Access to what the company called “our private Chrome APIs” will be blocked starting March 15. Google plans to revoke others’ Chromium-based browsers’ access to a long list of APIs that power such popular services as bookmark and settings synchronization.

“We discovered that some third-party Chromium-based browsers were able to integrate Google features, such as Chrome Sync and Click to Call, that are only intended for Google’s use,” Jochen Eisinger, Chrome engineering director, wrote in a Jan. 15 post to a company blog.

This is good news. I see many people are considering to move to Firefox and Firefox-based browsers which are by and for the people. What Google does with Chromium and Chrome is to force its own preferences as web standards.

However, Firefox is backed by not-for-profit Mozilla and has a mission to bring back the web to people.

I personally use GNU IceCat as my main browser. It’s software libre and focuses on privacy and freedom. No need to mention that IceCat is based on Firefox.

When news agencies and sites reported that Biden won the 2020 presidential election of USA, I wrote that I won’t believe the results to the day Biden takes over the White House.

Today, Biden sworn and took over the White House. The time of the Bully is finally up and it’s a happy moment. As I have said before, I don’t trust Corrupt Joe at all but I don’t think he’s worse than the Bully.

I don’t think there’s much fundamental difference between Corrupt Joe and the Bully but I think Corrupt Joe in the office is much better than a racist fascist like Trump.

I really had hopes for Bernie Sanders but sadly we couldn’t see him in White House and Corrupt Joe nominated for the Democratic Party. I think Bernie could have make fundamental changes in the US’ system for better. I didn’t think he would be a absolute hero as he’s a capitalist after all but I think he is different, really different.

So I just talked about how freedom of speech is for all people, not only those who we agree with and I got attacked by a person who seemed to be opposed to fascism but acted like them. So I just thought maybe it’s good to mention my ideas about freedom of speech and expression again.

I don’t support Gab, I don’t support Parler, I don’t support FreeSpeechExtremist, but I support their right to exist and their right of free speech.

I’m on which is a leftist instance and blocked all those instances but it’s a choice. I should have a choice to block them because I don’t like them and they should have a right to exist and speak freely.

If they are organizing terrorism, etc. well security officers of country can take action but banning them and taking away their right to express their opinions is not OK.

One day, same will happen to us. If we don’t protest what is happening to Parler and right-wing supporters, one day same will happen to us and nobody will support us.

I may disagree with what you say but I’ll fight to death for your right to say what you want to say.

Freedom of speech is not conditional on political view.

This is also a consequence of trusting Amazon and other major tech companies on supporting freedom.

For sure, Amazon didn’t do anything illegal as they have a right to decide what they want to host and what they don’t want.

However, we should be careful about how much powerful Amazon and GMAFIA is. We should be careful about how easily they can impose censorship on people.

I believe Amazon shouldn’t have taken down Parler. They are getting paid and should’ve continue the service to the end of contract.

They could simply not renew the contract after it ends. Not because Parler is a good social network, I believe it’s shit and its users are bunch of idiots but I also believe they are human beings with opinions which I don’t have a right to control.

So fuck Parler, fuck Gab, fuck FreeSpeechExtremist users, but they still have a right to exist and talk freely.

I also fight for fascists’ freedom of speech. I fight against them and I’ll do whatever I can to stop them but I won’t take away their right to speak. I would even fight to pass a law against fascism but their freedom of expressing their political opinion is their basic human right.

So the Bully is now locked out of Twitter. After encouraging his supporters to riot to the Capitol, Twitter announced that Trump is inciting violence and is violating Twitter’s rules. So they removed/suspended Trump’s account and even deleted his tweets on POTUS account.

I don’t think Twitter did an unsual thing. Twitter has some rules and everybody is forced to obey those rules while on their network. However, what’s dangerous and should be mentioned is Twitter’s power to decide who can say what.

Twitter is a centralized network with authority over all accounts. So whether you stay or are welcome to Twitter is in hands of Twitter moderators/admins/owners.

While I’m not sad that the Bully, and many other people are facing the consequences of using a centralized social network giving too much power to it, I’m very sad that many people are still using it and many are ignoring the fact that one day the same thing would/may happen to them.

Many are thanking Twitter for doing what it did but it’s just not right. An online social network is just a gathering place without people being forced to be physically there. So rules should be applicable there too. People should have freedom of expression on digital/online social networks too.

However, there are concerns about safety and many other things. For example, what should we do about hate speech or verbal violence etc.?

Well, that’s a problem of centralized networks like Twitter and Facebook. In a centralized network, rules can violate each other. For example, hate speech is protected by free speech but many don’t want to have that in their network. In a centralized social network, it’s whether free speech (and possibly hate speech) or there’s not that at all. There’s no partial free speech, we either have freedom of speech or we don’t have it.

