Michael McMillan

La historia se escribe latido a latido.

To be good and lead a good life means to give to others more than one takes from them. — Leo Tolstoy

I wish I could say I was surprised that European politicians voted in favour of corporate interests over our interests…

I wish I could say that people care enough to not let the open Web be taken away from them…

The EU is about to vote on applying content filters to the entire Web for the benefit of large corporations. If this directive is passed, the Web will be taken further out of the hands of us, the users.

Don't just take my word for it that we will be left with a broken, censored Web. Listen to people who know better, like Sir Tim Berners-Lee himself. This isn't about copyright protection, it is about leaving control of the entire Web in the hands of a powerful few.

If you live in the EU, please contact your MEP before the vote this Wednesday, 12th September. Here are more details from Switching.Social:

Hello EU citizens! 🇪🇺
There is one more vote on Article13 in the European Parliament on Wednesday 12th September.
Please call/mail your MEPs and tell them to reject Article 13, as it would mean content filters on the whole internet.
Contact details here:
Phone calls work best. If you can't phone, write an email in your own words. Your region may have more than one MEP, contact several if appropriate.
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You can find out more information and contact your MEP via https://saveyourinternet.eu, although it really is best to call or write an email in your own words if you can. Doing so prevents the vested interests supporting censorship from claiming prewritten emails are bot attacks, rather than European citizens exercising their democratic right to be heard and represented by their MEPs.

Si se cree y se trabaja, se puede. Nunca dejes de creer.

Súper Campeones

The fire damage suffered by Charles Rennie Mackintosh's wonderful Glasgow School of Art building in 2014 was tragic. The devastation caused by last night's far larger blaze, is truly and utterly heartbreaking.

Mac In Flames

Nice to see some of the improved privacy features mentioned by Apple at WWDC but they do ring hollow given that they run Siri searches through Google!

Exploring all the options is not the issue. It’s making one of them work. — Brian Eno

Atleti Forever

Taking back my data has meant deleting a lot of posts from the corrupt social silos. I initially thought it would prove difficult but it has, in fact, been very liberating indeed. An evening well spent!

Since I began exploring the Fediverse in earnest, I have been thinking more about how to verify my identity online. Despite having reservations about their funding model, I created a Keybase profile and played around generating keys. This in turn left me with a very messy sigchain, which I wiped in order to start afresh and make everything clear. What I didn't realise is that doing this means that my sigchain no longer begins at number one, so I'd have been better just revoking these early entries. Oh well, beginner's errors and all that…