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Mastodon says "What's on your mind?" But the problem is that so much is always on my mind that I have no idea where to start, quickly get overwhelmed, and then say nothing at all.

"Infrastructure is very important for free software, and it's unfortunate that so much free software development currently relies on sites that don't publish their source code, and require or encourage the use of proprietary software." fsf.org/blogs/sysadmin/coming-

Install Privacy Badger to protect your browsing from spying ads and invisible trackers. eff.org/privacybadger

I'm sorry to say that I've decided to cancel my plans to attend this year. My wife has had a rough pregnancy so far and will be just about in her final month during the conference, on top of having to care for our other two children solo for the weekend, and I don't want to put her in that position.

I hope to see everyone next year, and I'm sorry again to those I was going to meet up with.

BREAKING: We’ve confirmed that the Ring doorbell app on Android covertly shares personally identifiable information on its users with third-party companies, including Facebook.

eff.org/deeplinks/2020/01/ring

The biggest threat to our privacy online is third-party trackers’ slow, steady, relentless accumulation of relatively mundane data points about how we live our lives. eff.org/wp/behind-the-one-way-

Looking back on 2019, one thing I'm happy to see is that concerns are becoming much more mainstream.

When I gave a talk at LP2017 just three years ago, I began by saying "this is not a tinfoil hat presentation". If I were to give that talk today, I could confidently omit that line, because 2019 has created a far more fucked up narrative than I ever could have.

(On the downside, I haven't been able to keep up with the deluge of privacy related issues over the past year.)

I chose not to submit a talk this year because I'm too busy, but I'm still planning to attend . I'm excited for the extra social time that I'll have---the previous four years I've confined myself to rehearsing talks in my hotel room.

If you're planning on attending, please lmk. If not, then please consider! FSF Associate Members are not charged for admission, and the FSF offers a travel fund to help those who may not otherwise be able to attend.

libreplanet.org/2020/

Over the past year, my GNU Social timeline has gone almost completely silent; it seems that many people have moved to Mastodon and maybe those instances have stopped federating.

Further, GNU Social development has been stalled for a long time.

So this seems like an inevitable decision to give Mastodon a try. I'll start by following people and will post both on here and GNU Social initially. See social.mikegerwitz.com.

Mike Gerwitz's Mastodon Instance

Mike Gerwitz's personal Mastodon instance