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:

@awused It looks really retro 👍 🙂 Anyway, single-cylinder bikes are easier to maintain.

@TauAs Well, you certainly find good stuff. Really the kind of material that makes Mastodon inspiring to watch. 👍

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:

@TauAs I've been looking at your posts, and really like lots of them. Interesting and a pleasure to read. 🍀

‘Success Addicts’ Choose Being Special Over Being Happy

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

@Jonathan Well, we will see how much the worst will be.

I met a surgeon recently, a very smart guy, and he said that probably the virus will gradually mutate into weaker strains more like a bad flu.

So whatever happens to the infection rate, the death rate and the after-effects might not be as bad as now.

Me, too, I'm hoping for the best for people everywhere, especially the poor and most-vulnerable.

Let's just say our prayers and stay strong.

@Jonathan In fact, as far as I can see, then Africa has been extraordinarily lucky compared with Europe and the USA, considering the size of its population... God be thanked... With the condition of most of its national health systems and infrastructure, I was dreading the most awful disaster there...

@tuxcrafting Use the Dvorak International keyboard instead... it's worth taking the time to learn, and you can do all the French accented characters with it...

@thenewoil There are great how-to's on how to set up a mail server properly.... But it sure does take quite a few hours of work...

If you trust them (and I've used their services for years), there's as well... it's cheap and they are good professionals...

They are great hosting providers, too:

(I was with them for about 10 years, it's a small family-type company in NZ)

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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@thenewoil For sure... I used to have a Yahoo! account myself... And I'vve been with Gmail, too... Now I host my own mail server... And there are providers like Proton for those who don't want to do that...

@thenewoil Anyway, people who care about privacy with their email don't use Yahoo!...

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