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Flat on its Facebook

The real cause of Facebook’s outage problems is centralization –  also known as The Cloud.

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The Decentralists – Hot Topix: Proton Torpedoed

ProtonMail is used by journalists whistle blowers and activists all over the world precisely because its is secure, private and untraceable.

Until recently that is.

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The Arrogance of Big Tech

What is it about technology companies and their nearly universal disregard for users, regulators and even society? Swimming in huge piles of cash like Scrooge McDuck, have they forgotten the difference between right & wrong?

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Guilt by Association

Google Maps is a very convenient navigational tool used by millions around the world however, this ‘free’ tool comes at a potentially very high price. The convenience of having a phone with built-in GPS allows you to find your way around an unfamiliar city while on vacation, but it can also land you in hot water if police execute a geo-fence warrant – and your phone happens to be on the list.

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To Compete or not to Compete

As early as 2008, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook famously declared that “it is better to buy than to compete.” With Zuckerberg already on record as a big fan of anti-competitive behaviour four years earlier than the Instagram purchase, why did the FTC give its blessing to the transaction?

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The Decentralists – Hot Topix: The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree

Apple recently announced a new feature to be released in iOS 15 that would allow all photos stored on an iPhone and in iCloud to be scanned for child specific abusive material (CSAM). Theoretically Apple would be able to compare every iPhone photo to known CSAM material and identify people who create and share such villainous content.

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The Decentralists – Hot Topix: Regulation Rigamarole

Bill C-10 has faced criticism for granting a large amount of power to the CRTC, who are unelected regulators and receive very little guidance from Parliament or the government.

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