Category: democracy

USA Liberty Act Won’t Fix What’s Most Broken with NSA Internet Surveillance

USA Liberty Act Won’t Fix What’s Most Broken with NSA Internet Surveillance

Racist, violent, unpunished: A white hate group’s campaign of menace — ProPublica

Racist, violent, unpunished: A white hate group’s campaign of menace — ProPublica:

Stunning reporting by ProPublica. A reminder that IDing Nazis is vital to understanding and stopping them.

TW: Nazis, violence

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

Here’s How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream

Here’s How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream:

“And there was no way the journalists threatened with lawsuits for
calling Yiannopoulos a racist could have known about his passwords.

In
an April 6 email, Allum Bokhari mentioned having had access to an
account of Yiannopoulos’s with “a password that began with the word
Kristall.” Kristallnacht, an infamous 1938 riot against German Jews
carried out by the SA — the paramilitary organization that helped Hitler
rise to power — is sometimes considered the beginning of the Holocaust.
In a June 2016 email to an assistant, Yiannopoulos shared the password
to his email, which began “LongKnives1290.” The Night of the Long Knives
was the Nazi purge of the leadership of the SA. The purge famously
included Ernst Röhm, the SA’s gay leader. 1290 is the year King Edward I
expelled the Jews from England.”

Dox the Sh*t Out of Yourself with These Nifty Tools.

Dox the Sh*t Out of Yourself with These Nifty Tools.:

We’ve talked about doxing before, and how you can defend yourself from trolls, creeps, and worse.

Here’s another arrow in your quiver: the fantastic OSINT Search Tool by Michael Bazzell. Just click the headline, and you’ll see a number of options in a toolbar on the left hand side. Go crazy and see what you can find about yourself online. You might be surprised.

We like this tool because it automates a bunch of different search options to give you a fuller picture of what a determined non-state opponent could turn up about you.

Give it a try.

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.”

Trump Praises Erdogan, Whose Bodyguards Then Assault Protesters in Washington

Trump Praises Erdogan, Whose Bodyguards Then Assault Protesters in Washington:

Remember this headline from a few months ago?

Trump may be the world’s most powerful authoritarian, but he’s hardly the only one. Take Turkey’s Recep Erdogan. Under his rule, over 47,000 people have been jailed on terrorism charges. Many journalists and some politicians have been jailed. The government has been restructured to the point where calling it a democracy is questionable. Social media including Facebook, Youtube and Twitter are repeatedly blocked.

Trump. Erdogan. Putin. Duterte. They all want one thing: power. And gold-plated toilets, probably. But it is within our collective power to stop them.

Learn about these men and what they’ve done in their countries. Their actions provide insight into Donald Trump’s impulses. The issues of America right now are in many cases at more advanced stages in other countries.  Erosion of fair elections? Check. Militarization of an unaccountable police force? Check. Aggression against a free press? Check. Restriction of civil liberties? Mass surveillance? Executive power grabs? Encouraging street thugs to beat up those who disagree? Check check check.

The fight against fascism in the US is not happening in isolation. It is of a piece with struggles against authoritarianism around the world.

Think globally, act locally.

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

A Trump meltdown for the ages

A Trump meltdown for the ages:

In a turn of events no one could have forseen, it turns out that Donald Trump is a

NAZI FUCKING SYMPATHIZER

Eat a dick, Donald.

Sincerely,

Everyone