucial decisions."
That's not how science works. #covid19 data should be open.
Here is an Android app I appreciate a lot. It's living its life totally in the background, doing its deed every day without a sound. It allows to me to synchronise my calendars and todo lists with other parties through my nextcloud instance, enabling necessary coordination with my family and others without resorting to Google.
Let me present DAVx⁵! https://www.davx5.com/
Why @Mastodon is "doomed to fail" - a great article on how profit distorts perception of success
Berlin's privacy officer says use the F-Droid version of the jitsi app because of the trackers in the play store: https://www.datenschutz-berlin.de/fileadmin/user_upload/pdf/orientierungshilfen/2020-BlnBDI-Hinweise_Berliner_Verantwortliche_zu_Anbietern_Videokonferenz-Dienste.pdf (German, p. 13)
The Greek government is going to spend 48.3 million € on #microsoft licenses needed for the public sector computers. They have also admitted that atm these licenses have expired; servers and workstations run either unsupported or illegal (?) software ...
FYI, the debt-to-GDP ratio is ~180% and a large part of the remaining public assets have been transferred to a fund (HRADF) to facilitate its privatization.
It makes perfect (neoliberal) sense.
What 's the most disappointing moment? Greek ministry of education using "donation from Cisco" instead of its own existing infrastructure for virtual classes? Mozilla endorsing Zoom for privacy? EFF giving recommendations to activists for Google docs secure (sic) usage? Or a friend of mine asking for privacy advice saying "what about Brave'?
Overconsumption and growth economy key drivers of environmental crises, while "green" or "sustainable growth" is a myth. "As long as there is growth technology cannot keep up, the overall environmental impacts will only increase." https://phys.org/news/2020-06-overconsumption-growth-economy-key-drivers.html
The German Corona Warn App went live today. F-Droid cannot distribute the app for multiple reasons:
1) The core bluetooth contact tracing functionality is only implemented in Google play services and requires proprietary client libs to be included in the app.
2) The google api mentioned above is only available for use by apps which are whitelisted by google and distributed through the play store.
A set of simple and sensible measures to make the city worth living - written for Barcelona but it also applies to many other "modern" cities.
It's sad that, when put into the current political and social context, these measures seem either radical or naive.
Manifesto for the Reorganisation of the City after COVID-19
A common feature of totalitarian regimes is that citizens should treat other citizens as potential dissidents and, when needed, tell them on.
In other news, "Amazon and other companies offer a high-speed digital mechanism by which people can make snap judgements about who does, and who does not, belong in their neighborhood, and summon police to confront them."
#zoom is looking for activists as beta testers of its end to end encryption service: register as a paid customer, talk about governments' wrongdoings and check if your account has been suspended.
If desire for your own human rights were not enough, you now have another critical reason to avoid using #Zoom -- to protect the legacy of the hundreds of democracy protesters who were brutally murdered in #Tiananmen Square, and the human rights of millions of other people who want to protect that legacy.
"Zoom shuts account of US-based rights group after Tiananmen anniversary meeting"
"Norwegian independent repairer's 3-year legal battle ended last week when Norway’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of #Apple.
With this decision, Apple confirms it’s able to weaponize intellectual property law to shut down independent #repair. This [...] is also bad for the planet, as high prices for repair push consumers to cycle through products faster and faster."
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