@ff0000 a combination of slow supply and a cursed age bracket!

A long read where everyone comes out looking bad. (And those portrayed as the ”defenders of privacy” aren’t necessarily doing so out of the goodness of their hearts either!)


RE mastodon.laurakalbag.com/web/s

Folks who signed up for the mailing list, I’m really sorry I can’t email you about the skipped livestream tonight. I’ve managed to lock myself out of my Buttondown account 😞

Promise that I’ll get it fixed and get emails out to you in time for next month’s stream!

We’re skipping July’s Small is Beautiful this month as @aral is getting his second COVID vaccination the day before. We’ll be back in August!


You can get a reminder for next month’s stream via email or RSS on small-tech.org/events/small-is

“[Hamid Khan] says tools like Citizen, with their patina of officialdom and impartial reporting, ‘are becoming a license to racially profile and go after some of the most vulnerable community members—particularly the unhoused—and to criminalize them.’”


New blocking rules! On 30th June 2021, Laura blocked one blocker blocker, fixed three sites and blocked five new trackers.


The rules will auto-update if the app is running. If it’s not, you can get the new rules by opening the app and choosing ‘Update rules’ or ‘Check again now’ from Better’s menu.

“Every day, consumers are exposed to extensive commercial surveillance online. This leads to manipulation, fraud, discrimination and privacy violations. Information about what we like, our purchases, mental and physical health, sexual orientation, location and political views are collected, combined and used under the guise of targeting advertising.”


“I think transparency and control are important. I think it is really problematic to put the burden on consumers to work through the markets and the use of data, figure out who has their data, how it’s being used, make decisions… I think you end up with notice fatigue; I think you end up with decision fatigue; you get very abusive manipulation of dark patterns to push people into decisions.’”


@hugo they’re good and very reliable. Maybe not up there with the latest and greatest in email features, but solid.

Last night’s episode of Small is Beautiful is now up on our site with transcript, captions and links to everything we discussed.


@preciselyprivate they’re the same feed, but if you use the notify.small-tech.org one, it should be more future-proof 😊

As I mentioned on the Small is Beautiful live stream, you can now sign up for email (or RSS) notifications for upcoming Small Is Beautiful live streams. I’ll send you just one email a month to tell you the time, topic and guest for the next stream, and that’s it!


Well that was fun and different! If you had issues with the streaming, we are really sorry. We’ll improve our settings for next week!

The video will be available on our site with transcript and captions hopefully in the next 24 hours (I’ll work my hardest.)

And finally… Olav, the kind Olav. We need to find a way to get your tshirt to you… please drop me an email to hello@small-tech.org if you read this!

@sexybenfranklin I think we’re having some latency issues, even Streamyard just gave us an error. (We’ll try to improve it for next stream!) I think we didn’t realise the stream would be so popular this week! @gabek

@gabek aw no, we’re getting really good responses from here in Europe. I’ll let Aral know!

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