The Weekly Sedition

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Alternatives to Facebook and Twitter

Filed under: Networking, Organizing, Technology — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:58 AM

Tom Souther
Monday, April 20, 2020 at 8:03 PM

https://facebook.com/hashtag/facebooksucks!

The WrapFacebook Will Remove Content Organizing Protests Against Stay-at-Home Orders, Zuckerberg Says by Sean Burch

Consider Diaspora*, Flote, Friendica, Gab, Liberty.Me, MeWe, Minds, Pocketnet, or Spreely as possible alernatives to Facebook and Twitter.

http://diasp.org/people/797c4c40d5020132c71100259069449e

Diaspora* doesn’t have pages or groups, and it helps if you can read German, French and Spanish, but there is some interesting stuff there.

https://flote.app/mikewb1971

https://nerdica.net/profile/mike

Friendica is similar to Diaspora, along with the posts in Russian and Japanese.

https://gab.ai/mikewb1971

Gab is a less-censored version of Twitter.

https://liberty.me/members/mikewb1971/

https://mewe.com/i/mikewb11971

MeWe lets you create groups at no charge, but charges you per month for pages. Also, they don’t let you share links for anything there (including your own stuff) outside of MeWe.

http://minds.com/mikewb1971

On top of this, Facebook won’t let you post links to any content on Minds, hence the above URL.

https://pocketnet.app/mikewb1971

https://spreely.com/mikewb1971

Spreely offers the same sort of stuff as Facebook (pages, groups, video channels), but doesn’t seem to do the same sort of arbitrary lefty-biased shadow-banning that we’ve seen on Facebook.

Thus, I’m slowly duplicating my Facebook pages and groups on Spreely, in advance of a mass migration.

Also, while Facebook will allow you to post links to Spreely, the FB system labels it as “403 Forbidden.”

https://youme.social/profile/2220

YouMe seems to be a new outfit. Like MeWe, they don’t seem to let you share links of what you post outside their system.


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Monday, 17 February 2020

Mike’s Birthday Fundraiser for Firearms Policy Foundation

Filed under: Networking, Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:43 PM


Monday, 25 September 2017

Freenet: The forgotten cryptopunk paradise, by “Draketo” / Arne Babenhauserheide

Filed under: Networking, Politics, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:08 PM

Freenet: The forgotten cryptopunk paradise

by “Draketo” / Arne Babenhauserheide

I planned to get this into a newspaper, but it was too technical for the Guardian and too non-practical for Linux Voice. Then my free time ran out. Today I saw Barret Brown report (freenet mirror) on his 5 years court sentence for quoting a Fox news commentator and sharing a public link. Welcome to Freenet: The forgotten cryptopunk paradise!

# Freenet: The forgotten cryptopunk paradise

A long time ago in a chatroom far away, select groups of crypto-anarchists gathered to discuss the death of privacy since the NSA could spy on all communications with ease. Among those who proposed technical solutions was a student going by the name sanity, and he published the widely regarded first paper on Freenet: A decentralized anonymous datastore which was meant to be a cryptopunk paradise: true censorship resistance, no central authority and long lifetime only for information in which people were actually interested.

Many years passed, two towers fell, the empire expanded its hunt for rebels all over the globe, and now, as the empire’s grip has become so horrid that even the most loyal servants of the emperors turn against them and expose their dark secrets to the masses, Freenet is still moving forward. Lost to the eye of the public, it shaped and reshaped itself — all the while maintaining its focus to provide true freedom of the press in the internet.

Table of Contents

A new old hope

Once only a way to anonymously publish one-shot websites into Freenet that other members of the group could see, it now provides its users with most services found in the normal internet, yet safe from the prying eyes of the empire. Its users communicate with each other using email which hides metadata, micro-blogging with real anonymity, forums on a wide number of topics — from politics to drug experiences — and websites with update notifications (howto) whose topics span from music and anime over religion and programming to life without a state and the deepest pits of depravity.

All these possibilities emerge from its decentralized datastore and the tools built on top of a practically immutable data structure, and all its goals emerge from providing real freedom of the press. Decentralization is required to avoid providing a central place for censorship. Anonymity is needed to protect people against censorship by threat of subsequent punishment, prominently used in China where it is only illegal to write something against the state if too many people should happen to read it. Private communication is needed to allow whistleblowers to contact journalists and also to discuss articles before publication, invisible access to information makes it hard to censor articles by making everyone a suspect who reads one of those articles, as practiced by the NSA which puts everyone on the watchlist who accesses Freenetproject.org (reported by German public TV program Panorama). And all this has to be convenient enough for journalists to actually use it during their quite stressful daily work. As a side effect it provides true online freedom, because if something is safe enough for a whistleblower, it is likely safe enough for most other communication too.

These goals pushed Freenet development into areas which other groups only touched much later — or not at all. And except for convenience, which is much harder to get right in a privacy-sensitive context than it seems, Freenet nowadays manages to fulfill these goals very well.

