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Most people get their Android apps from Google Play. It is usually the simplest and most secure option for them. But there are also many people who do not have access to Google Play. This might be due to lack of a proper internet connection or simply because Google Play is blocked within their country. The F-Droid project already offers tools to create independent app distribution channels for Android apps. These tools are ready for production, but require expert knowledge and the command-line to be used. Now, we want to build upon this foundation and develop curation tools that can also be used by people with little technical knowledge, thus making the app distribution technology more broadly available.
F-Droid has been a part of the Android ecosystem for over 6 years now. Since then, over 2000 apps have been built for the main repository, many great features have been added, the client has been translated into over 40 different languages, and much more. 6 years in the making!
There’s no doubt about it: when you navigate to a webpage or open an app on your phone, it’s a magical, seamless experience. Remember those times you logged into Facebook and saw ads perfectly tailored to those gadgets you’d just considered buying on Amazon? Or that time you opened your Uber app on a Saturday morning and it gave you a miraculous suggestion to travel to your favorite coffee shop? Perhaps unbeknownst to you, you at some time provided enough packets of data to these corporations to make such scenarios possible. Data fuel insights, which in turn fuel a beautiful customer experience.
But like most fuel, data generate harmful byproducts (think the car emissions of the 21st century), and irresponsible data collection threatens basic privacy rights, and in extreme cases, physical human lives. To highlight some recent news stories, 500 million people just lost control of their personal data in a major Yahoo breach, while another 11 million people learned that their Vizio smart TVs were spying on them. It might be difficult to put a clear price tag on privacy these days, but it’s certainly not free, and the worst is yet to come.
Learn more about our approach to addressing these issues on mobile, through Clean Insights, a safe, sustainable, and secure way to handle data without compromising user privacy.
The privacy software Tor has aided everything from drug dealing marketplaces to whistleblowing websites in evading surveillance on the darknet. Now that same software can be applied to a far more personal form of security: keeping hackers out of your toaster. Guardian Project, a partner of the Tor Project that maintains and develops the Tor anonymity network, announced a new technique it’s developed to apply Tor’s layers of encryption and network stealth to protecting so-called “Internet of things” or “smart home” devices. That growing class of gadgets, ranging from refrigerators to lightbulbs to security cameras, are connected to the Internet to make possible new forms of remote management and automation. They also, as the security research community has repeatedly demonstrated, enable a new breed of over-the-Internet attacks, such as the rash of hackers harassing infants via baby monitors or the potential for hackers to steal your Gmail password from your fridge.
Learn more about how Guardian Project turned a simple Raspberry Pi mini-computer into a smart hub running the open-source software called HomeAssistant software and acts as a so-called Tor hidden service, the same application of Tor that obscures the location of servers running dark web sites.
https://github.com/n8fr8/talks/blob/master/onion_things/Internet%20of%20Onion%20Things.pdf | https://talk.developersquare.net/t/secure-car-sensor-analytics/310
OpenArchive is a free, open-source mobile application, currently for Android, dedicated to maintaining the privacy, provenance, and preservation of your media. It enables you to add metadata and Creative Commons licensing to your audiovisual media and then send it to the Internet Archive. It also enables you to share media with anyone nearby using the LibNearbyShare open-source library based on the "Wind" concept. LibNearbyShare is meant to simplify the discovery of other LibNearbyShare enabled Android devices nearby, and sharing data with them. It attemps to unify all possible nearby network technologies under a simple, clean interface that any developer can implement without too much trouble or overhead. This library does not require any Internet connection, cloud service, or other centralized method for discovering peers. We don't use GPS, cell towers, or other infrastructure. All detection is done purely using the signals being broadcast by devices themselves.
https://talk.developersquare.net/t/openarchive-free-secure-mobile-media-sharing-dwebsummit/264 | https://talk.developersquare.net/t/libnearbyshare-offline-media-sharing-for-android/319