"If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear".

That’s not true. There are things we’d rather keep private, without any wrongdoing. To freely express ourselves. To explore our personality. To protect ourselves.

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A reminder that Mastodon and the Fediverse do NOT use cryptocurrency, blockchains, NFTs, tokens, coins, mining, web3 or anything like that.

Masto and the Fedi run on traditional servers and use a sustainable network federation model somewhat similar to e-mail (that's why Fediverse addresses look similar to e-mail addresses).

Also a reminder there are no venture capital firms or other investors either. No one owns the network, each server is independent. Masto and Fedi server running costs are paid by their owners, sometimes with donations from users.

No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.

(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)

Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain

#Fediverse

Privacy is necessary for an open society in the electronic age. It's the power to selectively reveal oneself to the world. Freedom of speech, even more than privacy, is fundamental to an open society.

A Cypherpunk's Manifesto, Eric Hughes, 1993

gofoss.net/origins/a_cypherpun

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roses are red
violets are blue
in surveillance capitalism
poem reads you

and shows you ads
for flower shops
and tracks your clicks
and never stops

it cares not about
if privacy's harmed
the money is green
when people are farmed

twitter is cyan
facebook is blue
your friends are the product
and so are you

Recommended follow: @FediFollows

FediFollows does a great job of regularly recommending interesting accounts to follow on Mastodon and the Fediverse.

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Not sure folk are aware that using Google fonts by URL in their CSS undermines the privacy of each and every site visitor, sending their IP to GG with every visit. How? Because with each visit they download the font from GG, not your server.

If you will use GG fonts, don't do this

@import url('fonts.googleapis.com/css?famil[...]

Download that font, and resource it locally instead

@font-face {
font-family: FontName';
font-style: normal;
src: url('../fonts/FontName.woff2');
[...]
}

So that I can continue to use computers without dishonor, I have decided to put together a sufficient body of free software so that I will be able to get along without any software that is not free.

> The GNU Manifesto, Richard Stallman, 1985
gofoss.net/origins/the_gnu_man

1. Access to computers should be unlimited and total.

2. All information should be free.

3. Mistrust authority – promote decentralization.

4. Hackers should be judged by their hacking, not their degree, age, race, or position.

5. You can create art and beauty on a computer.

6. Computers can change your life for the better.

> Hackers, Steven Levy, 1984
> gofoss.net/origins/hackers/

We just updated gofoss.net following the release of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
(Jammy Jellyfish)!

Learn how to:

* set up your server: gofoss.net/ubuntu-server
* sync files with Seafile: gofoss.net/cloud-storage
* organise photos with Piwigo: gofoss.net/photo-gallery
* manage contacts, tasks & calendars with Radicale:
gofoss.net/contacts-calendars-
* stream movies & music with Jellyfin: gofoss.net/media-streaming
* perform backups with Rsnapshot: gofoss.net/server-backups

We just updated gofoss.net following the release of Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
(Jammy Jellyfish)!

gofoss.net/ubuntu

Learn how to:

* install Ubuntu Desktop 22.04 LTS
* find your way around GNOME 42
* remove Snap & install Firefox
* fine-tune privacy settings
* and more

The EU plans to oblige mail, chat & messenger providers to scan all user messages for criminal content:

eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-conten

Feel free to check out ongoing petitions against the bill if you believe this is not a way to fight crime while safeguarding democracy, freedom & human rights:

🇪🇺 change.org/p/against-the-adopt

🇩🇪 aktion.campact.de/datenschutz/

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#Obsolenz von Computern, Smartphone, Tablets liegt meist nicht an der Hardware, sondern an der #Software. Deshalb ist das Recht, jede Software auf jedem Gerät zu installieren und vollen Zugriff auf die Hardware zu haben, so wichtig für #Nachhaltigkeit.

Offener Brief von @fsfe , @nextcloud , @kde , @Fairphone und anderen an die #EU-Kommission.
fsfe.org/news/2022/news-202204

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Gofoss is a guide to adopting free and open source software, and using privacy-friendly services. You can follow at:

➡️ @don_atoms

You can browse the guide itself at gofoss.net

#GoFoss #FOSS #FLOSS #Libre #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #Privacy

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If you like the #Fediverse and you love to read #books, take a look at BookWyrm!

Bookwyrm is a federated Goodreads alternative and federates through the #ActivityPub protocol.

https://bookwyrm.social/

Hi there! I'm Georg, work in the performing arts and develop gofoss.net, a guide to make free & open source privacy tools accessible to all.

gofoss.net itself is 100% free and open source – no ads, no tracking, no affiliate links.

If you want to share feeback or contribute, please do message me :)

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Guess what! Mastodon’s official #Android app was finally approved and is now on the Play Store.

play.google.com/store/apps/det

F-Droid submission still being processed.

Think that 43 billion can't buy free speech?

Welcome to the Fediverse!

gofoss.net/fediverse

(Might as well switch to Firefox, Signal, Matrix, Linux & a Degoogled Phone while you're at it 😁)

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I‘m happy beyond words that this little funnybook has reached so many people.

Heartfelt thanks to each and everyone for reading, boosting, and spreading the word! 💙

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🇬🇧 What a week – thank you, dear #Fediverse, for a hell of a comic launch!

Hundreds of boosts have swept #ContraChrome across countries and platforms:

🌊 From a Catholic school in the UK, where a teacher now discusses it with his 14- y.o. pupils

🌊 Through the lower strata of Reddit, where a right-wing zealot proclaimed he would instantly burn it were it only on paper

🌊 Up to websites for digital self-defense as @don_atoms gofoss.net and @cryptoparty where it will be added as a resource

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