I was really pleased when Mozilla acquired Pocket, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be heading fully free or libre anytime soon, if the latest feature rollout is anything to go by:

“Highlighting in Pocket has two tiers: Free and Premium. All Pocket users will be able to create 3 highlights per article, and those who subscribe to Pocket Premium will be able to create an unlimited number of highlights.”

I’m guessing (hoping) though that given the Mozilla association at the very least they’ll take personal data security and privacy seriously.

Don’t know if it’s really the remit of any social media platform, but Mastodon USP could be if it also worked as a catalyst of some of the stronger social bonds beyond online. “Social media promises an end to loneliness but actually produces an increase in solitude and an intense awareness of social exclusion. Texting and other technologies give you more control over your social interactions but also lead to thinner interactions and less real engagement with the world.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/20/opinion/how-evil-is-tech.html

In fact a few times now I’ve heard people say the feature they miss (or would miss) the most from Facebook is the very well targeted suggestions of local events.

"Prosperity itself transcends material concerns. It isn’t just about earning more and having more. It has vital social and psychological dimensions. To do well is in part about our ability to give and receive love, to enjoy the respect of our peers, to contribute useful work, to feel secure, to have a sense of belonging and trust in our community. Prosperity consists in our ability to participate meaningfully in the life of society. All the things, in short, that had gone missing for ordinary people over recent decades."
-- An economy that works by Tim Jackson (CUSP)

"Open source is an excellent example of how something that does not directly increase GNP can fuel real prosperity[...] It is a stunning example of how both the market and the state can be bypassed by cooperative creativity. The barrier between user and provider is eroded; a direct agreement between society members is maintained… Marx would have been a Firefox user."
-- by Derek Wall (Babylon and Beyond)

I used snap for the first time today, while setting up a demo nextcloud server. All dependencies in one bundle, it was incredibly simple. Has anyone else used it, is there a catch? (aside from the wasted disk space from not sharing dependencies) Pros/cons?

I’m quite tempted by fed.brid.gy (turning your indieweb site into a first class citizen of the fediverse, basically become your own instance), but I really like being part of the #socialcoop instance. I only really actively look at the local timeline (and passively I see a bunch of interesting stuff from elsewhere that gets boosted). Would be a shame to lose that.

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Our team away afternoon at the start of November was a trip to The Glassroom, a ‘pop up tech store with a twist’.  It was set up in a space in central London, by Mozilla and the Tactical Technology Collective, and upon entering it looks pretty similar to an Apple store.  Cool white colours and ‘products’ on pedestals, even a Genius bar (though here named the Ingenius bar).

The topics of the exhibit were personal data, personal data security, and privacy.  It’s purpose was to get us thinking about the kind of information that is stored about us online, who owns that data, and what they are doing with it.

We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about.

Eric Schmidt, when he was CEO of Google

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Going to start doing the 8 Day Data Detox (https://datadetox.myshadow.org/detox), should be interesting to find out what data I’m inadvertently leaking online.

I actually really like the idea of digital personal assistants. Sometimes a timely digital reminder can stop my lizard brain from putting the kibosh on my frontal lobe. The problem, as with most things, is that they’ve been hijacked by commercial interests, who wish to harvest your attention, not support your intention.

"Which smart speaker should I buy?" How about – none of them? Or at least phrase the article – "do I actually need a smart speaker"? Tech journalism is often horribly complicit in upgrade culture. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/01/amazon-echo-google-home-sonos-one-which-smart-speaker-buy

Browser plugin idea: something like those (admittedly annoying) anti-virus browser extensions that tell you if a search result is ‘safe’, but it tells you whether the organisation behind a particular result is safe for humanity or not.

Looking into tech strategy stuff. Coming across frameworks like TOGAF, ArchiMate. Hoping there’s a bit of a simpler starting point, something like Community Canvas but for tech.