Category: activism

At Richard Spencer’s Florida Rally, Protesters Drive Out the Alt-Right, One by One

At Richard Spencer’s Florida Rally, Protesters Drive Out the Alt-Right, One by One:

Direct Action: It works!

TW: Nazis

Unicorn Riot Continues Their Winning Streak, Publishes Searchable Database of “Anticom” Neo-Nazi Server Leaks

Unicorn Riot Continues Their Winning Streak, Publishes Searchable Database of “Anticom” Neo-Nazi Server Leaks:

See for yourself.

Now you can find out if your friends have Signal…without telling Signal

Now you can find out if your friends have Signal…without telling Signal:

Changes are coming to Signal. And good ones.

From their blog:

“Using this service, Signal clients will be able to efficiently and
scalably determine whether the contacts in their address book are Signal
users without revealing the contacts in their address book to the Signal service.”

It’s yet another move to cut the service provider out of the loop. For people who need secure and private communications, this is a good thing.

For a (very) technical explanation of how it works, click the headline.

China’s security boss planning to use AI to stop crime before it even happens

China’s security boss planning to use AI to stop crime before it even happens:

“Some of these technologies, such as facial recognition, are already in use in some Chinese cities.

In Shanghai, traffic police reportedly use facial recognition technology to identify cyclists and pedestrians who violate road regulations.

Critics
of the idea have already raised concerns about how Beijing’s use of new
technology will allow to tighten its control over its subjects.

The
one-party-state already monitors and censors large parts of the
internet and frequently arbitrarily detains “dissidents” based on their
online activity.”

Using AI to identify protestors hiding behind hats or scarves is entirely possible

Using AI to identify protestors hiding behind hats or scarves is entirely possible:

It’s not very effective yet, but it’s getting there.

“Too many worry about what AI—as if some independent entity—will do to us. Too few people worry what *power* will do *with* AI.” – Zeynep Tufekci

The Top 9 Ways I Found Your ‘Secret’ Dating Profile

The Top 9 Ways I Found Your ‘Secret’ Dating Profile:

Sometimes (often) activists need to organize and communicate using pseudonyms. We often make ‘secret’ alternate accounts for better anonymity and privacy. But these are often not as secret as they seem, like the ‘secret’ dating profiles mentioned above.

Read on for the common mistakes.

The key takeaway here is: do not allow any communication or repeated info between your regular accounts and alternates – do not contaminate your aliases.

Don’t reuse user names, don’t reuse photos, don’t give the same demographic information, don’t reveal info about yourself that could be used to compile a profile and identify you. Don’t link it to your regular email or phone. Don’t register new accounts to your regular email address. Don’t use the same security questions. You get the idea.

Note that while this will keep trolls from tracking your activity, anonymous accounts aren’t enough to evade state surveillance – for that you’ll need to take more extensive measures. Start by familiarizing yourself with Tor, and reading about how to surf anonymously. There’s a lot to learn, but you can do it.

Boston’s ‘Free Speech’ Rally Goes Bust vs. 40,000 Protesters

Boston’s ‘Free Speech’ Rally Goes Bust vs. 40,000 Protesters:

Well, that was satisfying.

200 attend Montreal solidarity rally against white nationalists in Charlottesville

200 attend Montreal solidarity rally against white nationalists in Charlottesville

In Berlin, neo-Nazis, counterprotesters take to the streets

In Berlin, neo-Nazis, counterprotesters take to the streets

There already signs of fracture in the white nationalist forums over Charlottesville.

It’s manifesting in arguments over whether to attend the rallies this weekend and lack of direction re: what to do next.

This is good.

Don’t count them out yet, but it looks like the opposition of the last week (direct action, arrests, deplatforming by tech companies, “Yes You’re Racist”)  has had an effect.

The question now is: will they stay home? or show up crazier?

Stay safe.