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Digital and software freedom/rights advocate from Slovenia, Europe. Also a member of the Pirate party. You can find me on Mastodon: @JRepin

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EU Commission opens formal proceedings against Meta under the Digital Services Act related to the protection of minors on Facebook and Instagram (ec.europa.eu)

The Commission is concerned that the systems of both Facebook and Instagram, including their algorithms, may stimulate behavioural addictions in children, as well as create so-called ‘rabbit-hole effects’. In addition, the Commission is also concerned about age-assurance and verification methods put in place by Meta....

The Alliance Attacking Freedom - How Trump’s troops are attacking gender rights and underpinning the far right in Europe (corporateeurope.org)

Money is pouring into Europe from ultraconservative US foundations. One of the biggest spenders is the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian right wing organization that has played a prominent part in rolling back gender, abortion, and LGBTQIA+ rights on both sides of the Atlantic. Its latest tax filing shows it has doubled...

What's New in Fedora KDE 40? (fedoramagazine.org)

Fedora Linux is a community developed and maintained operating system. Fedora KDE is one of our adaptations of Fedora Linux for your laptop or desktop. With this milestone release of Fedora KDE 40, we hope that you’ll be interested in trying an OS that belongs to you from start to finish, from install to first shut down, from...

Qt Ubuntu 24.04 betas show there's room to innovate (www.theregister.com)

The beta versions of Lubuntu and Kubuntu 24.04 are out, showing that there’s room to improve on the standard Ubuntu formula. The beta announcements for Lubuntu 24.04 and Kubuntu 24.04 don’t reveal quite as much information as the Lubuntu’s alpha-test announcement did. The Reg FOSS desk looked at the two Qt-centric remixes,...

Third edition of Programming: Principles and Practice Using C++ by Bjarne Stroustrup released (www.stroustrup.com)

“Programming: Principles and Practice using C++ (3rd Edition)”, aka PPP3, is an introduction to programming for people who have never programmed before. It will also be useful for people who have programmed a bit and want to improve their style and technique - or simply learn modern C++. It is designed for classroom use, but...

They're Looting The Internet (www.wheresyoured.at)

This is the state of the modern internet — ultra-profitable platforms outright abdicating any responsibility toward the customer, offering not a “service” or a “portal,” but cramming as many ways to interrupt the user and push them into doing things that make the company money. The greatest lie in tech is that Facebook...

Khronos Releases OpenXR 1.1 to Further Streamline Cross-Platform XR Development (www.khronos.org)

The Khronos® Group, an open consortium of industry-leading companies creating advanced interoperability standards, announces the immediate availability of the OpenXR™ 1.1 specification. This release evolves the widely adopted OpenXR open API standard for high-performance, cross-platform access to VR, AR, and mixed reality...

Genocide in Gaza: Enabled by AI, powered by Big Tech (www.aljazeera.com)

The algorithms that Big Tech designed - and the genocide they assisted. The Listening Post explores how Israel’s killing campaign of Palestinians has relied on artificial intelligence to choose its targets. A dystopian nightmare serves as a marketing campaign for technology flawed by design, and deepens the global digital...

TUXEDO Sirius 16 Gen2 All-AMD Linux Gaming Laptop Gets Faster Ryzen 7 8845HS CPU (9to5linux.com)

TUXEDO Sirius 16 Gen2 is here with a faster processor (APU), namely the AMD Ryzen 7 8845HS with 8 cores, 16 threads, 24 MB cache, up to 5,1 GHz clock speed, and AMD Radeon 780M integrated graphics. However, the discrete graphics card is unchanged from the first generation, namely the AMD Radeon RX 7600M XT graphics card based on...

To understand the risks posed by AI, follow the money (theconversation.com)

There is one class of AI risk that is generally knowable in advance. These are risks stemming from misalignment between a company’s economic incentives to profit from its proprietary AI model in a particular way and society’s interests in how the AI model should be monetised and deployed. The surest way to ignore such...

Don’t Be Fooled: Much “AI” is Just Outsourcing, Redux (www.techpolicy.press)

The promise of AI, for corporations and investors, is that companies can increase profits and productivity by slashing their reliance upon a skilled human workforce. But as this story and many others show, AI is just today’s buzzword for “outsourcing,” and it comes with the same problems that have plagued outsourced...

Surveillance as a Service: The Global Impact of Israeli “Defense” Technologies on Privacy and Human Rights (blog.torproject.org)

Highlighting, exposing, and actively working against the proliferation and normalization of surveillance technology is crucial in protecting human rights worldwide. At the Tor Project, we know that it is through collective awareness and action that we can all build and contribute to privacy-preserving technologies that aim to...

The Miseducation of Kara Swisher (thebaffler.com)

Silicon Valley was supposed to be “different,” or so veteran tech journalist Kara Swisher wanted to believe. Facebook was going to bring people together, in the process strengthening our communities, our democracies, our world; Google was going to deliver the vast stores of human knowledge to our fingertips; Tesla was going...

Embedding the Servo Web Engine in Qt (www.kdab.com)

While the task of writing a brand new standard-compliant browser engine is infamous as being almost unachievable nowadays (and certainly so with Chromium coming in at 31 million lines of code), the Rust ecosystem has been brewing up a new web rendering engine called Servo. Initially created by Mozilla in 2012, Servo is still...

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