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Today, whistleblower Reality Winner was officially sentenced to 63 months in prison, the longest sentence for a journalist's source in federal court history.
Shortly after her plea deal last month, the Mueller investigation used some of the same information that she revealed to the public to indict 12 Russian military intelligence officers for conducting "large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election."
re: https://boingboing.net/2018/08/21/countries-arent-businesses.html - Why do private financial firms get to earn interest as a side effect of government spending?
It's not clear that the US drug approval process exists primarily to serve the public good.
If the US were even slightly interested in democracy, this would have passed by now: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s2261
I claim to know something about computers, and I approve this message: https://xkcd.com/2030/
Alex Jones vs. Facebook, and the question of free speech in privately owned public forums: https://boingboing.net/2018/08/08/size-matters.html
Glenn Greenwald tweeting about the #AlexJones banishment/#censorship from social media
Corey Doctorow has some important points on the Defense Distributed case: https://boingboing.net/2018/08/07/hard-cases-bad-law.html
And Mozilla continues their crusade to break the web: https://blog.ungleich.ch/en-us/cms/blog/2018/08/04/mozillas-new-dns-resolution-is-dangerous/
"You cannot base a public good on a normalised systemic violation of human rights." https://ar.al/2018/07/30/out-of-the-frying-pan-and-into-the-fire/ by @aral
Problems we are having with #Signal:
* It is and will remain centralized (clear strategy of *not* federating servers)
* It requires strong identifiers/selectors (phone#) to use
* Author disallows distribution by anyone but Google, although free/libre
* It keeps pushing away verification of fingerprint in interface
* It relies on Google+Amazon infrastructure
* Its funding is shady (OTF = Radio Free Asia = USG)
= clearly unethical choices, unjustifiable by accessibility or technological reasons.
Facebook has been omnipresent this week, and Zuckerberg asking forgiveness from wise old men of Congress is a distant memory.
These bits stand out:
- FB applies to patent a face recognition system that ranks you matching your social media activity with your buyer profile in shops.
- FB prepares to launch its own satellites
- Zuckerberg says it's not for FB's to do anything about "Holocaust deniers" (euphemism for Nazis)
Here's a talk discussing the weird, procedurally generated child-targeted content on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9EKV2nSU8w
The speaker is almost certainly right that this content isn't especially good for kids. But, he seems to think this is a problem that can be solved through politics and setting social norms.
I doubt it. A better plan is to just avoid feeding your children's souls to the ad demon.
Here's an explorer for the Russian #facebook ads trying to promote US factionalism for the past couple years:
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