Word­Press is not pri­va­cy frien­dly any­mo­re

Word­Press nowa­days isn’t as pri­va­cy frien­dly as I tho­ught (con­nec­tion with gra­va­tar servi­ces, hard­co­ded google fonts refe­ren­ces). It almost looks like WP devs doesn’t care any­mo­re, busi­ness is win­ning over han­dy tool event for acti­vi­sts wor­king under extre­me­ly dan­ge­ro­us con­di­tions. I’ve on the other hand noti­ced this pro­blem whi­le having tro­ubles with pro­per display of natio­nal let­ters on cle­an WP instan­ce. Never­the­less: Word­Press instan­ce after cle­an instal­la­tion shouldn’t try to con­nect to any server apart from its host.

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How I read my ema­il

I prac­ti­cal­ly use mutt eve­ry time and eve­ry­whe­re, even on my smart­pho­ne and tablet. Con­nec­ting to scre­en ses­sion via Con­nect­Bot. Tried many dif­fe­rent desk­top and web based clients, in the long run they all suck for me. As I do with my emacs con­fig, if I like some func­tion elswhe­re, I test it for a whi­le and than imple­ment it in my con­fig.

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An inte­rview for CNN iRe­port abo­ut Polish citi­zens vs ACTA

So few days ago I was inte­rvie­wed by Chris Mor­row abo­ut Poland signing ACTA on 26th of Janu­ary. We’ve had many pro­te­sts and demon­stra­tions orga­ni­zed aga­inst our govern­ment which plan­ned to sign ACTA witho­ut pro­per con­sul­ta­tions with NGOs figh­ting for citi­zens rights.

It got into main­stre­am Polish media thanks to attacks on gov servers orga­ni­sed by crac­kers cal­ling them­se­lves Polish Ano­ny­mo­us or Polish Under­gro­und. It was good and bad for us (NGOs) – we’ve lost our posi­tion we’ve had to talk to our govern­ment. Crac­kers attac­king gov websi­tes have sto­len all the focus we have been able to use to talk to our poli­ti­cians.

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Tal­king abo­ut world witho­ut an inter­net on natio­nal TV

So yester­day I was asked to say few words abo­ut how the world would be look/work witho­ut an inter­net for our natio­nal Polish TVTVP Info. I spent 4–5 minu­tes tal­king, but in the end I was cut to 2 short sen­ten­ces. I thin it was defi­ni­te­ly worth it. (;

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As for the who­le part abo­ut pro­te­sts aga­inst SOPA all over the inter­net they’ve got few things enti­re­ly bac­kwards but all in all it was pret­ty good. My two short sen­ten­ces were abo­ut an inter­net being as big disco­ve­ry as wri­ting or prin­ting (thanks rysiek for that tho­ught!). Next one was abo­ut our disa­bi­li­ty to switch off the who­le network, I’ve men­tio­ned few coun­tries that tried to do that. Next words abo­ut Tele­co­mix, dial-ups, hack­ti­vism and FLOSS didn’t make it. They’ve also used few other tho­ughts pre­sen­ted by me during the talk, but they were read by nar­ra­tor.

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Kopi­mism is not pira­cy

Whi­le reading the news abo­ut Kopi­mism reco­gni­zed as a reli­gion in Swe­den one thing that got my atten­tion and made me angry was defi­ning it as a pira­cy in all Polish media. To get this stra­ight I wro­te few words abo­ut it in news posted on OSnews​.pl:

Kopi­mism is not pira­cy. It’s data sha­ring, phi­lo­so­phy, move­ment and now reli­gion. It asks you to sha­re, copy and spre­ad the con­tent you’ve cre­ated or you’re allo­wed to spre­ad. It’s stron­gly con­nec­ted with Data­Lo­ve which says that data is free, neu­tral (it isn’t good or bad) and it must flow.

