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Small Is Beautiful (live stream)

When: Today, 5PM Irish Time
Where: small-tech.org/small-is-beauti

On our first stream via Owncast, join us to see a demo of Domain, a work-in-progress tool to make setting up your own Small Web site as easy as signing up for a Big Web service.

“tackling the systemic problems would not only help prevent the attitudes that manifest themselves as offensive posts, but move us away from a culture where we are so justice-starved that we demand to see heads roll.”

gal-dem.com/social-media-offen

Ooh, didn’t realise you could subscribe to an RSS feed by just entering the site’s url into Feedbin. That saves a lot of time hunting around for a hidden feed!

Can the Small Web be as easy (or easier) to use than the Big Web?

(Spoiler: Yes.)

In this episode, Laura and I will be talking about the design challenges of doing so as well as demonstrating Domain (previously Basil), a work-in-progress platform that enables just that.

This will also be the first time we stream Small is Beautiful using our own Owncast instance.

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time: 5PM Cork (UTC +1)
Location: small-tech.org/small-is-beauti

#SmallIsBeautiful

“Digiday reported this week that some major players in the adtech industry have started drawing up plans to turn FLoC into something just as invasive as the cookies it’s supposed to quash.”

gizmodo.com/googles-quest-to-k

Note: the misuse and overuse of “crazy” is unfortunate in the linked site. The Self Defined dictionary recommends more appropriate, and less ableist, alternative words: selfdefined.app/definitions/cr

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“Many internet users mistake this annoying situation as a direct outcome of the GDPR, when in fact companies misuse designs in violation of the law. The GDPR demands a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’, as reasonable people would expect, but companies often have the power over the design and narrative when implementing the GDPR.”

Missed this a couple of weeks ago, and it could make a huge difference to our browsing experiences (and compel sites to do better!)

noyb.eu/en/noyb-aims-end-cooki

“Why pick a smartwatch made by a company whose founder called early users ‘dumb fucks’ for trusting him? Why trust the company that had a full-page temper tantrum in several national newspapers because Apple introduced stronger privacy features?“

gizmodo.com/i-would-rather-die

“‘There was this hope that some level of self-regulation could have happened at these tech companies,’ Raji says. ‘Everyone’s now aware that the true accountability needs to come from the outside—if you’re on the inside, there’s a limit to how much you can protect people.’”

wired.com/story/google-timnit-

“The outage will likely draw attention to how centralized our ‘decentralized’ internet really is—a depressing reminder as ransomware attacks hit at critical infrastructure around the world.”

gizmodo.com/huge-chunk-of-the-

“TikTok policy already stated it automatically collects information about users’ devices, including location data based on your SIM card and IP addresses and GPS, your use of TikTok itself and all the content you create or upload, the data you send in messages on its app, metadata from the content you upload, cookies, the app and file names on your device, battery state and even your keystroke patterns and rhythms, among other things.”

techcrunch.com/2021/06/03/tikt

“Owners of Amazon Echo assistants and Ring doorbells have until June 8 to avoid automatically opting into Sidewalk, the internet giant's mesh network that taps into people's broadband and may prove to be a privacy nightmare…

A stalker can abuse it to stalk people better. There are no mitigations mentioned’…”

theregister.com/2021/06/02/ama

“It does raise concerns about censorship, particularly given how we’ve seen social media platforms bungle moderating Palestinian voices in recent weeks amid the Israel conflict. Twitter’s algorithms have screwed up before, and there’s no arguing that mislabeling inconvenient truths as ‘fake news’ could have lasting repercussions.”

gizmodo.com/twitter-may-roll-o

In the battle of me vs blocker blockers, I have once again emerged victorious (x4) 💪

New blocking rules! On 25th May 2021, Laura blocked three blocker blockers, fixed five sites and blocked four new trackers.

better.fyi/news/#update-2021-0

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.

If you enjoy this livestream, please help support out work at Small Technology Foundation with a patronage or donation, or share our videos with your friends!

small-tech.org/fund-us

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Yes, it is late Friday night here… never underestimate my determination to not work weekends!

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Yesterday’s Small is Beautiful video is now up on our site with transcript, captions and links to all the cool sites we mentioned!

Thanks to fun guests, @heydon and @gabek, and to the lovely folks who stayed for the studio afterparty 😉

small-tech.org/videos/small-is

cc @aral

In 15 minutes we’ll be live for our next episode of Small is Beautiful, talking about independent and ethical video and streaming with Small Tech. Featuring fabulous guests @gabek and @heydon.

Join us! 😊

small-tech.org/events/small-is

Small is Beautiful – live stream

Independent and ethical video and streaming with Small Tech.

Guests: Gabe Kangas (Owncast) and Heydon Pickering (Webbed Briefs)

When: This Thursday (May 20th, 2021) at 5PM Irish time

Where: small-tech.org/small-is-beauti

#SmallIsBeautiful

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