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.
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.
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.
So yesterday I was asked to say few words about how the world would be look/work without an internet for our national Polish TV – TVP 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. (;
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.
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
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.
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).
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.