BACKSTORY: I used to use Facebook and Twitter a lot. Then I encountered a crazy, stalker troll and stopped using social media. I then found Mastodon and that was cool, but I realized I don't need social media in my daily life. I pop onto Mastodon once a month to browse a bit. This monthly update is sort of a journal entry for me, and a way to remember the good and bad of every month.
Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks
Excellent, heart-breaking examples how tech algorithms are used against the poor, coloured, and sick to deny them government benefits they are entitled to all under the guise of 'stopping fraud', or 'helping those most deserving'. It's ridiculous that people can think we can split homeless people into deserving and not deserving help. All human beings deserve a place to live, a decent job, and health care.
This book should wake up those in non-targeted groups because once governments finish beta testing these techs against the poor, they could, and probably will, turn them against the rest of the population too.
Book #19 in my My 2020 Reading Challenge
Walking the long and difficult road of trying to self-host the digital services that I use in my day-to-day life.
When you're using a free product, you’re not the customer, you’re the product.
If you host the service on your own server you can be sure that your data isn't being harvested/sold to 3rd parties, and you are in control of your own data security & privacy. The person I trust the most with my sensitive data is myself.
Once I am successful in getting services self-hosted for myself, I will help family & friends to self-host too, or use services on my server.
So how am I doing? Am I self-hosting the services I use?
A guide for installation on a regular computer to supplement the official installation guide. I've installed #YunoHost a few times on different machines so just thought I'd make a checklist of things you should consider, or decide upon before you go down the road of #SelfHosting.
You may have heard of the projects, Yunohost and Freedombox. They both aim to make it easier for regular humans to self-host services on their own computers or SBC (Single Board Computers) for themselves, their friends or family.
I was motivated to write this post because of all the reviews of Freedombox I've seen on the web lately. I haven't seen even one review of Yunohost out there, and I think that's tragic because it is a great self-hosting alternative as well.
That's a big question and outside the scope of this comparison of Yunohost and Freedombox, but remember “There is no cloud, only someone else's computer.”
If you truly want to take control of your own data and minimize being tracked by large corporations (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft), then self-hosting might be something you might want to consider.
My Experience and Current Setup with Yunohost & Freedombox
I've been running Yunohost for about 6 months in my home. I am running it on regular desktop computer.
Services/Apps I use on my Yunohost: ad blocking (Pi-Hole), storing files and syncing them to my computers (Nextcloud), calendar & contacts (Nextcloud), blogging (WriteFreely), downloading Bittorrent files (Transmission), RSS reader (TinyTiny RSS Reader), and search engine (Searx). I've tried some other apps on Yunohost but these are the ones I use on a daily basis. I have gone through the installation more than once because of a lost password (doh!), and trying it out on other computers.