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The International Day Against DRM #IDAD is this Friday, December 4! Learn what you can do to join the fight against unjust restrictions on use and sharing of media: u.fsf.org/36c

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Want to set up a mail server integrated with Nextcloud?
A fantastic tutorial was written by one of our community members: the ISP Mail Tutorial (Caramel Edition)! Read, use, bookmark...
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Jetstream is the Walmart brand name for a line of cheap Chinese wifi base-station/routers; other popular, cheap brands like Wavlink and Winstars appear to come from the same manufacturer and they all share a grave security vulnerability: a powerful back-door.

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Predictive policing tools work really well: they perfectly predict what the police will do. Specifically, they predict whom the police will accuse of crimes, and since only accused people are convicted, they predict who will be convicted, too.

In that sense, predictive policing predicts "crime" - the crimes that the police prosecute are the crimes that the computer tells them to seek out and make arrests over. But that doesn't mean that predictive policing actually fights actual crime.

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If Dante was right, then the police in the Australian state of Victoria have a hell of an eternity ahead of them. They've classed 240 children (as young as ten!) as "youth network offenders" and fed their stats to a secret policing algorithm.

theguardian.com/australia-news

The algorithm - its vendor and name undisclosed - considers the police records of children and predicts "how many crimes they'll commit before the age of 21 with 95% accuracy."

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Or, put another way, it tells the police how many crimes to charge the child with between now and their 21st birthday.

The Victoria police won't say how they collect data, what other uses they put it to, how many children were tracked by the program, what oversight exists or whether it's still used.

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When police ask your permission to live stream your home security camera from their surveillance center, you should say no, writes EFF's @mguariglia on @mozilla's blog. foundation.mozilla.org/en/blog

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Alan Dean Foster is an sf legend - a writer who produced a shelf of original novels but also made a reputation novelizing movies and TV from Star Wars to Aliens, turning out books that transcended quickie adaptations, becoming beloved bestsellers in their own right.

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Disney now owns a bunch of these books, thanks to their acquisitions of Lucas and Fox, and these books continue to sell briskly. Disney not only isn't paying Foster any royalties for these books - they're refusing to even issue royalty statements.

sfwa.org/2020/11/18/disney-mus

Disney has blackholed Foster's agents and lawyers, and also the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA); to the extent that they have communicated with him, they have espoused a radical (jaw dropping) copyright theory.

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This is Disney's theory: When they bought Lucas and Fox, they acquired the copyright licenses that enabled them to sell the Foster's books - but not the liability, the legal obligation to pay him for his books.

As SFWA president Mary Robinette Kowal says, this theory could absolutely upend the nature of copyright itself. Any publisher that wanted to go on making money from an author without paying them could simply sell the rights to a sister company, which then denies any obligations.

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Pretty hyped that I get to use Kdenlive for my day job. It really is a professional application.

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Save the date: as part of our Defective by Design campaign, this year's International Day Against #DRM (IDAD) will be on Dec. 4, and will focus on streaming services' unjust use of DRM: u.fsf.org/36d

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If you are or know someone facing a locker eviction, try Legal Aid’s Access to Benefits Helpline (888-663-6880), or visit your borough's Human Resources Administration to apply for an emergency storage grant.

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The evictions are driven by a second wave of storage-rentals, as middle class people lose their homes or evacuate NYC and go shopping for storage space; self-storage owners want their nonpaying customers out so they can grab some of this business.

thecity.nyc/2020/11/15/2156633

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In its coverage, The City gets at the human cost of this: widows who want to retrieve their wedding photos before their locker contents are auctioned off for pennies are told they have to come up with $940 in fees and penalties first.

Today, these lockers are full of the worldly goods of people in shelters, people in housing precarity. Tomorrow, they'll house the possessions of the formerly affluent, who are sliding down the same slope.

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Join us this Saturday as EFF celebrates the continuing legacy of activist, programmer and entrepreneur Aaron Swartz.
eff.org/deeplinks/2020/11/join

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Adani is an Australian mining company that is so corrupt that it's a wonder that it's not a Canadian mining company.

Its signature initiative is a massive coalmine on stolen Aboriginal land in Queensland.

theguardian.com/environment/ca

The mine, and its associated railroad and port, are a toxic mix of long-term (CO2) and immediate (reef-killing dredging) environmental consequences. It's so bad that Australia's major insurers will not write a policy for the project:

theguardian.com/environment/20

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