Apple forces bad user experience on Funambol

I installed Funambol on an iOS device to test it and all went well… until I tried to sync the pictures. I was greeted with the request to allow Funambol to access my location, request that I promptly denied. Why on the planet would Funambol want to know where I am? Smelling that Apple may…

“Bump” and your data go to the cloud

When investigating the design of the FreedomBox app to exchange keys and establish trust between two people I looked at how the Bump App for iPhone and Android solves the issue. From their FAQ: Q: How does Bump work? A: There are two parts to Bump: the app running on your device and a smart…

First code project for FreedomBox: the ‘bump’ challenge

Exchanging public keys and signing them is still a complicated matter for normal users. As part of the development of FreedomBox we are thinking of a simple way to establish trust and enable two people talk to each other through secure cryptographic means. One possible scenario is the following: User Jane meets her friend Ken,…

East and West coast so far apart: Moglen vs Jobs

June 6th 2011 was a strange day. Facing the Pacific ocean Steve Jobs was describing his perfect plan to know which books you read, what magazines you buy, what music you listen, who you correspond with, who you love and who hates you.  On the Atlantic ocean Eben Moglen, Lawrence Lessig were describing how that…

Develop For Privacy Challenge

We live in a world of smartphones and other mobile devices that provide amazing services. But these same devices can also collect and share vast amounts of data that can paint a detailed picture about where we go, who we know, what we do and even what we think. Protecting this critical information is more…

Come evitare di diventare fan della Moratti su Facebook

La campagna elettorale della Moratti si fa coi figuranti vestiti da zingari e tossici nei metrò e con script poco tecnologici su siti civetta per fare crescere i ‘Mi piace’ su Facebook. La notizia così come l’ha svelata originariamente Claudio Messora e Wired.it l’ha ripresa senza aggiungere niente (ma li pagano quelli che scrivono sul…

The horrible Terms of Service in Nintendo 3DS

Free Software Foundation has published a new campaign to inform Nintendo 3DS users that the Terms of Service of the machine are offensive and dangerous. The 3DS has a videocamera that may be used to take pictures and videos of friends and family: just using Nintendo 3DS you give them the right to do whatever…

The FreedomBox on CBSNews

Eben Moglen explains on CBSNews the FreedomBox project: software that keeps you in control of your private addressbook and your digital life online combined with plug-computer hardware. The ending quote “If that’s a revolution then we’re doing it” is pure Moglen style. Enjoy it. http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/cbsnews_player_embed.swf

How anonimity online is being eroded

This is The Economist, not Richard Stallman or the EFF: But anonymity is freeing. It lets people go online and read about fringe political viewpoints, look up words they are embarrassed not to know the meaning of, or search for a new job without being thought extremist, stupid or disloyal. In America some judges have…

Companies and governments join forces to hassle motorists

Continuing yesterday’s theme about privacy and the relationship between governments and companies,  here is another warning sign that citizens should trust neither. The AD reported: Satellite navigation system maker TomTom indirectly sells details of motorists’ driving behaviour to the police for use in determining where speed traps should be placed, The role of police should…