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In a year marked by uncertainty and countless challenges, the fight for online privacy and freedom of speech never missed a beat. From facial recognition bans to investigations into Big Tech's harmful practices, here are 2020's victories for digital rights:

The EU Council is pushing for encryption backdoors to messenger apps such as WhatsApp and Signal to fight terrorism (German article):

Despite the fact that errors of investigation in Austrian authorities had made the attack possible in the first place and not a lack of digital surveillance powers. Politicians must start to understand that more surveillance will not lead to more security. That's why we fight any attempt for an encryption backdoor:

‘Success Addicts’ Choose Being Special Over Being Happy

The pursuit of achievement distracts from the deeply ordinary activities and relationships that make life meaningful.

My ebooks and audiobooks (from @torbooks, @HoZ_Books, @mcsweeneys, and others) are for sale all over the net, but I sell 'em too, and when you buy 'em from me, I earn twice as much and you get books with no DRM and no license "agreements."


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I'm so happy this Sunday morning about Joe Biden and Kamala Harris getting elected.

I just watched President Elect Biden's speech on TV and felt so good about once more seeing an American President with a positive message of unification and goodwill.

With the Biden/Harris team, it will be good to once more have a team of positively-minded people in the White House.

I'm very happy to see a woman of colour with a warm and positive attitude towards people of all ethnic groups and and towards LGBT people.

We don't need hatred in this world, we need love and acceptance, and a realization that we only have ONE WORLD, we need to think and act as one united human race.

We need to be responsible and good shepherds of all races of animal, plant and whatever other forms of life in this world, and good positive members of the universe at large.

Does anyone have a #recommendation for a Mastodon server or other online community optimized for people with social anxiety?

Boosts welcome.

A little celebration is in order!

The National anthem of New Cyberia!

Congratulations to Kamala Harris, the first woman to be elected Vice President!

'The Server Room' show on anon radio is coming up in about 9 hours at 15z00. It's a 30 minute show on IT related 'stuff' by @viktormadarasz
The stream will be here: and here
Anonradio is a libre service of where you can get a free unix shell account and many other toys! :-) Ditto for !
Here are the show notes for this week about thin clients
This is the best use of your time!

Facebook banished me for no apparent reason. New to Mastadon, trying to figure out how everything works. :) Hope to hear from you with hints and suggestions! Thank you.

@Gargron @robert If, by a hack such as the one in the link below, we increased Tardis World's toot character limit beyond the default 500, would there be any danger of breaking current or future compatibility with the rest of the Mastodon network?

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