Of course freedom also has its limits. There’s a line, you’re either inside that line or outside of that, there’s nowhere in between.

While social networks like Twitter are not a place for absolute free speech, a decentralized network, such as ActivityPub (the protocol behind Mastodon and other networks on Fediverse), fixed that problem. In a decentralized network, everybody can host its own instance and/or join an instance where the person fits.

The owner of the instance or the moderator sets the rules. So nobody will be blocked out of the network. Those who don’t want that person or instance, can simply block the instance and stop the connection.

I’m not opposed to what Twitter did. I would expect the same (being blocked/banned) if he published same tweets (or toots as we call it in Mastodon) on my instance of mastodon. But I’m opposed to him being banned or locked out of a social network and being silenced.

I encourage people to leave Twitter (and other centralized networks) and join a decentralized social network such as Mastodon, Pleroma, GNU Social, etc.

The GitHub Blog published a note about how GitHub is now fully available in Iran. This is a very good step, and a nice thing. It should be appreciated. However, that doesn’t change the fact that GitHub can still ban people based on nationality or place they live.

GitHub got a license from the US government to offer GitHub to developers in Iran. This means that OFAC can revoke this license too, at anytime it wants for whatever reason they decide.

Using GitHub, and also GitLab dot com, is a mistake. They blindly obey the authority and will never take side with people. What they value is money, which has no problem in it except for making them side with power instead of people.

Unlike GitHub and GitLab dot com, there are services that are here to provide to people, not power. I can’t say they won’t obey the law if they have to but at least they will fight for people before obeying an authority without question.

Services like Codeberg and Framagit are created with a libre program which let you know host it yourself or change the way they work. They respect people and try to side with you, instead of authority.

I really believe this license will be revoked in future and many people will get hurt again. I hope I’m wrong though.

I’m a fan of decentralized networks. I use Mastodon instead of Twitter, I use Pixelfed instead of Instagram, and I use IRC and XMPP instead of Whatsapp. I’m very well satisfied with my experience. I don’t feel lack of any social network or messaging system.

I respect myself, therefore I don’t use proprietary apps and networks. If someone needs to contact me or have a digital social relationship with me, then that person can start a respectful relationship by using software libre and privacy-minded networks.

However, I should mention that not all of Fediverse or decentralized services/products are good. For example, some programs/networks don’t have a good user experience.

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I decided to take some distance from social networks. I’m feeling that social networks are taking too much of our lives and make us more dependable on people’s acceptance. Social networks are generally running on numbers and I’m not OK with that.

Number of followers, following, date of registration, etc. are some stupid factors that are somehow important for many people and I’m very uncomfortable with this.

So I decided to take some distance from them and only use them once in a while, not everyday. To do so, I deleted the Tusky app from my phone, which I used to send toots to my Mastodon account, and I also deleted apps I had on my desktop computer.

Now, only way I can be active is to use the web-based application they have. I’m expecting that this makes me think less about social networks and make me less active on them.

This way I can focus on my blog and make it my personal and ultimate home on internet and web, which I believe is much better. I won’t delete my accounts as I think they are not inherently bad, but somehow can and may have bad effect on me.

I don’t celebrate the Gregorian new year as I was born in a Persian country with Persian celebrations. Our new year starts at Farvardin 1st, which is around March 21. It’s the start of Spring called Nowruz.

However, the world is running with the Gregorian calendar therefore it is important. My blog dating system is also set to Gregorian calendar.

I really like the term “new year new me” as it is used to express the feeling of need for changing the bad habits and replacing them with good ones. However, I think human beings, such me myself, are always trying to be better and a new year, in this matter, is just working as an mental empowering thing.

But aside from that, I think I don’t want a new me. I hope in the new year I keep fighting for justice and I keep providing what I can for the benefit of all. I hope I don’t change much and if I change, it’s for the better of all, not just me myself.

I hope my fundamentals don’t change. Human beings grow and a sign of that is that our ideas change but for now, I don’t wish a new me as my ideas and ideals are pretty great, in my mind at least.

So new year, not a new me; hopefully.

Loujan al-Hathloul is a well-known Saudi women’s rights activist. NBC News has reported that she is now sentenced to nearly six years in prison because of her activism despite international pressure for her to be released, according to a member of her family.

Loujain al-Hathloul’s sentence had been suspended for two years and ten months, her sister Lina al-Hathloul said on Twitter. When added to the time she has already served in detention since her arrest in May 2018, she may be released in two months, according to her sister.

Lina Al-Hathloul tweeted that her sister was also subject to a five-year travel ban and that the public prosecutor and Al-Hathloul could both still appeal.