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Wishful thinking (thread) 

So I've been thinking about my ideal version of a social network...
1. It should be built on encrypted chat systems. So all DMs should be E2E encrypted. Public messages should be signed (to prevent spoofing) but not encrypted. Importantly, it should be a federated system, like Mastodon or email. This is definitely possible since Signal (TextSecure, at the time) used to federate with WhisperPush by CyanogenMod.

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Crypto, security 

Here's something I've been thinking about for a while.

If an ultra secure messaging system were to be subverted by the developer(s) compromising the app by adding a silent/invisible extra party to all conversations (i.e. all 1-on-1 chats become, in effect, group chats), would there be any way to know? That is, this silent/invisible extra party would get all messages and replies for anyone the developers wanted to spy on (if, for example, they were served with a warrant or any other reason).

I will use any opportunity to share double the fist 👊 #doublethefist

RT Voter Town Halls… fist style

Grave dancing is so uncouth. But in this case I'll make as exception. Everyone, let's get our choreography sorted.

Colin Powell, first Black US secretary of state, dies of Covid-19 complications amid cancer battle - CNNPolitics

#uchodźcy #granice #polska

Na granicy zginęło już 8 osób, wiele osób w kryzysie uchodźczym relacjonuje, że w lesie są ciała, nawet całych grup martwych ludzi. Uchodźców, uchodźczyń i dzieci, które trafiają do szpitali (żeby później zostać wywiezione i wyrzucone) już nawet nikt nie liczy.


No job and a $5000 fine? This is way over the top.

NT government sets November 12 deadline for COVID-19 vaccine mandate - ABC News

Vaccine Passports 

A good article questioning the need for vaccine passports. This is almost exactly my position. It's touched on briefly in the article, but I would emphasise the privacy and authoritarianism aspects that easily come from vaccine passports.

I am sick and tired of constantly reviewing settings in web browsers to see if they have snuck in some new tracking mechanism that I get to disable because "your privacy is important to us".

I am sick and tired of all the black UX that goes into this, like opt out instead of opt in, or at least providing top level choices like, say, Fuck NO I'd NEVER EVER Like You To Track ANYTHING Now And In Every Perceivable Future. Like sync'ing every setting in your profile except tracking related settings, because hey that way you might by mistake opt out of tracking on another installation where you really wanted to be tracked. The list goes on and on.

Browsers are critical infrastructure and clearly an open source stamp on them fails in itself to provide any meaningful shield towards capitalist subversion.

I'd like a browser with a license that explicitly rules out *any* kind of commercial entity or interest contributing or directing development.


A very good breakdown of some of the problems with the messaging app Signal.

Why not Signal? | essays


It also reads like complete propaganda.

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This story has very convenient timing.

‘Save a life’: NSW Treasurer gave CPR to man after swearing-in ceremony

Really hoping WhatsApp dies now, been years of folks telling me to get on WhatsApp because they "don't trust American companies like Facebook", finally we have a mass education campaign for what I've been wearily explaining to each and every German I've met for the past decade


Pronunciation /də-mĭn′yə-nĭz′əm/
1. The theory or doctrine that Christians have a divine mandate to assume positions of power and influence over all aspects of society and government.
2. The belief that God gave humans the right to exercise control over the natural world.


When certain people are in power at both the state and federal levels, one knows that dominionism is just around the corner.

@FreeTube Happy to file a bug report if required, but I wanted to do a search first and didn't get anything. Also, minor point, searching for "freetube" tends to bring up a lot of porn results. Searching for "freetube throttling" went about as well as you'd expect given that. Yes I've searched the GitHub issues.

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@FreeTube Quick question. I've been experiencing throttling using FreeTube lately (videos constantly pausing - waiting for buffering to catch up). Two different PCs, on the same network, both on Ubuntu. Same PCs work fine using YouTube or an invidious instance. Also, doesn't seem to happen all of the time or on every video. I've looked around and no one else seems to be experiencing this. Have you come across it?


Kevin Gosztola interviews John Kiriakou about the recently revealed potential assassination plot against Julian Assange.

🇦🇺 Pol, Cyber 

I wonder why so urgent right now? I can't wait 9 months? Is something about to happen?

Emergency laws to be passed to fend off major cyber attacks

This really sucks (read thread). And has told me more than I need to know about CalyxOS. Won’t be looking into it any further as a potential alternative (microG is a deal-breaker for any longer-term solution anyway).

#calyxos #grapheneOS #privacy

Just recently learned about this. Given what happened after, it's a little weird.

Chilean Australians demand apology, transparency over covert operation to oust Salvador Allende | Green Left

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