An Experiment

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Oct 262018
 

To all zero of my readers,

Actually writing things seems to be something I can’t muster up the will to do.

So I hacked up an rss plugin for wordpress last year to repost excepts from my tt-rss shared feed, but have left the posts it generates private. Since it’s OK if not ideal, I’m just gonna set the plugin to post publicly for now to see if it works out, and maybe as motivation to hurry up and finish tweaking the format, or writing a fresh plugin from scratch that only does what I need.

For now it will post every time I update my shared feed from tt-rss; I am leaning toward modifying it so that it collects all posts and makes a single daily entry, but I’ll see how this works first.

Jul 102019
 

Just months before millions of its internal documents were stolen and dumped on the internet, the Tennessee-based surveillance company Perceptics was preparing to pitch New York’s transit authority on how it could help enforce impending “congestion pricing” rules, according to leaked documents reviewed by The Intercept. The pitch, as outlined in the files, went well beyond mere toll enforcement and into profiling New Yorkers’ travel patterns and companions, creating what experts describe as major privacy…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://theintercept.com/2019/07/09/surveillance-perceptics-new-york-city-drivers/

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Jul 062019
 

After decades of nurturing a culture of violent, racist abuse, Customs and Border Protection cannot be seen as just another working-class job. Like Hitler’s SS, we must see CBP not as a place where good people do bad things, but where bad people do bad things. Protesters demonstrate for the migrants who perished at the US-Mexico border or while in custody of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on July 1, 2019 in Los Angeles,…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://jacobinmag.com/2019/07/border-patrol-is-the-american-ss/

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Jul 062019
 

In April, hundreds of people packed into the Old South Church in Boston to hear the world-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky speak. In this hour-long special, we air an excerpt of Chomsky’s speech and his on-stage interview with Amy Goodman.

External feed Read More at the Source: http://www.democracynow.org/2019/7/5/an_hour_with_noam_chomsky_on

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Jul 062019
 

The United States is in the middle of a massive housing crisis. Community land trusts can help address it. Tenants march in a protest in the Lower East Side in New York. (Marlis Momber) Over the past fifty years, cycles of disinvestment and aggressive reinvestment in urban real estate markets, stagnating wages, and neoliberal shifts in federal housing policy have created a complex housing system that is fueled by debt and fails to serve a…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://jacobinmag.com/2019/07/community-land-trusts-affordable-housing/

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Jul 062019
 

Noah Scalin (previously) writes, “I’m so devastated to learn about Mad magazine’s imminent demise. I just recently finished my own portrait of Alfred E. Neuman, made from stickers, inspired by the reboot of the magazine (which features new works by artists inspired by growing up reading Mad). Mad was such a seminal part of my childhood. As a budding activist I loved seeing popular culture, politics and advertising skewered in such a clever & subversive…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://boingboing.net/2019/07/05/att-vs-bill-gaines.html

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Jul 062019
 

The Working Families will endorse one Democrat for president later this year, but in the meantime it has announced that the endorsement will go to one of these six candidates: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Bill de Blasio, or Kamala Harris. See this press release, which only relates to West Virginia. See this story, which says that the story is true for the entire Working Families Party, not just the West Virginia…

External feed Read More at the Source: http://ballot-access.org/2019/07/06/working-families-party-of-west-virginia-will-work-against-joe-biden-in-the-democratic-primary/

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Jul 052019
 

Way back in February, Mozilla announced an upcoming collaboration with Scroll aimed at finding a way to help fund news outlets. The organization appears ready to finally launch to the service, sending users a survey, along with invites to an upcoming beta launch of what it calls “Firefox Ad-free Internet.” The service is one of countless third-party platforms aimed at helping ailing publications find a way to better monetize in an an era of defunding,…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/05/mozilla-readies-launch-of-news-subscription-service/

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Jul 052019
 

The scrubbing began quickly. At 10:55 a.m., ProPublica published a story reporting the existence of a secret, invitation-only Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents that featured vulgar, violent, and misogynistic content directed at migrants and lawmakers. A little over two hours later, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, called for active-duty agents responsible for the posts to lose their jobs. Minutes after that, U.S. Customs and Border…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://theintercept.com/2019/07/05/border-patrol-facebook-group/

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Jul 022019
 

Enlarge (credit: Andrew Cowie/AFP/GettyImages) Earlier this year, ICANN sought public comment on a new contract for the Public Interest Registry, the non-profit organization that administers the .org top-level domain. The results were stark. More than 3,200 individuals and organizations submitted comments to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and most of them focused on a proposal to remove a cap on the price customers could be charged for .org domains. The existing contract, signed…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1530117