The empire strikes the web

The cloud was “invented” and found to be unsafe, yet Freenet already provided its users with a safe cloud. Email was found to spill all your secrets, while Freenet already provided its users with privacy preserving emails. Disaster control became all the rage after hurricane Katrina and researchers scrambled to find solutions for communicating on restricted routes, and Freenet already provided a globally connectable darknet on friend-to-friend connections. Blogs drowned in spam comments and most caved in and switched to centralized commenting solutions, making the fabled blogosphere into little more than a PR outlet for Facebook, but Freenet already provided spam resistance via an actually working web of trust — after seeing the non-spam-resistant forum system Frost burn when some trolls realized that true anonymity also means complete freedom to use spam bots. Censorship and total surveillance of user behavior on Facebook was exposed, G+ required users to use their real names and Twitter got blocked in many repressive regimes, whereas Freenet already provided hackers with convenient, decentralized, anonymous microblogging. Now websites are cracked by the minute and constant attacks have made it a chore for private webmasters simply to stay available, though Freenet already offers attack resistant hosting which stays online as long as people are interested in the content.

All these developments happened in a private microcosm, where new and strange ideas could form and hatch; an incubator where reality could be rethought and rewritten to reestablish privacy in the internet. The internet was hit hard, and Freenet evolved to provide a refuge for those who could use it.

The return of privacy

What started as a student’s idea was driven forward by about a dozen free time coders and one paid developer for more than a decade — funded by donations from countless individuals — and turned into a true forgotten cryptopunk paradise: actual working solutions to seemingly impossible problems, highly detailed documentation streams in a vast nothingness to be explored only by the initiated (where RTFS is a common answer: Read The Friendly Source), all this with plans and discussions about saving the world mixed in.

The practical capabilities of Freenet should be known to every cryptopunk. But a combination of mediocre user experience, bad communication and worse PR (and maybe something more sinister, if Poul-Henning Kamp should prove to be farsighted about project Orchestra) brought us to a world where a new, fancy, half finished, partially thought through, cash-cow searching project comes around and instead of being asked “how’s that different from Freenet?”, the next time I talk to a random crypto-loving stranger about Freenet I am asked “how is Freenet different from X which just made the news?” (the answer which fits every single time is: “Even if X should work, it would provide only half of Freenet, and none of the really important features — friend-to-friend darknet, access dependent content lifetime, decentralized spam resistance, stable pseudonyms, hosting without a server”).

Right now, many years of work have culminated in a big step forward for Freenet. It is time for Freenet to re-emerge from hiding and take its place as one of the few privacy tools actually proven to work — and as the single tool with the most ambitious goal: Reestablishing freedom of the press and freedom of speech in the internet.

Join in

If you do not have the time for large scale contribution, a good way to support freenet is to run and use it — and ask your friends to join in, ideally over darknet.

freenetproject.org

Since the focus of Freenet has been on the big goals, there are lots of low hanging fruit; small tasks which allow reaping the fruits of existing solutions to hard problems. For example my recent work on Freenet includes 4 hours of hacking the Python based site uploader in pyFreenet which sped up the load time of its sites by up to a factor of 4. If you are an interested software developer and want to join, come to #freenet @ freenode to chat, discuss with us in the freenet devl mailing list and check the github-project.

Welcome to Freenet, where no one can watch you read.


NOTES

  1. Original article [text-only version / PDF version]

Friday, 15 April 2016

China’s “Sesame Credit” — Coming to America Soon!

Filed under: Networking, Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:27 AM


After watching that video clip, who can truthfully say that the DNC and a good bit of the RNC wouldn’t want something along the lines of China’s proposed “Social Credit System” for deployment here in the States?

Why, they might even make your health a part of your “personal score,” thanks to Obama’s federalized copy-and-paste job from Massachusetts Romneycare. So much for the “privacy guarantees” that were allegedly instituted with HIPAA.

If the Imperial District wants to know if you’ve made any financial transactions that they disapprove of, they can always check with the\ Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and add those to your score.

I’m sure I left some things out, but the Imperials from the District of Criminals will think of things to fill in any blanks I left here.

H/T L. Neil Smith at The Libertarian Enterprise


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 14.2
  2. Original article
  3. Reposted –
    1. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    4. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Intro to the Snow Den

Filed under: Media, Networking — mikewb1971 @ 3:23 AM

It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one.

MWB

——– Forwarded Message ——–
Subject: Intro to the Snow Den
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2015 10:13:49 +0100
From: Mister Mxyzptlk <mrmxyzptlk2015@yahoo.co.uk>
To: undisclosed recipients: ;

Hello, all!

The Snow Den is a blog for those who care about laissez-faire free markets, Constitutionally-limited government, individual rights and public-sector fiscal restraint.

You’re receiving this email because you seem like you care more about those concepts than whether the Democrats or Republicans are on top this year or the next.

Feel free to spread the word about this blog.

If you send in a contribution, we will not publish your name or contact information unless you explicitly request us to do so.

Thanks for reading!

Mr. Mxyzptlk
Publisher, The Snow Den
http://thesnowden2015.wordpress.com/


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 11
  2. Listening – Freedom Is a State of Mind by Corporate Avenger

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