I've been hearing a lot of prominent people speak about surveillance and privacy, but when I hear Richard Stallman talk about it, it really struck a chord with me.
"We need a law. Fuck them — there’s no reason we should let them exist if the price is knowing everything about us. Let them disappear. They’re not important — our human rights are important. No company is so important that its existence justifies setting up a police state. And a police state is what we’re heading toward."
John Lennon's "Imagine," Made Into a Comic Strip
**Major Study Finds The US Is An Oligarchy**
"The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern..."
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Listening to interview with Noam Chomsky on Intercepted, and right at the end he says that the most recent invasion of Iraq was the first time in imperialist history where the war was massively protested *before* it was launched.
Is that true? I've never thought about that before. Chomsky would know more so than I would.
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@dblenses For those whose main language is English, this reporting from The Guardian seems to be a good place to start understanding the situation in Brazil. It is scary.
A bill pending in Congress could allow copyright claims to be processed as fast as traffic tickets—but with no real judge and no real way to appeal. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/09/copyright-and-speech-should-not-be-treated-traffic-tickets
Considering an ops-y career? We're still open for applications for the Associate Site Reliability Engineer role at Freedom of the Press Foundation (remote work possible in American time zones). Also added a fair bit more detail about what kind of projects this person is likely to take on:
The words you use here have negative connotation, but they're very close to some positive ideas:
sustainable ~= monetized
maintained ~= proprietary
I hope we can find ways to build networks that are
- supportive of innovation
that don't have to be controlled and monetized by corporations.
Mastodon is a promising early example so far, but I'm not sure how well it's delivering overall.
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