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FreeCulture Privacy

Use Software Libre OS on Your Phone

Using software libre is always important, no matter what kind of computer you use. Whether it’s a laptop or a mobile phone, our computers should do our computing the way we wish.

Using proprietary software makes corporations and computers do what they like, not what we want. However, software libre gives us the power to control our computing and own our systems.

One kind of computers we use daily is our mobile phones. Mobile phones are also computers so they should also run software libre. An important part of our mobile phones’ software is the operating system.

Now, Android itself is software libre but usually phones come with a Googlized Android. Googlized Android is no longer software libre but there’s something you can do, use LineageOS.

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Privacy

The House Is Voting on Section 215, Again. The Bill Still Needs More Reform

Later this week, the House of Representatives is once again voting on whether or not to extend the authorities in Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act—a surveillance law with a rich history of government overreach and abuse, along with two other PATRIOT Act provisions, and possibly, an amendment.

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Privacy

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Privacy (Part 3)

I’ve been informed that there’s many apps in various app stores to track people during coronavirus pandemic. Right now (May 24), there’s more than 5.3 million cases of coronavirus and near 350 thousand people are dead.

I believe many of them were also tracked, not only by these apps, but by Google and Apple too. Apple and Google are helping governments to track people‘s location status. This tracking technology release is an obvious violation of privacy.

People are convinced that these technologies and tracking is helping them but disadvantages of it is far more than its benefits. While people can be informed of the dangers in various ways that are not violation of privacy, these corporations are collecting personal information, obviously not to help people but for their own benefits.

People should be able to be safe without their basic rights being violated. Privacy is one these basic rights. Nobody should be forced to destroy its privacy. No matter what are the reasons.

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General Privacy

Myths About VPNs

A lot of VPN services advertise their service talking about things that are not true. Or, at least, has been given more importance than it should be. For a lot of people, VPN is useless and they only buy it because they have been targeted with false advertisement.

Here’s why you shouldn’t, or probably should, buy a VPN.

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Privacy

Anonymity Is a Right, Being Anonymous Is a Choice

Most of the times when I talk about privacy, people think I’m talking about the reasons of being anonymous. However, what I talk about is the right of being anonymous. There’s a difference between being anonymous and having the right of it.

Let me give you an example real quick. The difference between between being anonymous completely and having the right of being anonymous is talking about free speech and having the right to speak freely.

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Privacy

Your Privacy Practices Are More Important Than Your Services

Whenever a person asks me for a Riseup invitation, I ask them a simple question: “why?” If their answer is “privacy”, I’ll tell them that their privacy practices are more important than the service they use. It doesn’t mean that it’s good to use GMail, it means that if they don’t meet the basic requirements of respect for their privacy, safe tools will not help them.

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Privacy

Google Knows Enough, Switch to Libre Search

It’s needless to say that GMAFIA & Friends are tracking everything you do. They know what you like, what you dislike, what you need in life, where you come from, where are you going, and many other details. They probably know about you more than you yourself. One of the biggest parts of GMAFIA, is the G, Google.

Google is one of the biggest parts of our lifes. People are depending on Google more than anything. They use Google Search to find stuff, GMail for their email service, they use Googlized Android OS, Google Maps for navigation, Google Drive for cloud storage, and other privacy-violating stuff. This is wrong.

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FreeCulture Privacy Society

Riseup’s Fundraising Campaign Is Done Susuccessfully

Riseup announced that its fundraising campaign for year 2020 is done successfully. This doesn’t mean you can’t donate. You can still donate to help Riseup increase its service quality

Our fundraising campaign has been a little nontraditional this year. We are wrapping it up with this email and want all of the people and movements that use Riseup’s services to rally and appreciate the things that we are accomplishing together.

So far, 2020 has proven to be a pretty intense year… It is heartening to see people come together and engage in mutual aid and solidarity. We see a silver lining in these difficult times. In a time where most of us are being left behind by the rich and powerful, we hear serious talks of a general strike. Together, people are moving to stand up to them.

We know this comes at a hard time for many people and some of you need to keep your own efforts alive. Riseup would not be possible without you all, or without the hard work that our communities do in movements around the world. We want to thank you all for your dedication and focus on making the world a better place in all the various ways that you do. If you are someone who is less affected, please consider helping keep activism alive as the daily struggle becomes more difficult.

Our goal to reach 600 monthly donors by the end of March not only succeeded, but we made it to 650. A heartfelt thank you to the folks who have committed to sustained support throughout the year. Our goal to enhance our VPN services succeeded. All in all, we raised 25% of the funds it requires to keep Riseup’s lights on.

It’s never too late to donate! The funds you send us are directly used to increase our services’ quality and help the activist community.
https://riseup.net/donate

Thanks to the people who mail nice letters when they send in money, you spread joy in our collective and inspire us to keep going.

Thanks to the people who are making recurring donations, you help us know that the servers will keep running.

Thanks to the people who run services like ours, we are in this together.

Thanks to the people who manage mailing lists, you spread the word.

Thanks to you! (Except the spammers, nobody likes you…)

Riseup’s email message – May 13, 2020
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FreeCulture Privacy

Google’s Honesty Has Nothing to Do With Privacy!

When I talk about how Google is violating people’s rights over privacy, some people claim that Google is providing service and in return it gathers information. It’s true, however, Google doesn’t provide service, Google gets service from us. Google made some platforms and apps to collect personal information from you and you’re providing your service (which is your information) to it.

I can’t force anyone to use privacy-focused stuff, even if I could, I wouldn’t. I believe people should at first understand the true value of their freedom and privacy, then choose to use a service. Currently, due to wrong education systems, people are forced to use proprietary and privacy-violating stuff. Our schools are using Microsoft apps and teachers only teach proprietary software.

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Asides Privacy

Solar Opposites

I’ve been watching Solar Opposites series and the second episode (season 1) mentions privacy in funny ways. You probably should watch it.