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Today the US Army tweeted a Memorial Day-themed question, and it's backfired on them horrifically.

There are thousands of replies from people detailing how joining the military completely ruined the lives of them and their loved ones.


We won! The UK Supreme Court has ruled that the Investigatory Powers Tribunal is subject to judicial review before the High Court. The Court's judgment is a major endorsement and affirmation of the rule of law in the UK.

I just published An Interview with Daniel Appelquist ( A discussion about how the W3C Technical Architecture Group shepherds the Web.

Getting my personal data out of Facebook
I left Facebook, and all I got was this lousy legalese.

"The good news is that retail organizations are improving in overall average #accessibility. This is most likely correlated with the [steep] increase of web accessibility related lawsuits." - The State of Accessibility 2019:

Humans are born to be artists, scientists, artisans, and philosophers. Children love nothing more than creative expression, learning to understand things, making things with their hands, and asking deep questions.

But society teaches us not to do these things, training us instead to be “productive”. We’re sculpted to fit into a world obsessed with jobs, money, and ownership, and we’re forced to give up the most important parts of ourselves in order to do so – our creativity, and our curiosity.

Interesting talk today discussing the importance of having human rights activists embedded in protocol organisations. Basically having someone who pushes for the consideration of impact on human rights when technical standards are being defined.

The talk was specifically on the IETF. They gave the example of data leakage in WebRTC revealing IP addresses and said an activist had raised this and it had gotten fixed. Anyone know details of that?

I feel like Solid, ActivityPub with a generic server and C2S, and Indieweb, are all kind of chipping away at the same thing. You have all your data in one place (either self-hosted or someone-else-hosted) and you decide which apps you want to let interact with it.

I don't read the papers so I didn't see it happen, but apparently the UN's biodiversity report got buried in the UK press in favour of the *royal baby*.

Current global response insufficient;
'Transformative changes' needed to restore and protect nature;
Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good
Most comprehensive assessment of its kind;
1,000,000 species threatened with extinction

We reached 6000 followers in the fediverse today! 🎉

Thanks for your support everyone! ❤️

(Meanwhile it's about 2000 on twitter 😃)

Freedom of speech doesn't exist when you're a guest on somebody else's platform. They have every right to give you the boot at any time, for any reason, or for no reason at all.

If that offends you, you can self-host, but remember also that the right to speak does not come with the right to an audience.

Your right to speak ends where my right to ignore you begins.

I've started volunteering for , a nonprofit that helps people exercise their voting rights -- for example, by helping people in states with restrictive photo ID requirements to get the ID they need.

I'm helping with the website in my copious free time. It's Wordpress/PHP so I'm learning a whole new stack

anyway they're doing very important work and need volunteers of all sorts, if you're looking for a way to help improve the American political situation, check 'em out!

#Microsoft to Open-Source #QuantumComputing DevTools:

"Microsoft announced that they will open source Q# compiler and quantum simulators in the Quantum Development Kit to accelerate the progress.":

RT @AstroHague
Honoring Peter Mayhew (also known as Chewbacca) up here on @Space_Station. Thank you Peter for inspiring generations of explorers.

"Don't react, respond." Best advice I've seen all day.

If you let others control your emotions, you're letting them control you. You decide your attitude to the world, and that's truly all you can control. Don't let them take that away from you.

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