More (and better) news out of Strasbourg this morning. The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that the UK’s mass #surveillance programmes have breached the European Convention on Human Rights. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/sep/13/gchq-data-collection-violated-human-rights-strasbourg-court-rules
Good news if you missed it! The EU voted against the Copyright Directive 318-278 earlier today, which now has to be redrafted before being voted on again this September https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/5/17535874/eu-copyright-law-article-11-13-rejected-first-vote #Article11 #Article13
One of the things that I noticed in listening to the European Parliament debate on #Article13 and #Article11 was the live interpreters briefly mentioning their own strike action before translating the rest of the debate. The were requisitioned to translate it: https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/meps-show-support-for-parliament-interpreters/
Someone I've been doing some work with emailed me this https://gds.blog.gov.uk/2018/05/17/the-first-govtech-fund-competition-is-now-live-and-open-for-applications/ and said shall we have a crack at it
ended up emailing the government minister explaining that what they are asking is not merely impossible but actually insane
i will post any response I get, heh
democracy is a grassroots tyranny against public officials
if you don't like being subject to public consequences for your actions, retire from office
Looking forward to this, later today.
Shame that (so far) Mr Zuck won't talk to democratic structures representing less than c250 million people.
Not so much chat about the Royals here there? 😆
"over this period we have seen some differences between countries, with Scotland driving improvements in personal well-being in the UK"
I implemented a simple #efail exploit for Apple Mail, which is vulnerable to direct exfiltration with its default settings. The mitigation, disabling remote content, works but is brittle. So never click "Load Remote Content". (Thunderbird/Enigmail is vulnerable in a similar way, but I haven't tried that one yet.)
In the UK, sex workers will be dealing with the consequences of FOSTA/SESTA, as they find themselves banned from US platforms. This outlines the results: https://medium.com/assembly-four/my-six-week-rollercoaster-ride-172eb58ba80e
I work at Open Rights Group
Founded on #4opens and moderated by an ethical code of conduct. Its a safe space for Campaigning and NGO groups to access their members via #openweb projects.
"We can't engage as communities, unless we have money. I can't even express how angry this makes me."
- an activist group using Facebook. People and organisations who feel this way are our initial targets.
We are launching two new Mastodon instances for activists and campaigners to aid communication of grassroot groups; putting social media back in our hands by providing a free, unfettered home for campaigners, NGO’s and activists to communicate among their peers and beyond.
This project is a way out of the restricted, algorithmic, for-profit mediation and commercialisation of communication we increasingly experience. If you do not pay to "boost" each post, a Facebook page will only reach 3-6% of members. This soon becomes an expensive drain on limited NGO and activist budgets.
Activists and campaigners alike are ready to shift their outreach away from the corporate social networks paid-per-view “walled gardens”.
Mastodon is the worlds largest free open source decentralised microblogging network; it’s thousands of unique, interconnected communities, filled with different people, interests, languages, and needs.
You’re free to join any community you like, or better yet, host your own, on your own terms. It remains possible for members of each to instance to interact with others.
There is no monopoly by a single commercial company, no ads, and no tracking.
We aim to help activism/campaigning groups to make this step now.
A note on Security and Privacy - these take a somewhat different shape within the #openweb. Have a read about our thoughts on the matter.