[Community] New Slogan
xdrudis at tinet.cat
Sun Jan 12 01:23:02 CET 2014
Mmm... trying to rephrase with Arne Anka proposal
Sounds good. The text is easy to change to go with it.
Not sure whether it's always easy or it means it's a good slogan.
Is that your phone or just a phone you paid for? It used to be
customary to buy something and then own it, use it and control it like
it was yours. If someone else wanted to use it they'd have to ask the
owner. Now you buy a phone and you just get to keep it in your pocket.
You no longer know what it does for whom, what it lets you do or for
how long. Telcos, manufacturers, state agencies and whoever are
lately getting in the habit to use /your/ phone to spy,censor,track,
charge, control and disarm (or distool) you, while trying to make you
feel cool about the remaining functionality you can actually use for
now in the phone you paid for. Nobody is waiting for our permission
anymore. It's now us who must make an effort to notice and prevent.
Completely avoiding all abuse would require you to control all
networks and devices, but some of us are working together to try to
make available phone hardware and software as supportive of your
freedom as possible. You're welcome to join us.
Yours to use. Truly in control.
Nobody should be able to remotely uninstall the applications you have
decided to use from your hardware. Get a phone where you can chose
what runs on it.
Yours to keep. Truly obsolescence-proof
Whatever the plans of big corporations, while there's a community there
can be software or hardware upgrades. No need to depend upon
your vendor support schedule.
Yours to fix. Truly handy
You should have enough information about your devices to be able to
fix them or choose who fixes them in case something breaks. One broken
component should not need a whole new phone.
Yours to enhance. Truly unlimited.
Hardware or software personalisations require both disclosed
information and legal authorisation from rightholders. This allows new
cases, peripherals, operating modes or applications.
Yours to trust. Truly informed.
The balance of privacy, security and simplicity should be for each
owner to decide. To audit a system you need to know which parts of the
design are well documented and open to inspection and which are kept
secret to just some parties, an then pick your risks in your
Yours to grok. Truly interesting.
Openness is not only a necessity but an opportunity to learn and share
knowledge with a community of likely minded learners. Opaqueness does
not instill curiosity.
Yours to brick. Truly unintended.
You can always break your toys, but devices should not be designed to
stop working the moment you try to do something different with them.
Yours to critique. Truly involved.
When companies exploit power imbalances, network effects and economies
of scale to market short lived ultimate tech products cheaper and
cheaper you are left pondering whether you really want to take part in
that unsustainable wheel and how much your device costed you and whom
else. The ecosystems enabled by openness and the collaborative
workflow at least allow for progressively improving also the ethical
Yours to join. Truly welcome.
Smartphone vendors compete in telling you what you get from their phone.
Open design communities collaborate asking what can you give to
your/their/our phone. Any smartphone can get you logged into social
networks, this one comes from a community that welcomes your input.
You can meet, reach out and work with others to solve problems and
develop new features for your phone.
As best we can.
No cards up the sleeve.
Ok, but thats a microSD card, and that sleeve is just a card bay.
Well, just my 2c I'm horrible at marketing.
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