100 days ago, I joined a challenge started by Kev Quirk, named 100 Days to Offload. The rationale behind the whole thing is to challenge people to publish 100 posts on their personal blog in a year. That’s approximately 1 post every 3.5 days. Well, at first, it was to post 100 posts everyday for 100 days.

The point of #100DaysToOffload is to be a relaxing and cathartic experience. Not a worrisome affair where you’re thinking of things to write all the time. For me, that wasn’t a worrisome at all. I always wanted something to force me write about stuff I’m concerned about and 100 Days to Offload was the exact challenge I needed.

During this period, I wrote about everything. From problems and injustices we see in society to my concerns about technology and software freedom. Now that it’s over, I don’t think I’ll write everyday but I’ll keep updating this blog and writing about stuff for sure.

Writing gave me ability to express myself and my ideas over stuff and also to help people learn something. For 100 days, I felt a duty and a mission to talk about stuff and to help people learn about stuff. The most amazing thing that happened to me during this period was that I learned a lot of stuff.

I learned about many different things that I wasn’t even aware of. For example, I always believed that “All Lives Matter” is a better movement to join and I learned that I was wrong. I never thought Black Lives Matter movement is telling people that black people are superior but I thought why shouldn’t we campaign for all people who are facing injustice? I learned Black Lives Matter is important as black people are facing a lot of injustice. We shouldn’t be sad that some people don’t have a movement, we should be happy that those people don’t need a movement.

I learned about some technical stuff too. During these days, I thought and learned a lot about the concept of a good technology/software company and I’m now focused on founding my own company with some of the greatest people I know.

I learned about justice, equality, freedom, principles of life, people, and many other things. I now understand why writers love their job this much. I love it too. 100 Days to Offload challenge is now done for me but I would not stop writing.

I felt a lot of joy. I felt life. I felt anger, happiness, disappointment, joy, and a lot of other emotions that I have never felt before. It was one of the experiences I would love to have again.

While ago, I wrote about how freedom of thought is more important than free software itself. I also mentioned that people should move forward step by step with patience.

Hasty, thoughtless decisions often have a devastating effect on that work. Specially when it comes to free software, many people get excited about new tools they see. They see logic in our conversations and, unfortunately, they want to make quick changes without addressing the principles.

Free software movement is heavily focused on principles of it. There is no software that can violate or give us freedom by itself. It’s people who violate the essential freedoms and/or make a free software. When a software, for whatever reason, fails to respect and comply with the four essential freedoms, it is called nonfree and proprietary software.

Now, if people understand the concept of software freedom and believe in the philosophy of the movement, we see less of these violations and a better community. Emotional and hurried decisions, most of the times, lead us to regret. I’ve seen many people who decided to stop using proprietary software and privacy-violating services and they regretted it after a while.

Most of the times it’s because they were unable to find the experience they had with proprietary software they used to use. Every time a person decides to join us in the free software movement, I tell that person to be patient. I ask people to first study about the movement and try to understand every principle of software freedom and also free (as in freedom) culture.

Software freedom is more about principles of freedom and people/users’ rights than the software itself.

When we talk about violating people’s privacy and using their data against them, many think that this violation is just done by mining data. This is a fact that mining people’s data based on information provided to a service can do many wrongs but violating people’s privacy is not just done by mining data.

Most of the times, when we’re using a service, what we’re concerned is not the amount data we provide, it’s the data itself. Even small amounts of data in different and various services can be used against our privacy. Many corporations have relationships with each other based on mutual interest.

They share our data together and all these data together can be matched and build a complete set of profiles upon us. We know that certain amount of metadata can be even more useful than data itself. Metadata provided to these companies can be used build a better/more complete profile, needless to say that the metadata itself can be used too.

Sadly, many people think because a service collects less information than others, it’s privacy-respecting. However, smart and intelligent services are now focused on collecting the right data from users not every data.

A service is not safe or privacy-respecting just because it collects less data. As long as you don’t know how a service works and/or can’t control everything in it, that service is not privacy-respecting. A service is not safe because it has less users than others and the data they have can’t be mined. In fact, they can be even worse as they can sell perfect data of us to big tech like Big Tech.

For many years, campaigning was the only option we had to defend our rights. Even today, when we want to raise our voice to show what we want, we campaign for or against stuff. For example, FSF is now campaigning against using proprietary software for education and wants schools to use free software instead, to protect students and defend their digital rights.

Well not every time we campaigned for something, we succeeded but at least many people heard our voice and started learning about what we said. Campaigning is still very important for advocacy. Individuals like me, can do nothing without the power of society joined together for a common interest.

In today’s world, many of our rights are being violated. Even those who believe that are supporting us sometimes do stuff we don’t expect at all. The 16th anniversary of OpenStreetMap was celebrated at an online Zoom conference. We know for a fact that Zoom has serious problems over security and is a proprietary software.

Now, as a user of OSM, if I protest against it, nothing would happen as I would be considered an individual who doesn’t like Zoom. But if we campaign against it, the anniversary holders will realize that what we’re talking about is a matter of public interest of OSM users.

Joining the campaigns that defend our rights is very important. In many ways, campaigning is the only way that can support our belief and rights. For example, while ago, ICANN was giving the .org registry control to a private firm, which EFF campaigned against. The results were great. ICANN canceled it because it realized that people are highly disappointed. Now, PIR (Public Internet Registry which is a nonproft) is still in control of .org domain extension.

Now, our problem is that many people don’t participate in a campaign because they see a large group of people were already joined. We should know that no number is considered enough when we campaign. The amount of people who join the campaign shows the power of that statement people are campaigning for.

