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It's been more than a year since @twitter announced "Project Blue Sky," a bid to redesign social media around open protocols, not walled gardens. That's our kind of social media - now, will they do it?

Just signing up to

In addition to really liking their TOS and Privacy Policy, I'm really liking their *clarity* - short bullet points, ordinary language.

Delta Chat is probably the most scalable messenger today.
Even if a billion users migrated to our apps, we would be fine and it wouldn't ruin us. Our Operating Costs hardly increase with more users. A pretty unique strategic economical advantage, isn't it?


Hey NZ, have you used the Covid app today? Use it everyday, everywhere! We’re not through this yet.

If you need to convince your friends to use Wire or Signal instead of Facebook’s WhatsApp, tell them to watch this talk I gave OVER SIX YEARS AGO:

During these times when the #privacy-invading practices of #WhatsApp are brought into light, it might be good to check back again with #DeltaChat:

I had only checked them back when they were just getting started, and encryption was still in the works. Today, encryption is built-in using #autocrypt and they offer even clients for the desktop.

Has anyone tried it?

#introductions #introduction

Hi everyone! I'm brand new to the fediverse, but really happy I finally got around to joining.

I'll describe myself as a husband & father first, but after that as a geek w/ 20y of software development behind me and at least 20 more in ahead. I live in snowy Helsinki.

I'm of course interested in FOSS, but also #degrowth , #philosophy , #climatecrisis , #smalltechnology but most importantly endlessly curious about the world and people in general. :)

I don't really like Signal. I don't like Telegram either. Wire is acceptable, but also clunky. It kinda sucks that people have to basically choose and commit to one app with all of their contacts now, if IM apps were federated like e-mail and Mastodon you could just keep talking to your friends from wherever.

Hello everyone, I’m a librarian from South America. Hope to learn and contribute about privacy, wellbeing and good use of technology in life.

I was (once again) putting together a list of Te reo Māori kupu (words) that non-Māori speakers in Aotearoa know and had several hundred. Looks like someone else did the same!


Our paper on non-Māori speakers’ remarkable implicit knowledge of te reo Māori sound patterns and word-forms has just been published. ( This was so much fun to work on. Here’s a summary. (1/9)


The online form you have to fill out on the website of on Argentina's national post carrier, Correo Argentino, before they will deliver an international package is, of course, broken. Nothing happens when you click "Siguiente", no error, nothing.

Breaking out the browsers debug console reveals an incomprehensible mess of red errors. But my favourite message is:

"Angular is running in the development mode. Call enableProdMode() to enable the production mode."


uses a FB experiment on voting behaviour, in which users who received a particular stimulus were about 2% more likely to behave the way FB wanted then to, to illustrate how FB's aim is to figure out "how and when to intervene ... in order to modify your behaviour and thus sharply increase the predictability of your actions".

2% isn't really 'sharp' though, is it?

The gap between what they claim they can do and what they can really do is large.

"Think about Dropbox, Slack and Trello having a child and that in turn allows you to connect to your cellphone"

The privacy team at Decentralize Today has a great #Nextcloud cookbook!

A nit-picky marginal note:
uses the word 'prediction' in the context of personality analysis, a term presumably lifted directly from the literature. 'Predict' is a technical scientific term in this context which basically means 'guess facts we didn't otherwise know'.

It *doesn't* have the colloquial meaning of 'forecast the future'.

It annoys me that Zuboff uses 'predict' in both senses in the book, without teasing them apart. I'm not certain it's unintentional

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But maybe personality 'prediction' accuracy doesn't matter?

quotes Kosinski as saying that "one can imagine situations in which such predictions, even if incorrect, could pose a threat to an individual's well-being, freedom, or even life"

No such examples are given, and I can't think of any in the realm of targeted advertising.

Moved into the domain of policing, a CEO's bullshit pitch becomes something a bit more dangerous.

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