It's messed up that when Google violates data protection regulations, it gets 3 months to fix the problem *after* being found out, when copyright strikes on Google's platforms take effect immediately and are often false positives.

Gab founder claims to have built "own infrastructure separate from Big Tech" while conveniently ignoring that Gab is a fork of Mastodon, ultimately built on GNU social. Giving credit where credit is due is such a basic social premise.

I just find it so ironic that Gab social network's software stack is based on Mastodon, ultimately based on GNU, the free software project whose founder spoke of "the social aspects of software and how Free Software can create community and social justice". (!)

Happy New Year! January 1st is Public Domain day in the United States. All film, books, poetry, photos, and scores originally published in 1926 are now in the Public Domain in the US. Additionally, and significantly, this year marks the first time that any Audio Recordings have entered the public domain. You, and all Americans, now own more than 400,000 of these historic recordings. What does it all mean? And which works are in the public domain now?

ajroach42.com/public-domain-da

A UAE agency put Pegasus spyware on phone of Jamal Khashoggi’s wife months before his murder, new forensics show
washingtonpost.com/nation/inte

Researchers discover new vulnerabilities in the "handover procedure" of 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G mobile networks that could allow attackers to force targeted mobile phones to connect to a fake base station and eavesdrop on communications.

thehackernews.com/2021/12/new-

"The most important element of a computer system is its users, sometimes called liveware".

Liveware. This just sounds gross to me. Still, it's probably an accurate word for how humans are viewed by Facebook, Twitter et al.

Revelations of electronic surveillance such as those by Edward Snowden distract from in-person surveillance techniques such as this; undercover operatives and informants are likely broadly and deeply embedded.

english.alaraby.co.uk/news/cai

"A chilling new report documents how a vast state surveillance and assassination programme is secretly run from a US military base in Yorkshire"

stopwar.org.uk/article/menwith

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