Freedom in a Box
My talk about privacy, decentralization, self-hosting, freedom of speech and FreedomBox.
It's a non-technical talk meant to spread awareness about the dangers of mass surveillance and the alternatives that exist to centralized systems.
Links to slides are in the video description.
Delivered at ThoughtWorks Hyderabad for the 46th edition of GeekNight on 2nd Jan, 2019.
Digital Empowerment in Rural India - powered by FreedomBox.
Sudhamsh Kandukuri and I presented yesterday at XConf India 2018.
An inspiring story of a grassroots movement where people rejected Facebook's Free Basics and installed low-cost community Wi-Fi networks instead.
A FreedomBox on the network provides most of the essential digital services required, offline.
Video recording: coming soon!
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We've been letting companies steal our personal data and sell it to the highest bidder and destroying democracy in the process all to save what? A coffee a month?
This is one of the worst deals in history.
Open-sourced blueprints for civilization
Using wikis and digital fabrication tools, TED Fellow Marcin Jakubowski is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch. And that's only the first step in a project to write an instruction set for an entire self-sustaining village (starting cost: $10,000).
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I usually mention phone operators.
If your phone company screws you, you can change to another company and still call/text all your friends.
You don't need to all be on the same operator, because operators' networks talk to each other.
The phone network gives you choice, so the network operators are more likely to behave.
On Facebook, Whatsapp etc it's either their way or the highway, so they're more likely to do bad stuff.
HTML, CSS and our vanishing industry entry points, If we make it so that you have to understand programming to even start, then we take something open and enabling, and place it back in the hands of those who are already privileged. 💯 true. https://rachelandrew.co.uk/archives/2019/01/30/html-css-and-our-vanishing-industry-entry-points/
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Peel the onion–Recognition of Android apps behind the Tor
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1901.04434.pdf (PDF file)
– Tor is vulnerable to app deanonymization attacks on Android devices through network traffic analysis
– the analysis reveals the app that is used via Tor–the user's IP address and other details aren't affected by it
– researches achieved an accuracy of 97%
No Tracking, No Ads, No Capitalism.
#Sheffield is launching it's free wifi service. I remember talking about delivering this to people at the beginning of the century. Where communities would own their infrastructure and deliver it. Own their own data and manage how it is used.
Move forward 20 years and it's happening, except being delivered by a private company, and I worry about the survelliance. I guess that it's part of turning the city "smart".
Running Your Life With Emacs at https://keyholesoftware.com/2019/01/30/running-your-life-with-emacs/ - discuss at https://freepo.st/freepost.cgi/post/dv4u9a5snq #freepost
Scared Silicon Valley billionaire:
Look, you're just not grasping the scale of the AI threat. What if an AI one day is built that decides to harvest large chunks of the Earth's biosphere in order to make some numbers in a financial engine go up slightly? What would we all do then?
Climate change and species loss researchers:
Really? That's a thing that could happen? And people might not believe the predictions? Do go on.
Well OBVIOUSLY I don't mean it's happening NOW
@baldur if Google’s business model wasn’t about selling ads then Chrome would have integrated an ad blocker into Chrome a long time ago, for security reasons.
(This is another blogpost that I didn’t write yet)
No one needs to starve. No one needs to freeze. No one needs to die. There is enough for everyone. More empty homes than all the people without them, more food than grocers can even sell. The labor and the materials to end scarcity exist now. It is not a far-off dream. We can end scarcity in this life.
stage 3 disillusionment: what we're doing is actively harmful. we're destroying privacy, personal relationships, and possibly democracy itself in the name of automating away people's jobs so a billionaire can have a bigger yacht.
where I'm at now: Today I will fix the next bug on my JIRA queue, an activity which is futile, but not more futile than all other human endeavor
Warning: Debian stable kernel upgrade breaks most ARM SBC at https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=922478 - discuss at https://freepo.st/freepost.cgi/post/7dgm05djhn #freepost
Security isn’t about protecting everything from everything. It’s knowing what you’re protecting from what (and what you’re not protecting). That’s why we use threat models.
An analogy: you don’t protect food from the environment; you protect different types of food from different factors of the environment. You might design a heat lamp to protect the freshness of your dinner but a freezer for your ice cream. What you don’t do is design a heat lamp and assume it’ll protect your ice cream also.
Idealist, technologist and general optimist.
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