Jay Baker (he/they)

queer punk DIY media activist • carer for partner with #LongCOVID • #IWW member | pro-union | pro-wrestling | comics | coffee | Linux (btw I use Arch) • vegan • views mine (or possibly my partner’s!) 📼 https://app.singlelink.co/u/mediaactivist

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Cake day: Nov 19, 2021


Good point. It’s also really easy to bulletin similar information to, say, Mastodon, as it is their Twitter account! Plenty of other less tech-savvy organisations do this.

This is really comforting - especially as I’m a self-employed freelancer who has continually left traditional social media sites and moved more and more onto the Fediverse!

I’ve been using Proton Calendar since it became available, and have loved it. It keeps getting better and better. Whenever anyone asks me for a non-Google Calendar, I recommend this. I use /e/OS so haven’t used it via Google Play store either; I must have used either the /e/OS app store or Aurora - I can’t recall.

No idea! It’d be good to know, I agree!

Great! I should have probably said that eOS are selling the refurbed phones as Murena. The list of devices that eOS can go on is incredible, and there’s an “easy installer” that helps with the process for many. I’ve also found the system itself just so smooth and easy to use, with its own cloud service, on top of being deGoogled 🙂 Also privacy-focused and open source software - from a non-profit! 👍

I feel your pain! I switched to Murena from e.foundation so you can get a deGoogled refurb phone - or just install the eOS operating system on an older phone. Hope this helps or at least provides food for thought. https://e.foundation/

Wow. I feel like a fool - genuinely just started following Privacy Guides after buying into it as a “rebrand” of Privacy Tools. From this it becomes clear that this wasn’t the case. I had no idea, so thank you for sharing this.

I like Firefox for the most part but sounds like you might like Librewolf?

The Putin Regime is diabolical, of course. And divestments and boycotts helped bring down South Africa apartheid, so such actions they have their place. But I think what bothers a lot of people is the double standards of corporations doing business with, say, the likes of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who trample over human rights and whose brutality has created the worst humanitarian crisis in Yemen. It’s definitely worth debating the targeting and effectiveness (and consistency, or lack thereof) in such pulling of services.

Yeah, Brave’s CEO is Brendan Eich. That put me off right there. Mozilla aren’t perfect, but at least they kicked him to the curb.

It’s interesting. It’s not as apolitical as Gabriel Weinberg makes it sound (because everything is of course political, including opposing disinformation). I’m not sure how DuckDuckGo codify this approach - for example, as terrible as the disinformation from Russia is, what do DuckDuckGo plan to do about the disinformation in the West? Or does that not bother them? Honest questions, by the way; I’m not claiming to know all the answers 🙂

I find tosdr.org is a useful website to pick apart terms of service to find out what sites and services are actually doing with our data. (I just checked and Tidal is included on the site, not sure how helpful that is!)

I think there’s a difference between censorship and safe spaces if there are codes of conduct and everyone knows what they’re signing up for. With the current dominance of capitalism, neoliberalism, and the rising threat of the far right, I have no desire to spend my time online in areas where that’s merely reflected and regurgitated. In fact, the only reason I joined Lemmy was because I understood it to be leftist or anarchist friendly and I’m really utterly sick and tired of seeing FOSS forums infested with intolerance and hate speech. So the idea of a space where people can just ignore pronouns, or use transphobic, sexist, racist, ableist, antisemitic, Islamophobic language because to stop them is labeled “cancel culture” is quite abhorrent to me, though there are loads of such places online already existing and thriving. Telegram is full of white supremacist and bigoted channels and groups and the far right flow freely through corporate media, so if I can just for once not have to deal with that shit, that’d be nice. (Thanks Lemmy, keep up the good work)

Interesting. I guess it depends on how people define “left” and “right” and whether they see them as having equal dominance in our capitalist world. Some claim China to be communist whereas it’s essentially state capitalism and still an oppressive hierarchical system. I am essentially, I guess, what people might define as a libertarian socialist or anarcho-communist, so some might see me as very leftist, whereas others still claim Corbynistas or Bernie supporters or even Democrats in general are leftist - many social democrats and even centre-right politicians claim to be socialists or leftists.

Centrism has protected the capitalist status quo for so long it’s arguably stifled meaningful alternatives and contributed to the emergence of Brexit, Trump, Bolsonaro, conspiracy theorists, Covid dremovedlists, and fascism. Free speech doesn’t include hate speech. Those intolerant views shouldn’t be tolerated because that itself leads to the eradication of tolerance (too numerous examples from history on that one).

To push safe spaces into the shadows is to cede ground culturally to such bigotry - in fact, the bigotry is what must be pushed away, with no room to breathe. In a fairer, non-hierarchical, anarchist society, rather than the current capitalist status quo of destruction, I think people’s troubles would be tackled, and we’d find people weren’t, at their core, intolerant or bigoted, they were just discontent and couldn’t comprehend why. Fascism preys on the poor and exploits their irrational fears.

We must ask ourselves what kind of world we want to live in, and act on it - “build the new world in the shell of the old.” So codes of conduct and safe spaces online are really very important, and the broader they become, the more common they become, and the more positive change is achieved.

I’m pansexual, nonbinary, vegan, and anarchist, and I think it’s really important for there to be safe spaces online where the Parler type perspective is not welcome; where bigotry and hatespeech is not welcome - I agree in the sense that there has to be a transparent code of conduct so that people know what they’re signing up for, and thankfully a heck of a lot of Fediverse instances offer that.