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Software freedom and digital rights activist. FLOSS.social founder. Boards: https://floss.social/@librehealth, https://floss.social/@fdroidorg, @gnome, https://fosstodon.org/@osuosl.

For hire.

Formerly: #OpenSource programs at #UnitedNations Foundation, #Community at OpenMRS.

Quality toots since 2017.

#FreeSoftware #HumanRights #DigitalAutonomy #SurveillanceCapitalism #privacy #UN #fedi22

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downey, to microsoft
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:microsoft: ➡️ :matrix: It's a Big Freaking Deal when we can move any organization away from .

The system-wide IT shop UNICC has announced its move to :


downey, to ai
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:boost_love: 🧠 Boost if you wish investors and marketers would start investing money into HI (Human Intelligence) again.

downey, to opensource
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Enjoying the knowledge shared by @vmbrasseur about governance, aka "infrastructure for humans". Valuable insights – read them here:


downey, to random
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🤕 Someday we will reach the achievement of not forcing people to be tracked via QR codes to link shorteners in order to read references in presentations.

downey, to opensource
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7.2.5 released today to continue the legacy of .


downey, to random
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Great to see #veilid as a member of the Post-Quantum Cryptography Alliance to balance the voices of big tech. Have been tracking the hard work of @thegibson and others for quite a while now, and its P2P approach is one of the most inspiring developments on the horizon.

#OSSummit #OSSNA

downey, to fdroid
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"Just search for 'Linux Foundation Events' in your app store to find our brand new [proprietary?] AI-powered app!"

downey, to beeper
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:matrix: TIL that #Beeper the #Matrix based unified chat utility, has been acquired by #Automattic.


downey, to Matrix
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:fdroid: Happy ! What apps have you found useful this week?

📸 A lot of people like to take and share them with specific family or friends over time. If you want to do this without Big Tech in the way, check out .

It's still technically in Beta, but works great. It runs entirely over the protocol and uses encrypted rooms to manage your sharing and commenting. You can use their homeserver, or your own existing one.


downey, to random
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Has any noticed when the "Custom message when sign-ups are not available" stopped being shown to visitors?


downey, to Matrix
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"You have to understand, we’re responsible for taxpayer money here. We can’t just make a donation to your open source project."

— a national government who relies on when being asked to support it financially

Read more about the problem and some initiatives that are responding to it:


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downey, to ads
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🤦‍♂️ Mozilla has apparently decided to get into the advertising business.

"We are growing the team to create a digital platform that is consistent with Mozilla’s principles. As an early member of the product team you will help drive our vision to best serve users and advertisers with effective respecting ad products."


downey, to fdroid
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Apropos of nothing, a periodic reminder that #FDroid is designed to not have outages.


#Android #FOSS #FLOSS #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #Apple #IOS #AppStore

downey, to threads
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TFW someone buys investment property in your neighborhood is suddenly welcomed as a "neighbor" by everyone on your block

downey, to random
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🎉 6️⃣ 🎂 Happy birthday, FLOSS.social!

"When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six,
I'm as clever as clever,
So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever."

— A. A. Milne

fromjason, to threads
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The reason why and are incompatible is that Mastodon is a community, and Threads is a market. That's it.

It's not big Fed vs small Fedi. It's not platforms vs protocols.

It's communities vs markets.

Communities are supportive and markets are extractive. Communities answer to those who must live with decisions made. Markets answer to money.

And wouldn't you know it, those contrasting forces influence people's behaviors, goals, and motivations for engaging with others.

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@rscottjones I suspect your view of the Fediverse may be sufficiently filtered by the server you are on.

Here's the communities-first model that the guy that runs yours used to promote before he declared himself "CEO of Mastodon" and sold out to big tech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPSbNdBmWKE


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downey, to privacy
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:fists_raised: 👁️ Mass protests used to offer a degree of safety in numbers. Facial recognition technology changes the equation.

📰 Read "The changing face of protest":


#privacy #facialRecognition #surveillance #SurveillanceCapitalism #protest

BrideOfLinux, to random
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Ya know, Mozilla has kinda like become the laughing stock of open-source, I think as I shake my head sadly: Mozilla Drops New Privacy Partner After CEO Found Tethered To Data Brokers https://www.techdirt.com/2024/03/28/mozilla-drops-new-privacy-partner-after-ceo-found-tethered-to-data-brokers/

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drewdevault, (edited ) to random
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Quick FOSS legal literacy quiz

Imagine the following situation: your project is MIT licensed. Someone takes the whole project and white-labels it (changes the name), then sells it commercially without providing the source code or sharing any of the sales revenue with you. They include "Copyright <your name>" and a copy of the MIT license in the "about" page of the software.

Is this allowed?

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thibaultamartin, to random
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Fediverse, what nonprofits do you donate to, and why did you choose them?

If you don't mind specifying, I'd love to know what region of the world you're from!

🔄 Please boost to help me discover the problems people want to solve and the orgs solving them!

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@thibaultamartin Nonprofits on the Fediverse to which I currently donate:

:gnome: @gnome - Making free software accessible for everyone's daily computing

🌳 @conservancy - Protecting software freedom and promoting its sustainability and diversity

:matrix: @matrix - Revolutionizing distributed, private, secure communication

:fsfe: @fsfe - The global leader in software freedom advoacy for the public sector

downey, to Roku
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Normalize not perpetuating the myth that consumers have no choice but to obey unlawful terms of service.

downey, to opensource
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📣 Once more for the people in the back.

:opensource: software is a public good.

👥 Open Source communities are common pool resources.

downey, to random
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PSA: ICYMI or you're like me and got thrown off by leap day, today is ...

Go forth and support the independent musicians of your choice 🎵

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