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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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Technology

The Decentralists – Decentralization Education Episode 7: Single sign-on

This episode, we define Single sign-on (SSO) solutions for identity management, and we’re thrilled to get some help from a very special guest. Dr. Geoffrey Goodell is a senior research associate in the financial computing and analytics group at the department of computer science at University College London.

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To Compete or not to Compete

The FTC recently re-filed a lawsuit against Facebook for anti-competitive behaviour relating to its purchase of Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014. Both transactions were approved at the time, but things have changed. Facebook has leveraged these purchases to become a monopoly in the Social Media world. Fortunately, the FTC wants to re-consider its approvals.

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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Blog

Hook Up Who’s Who?

Dating Apps already collect comprehensive and sensitive personally identifiable data (PII). Your name, address, birthday, photos, city, phone number, and email are all part of your online dating profile.

I understand the need to ensure that people you meet on dating sites are real, however, what does Tinder validating someone’s driver’s license actually accomplish?

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Identity

The Decentralists – Decentralization Education Episode 6: Self-Sovereign Identity

out Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI), a topic that is near and dear to our hearts. Dr. Geoffrey Goodell, associate professor at UCL and research lead at The Peer Social Foundation join us to break down a difficult concept into something we can all understand.

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Social

If Anti-trust Laws, Content Controls & Regulations can’t fix Facebook – What can?

The Biden administration in the US is signaling its intention to update anti-trust regulations by appointing hot shot anti-trust lawyers to run the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the National Economic Council and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. But will it be enough?

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Social

No Fans for You!

OnlyFans was founded in 2016 as an online social network allowing ‘digital creatives’ to build an audience and monetize directly with their ‘Fans’. In theory this was a wonderful idea that I have supported for years. In practice however, OnlyFans has grown to 120 million subscribers by hosting – almost exclusively – ‘pay-for-play’ pornography.

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