Sadly, many people don’t bother to take few minutes and signing a campaign which they know is for their own benefit. It is very wrong. As I said, more people joining the campaign, more power the campaign gains to defend its goal.

Please join the campaigns that defend your rights because they are not worthless. In fact, they did a lot of things for our own good and they are still powerful to defend us. Campaigning is still important and useful in many ways. Let’s campaign for our rights again.

Google will one again have human workers to listen to users’ voice recordings. Few days ago, Google sent email messages to users who have used Google’s voice products such as Google Assistant and Google Maps and asked them to opt into audio sharing. Previously, all users have been opted out automatically.

There are two things we should be concerned about. First, people being opted out doesn’t mean that their data have been purged. Google still has access to all audios that have been recorded and sent to it. Also, there’s no proof that Google hasn’t been listening to these recordings and/or haven’t shared it with third-parties.

Second thing is that Google doesn’t explain all the story to people. “We recently updated our settings and included more detail about how Google uses voice and audio recordings to improve products like Google Assistant for everyone.” A Google spokesperson said in a statement to Business Insider.

Google doesn’t explain to people how this can affect people’s privacy and how they share people’s conversations, whether they have consent for that specific conversation or not, with third-parties.

Until last year, Google had human employees including third-party contractors listen to audio recordings of users to evaluate how well its AI transcribed audio. Google paused the practice last September amid widespread backlash after reports first surfaced about the practice.

Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft faced similar criticism along with Google, last year for letting humans listen to audio clips from their users. Google is lying about its program because it’s not telling the whole story to people. Many people probably opted in with no clue about how their privacy is going to violated.

If someone does a bad thing, let’s say theft from a shop, should we steal too? Of course not. The bad deeds of others can’t be a reason for our bad deeds. Because there’s a dictatorship somewhere in the world, we should not change our system to a dictatorship.

When I talk about how some evil corporations/governments are doing bad stuff, some of their defenders respond that other corporation/government is doing this too. It’s ridicules how a human being can be so thoughtless and idiotic.

Many people around the world are suffering from hunger, should we stop eating too? Of course not because the activities of others can’t be the standard of our deeds and activities. If some government murders its people, that government is not competent. Not agreeing with a system doesn’t mean agreeing with its opposition.

I find people who make reasons like “that system did it too” very disappointing and worthless to argue with. However, I believe we should try to educate them, unless we see that they are mercenaries or prejudiced people.

I see some people ask others “Why don’t you have children?” and I believe it’s an stupid question. Not having any children should not be asked about. In fact, what should we ask people is “Why do you have children?”

Sadly, we need license for many things, such as driving. However, having children does not require anything. Having children is a big and important responsibility and not everyone should be allowed to have children. Those who do not have children, in my opinion, have done their social and human duty better than others.

I believe people with no children realize how important and serious this responsibility is. Not having children should not be questioned; it’s having children that should be questioned.

With the current problems in the world, having children in many cases is cruelty to that child and is considered a kind of selfishness. We give birth to children but we’re not owner of them. Raising them good is our responsibility and duty.

If they are oppressed in any way, whether physical or emotional, we are guilty. If they are dissatisfied with the situation they are in, we are responsible and guilty. If they are persecuted in any way, we are responsible for that persecution and we are guilty. I’m not against breeding at all, what I’,m against is to giving birth to children without being prepared for the responsibilities.

I also believe nobody should be forced to have children nor be forced to not having children. I believe we should spread knowledge and information about it. Forcing people to not having children is not acceptable at all, just like how forcing people to have children is wrong.

Intel is investigating the purported leak of more than 20 gigabytes of its proprietary data and source code that a security researcher said came from a data breach earlier this year.

The data—which at the time this post went live was publicly available on BitTorrent feeds—contains data Intel makes available to partners and customers under NDA, a company spokeswoman said.

Speaking on background, she said Intel officials don’t believe the data came from a network breach. She also said the company is still trying to determine how current the material is and that, so far, there is no signs the data includes any customer or personal information.

“We are investigating this situation,” company officials said in a statement. “The information appears to come from the Intel Resource and Design Center, which hosts information for use by our customers, partners and other external parties who have registered for access. We believe an individual with access downloaded and shared this data.”

Many onlookers have expressed alarm that the source code has comments containing the word “backdoor.” Kottmann told Ars that the word appeared two times in the source code associated with Intel’s Purely Refresh chipset for Xeon CPUs.

Whether it’s because of a network breach or an insider did it, it’s good news. It can be helpful for those who are active in free (as in freedom) community and provide libre drivers, etc. It’s also another reason for us to use free software.

Most free software depend on public access and public oversight for security of users and this publicity prevents many sabotages and violations of privacy and security.

It’s been quite some time that I’m active in promoting free software and free culture. In all these years that I’ve been active, I saw many people that use free software because they were excited about it. They were trying something new (for them) and they have been interested in finding every aspect of it.

However, when I talk about software freedom to somebody and that person decides to immediately delete its Google (and other proprietary) accounts, services, and software, I ask for patience and tell that person to not hurry. I tell those who make emotional and hurried decisions not to act in a hurry and to move forward step by step with patience.

I believe, freedom of thought is much more important than using free software.

A free-thinking person makes decisions not out of temporary and false feelings but out of study and awareness. That person weighs the consequences of each action and chooses tools not on the basis of emotion, but on the basis of its long-term impact on itself and society.

A free-thinking person cares about free software because that person is deeply aware of its rights and responsibilities.

Instant decisions often lead to short-term use and boredom of free software, while informing people and giving freedom of thought to people leads to the right choice and development of software and culture freedom movement.

Just using free software is not important and even sometimes wrong; It is important to think about software and culture freedom.