Here is a thread about all of my work from 2019!
At the beginning of 2019, WikiLeaks sent an email to journalists with a list of 140 "false and defamatory" things about Julian Assange. So my first post of the year was on my personal blog, fact checking WL and their many, many lies -- some even about me https://micahflee.com/2019/01/lies-that-wikileaks-tells-you/
In late 2018 Bloomberg published a widely criticized, probably untrue story about China inserting secret chips in Supermicro motherboards. In response, Henrik Moltke and I dug into the Snowden archive and wrote the definitive piece on ACTUAL supply chain attacks, based on actual documents and evidence https://theintercept.com/2019/01/24/computer-supply-chain-attacks/
In 2019 I also started hosting my email on a Helm home email server in my living room -- I'm still using it, and it's great! Unlike Gmail users, no one but me has access to my email, and I don't have to do any sysadmining. I wrote an in-depth product review of Helm https://theintercept.com/2019/04/30/helm-email-server/
This year, Trump's DOJ arrested Daniel Hale and charged him with espionage for allegedly leaking documents about the US drone/assassination program to The Intercept in 2014. This prompted me to write a detailed longread on Trump's war on whistleblowers. I was particularly proud of that story. It really nails down the fact that _everyone_ is under corporate surveillance, and unlike spies, ordinary whistleblowers don't have the training or skills to evade it
At The Intercept, we also published the final batch of SIDtoday documents from the Snowden archive this year. I'm very proud of the amazingly detailed work we did publishing this secret history of post 9/11 America. RIP Snowden archive reporting :(
Even though it's two decades into the 21st century, my year involved a good bit of PGP stuff. (Maybe I'm a masochist?)
I made a lot of progress on turning the format that GPG Sync uses into an internet standard, the Keylist RFC: https://tech.firstlook.media/gpg-sync-v0-3
This year some of the critical vulnerabilities in the SKS keyserver network were very publicly exploited -- my PGP key is among those that's forever broken on SKS keyservers. So I wrote about the death of the keyserver network, and how FLM is handling it:
I also made some MAJOR new releases to OnionShare. This year is where it really turned into an organized and robust open source project. It's now translated into many languages and supports anonymous dropboxes and hosting onion sites
I also decided to delete most of my old tweets (in the birdsite), but while still keeping the ones that I wanted. I wrote an open source tool called semiphemeral to help me do this -- it turns out social media privacy is quite popular these days
@micahflee may the force with you in 2020 again, good luck &
Wasn't there talks of shipping a flatpak for onion share? Was there an update on that or some issue preventing it (seeing as the Mac version needed to be tweaked).
What will happen to the rest of the archives actually?
@LienRag unclear. A lot of newsrooms have copies of the archive, so it's a matter of who decides to find a new home for the archive. This new home needs to have the resources/staff to keep it secure and continue publishing from it
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