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Jul 022019
 

GnuPG contributors Robert J. Hansen (rjh) and Daniel Kahn Gillmor (dkg) were victims of a certificate spamming attack over the past week. This attack exploited a defect in the OpenPGP protocol itself in order to “poison” rjh and dkg’s OpenPGP certificates. Anyone who attempts to import a poisoned certificate into a vulnerable OpenPGP installation will very likely break their installation in hard-to-debug ways. Poisoned certificates are already on the SKS keyserver network. There is no…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://lwn.net/Articles/792494/rss

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Jul 022019
 

The books of the 20th century are largely not online.  They are mostly not available from even the biggest booksellers. And, libraries who have collected hard copies of these books have not been able to deliver them in a cost-efficient, simple, digital form to their patrons.  The way libraries could fill that gap is to adopt and deliver a controlled digital lending service. The Internet Archive is trying to do its part but needs others…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://blog.archive.org/2019/07/01/most-20th-century-books-unavailable-to-internet-users-we-can-fix-that/

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Jul 022019
 

The Democratic Party should be hosting thematic debates with viable presidential candidates on poverty, housing, foreign policy, immigrant rights, the climate crisis, and more. Instead, they are collaborating with the mainstream media to host empty entertainment spectacles. Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) Marianne Williamson, former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, former tech executive Andrew Yang, South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg, former vice president Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://jacobinmag.com/2019/07/democratic-presidential-debate-winner/

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Jul 022019
 

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez resisted the efforts of Customs and Border Protection officials to prevent her from speaking directly to migrants detained in El Paso, Texas on Monday, forcing her way into a cell filled with women during a visit by a Congressional delegation. Emerging from the facility, Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter that one of the detained women “described their treatment at the hands of officers as ‘psychological warfare’ — waking them at odd hours for…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://theintercept.com/2019/07/01/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-democrats-denounce-migrant-detention-conditions/

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Jun 292019
 

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, boxed in by the Senate and centrist Democrats in her caucus, caved to Republicans on an emergency border funding bill. The Senate bill was put on the floor after New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a Democrat and co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, told House leaders he had the votes to scuttle a House version that mandated improved conditions for detained migrant children. Gottheimer’s attempted power play was first reported by…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://theintercept.com/2019/06/28/josh-gottheimer-house-democrats-cave-as-josh-gottheimer-claims-to-have-votes-to-block-bill-mandating-better-conditions-for-children-in-detention/

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Jun 292019
 

Not a particularly sweet ending to the week Health implant maker MedTronic is recalling some of its insulin pumps following the discovery of security vulnerabilities in the equipment that can be exploited over the air to hijack them.…

External feed Read More at the Source: http://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2019/06/28/medtronic_insulin_pump_recall/

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Jun 292019
 

A federal judge has ruled that litigation can go forward to determine whether Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act violates the First Amendment as applied. EFF brought this litigation on behalf of security researcher Matt Green, technologist bunnie Huang, and bunnie’s company Alphamax, in order to vindicate the right to speak, learn, and innovate despite this overly-broad and harmful law. Originally passed to combat infringement, the sweeping language of Section 1201 allowed courts…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/06/first-amendment-case-against-restrictive-copyright-law-can-proceed-says-judge

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Jun 292019
 

Lower courts should make clear, as the Supreme Court does, that we don’t forfeit our Fourth Amendment rights by operating a laptop, car, or cellphone. This month marks a year since the Supreme Court issued its landmark privacy decision in Carpenter v. United States, ruling that the government must get a warrant before accessing a person’s sensitive cellphone location data.Carpenter, which the ACLU argued before the Supreme Court, concerned information revealing where Timothy Carpenter had…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://www.aclu.org/blog/privacy-technology/location-tracking/supreme-courts-most-consequential-ruling-privacy-digital

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Jun 282019
 

Somerville, Massachusetts just became the second U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition in public space. The “Face Surveillance Full Ban Ordinance,” which passed through Somerville’s City Council on Thursday night, forbids any “department, agency, bureau, and/or subordinate division of the City of Somerville” from using facial recognition software in public spaces. The ordinance passed Somerville’s Legislative Matters Committee on earlier this week. The ordinance defines facial surveillance as “an automated or semi-automated…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/paj4ek/somerville-becomes-the-second-us-city-to-ban-facial-recognition

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Jun 262019
 

Meanwhile, staff face cuts – and doesnotexist.com may not exist by next year Oracle is sharpening its ax for the Dyn networking biz it acquired in 2016, with plans to slash jobs and switch off services.…

External feed Read More at the Source: http://go.theregister.com/feed/www.theregister.co.uk/2019/06/25/oracles_dyn_axed/

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