A friend of mine has a project that is accross an art project and a political statement, in the form of an experiment:
To exemplify the power of the surveillance capitalists on the very fabric of what we still call "the Internet", they want to configure a computer to block all connections going to all known services belonging to Google, Amazon and Cloudflare (and later potentially extend this to other companies).
(yes, my friend is very much aware that in practice most of the commercial web would become totally unusable. that's partly the point of the demonstration to exemplify this...)
For google, they rely on an old (long) list of domains known to belong to the multiple entities composing the behemoth... an /etc/hosts points all of them to 127.0.0.1. brutal but efficient, until new domains, subdomains etc.. appear.
How would you do it for amazon and its gigantic AWS platform? how would you do it for cloudflare? collect lists of their IPs (and update them over time)? edit firewall lists based on them that would sink all packets?
Anyone knows of any project going in that direction?
A British judge has ordered the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, where he faces a 175-year sentence. The final decision on Assange’s extradition will now be made by U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel. Amnesty International’s Simon Crowther spoke outside the courthouse prior to today’s ruling.
Simon Crowther: “Julian Assange is being prosecuted for espionage for publishing sensitive material that was classified. And if he is extradited to the U.S. for this, all journalists around the world are going to have to look over their shoulder, because within their own jurisdiction, if they publish something that the U.S. considers to be classified, they will face the risk of being extradited.”
Vital has a subscription-based model, giving access to proprietary presets and settings, etc.
Vitalium seems to be the free/libre code, expurged from the part connecting to Vital.audio server (anyways, users of free/libre versions are excluded from connecting to it....)
A VERY impressive piece of software synth, apparently rather recent project. super-promising!
Anyone knows about it being packaged or so?
UK Supreme Court refuses permission to appeal in Assange extradition. The case now moves to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel to authorize the extradition.
WikiLeaks editor and publisher Julian Assange is facing a 175 year sentence for publishing truthful information in the public interest.
Julian Assange is being sought by the current US administration for publishing US government documents which exposed war crimes and human rights abuses. The politically motivated charges represent an unprecedented attack on press freedom and the public’s right to know – seeking to criminalise basic journalistic activity.
If convicted Julian Assange faces a sentence of 175 years, likely to be spent in extreme isolation.
The UN working group on arbitrary detention issued a statement saying that “*the right of Mr. Assange to personal liberty should be restored”*.
Massimo Moratti of Amnesty International has publicly stated on their website that, *“Were Julian Assange to be extradited or subjected to any other transfer to the USA, Britain would be in breach of its obligations under international law.*”
Human Rights Watch published an article saying, “*The only thing standing between an Assange prosecution and a major threat to global media freedom is Britain. It is urgent that it defend the principles at risk.”*
The NUJ has stated that the *“US charges against Assange pose a huge threat, one that could criminalise the critical work of investigative journalists & their ability to protect their sources”.*
From The Road To Tycho, a collection of articles about the antecedents of the Lunarian Revolution, published in Luna City in 2096.
For Dan Halbert, the road to Tycho began in college—when Lissa Lenz asked to borrow his computer. Hers had broken down, and unless she could borrow another, she would fail her midterm project. There was no one she dared ask, except Dan.
This put Dan in a dilemma. He had to help her—but if he lent her his computer, she might read his books. Aside from the fact that you could go to prison for many years for letting someone else read your books, the very idea shocked him at first. Like everyone, he had been taught since elementary school that sharing books was nasty and wrong—something that only pirates would do.
When vice-presidents of Mozilla were asked, along the years since it was signed, what was the exact content of the contract signed with Google, all of them answered "I don't know. I havent read it."
Who in the world read the contract Mozilla and Google signed together?
Who has a single clue of what has been in there? And subsequently how can we trust Mozilla in such conditions? How didn't it doom itself to never be in a position to compete meaningfully with Chrome, buying itself time and/or a comfortable mattress of $$$?
Who can tell the Google+Mozilla contract DOESNT contain the following:
- Firefox shall never include adblock technology as a default
- Firefox shall always "feel lucky" with Google
- Firefox shall always "phone home" to Google with "safe browsing" etc.
How can we know the *billion $$$* of Google didnt serve to make sure that Firefox would never be the browser that th people actually need to protect themselves against.... Google?
Ola Bini's trial today in Ecuador is a farce.
Based on a screenshot (showing he actually DIDNT do what he is accused of) and a number of books and computer hardware, "fraudulent access" to computers that was never even described.
He was arrested the same day as his friend Julian Assange.
When arrested he was developping OTRv4, encryption technology to use on top of decentralized/federated messaging.
read more on Article19: https://www.article19.org/resources/ecuador-swedish-activist-ola-bini-tried-after-a-long-wait/
His persecution concerns everyone attached to end-to-end encryption, free/libre software and decentralized/federated software...
Movie Screening & Discussion with Directors "War on Journalism: The Case of Julian Assange"= 30 DEC - 19h00-22h00
Movie screening and extended discussion with the directors and editors, part of the WikiLeaks team.
Join in https://bbb.challengepower.info/b/cha-ll6-x4e-afi
Will you people participate in RC3, the Remote Chaos Experience (online event including a whacky jitsi-based "pixelworld" replacing the famous annual Chaos Communication Congress)?
If so, how do you think it will interact with the Fediverse? Links to various assemblies and activities on Lemmy and Mastodon? Various events on Lemmy and Mobilizon? Comments on Mastodon, etc.?
Is there anything that you know specially focused on the Fediverse happening then?
As some of you who participated last year to RC3 (the Remote Chaos Experience, replacing the CCC Congress in times of pandemics), the "RC3 World" is based on the WorkAdventure software, a sort of 16bit JRPG enabling interactions through web links and jitsi chats.
Everyone is free to declare their "Assembly" and therefore contribute their map that will be part of a crazy network of maps (RC3World) where ppl will be able to interact.
The guide from last year has been updated, and contains useful information if you want to contribute a map to the RC3World.
This year: some scripting, a change in the badge API, and more detailed documentation, howto and "best practices" tips.
“Hey, what to do? No Chaos Communication Congress event? Nothing? Nowhere?” “Hold on. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel. An online event at the end of the year. Now and here in 2021. The unbelievable remote Chaos Experience played from anywhere. It’s all up to you. Be a part of it. Just check in!”
Like last year (because *reasons*), the yearly CCC congress will be replaced by an online experiment of some sort: online conferences and workshops AND a virtual low-tech pixelated world (looking like a 16bit JPRG from the 90s) where ppl can meet and interact via links, chat and jitsi.
You probably have nothing better to do between Dec. 26th and Dec 30th anyways... :)