It’s good to let others know that you want your con­tent to be copied and spre­ad by inc­lu­ding KOPI­MI logo next to it

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Help Tele­co­mix with action for Bela­rus

So at first few words on what’s going on… Sin­ce 6th of Janu­ary all busi­nesses are requ­ired to have the­ir servi­ces for Bela­rus citi­zens hosted on Belo­rus­sian servers. All ISP’s and inter­net-cafes are orde­red to gather all data abo­ut the­ir custo­mers and logs from the­ir usa­ge of inter­net.

It’s quite obvio­us that the big­gest busi­nesses will do it. But we can­not say that for smal­ler ones having casu­al custo­mers from Bela­rus (shops and other servi­ces). So they’ll basi­cal­ly have to shut down the access for Bela­rus citi­zens which gives us the same result as site bloc­king, but (I real­ly hate to say this) done right (meaning not via DNS bloc­king which is still bad). For now we can­not say for sure how hard this law is going to be used, and if and which busi­nesses are going to respect it. As we’re said puni­sh­ment for bre­akin» it won’t be so big for them (as in sca­le). One thing is sure, that brin­ging tho­se servi­ces to Belo­rus­sian servers will make them real­ly easy to shut down if it’s neces­sa­ry.

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Pid­gin as default IM client in GNO­ME 3

Empa­thy is a good IM client. It’s pushed as a default one in Ubun­tu, its remi­xes and all other distros using GNO­ME envi­ron­ment. It has one big lack, witch makes it real­ly bad cho­ice for your default one. Off-the-Record mes­sa­ging (OTR) is some­thin» that any modern IM client sho­uld sup­port. You can find it in Kope­te from KDE, even Adium on Mac OS X has it… Whe­re is this sup­port in GNO­ME? Nowhe­re… The­re is a bug repor­ted in 2008 and yet it’s still not imple­men­ted.

So how can we chan­ge the default IM client in GNO­ME 3 and still get this eye can­dy and han­dy sup­port? The­re are two cho­ices (but of cour­se you can use also QT based clients like Kope­te or PSI if you want): Gajim (sup­por­ting OTR sin­ce 0.15) and Pid­gin. I’ve cho­sen second one (you sho­uld too if you want to con­nect with users of other networks than xmpp).

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We can pro­vi­de help for people hit by Ano­ny­mo­us actions

After spen­ding few hours on looking thro­ugh data obta­ined by Ano­ny­mo­us and publi­shed on paste­bin (you can find them whi­le revie­wing @YourAnonNews acco­unt on Twit­ter) during #Lul­zXmas action I felt con­cer­ned abo­ut the pri­va­cy of all tho­se ppl which data are fly­ing now all aro­und the inter­net.

It’s obvio­us for me that if some­one had to put his hands such data like this held by Strat­for (I real­ly can’t find a bet­ter words than com­ple­te idiots to call them) Ano­ny­mo­us gro­up is the best option (it doesn’t real­ly mat­ter if tho­se were Ano­ny­mo­us or Lulz­sec or Anti­sec, the­ir ways are real­ly clo­se). They at least are tal­king and spre­ading the news all aro­und inste­ad of using the data. If it was some­one else I bet it’d take a real­ly long time for Strat­for spe­cia­li­sts” (have the­ir ever heard of the thing cal­led data encryp­tion?) to find out what has hap­pe­ned and by then real­ly big amo­unt of money’d be gone from the­ir client acco­unts.

By looking at the­ir face­bo­ok fan page (yea, the best, safest and pri­va­cy frien­dly servi­ce to spre­ad this kind of news) I lost all my hope abo­ut them tel­ling the­ir clients what real­ly hap­pe­ned and what they sho­uld do in this case to save the­ir pri­va­cy and money (just look at this). After looking at two more archi­ves publi­shed by Ano­ny­mo­us from next com­pa­nies I tho­ught abo­ut an open sour­ce software/script/service which’d allow to send ano­ny­mo­usly an ema­il infor­ming abo­ut a leak, cur­rent situ­ation and steps which sho­uld be taken to incre­ase clients/users (which were hit by the leak) pri­va­cy, safe­ty and get the­ir cur­rent and futu­re situ­ation stra­ight.

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