GitHub was wrong to take down youtube-dl under pressure from the RIAA, and we're glad to see that it's changed course.

More and more people are relying on the Internet to form and maintain community, and they are also finding themselves on the pointy end of legal swords, including copyright. If you are the target of an unfair copyright infringement allegation, contact us.

When George Orwell wrote

'War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.'

It was a form of political satire.

Now we see:

- We are forever at war, but the political elites tell us it is needed for peace

- We have freedom of speech, but are enslaved in echo chambers permeated by spin and disinformation

- Political elites are literally powered by the ignorance of the electorate

The massive infrastructure required to run face recognition cannot be easily dismantled when the COVID-19 emergency is over. We cannot allow law enforcement and other government officials to use a time of crisis to normalize this invasive tactic.

So now my F-Droid repo ( also shows what has been changed in the latest version of an app – provided its developers put those details in their repo inside a "Fastlane tree". If you miss that for your favorite apps (whether in my repo or with @fdroidorg), nudge them to implement this. It's not that hard to do if you hand them my snippet along:

Does app size matters to you?

*Android app for example

Boosts are welcome

One of the problems with Zoom is an issue with the entire ecosystem of apps & websites: “When you give your data to one company, you have no idea who else is going to have access to it, because so much of it happens behind the black box of company secrecy.”

Essential fruit and veg pickers 'homeless', meaning crops may be left to rot With nowhere for working backpackers to stay as hostels and caravan parks close due to coronavirus, there are warnings about the supply of winter fruit and vegetables in the coming months. #TravelHealthandSafety #TravelandTourism #CropHarvesting #HumanInterest #Regional #COVID-19 #Fruit #Work

Users shouldn’t have to choose between abandoning the systems they’ve paid for and learned to use, and having their data nonconsensually ingested by one massive, surveillance-based business.


Repair connects you to other people. There’s a global community of fixers, tinkerers, makers out there—and you can be a part of it! Join us by sharing a photo of your #FixAtHome projects this week.


If your org had to move quickly to the #cloud #homeworking due to the #Covid19 crisis? No time to analyze the risks? No worries! and Viakom offer a fully European developed, hosted & managed #Nextcloud Hub!

Protect your #digitalsovereignty!

Zoom's encryption has some major flaws, is "not suited for secrets", and Zoom has servers in China generating meeting encryption keys for users in other countries, Citizen Lab researchers discover (by me)

1-on-1 conversations with #Nextcloud Talk are E2E encrypted. With the HPB, larger calls go over your own infra. In no case can anyone listen in!

So take back control over your communication. Host your own #Zoom #Skype #MSTeams!

Starting today, you can now preorder the PinePhone UBports Community Edition: a production model #PinePhone preloaded with UBports (Ubuntu Touch), with a custom backplate to match!

PINE64 Store Link:

UBports blog post:

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