San Francisco bans facial recognition software
#SanFrancisco bans the use of Facial Recognition software by city government, including cops, of course, and further requires authorities to disclose any #surveillance tech they are using or plan to use https://www.npr.org/2019/05/14/723193785/san-francisco-considers-ban-on-governments-use-of-facial-recognition-technology
Green and Black cross statement on why they're no longer working with Extinction Rebellion
After major security vulnerabilities or data breaches, "security people" show up and tell you to delete your account immediately. "Oh, time to delete your account! Switch to service/product … instead!"
Such statements totally ignore that security vulnerabilities are widespread and the vast majority of data breaches won't become publicly-known. Full control over your data and devices requires 100% isolation from the internet, not just arbitrarily switching services or products.
Jeff Bezos made $50,000,000,000 last year, or about 2.5 million times his Amazon employees.
But no, let's blame average Americans for getting haircuts and eating at restaurants for humanitarian crisis-level lack of access to basic necessities like healthcare, affordable housing, food, non-lead-filled water, education, childcare, etc..
Here it is at last - a UN report specifically claiming that capitalism is destroying the planet.
What we need is radical efforts at degrowth and wealth redistribution, a complete overhaul of agriculture (including a gigantic reduction in animal farming) and efforts to cut population growth and carbon emissions.
Scientists warn a million species at risk of extinction
Librem.one, Moderation Discussion
Admins: perhaps you should consider blocking social.librem.one. This instance’s policies could affect the safety of many of us on the fediverse. The instance automatically rejects both local and remote reports, meaning there is no way to bring bad users and content to the attention of their moderators. See here: https://source.puri.sm/liberty/smilodon/commit/9cae431902a2c0ce6438c6722a3a901e279c78fc
In discussion within their chatrooms, I received this response:
quick note about reporting (copied from other chat room): this is correct, after deep deliberation we have concluded that no company should control speech - we have a “stay safe” guide in the pipeline, but briefly, block bad users and report illegal content - in the long-term federated, community-managed blocklists are likely the answer
This does not seem right to me - if we’re subjected to their users, the only action admins can take is to block their server rather than have our issues addressed. This makes for a poor member of the fediverse.
When I started pixelfed, stuff like blocks or mutes wasn't even on my radar.
I have never experienced abuse or harassment online. I've never blocked an account on twitter. It was naive to think those should not be a priority based on my own experiences.
I've learned so much this past year, and strive to build a safer alternative to IG for everyone.
It might take a bit longer, but it sure is worth it!
more racism from extinction rebellion
"I'm at @ExtinctionR in parliament square and they just listed "mass migration" as a negative looming threat alongside flooding and societal breakdown. Extinction rebellion needs to sort out the dodgy politics immediately. Climate justice requires mobility justice."
Another thing about #EarthStrike.
We don't get to tell #workers what to do. Callously calling a strike on a timeline of months is fucking **DANGEROUS.**
As someone on the Earth Strike Matrix said:
"[The] strikes in [Arizona] took four years to organize and you're planning on corraling unions worldwide in a few [months]."
"[This] comes off heavily as kids telling workers what to strike for, when to strike, and how to strike without first looking for input from the actual [workers.]"
Likewise, #XR callously telling passionate people to get arrested for "the movement" is horrifying.