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I just came across a post on Mastodon by the Nextcloud team stating that Europe should follow the example of India and the U.S. in banning TikTok, because the app is not following EU laws.

There are several issues I have with this idea.

The most obvious one is that if you want to do that, you have to ban almost every U.S. internet company along with them. Facebook? We already know they have no respect for European privacy laws. Microsoft? Under investigation by German privacy offices. Google? I don't even want to go there. Singling out and banning one app over privacy concerns can't be the answer to this problem and will only lead to costly lawsuits.

I also don't think that anything Trump wants to do should serve as an example. He's not doing it to “protect digital sovereignty and the privacy of the American people.” He's doing it because he has China issues. This is about politics. Nothing else. Trump can't stand the fact that a Chinese company is so successful in the U.S. I'm not saying that the issues that have been raised over TikTok by technology experts are invalid. I'm saying they're not the reason Trump is doing this. If there was no evidence about any wrongdoing from ByteDance, and if they could absolutely prove that all data from U.S. citizens is stored on and never leaves servers located in the U.S., but somebody came to him saying, you know, I think this Chinese app is doing something fishy, or if some unproven claims from dubious sources circulated online, he would be doing the exact same thing.

Finally, if you ban an a service that's popular with teenagers without giving them an alternative with equal or at least similar functionality, you will break things. They will lose trust in democracy, and the society as a whole.

I think the focus needs to be on education instead. Educate the public, and, most importantly, educate the teachers, who can then pass their knowledge on to their students.

I spent a lot of time yesterday getting this instance up and federate – the latter being what took me the longest to figure out since I'm running Apache instead of Nginx and there wasn't a sample configuration.

This morning I decided to finally ditch the domain I had been using, sigdrifa.eu. I had been using the Sigdrifa handle on and off for about a decade and a half, since I read it in a book I liked – a re-telling of the Nibelungen saga by Diana L. Paxson. By now it really has lost all personal meaning.

Haru Jishnu is my old Second Life name. I haven't been on Second Life in a long time (as a matter of fact, I just had to recover my password in order to log in on the website), but at least I can say the name is all mine.

So, I just installed WriteFreely, and the installation itself was indeed a breeze. Getting it to work behind an Apache reverse proxy instead of Nginx, however, was a little bit of a hassle. At least the federation part. Here's what I came up with which seems to work:

ProxyPreserveHost On
ProxyRequests Off
ProxyPass / http://localhost:9000/
ProxyPassReverse / http://localhost:9000/

ProxyPassMatch ^/.well-known/(webfinger|nodeinfo|host-meta) !

I did manage to connect from my Mastodon account, and new posts are showing up over there, so I must have gotten it mostly right.

I managed to successfully connect from my Mastodon account, so let's see if this shows up there.

I need to see if everything works first.