It’s easy to assume that because some data is “personal”, protecting it is a private matter. But privacy is both a personal and a collective affair, because data is rarely used on an individual basis. Carissa Veliz doesn't miss.
We starting using @plausible on our website as a way to see which pages people spent the most time on, which pages made people leave, and which pages need improvement (our new feedback buttons at the bottom of each page are powered by Plausible!). In our effort to be as transparent as possible, those statistics are now open to the public: https://stats.privacyguides.net/privacyguides.org
So I have not moved from Twitter - my thoughts on Elon Musk are irrelevant, though I thought it would be fun to try Mastodon (being a fan of the band that shares the same name). So far, after day one, I note it appears to be more friendly than Twitter and comparably different. It’s a refreshing take on Social Media. Still not sure about some things though I’ll get used to it.
Unfortunately CTemplar, a former recommendation of ours, is shutting down. Final day of operation is May 26, although we are hearing reports email sending is already disabled. https://ctemplar.com/ctemplar-is-shutting-down/
You don't "have something to hide" when you put blinds on your windows or close the door when you're on the toilet, or wear clothes. Privacy isn't about having something to hide, it's not about keeping secrets. It's about being able to choose what you reveal about yourself, and when, and to who, and the other word we have for that is "dignity". Your inherent dignity, as a human being. Privacy is the agency you have over your dignity.
Mastodon plans to eliminate the local timeline and replace that by groups across instances. I believe this would damage the federated structure of Mastodon. Why care to be in the right place if you can be somewhere and join a group. Who is going to keep the group clean? Why should anyone care to run such a fine place as Fosstodon?
If I would have wanted to use Twitter I wouldn't be here.
Why do FOSS projects have this urge to dismantle themselves as soon as they get big?
guy from the self-crashing car company
Something I'm actually wondering, regarding the whole twitter panic: Maybe the guy with the self-crashing car company is just driving up the prices to sell his shares of this minor social media platform for ad enthusiasts and make a bunch of money, like he did previously with some other scams.
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@jonaharagon Amen to that! For many people, computers are hard. Thus anyone who throws them a rope when it comes to easy setup or use they will likely grab. Even if the rope turns out to be a noose.
Demonizing people if they haven't gone full tinfoil hat only pushes away the very people privacy advocates should be trying to attract.
Heartening to see more and more thought leaders in the privacy community speaking out on this important issue.
@jonaharagon superb article! Its one thing trying to fight big tech, its another being told you are too stupid to even start. We are inadvertently encouraging privacy nihilism by fighting ourselves. What it comes down to, as always, is threat models - which are different for everyone. Lets fight surveillance capitalism, not each other.
@techlore I think this is an important read. The lack of empathy and the amount of user-shaming the #privacy community participates in is indeed "astounding" as Henry puts it. Blaming people for participating in the society Big Tech built and forced upon them is absurd, and discounting the good in favor of theoretical perfection happens all too often.
I posted some thoughts about this issue in the privacy community and in general in response to this post on my own blog: https://jonaharagon.me/toxicity-and-fanboyism-is-a-big-problem-in-many-niche-online-subcultures-linux-community-android-151943627fc0?source=friends_link&sk=e174ed659657dc47fe9787294594ec5c
I've had a lot of things to get off my chest lately regarding privacy. Here it is, I'm not super hopeful about the state of things, but I really hope this helps someone.
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Seemed like an easy enough process. I’m not sure what was so inconceivable about this idea to Psaki back in December.
It is pretty absurd they’ll only hand out 4 total, the same stingy approach as the stimulus checks, but… better than nothing? maybe? 🙃
Google Analytics is illegal in Austria and pretty soon probably the rest of the EU now. Neat. https://www.wired.com/story/google-analytics-europe-austria-privacy-shield/ #privacy
Facebook is dead. Long live Facebook. This from @freddy in our blog:
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