We are at a point in history where we cannot take back our #privacy or computing control without anything short of a revolution. And who is going to bring that revolution?
So what's going on with Signal's new architecture that retains all user data? It seems like a total reversal of their previous stance and one that dramatically changes their threat model. Their new security properties rely entirely on SGX, which is barely secure against motivated home users, much less nation state adversaries.
Today I learned about ReverseEagle, trying to "stop monolithic organizations taking over the web and the software we use" by "helping developers with removing or replacing the unnecessary proprietary code in their open source projects".
Google Analytics is one of my favourite services to be upset about bit there are more. Go ReverseEagle!
The work continues on @librecast (multicast) and @librestack. If you are curious about what this project is about may I recommend this talk by Brett about it from @linuxconfau https://archive.org/details/lca2020-Privacy_and_Decentralisation_with_Multicast. It explains how we think multicast can help to save the Polar bears.
Love the react.js way of composing UIs, but it is quite a large dependency. How hard…
A good article on Orwell and his inspiration. Let's not forget though that policing is only part of the issue. Allowing a state to collect data on it's citizens in order to tighten it's grip is another part. #masssurveillance forms a part of the #virtualpanopticon.
The right and left have long fought over George Orwell, author of 1984. More recently he’s been referenced in association with the BLM movement. Fi…
Coronacrisis: #MustRead about what's next
Jeremy Lent / Patterns of Meaning: *Coronavirus Spells the End of the Neoliberal Era. What’s Next?*
"Coronavirus is a political crucible, melting down and reshaping current norms. Will the new era be a “Fortress Earth” or a harbinger of a transformed society based on a new set of values?"
"… Coronavirus has already been more effective in slowing down climate breakdown and ecological collapse than all the world’s policy initiatives combined. In February, Chinese CO2 emissions were down by over 25%. One scientist calculated that twenty times as many Chinese lives have been saved by reduced air pollution than lost directly to coronavirus. Over the next year, we’re likely to see a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions greater than even the most optimistic modelers’ forecasts, as a result of the decline in economic activity. …"
An interesting read...
The neoliberal era is ending. What comes next?
In a crisis, what was once unthinkable can suddenly become inevitable. We’re in the middle of the biggest societal shakeup since the second world war. And neoliberalism is gasping its last breath. So from higher taxes for the wealthy to more robust government, the time has come for ideas that seemed impossible just months ago.
Does the PinePhone avoid hardware backdoors like the equivalent of the Intel ME, which is something that Purism explicit focuses on? (Or maybe there's no equivalent of Intel ME on the ARM Cortex-A53?)
Do we have any info on who/where the Pine64 company is based? On WP https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine64 so far there's not much RS'd info apart from one co-founder who lives somewhere on Earth...
Just cool stuff.
"GNU Mes was created to address the security concerns that arise from bootstrapping an operating system using large, unauditable binary blobs, which is common practice for all software distributions."
NLnet; Current Projects
I believe this might be it but don't have time to look further at the moment.
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