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> Hello all! > > A friend (Aeva Palecek, she said it was okay to reference her here) and > I have been discussing ways in which distributed communication can > help/harm those who are at risk of targeted harassment campaigns. Her > list of thoughts/concerns are below: > > Her list is: > > <aevas_list> > 1. lack of redundancy - while communication is distributed, one's > online presance is not. If your server gets DDOSed and you don't > know how to mitigate the damaged, you are silenced. > > 2. not all of us are sysadmins - I can set up a VPS, but being able to > set one up securely is a profession all on its own. > > 3. lack of filtering tools - no ability to reduce line noise from > people spamming. The service may as well actually be offline if > you have to sift through large volumes of putrid hate speech before > you can read anything from your friends and loved ones > > 3. a. curated block lists are effective tools - "block bot" is a > popular one that people use on twitter. Tools like this let a > group of people who trust eachother to curate and add to the list > based on their interactions with people. > > 3. b. sockpuppet accounts are common ways to circumvent block lists, > but if someone is receiving a high volume of messages (or just > wants to), there should be an option to prevent accounts with 0 > customization, too low amount of follows, and/or too new from > communicating with you. Afaik, twitter lacks this. > > 4. If you are following the rules and want to have full control over > your domain name, you basically have to dox yourself to have an > online presence, or have to invest a bunch of money to keep > yourself (eg, buy a PO box to use instead of your home address, or > register an L3C or something to use instead of your name). Can we > please move away from this horrible approach? > > (Some additional feedback from Aeva: #2 is an issue of making > deployment easier, and maybe something along the lines of onion > services is a response to #4. A hidden federated service, possibly > built off of tor, would not only solve problem 4, but maybe make > everything but #3 less damning.) > > </aevas_list> > > I'm not proposing any thoughts of my own in this email... I think it's > best to let hers take center stage. But I'm interested in peoples' > feedback on how we can make federated technologies more responsive to > these needs/concerns? > > - Chris
Aeva Ntsc shared this.You might want to take a look into some of https://redmatrix.me/help/zothttps://redmatrix.me/help/zot - in particular, nomadic identity goes a long way into circumventing when one's own server goes down (you can clone your channel onto other servers, and they reflect your posts with the correct assigned permissions and federate out properly to your contacts)Ugh, formatting.
You might want to take a look into some of how RedMatrix handles federation - in particular, nomadic identity goes a long way into circumventing when one's own server goes down (you can clone your channel onto other servers, and they reflect your posts with the correct assigned permissions and federate out properly to your contacts)
- No, I don't want to have an indepth discussion about how the technology I work on has been grievously disappointing to you. Thanks, though.Yep! I'm talking more about people who approach me at conferences. They'll typically either tell me how the task I've set myself is impossible or how I've done an incompetent job trying to solve it. In a certain headspace I'm open to this conversation but usually I'm ok with just doing what I do.
If people say you've done an incompetent job, they're just ignoring reality. Even a cursory glance at the pump.io network shows it's quite functional and happily used by many, many people. That's way the heck up there on the competence scale. :-)
the doge test failed:
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Hell, even for KDE, decent dark themes can be a pain in the arse to find. I've mostly given up finding one I'm completely happy with to be honest.
Have you ever tried Redshift? I started using it a couple years ago and love it. It may not completely reduce the blaring screen at night time but, it certainly helps.
3d printing the Goblin Force campaign reward badges at @Aeva Ntsc's place
Some Liberated Pixel Cup stuff in the demo index also.
The #MaleFeministImpression hashtag on Twitter has certainly given me pause for thought. As I hope it does for my male or mostly male followers too.
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I actually typed out a comment that addressed a bunch of this, but in attempt to address a single-word typo, I accidentally deleted it. So let me summarize:
- I agree it can be self-defeating, and in fact, there's a serious risk of conversations turning into this comic, which isn't helpful either, both because ironic, and if you attack men for identifying as feminists, then they probably will stop doing that. That would indeed be self-defeating (and not to mention, it does become ironic, see the comic)
- That said, identifying as a feminist is by no means a free pass to continue as things were otherwise. You have to listen, and enable others to do things.
I'm pretty sure we agree there.
Also, I post this stuff as self-criticism... I would like to know how I could do better. I'm sure I don't manage to do the right thing a lot... please let me know, and help me out.Maiki: the idea is that if any of the tweets with the hashtag feel like they describe you or others you know, it may be a good time to pause and think about what that means about *you* or your friends. If the overall concept is frustrating and makes you upset, then you have more introspection to do. If you find the tweets hilarious, and you don't feel the urge to say "I'm not like that!!!", then congratulations on your promotion to the status of "non-problematic ally"!
>> Aeva Ntsc:
“Maiki: the idea is that if any of the tweets with the hashtag feel like they describe you or others you know, it may be a good time to pause and think about what that means about *you* or your friends. If the overall concept is frustrating and makes you upset, then you have more introspection to do. If you find the tweets hilarious, and you don't feel the urge to say "I'm not like that!!!", then congratulations on your promotion to the status of "non-problematic ally"!”
Oh, okay. That is some context that makes sense to me. By the time I saw the feed, I am pretty sure it was just trolls flooding it, because there was some vicious people making violent threats to women. That was obviously not what it had started as, but the term MaleFeministImpression doesn't imply anything to me by itself.
I can see how that would describe what Chris was talking about, too, though I wasn't able to deduce it from eir description. Thanks for clarifying! ^_^
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@Aeva Ntsc'S OPEN HARDWARE LAPTOP http://pirateradiotheater.org/files/hacktoplolo.gifShow all 5 repliesThe image is a joke but the project is not. I am planning on building an open hardware laptop out of a BBB in that laptop shell. I'm planning on documenting the process in the event anyone wants to try it + release code;
however, I am not designing it as a product. If others wish to follow in my foot steps, they may have to adjust their design accordingly to what is available.
I would like to see BBB based hacktops be more common though.
- In less than 24 hours since launch we are 10% of our way to unlocking the first campaign milestone!
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- How can you resist donating when hitting milestones is like unlocking video game characters? ;)
Let's make this happen!
- My interpretation of my discussion with Aeva at last night's Python Office Hours . . .A: What are you working on?J: I'm working on some stuff with Pelican. Just some Jinja templating stuff, and I may write a plugin.
A: Oh, cool. I wrote my own blogging engine. It's called Pariah.
J: Awesome. Does it, like, delete the posts that you write? Or does it randomly set private posts to public, and vice-versa?
A: No, actually, it grabs all of your posts, and finds ones from the past. And also finds secret ones from the future. If it can't find posts from the past, it creates a meta-past. But the meta-past is encrypted, and if you try to decrypt it, it will call your mom and tell her that you should stop trying to hack my blog and that you should be a good person and eat more vegetables. Then it compiles all of the files from different directories and sends your mom an encrypted SMS which has a special code that she uses to read the post on zerobin. Then the message self-destructs and the blog is recompiled.
J: That is the best blogging engine ever.
Well, this won't change anyone's mind about stereotypes about us wisconsinites, no sir. Cool idea though.
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- Cloud computing was yesterday; the future is cosmos computing! #vaguejokes
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