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@EU_Commission “Was failing to”

Is it failing when those very same practices bolster their bottom line?

You still don’t fundamentally see a problem with surveillance-based business models “because capitalism.”

I might as well have spoken to a brick wall instead of to the European Parliament.

ar.al/2019/11/29/the-future-of

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The battles we’re fighting for our privacy aren’t just to make our phones and computers private places today. They’re to keep our homes, cars, and minds private places in the future. They’re to protect our personhood and stave off autocracy.

#privacy #humanRights

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@haverholm Tell me this: how much do you think Google thinks the difference between private by default and private by configuration is worth to them?

Hint: half a billion dollars.

Are they idiots? I don’t think so.

The damage is that we end up thinking there is actually an alternative when there isn’t so we don’t fund a true alternative from the commons for the common good.

Is Mozilla the best you can get from Silicon Valley. Yes. Can we do far better than Silivon Valley? Also yes.

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love how co2 levels in my room (3rd floor next to a street) actually sometimes *increase* when opening the window

the sensor just started yelling at me which means that it measured co2 concentrations of >1000ppm for a while

fuck cars

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Venture Capital is when a group of rich douchebags get money from a group of even richer douchebags for some likely-not-rich-yet douchebags to create things that exploit the rest of us so all the douchebags involved can get richer still.

#ventureCapital #vc #surveillanceCapitalism #peopleFarming #BigTech #SiliconValley

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If you think of free software as a developers' rights issue, it's a solved problem. Developers can use free stacks everywhere, and they are free to fix anything. Nobody is legally restricted from learning to be a developer. There's a pretty good live ecosystem. Mission accomplished.

If you think of free software as a human rights issue, you need to think about how all people can actually use and benefit, and usability and accessibility and localisation all become integral parts of the problem.

@aral hey man! Would you like to change the symbol you’re using for nano on small-tech.org? The one you’re currently using is for The Nano Foundation (nano.org/nano-foundation) and not nano the currency, whose symbol is Ӿ (or with double dash). You can use assets.nano.org/ :)

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Since US invaded our sovereign country, Hawaii also tops the US in police killings, disproportionately Pacific Islander, and Hawaii is by far #1 most economically unequal. (I worked with homeless/at-risk kids in that tent city in Honolulu).

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US billionaires buy up Hawaii while most of us Hawaiians don't "own" a single acre of our US-illegally occupied home. Mark Zuckerberg forced us from his 1200 acre ranch on Kaua'i. Elon's buddy Larry Ellison owns an entire island, while we remain homeless.

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"Today, Russia's artillery is bombarding grain warehouses in Ukraine – deliberately.

The consequences of these shameful acts are there for everyone to see. Global wheat prices are skyrocketing."

President @vonderleyen@twitter.com at #WEF22 in Davos this week.

#FoodSecurity

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mass shooting, uspol 

I can't imagine living in a 'civilised' country where hundreds of times a year, troubled people buy body armour and assualt weapons and go on a rampage, killing random innocent people. And politicians then throw their hands up and say nothing can be done about it.

bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada

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@michel_slm And let’s say, just for the sake of argument, that some miracle happened and it was 100% renewable energy. So what? Is energy infinite? What’s the opportunity cost of, by design, wasting that amount of energy just to prove you’ve wasted it? What else could be done with that energy? Ditto for every other proof-of-work cryptocurrency.

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Farmers are being hit by the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

This week, we proposed a measure to allow EU countries to pay a one-off lump sum to farmers and agri-food businesses affected by significant increases in input costs.

ℹ️ europa.eu/!BGvXJW

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The 🆕 EU-wide public database #EPREL is live!

It enables EU consumers to compare the energy efficiency of household products carrying the 🇪🇺 energy label, thus helping citizens to choose wisely and save energy.

ℹ️ europa.eu/!g7vc6D

#REPowerEU

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"Oil companies and petrostates are investing heavily in fossil fuels, in defiance of global targets. They must be stopped."

"To continue on our current course would be nihilistic. The carbon bomb-makers must be stopped."

#EndFossilFuels @guardian #moa
theguardian.com/commentisfree/

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how is crypto decentralized if it all crashes together

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@ephemeral @GiacomoSansoni It’s like when I mention that we must fund technology for the common good differently and folks bring up “crowdfunding.”

Yes, there’s a name for crowdfunding things for the common good from the common purse: it’s called taxes :)

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"Study shows privileged people misjudge effects of pro-equality policies on them.
People from societally advantaged groups think equality-promoting policies will affect them negatively, even if they would actually benefit."
Makes one wonder where and why people learn that their place in society is governed by zero-sum principles. It's hard to believe that is part of human nature. But the last part of the article suggests this is not culture-specific.
newscientist.com/article/23191

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Do you know what is the EU doing on 🌲 green, 🖥️ digital and 🧒 youth?

Check out the dedicated areas on these topics at #EUOpenDay to learn more! ⬇️

#EuropeDay

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