"US multinationals were holding more than a $1 trillion in profits offshore via mechanisms such as the double Irish and the so-called Dutch sandwich"

irishtimes.com/business/techno

New #blogpost: “Misinformation about Permissions Policy and FLoC”.

Lots of people have been spreading the often-unnecessary advice to add a Permissions-Policy response header to their sites, and some have been going so far as to ask FLOSS maintainers to patch their software to make this the default.

If you read the actual proposals and W3C specs, you’ll find a different story.

Everybody: please calm down, take a deep breath, and read before you make such prescriptive advice.

FLoC is terrible, but telling everyone to add a magic “opt-out header” in every situation conveys a misunderstanding of everything you need to know about the opt-in/out process.

Good to see you can join the Radboud group with email instead of Whatsapp, Facebook or Instagram!

The Fediverse should get rid of the addictive dark patternes that were copied from Twitter & co

njms.ca/posts/ethical-anti-des

COIL: Revisit Exact Lexical Match in Information Retrieval with Contextualized Inverted List. (arXiv:2104.07186v1 [cs.IR]) arxiv.org/abs/2104.07186

Up for a nice movie night? The recordings of our Bibliometric-enhanced IR (BIR) 2021 workshop at ECIR 2021 are available - youtube.com/playlist?list=PLK4. Grab your popcorn and have a good time! :-)

Wat is de relatie tussen Shell en de overheid? Na twee jaar hebben 4 van de 17 overheidsinstanties deze vraag in behandeling. De weigeraars, onder leiding van het ministerie van EZK, waren nooit van plan mee te werken. #ShellPapers buff.ly/3a6Da4L

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#mastoadmin

hi, the bsd.network instance has blocked FLoC on all pages and media that our web servers serve.

We previously, currently, and in the future, will NEVER had ads, and we do not support any efforts to track our users.

Google is an important part of the advertising cabal, and is quite evil thank you very much.

(here is the snippet we use in nginx:
add_header Permissions-Policy "interest-cohort=()";
)

eff.org/deeplinks/2021/03/goog

#sysadmin #privacy

Niels Niessen in de Volkskrant:
"De redenering van veel universiteiten tijdens de eerste lockdown was: het onderwijs en tentamens moeten zo normaal mogelijk doorgang vinden. De redenering had ook kunnen zijn: als universiteit willen we allereerst een sociaal veilige omgeving creëren. Studenten thuis surveilleren hoort daar niet bij."

volkskrant.nl/columns-opinie/o

I'd be happy to go back to work in an office environment, as long as I have my own desk in my own office with my own restroom and kitchen, of course — oh! and I'll need to keep that commute under a few minutes and will be playing industrial at top volume exactly half the time while demanding complete silence for the other half

Hello! Scholar.Social is excited to host the second #SummerSchool, a free, indisciplinary online academic conference - roughly spanning 7/26-8/4 🌞

We'll be looking for: people to help organize, moderators for the presentations, and presenters! Stay tuned for more details 👀

You can check out past presentations here: summerschool.scholar.social/

So I have an announcement. I sent an email to my work saying that I wanted to be able to focus on my work on taking advancing the federated social web to the next level. Read: better security / abuse resistance, richer interactions, virtual worlds.

How will I be funded to do this? I don't know. I do know that the state of the political world scares me enough that I feel I have to do this. If you want to support me: patreon.com/cwebber

Wish me luck. More updates soon.

The #Signal messenger has become very problematic lately, and most of its problems come from it being centralised.

You may want to follow and support a decentralised messenger project instead, there are many of them on the Fediverse:

➡️ @snikket_im - New initiative giving XMPP servers & clients a newbie-friendly unified look and feel

➡️ @xmpp - The XMPP standards foundation

➡️ @matrix - Matrix is best known for its Element client

➡️ @delta - Messaging through email

➡️ @briar - P2P messaging

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Mastodon

The "unofficial" Information Retrieval Mastodon Instance.

Goal: Make idf.social a viable and valuable social space for anyone working in Information Retrieval and related scientific research.

Everyone welcome but expect some level of geekiness on the instance and federated timelines.