I'm Freddy, an amateur writer covering, privacy, security and open-source development.

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Hi folks! 9 years ago (to the day), the late Aaron Swartz made the first commit to SecureDrop, which was then called DeadDrop. Today the project is used by >70 media orgs around the world.

It's an open source whistleblower submission platform that uses the Tor network to protect source anonymity. We're also working on a next-generation integrated workstation for journalists based on Qubes OS:

We're happy to be here! #introductions

Over half of your libraries are used by fewer than 0.1% of your executables.

FWIW, we (pre-)released a new piece of TURN server software today:


@sir β€œMusic is the cup that holds the wine of silence”

While we're on the subject of decolonising music history/teaching: the first piece of music made by manipulating tape recordings is from Africa. Halim El-Dabh wrote "Ta'abir al-Zaar" ["The Expression of Zaar"] in 1944.

You can find out more about him from his website: halimeldabh.com/

Note that he was spotted by the US government as a talented composer and recruited to a US University, so there's not a good excuse for ignoring his work, and yet he's not often discussed.

Prof. Wolff contends that the problems of racism, poverty and police brutality afflicting the US cannot be fixed without a fundamental change in how we organize our society. youtube.com/watch?v=DYvCPLEJYg

Wow the head of the Open Technology Fund just resigned over lobbying efforts to force it to fund closed-source projects vice.com/en_us/article/935k5p/

Back in 2016 @OpenTechFund@twitter.com paid for the public security audit of Matrix's E2E encryption by @NCCCrypto@twitter.com: an absolutely critical step for Matrix. Today, OTF is under attack. Please help save them for the sake of the Internet. #SaveInternetFreedom #SaveOTF saveinternetfreedom.tech

@starbreaker@mastodon.art Agree with this. Get a bunch of yubikeys, turn off password auth, and maybe set AllowUsers in sshd_config

@sir the BeOS legacy of fantastic multimedia performance lives on

@sir Curious what the bare metal Haiku experience is like these days. It’s been relegated to VMs for a few years.

@sir In most US cities the PD is only accountable to the mayor. The public is more like a raw material that the police extract value from.

uspol, econ 

Nike has joined the list of companies making Juneteenth a paid holiday. Good on them for actually opening their purses.


Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, commemorates the day news of the end of the US Civil War reached the last group of slaves.


Caitlin Johnstone

Ongoing list of tips for navigating your way through the personal, cultural and international narratives we tell ourselves about what's going on in a world that is saturated with manipulation, cultural mind viruses and propaganda.


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