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Exposure Notifications: Using technology to help public health authorities fight COVID‑19

This is a MUST DO in my opinion. There is just no reason not to, especially considering how much positive impact it can have.

Google and Apple jointly created the Exposure Notifications System out of a shared sense of responsibility to help governments and our global community fight this pandemic through contact tracing while protecting your privacy.

On Android, you can find the app for your area, if available, on Google Play.

If you have an iPhone, opt-in to Exposure Notifications in your device settings.

More info: https://www.google.com/covid19/exposurenotifications/

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Boarding Pass: Mars 2020

Edit (2021/02/18): Perseverance landed safely! First image below and more info here. See video of actual landing below.
Edit (2021/02/18): Landing in a few hours..on MARS! Check it out >>> https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/

How cool is this! Ang and my names going to Mars in 2020! (more info)

Boarding Pass: Mars 2020

Added (2021/02/19): First image from Perseverance after landing on Mars

First image from Perseverance after landing on Mars
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Video…of a human made spaceship landing on another planet. Pretty cool stuff.

Signal, Telegram or Whatsapp

Just throwing my hat in the ring here.

Firstly. No, enough already. Stop using whatsapp. Stop using software by a company (Facebook) that’s sole purpose is to sell your data for profit. It does that by siphoning every single bit of information it can possible get it’s hands on, from multiple sources. And then sells it. They do little or no good in the world compared to the harm it does. Add to that, the disasters we know of, Cambridge Analytica (and many others), the ability to influence elections, to act with almost no oversight, regulation or repercussion…Do you really want to be involved with this?

More insight and info:

So what then? Well you have very good alternatives.

Signal is best in class. Hands-down the first choice if you care about privacy or may do in the future. It offers many of the same features as Whatsapp and Telegram but with a 100% confidence that your data is your data. It’s owned and operated by a not-for-profit organisation.

Get it here: https://signal.org/download/

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Telegram sits somewhere in-between these two. And is a good option for those looking for a drop-in replacement for Whatsapp and do not care about any future issues should there be a change of position or ownership.

Get it here: https://telegram.org/dl

But whatever you do, it’s time to walk away from Facebook.

Sign this thank you to let Apple know consumers are eagerly anticipating anti-tracking protection

Via Mozilla

In 2019, Mozilla called on Apple to increase user privacy by automatically resetting the Identifier for Advertisers (IDFA) on iPhones. The IDFA lets advertisers track the actions users take when they use apps – kind of like a salesperson that follows you from store to store while you shop, recording every item you look at. Creepy, right?

Early 2020, Apple went even further than what Mozilla supporters had asked for when it announced that it will give consumers the option to opt-out of tracking in each app, essentially turning off IDFA and giving millions of consumers more privacy online. Apple’s announcement also made a loud statement: mass data collection and invasive advertising don’t have to be the norm online.

Unfortunately, as you might imagine, a lot of advertisers, notably Facebook, were not happy with Apple. Facebook, which uses IDFA to track users’ activity across different apps and match them to advertising profiles, says that its advertising partners will be hit hard by this change.

​I just added my name to make sure that Apple knows we want the strongest possible anti-tracking features on iPhone.

Learn more about this issue from Mozilla and join me in signing:
https://foundation.mozilla.org/campaigns/apples-anti-tracking-plans-iphone/

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