Here are three critical quotes from an article about DeepFace, the Facebook automatic face recognition system, followed by my explanation of what they really mean Continue reading Please tell ALL Facebook partners what you want to keep private
The ubiquitousness of no-brain-required social networks and mobile apps has made many people forget, or never learn, a boring truth of digital life: a LOT non-ephemeral online communication still happens via less glamorous, but much more effective tools like email and mailing list. This can have unintended consequences. Continue reading Friendly reminder to people who still don’t understand email
One year ago I launched a proposal, with related fundraiser, for an alternative to Facebook, Gmail and similar services really usable by normal people, the percloud. That fundraiser did not succeed, which is no problem at all for me, because I do have many other things to do. I am writing this post only because I believe that something like the percloud is still sorely needed, and the sooner anybody does it, the better. Seriously. Here’s why. Continue reading On the percloud, one year later
Sometimes support comes in the most unexpected ways. Today the NSA, the super-secret spy agency that intercepts countless digital communications worldwide, greatly helped me, by providing evidence that a little project of mine is a really great idea that is sorely needed NOW. Continue reading Thanks NSA for your great help. No, seriously!
Shortly after launching my proposal for a personal, p2p replacement of Facebook, Gmail and similar services I was contacted by the developers of Cozy Cloud. We had a very interesting discussion, which ended with their proposal to write a post for their blog, to explain what similarities, differences and possible synergies I see between the two projects. Here I am, looking forward to your feedback! Continue reading Cozy Cloud and percloud: a comparison
I just got an email by somebody asking how the Free Software alternative to corporate social networks that I call percloud would work. I answered that… Continue reading Here is how the percloud would work, in practice
A reader of my critique to the “Linux owns the Internet” slogan just made the comment integrally copied here: Continue reading Who will make the percloud happen? Traditional FOSS advocates, or everybody else?
Have you seen that article titled “How Linux owns the Internet”? It is basically a list that is supposed to prove how good Linux is Continue reading “How Linux owns the Internet” is SO wrong. And bad. But luckily…
UPDATE 2013/09/17: THIS PROJECT NOW HAS A HOME AT per-cloud.com) I have been using my own email service and self-hosted blogs since 2006/2007. I started explaining why everybody should do the same three years ago, when I proposed Virtual Personal Email Servers to overcome the big limits of today’s email. In 2011 I repeated why it is important to find alternatives to Gmail.
Since real support for privacy, control and data ownership should be present in everything we do online, last January I also pointed out that alternatives to corporate social networks already exist and only need proper packaging.
Now the Snowden/NSA/PRISM affair has finally made evident, to an audience immensely larger than geek circles, that I (with many others of course) was right. Everybody, including non-geeks (no: starting from them) should have, as soon as possible, at least the possibility to Continue reading Call to fund research on an easy and COMPLETE alternative to Gmail, Facebook etc…