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I've updated the Switching Social Handbook so it has more practical advice:
If you've already bought it, you can get the latest version free by logging in and downloading it again.
It's a DRM-free ePub file, it should work on most eReader devices and apps.
(If it offers you multiple ways to log in, use the bookshop's own Kobo or Rakuten Kobo option. There's no need to use any other log-in service.)
This is the official Mastodon account for the site switching.social.
It's a guide for non-technical people who are concerned about protecting their privacy online. It only lists easy-to-use sites and apps that are ethical and privacy-friendly.
You can find out more at https://switching.social
If you know someone who might benefit from this guide, please share the link with them!
Prismo is an open federated alternative to sites like Reddit or Hacker News.
It's still under development, but the first instance is online here:
It's been in closed beta for a while, but Prismo now has open sign-ups for the first time.
You can sign up at:
#Trunk is a community-run directory of people on the Fediverse who are looking for followers:
It's opt-in, so people only get listed if they specifically ask to be there.
It's organised by topic, and you can follow individuals or the entire list for that category.
There are a couple of open source automated #Translation sites available.
Both are still under development so they lack some languages/features, but you can try them already on their demo sites:
Added an "alternatives to slack" page with Matrix / Riot on it, hope this is ok:
#TorProject is a way of using the internet through an ever-changing randomly-connected network of volunteers' computers. The Tor web browser is based on Firefox, but works through the Tor network.
Tor is slower and trickier to use than normal web browsing, but it provides a higher level of privacy as Tor's randomness makes it more difficult to track people online.
You can find out more at:
You can follow the project on here at:
‘Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by [UK] report on fake news’
“Facebook deliberately broke privacy and competition law and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation, according to a devastating parliamentary report denouncing the company and its executives as ‘digital gangsters’.”
#Snips is an upcoming open privacy-friendly alternative to invasive voice assistants like Siri or Alexa.
Instead of sending your voice to be processed elsewhere, the processing happens offline on the device itself:
It's not yet ready for ordinary users, but there's an official site for developers/hobbyists who want to have a go at making their own Snips device:
I like the four main features for Aether. Has anybody here tried it?
"Free, privacy-sensitive public communities … It keeps 6 months of posts by default. … It's peer-to-peer, and it has no servers. … private by default, so that you can choose to be fully private, or fully public yourself. … Actions of moderators are visible to users. Everyone watches the watchmen. … Communities can elect and impeach their own mods by voting."
#Riot messenger users,
Would it be fair to call Riot a federated alternative to Slack?
#SelfHosting and #CommunityHosting are when you run your own server for yourself or your community. This means you can have full control over whatever services run from that server, for example email or social networking.
It has traditionally been quite difficult to run a server, but there are a number of projects on the Fediverse that are trying to make it easier:
📦 FreedomBox: @freedomboxfndn
🍭 Lollipop Cloud:
Bonjour, je m'appelle #FollowFriday 🎉
🛡️ @privacyint Privacy International: Long-established pressure group fighting for privacy as a human right
✉️ @protonmail ProtonMail: Official account for the privacy-centric email provider
🌐 @protonvpn ProtonVPN: VPN service from makers of ProtonMail
🖥️ @gentoo Gentoo: Official account for the Gentoo Linux distro
📚 @libreture Libreture: eBook storage service and DRM-free bookshop guide
#Searx is an open source search engine which combines results from 70 other search engines while stripping away their trackers.
You can try it out on any public Searx instance, for example:
If you run a server, you can also install your own Searx instance:
It also works through @torproject if you want an extra layer of privacy.
Please reshare widely and **take action**. This has the potential to endanger the #internet as we know it, making it more and more composed of only large platforms.
#Scuttlebutt is a distributed social network. There are no servers at all, just you and the people you know.
Anything shared with you on Scuttlebutt is sent to your computer or phone. Anything you share with another is sent to theirs.
It's still in its early days and tricky to use, but there's a good attempt to get it into the mainstream at:
It's available for Android (through Play and @fdroidorg ) and on the way for iOS, Windows, Mac and Linux.
A really interesting discussion is happening in this socialhub thread, i highly encourage you to leave your feedback if you care about Prismo future!
Facebook algorithm promoting violence Show more
Algorithms promoting engagement kill people:
"Over a several-day span, dozens of mosques and Muslim-owned shops and homes were burned down across multiple towns."
"On Facebook in Sri Lanka, posts with incendiary rumors had among the highest engagement rates, and so were among the most highly promoted content on the platform. Similar cases of mob violence have taken place in India, Myanmar, Mexico, and elsewhere..."
(via @doctorow )
Easy-to-use privacy-conscious apps and sites for non-technical people:
mastodon.at is a microblogging site that federates with most instances on the Fediverse.