Pluralistic: Apple to EU: "Go fuck yourself" (06 Feb 2024)


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Pluralistic: The Cult of Mac (12 Jan 2024)


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  • The Cult of Mac: You cannot reason a person out of a position they did not reason themself into in the first place.
  • Hey look at this: Delights to delectate.
  • This day in history: 2014, 2019, 2023
  • Colophon: Recent publications, upcoming/recent appearances, current writing projects, current reading

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Pluralistic: How Amazon transformed the EU into a planned economy (14 June 2023)


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Pluralistic: To save the news, repeal the app tax (07 June 2023)


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Pluralistic: How Apple could open its App Store without really opening its App Store (21 Dec 2022)


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Pluralistic: EU to Facebook, 'Drop Dead' (07 Dec 2022)


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Pluralistic: 19 Sep 2022 How to ditch Facebook without ditching your friends


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End-To-End Encryption is Too Important to Be Proprietary

The EU’s Digital Markets Act is playing on the hardest setting (and it doesn’t need to).

The EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) is set to become law; it will require the biggest tech companies in the world (Apple, Google and Facebook, and maybe a few others) to open up their instant messaging services (iMessage, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, and maybe a few others) so that smaller messaging services can plug into them. These smaller services might be run by startups, nonprofits, co-ops, or even individual tinkerers.

The logic behind this is sound. IM tools are the ultimate “network effects” products: once they have a critical mass of users, other users feel they have to join to talk to the people who are already there. The more users who sign up, the more users feel they must sign up.

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When Automation Becomes Enforcement

What we talk about when we talk about interoperable end-to-end encryption

I was wrong about Snapchat, but I was also kinda right.

When I first encountered the idea of disappearing messages, I was both skeptical and alarmed.

Skeptical because disappearing messages have an obvious defect as a security measure: If I send you a message (or a photo) that I don’t want you to have, I lose. You can remember the contents of the message, or take a screenshot, or use a separate device to photograph your screen. If I don’t trust you with some information, I shouldn’t send you that information.

I was wrong.

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