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This One Trick Will Revolutionize Your Use of Social Media: Block fuckwits.

On social media, the advantage is that a large userbase and participation. The disadvantage: it's 99.9999% crap.

What's working for me is to filter ruthlessly. If someone is disruptive, ideological, insane, or crazy-making, I'll block them without thought (I used to agonize over that, I don't any more).

High signal is rare, but odds of missing out by blocking idiots are low.

web.archive.org/web/2018030315

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"Pseudonyms and anonymity are also an established part of many cultures -- for good reason."

- Alma Whitten, former Director of Privacy, Product and Engineering, Google

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On authors who were publishing information technology panopticon concerns in the 1980s, or earlier

A quickie dump.

Paul Baran / RAND

  • "On the Engineer's Responsibility in Protecting Privacy"

  • "On the Future Computer Era: Modification of the American Character and the Role of the Engineer, or, A Little Caution in the Haste to Number"

  • "The Coming Computer Utility -- Laissez-Faire, Licensing, or Regulation?"

  • "Remarks on the Question of Privacy Raised by the Automation of Mental Health Records"

  • "Some Caveats on the Contribution of Technology to Law Enforcement"

Largely written/published 1967--1969.

rand.org/pubs/authors/b/baran_

Willis Ware / RAND

Too numerous to list fully, 1960s --1990s. Highlights:

  • "Security and Privacy in Computer Systems" (1967)

  • "Computers in Society's Future" (1971)

  • "Records, Computers and the Rights of Citizens" (1973

  • "Privacy and Security Issues in Information Systems" (1976)

  • "Information Systems, Security, and Privacy" (1983)

  • "The new faces of privacy" (1993)

rand.org/pubs/authors/w/ware_w

Misc

Shoshana Zuboff, In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power (1988) Notably reviewed in the Whole Earth Catalog's Signal: Communication Tools for the Information Age (1988).

worldcat.org/title/in-the-age- archive.org/details/inageofsma

"Danger to Civil Rights?", 80 Microcomputing (1982)

archive.org/stream/80_Microcom (news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1)

"Computer-Based National Information Systems: Technology and Public Policy", NTIS (September 1981)

govinfo.library.unt.edu/ota/Ot

"23 to Study Computer ‘Threat’" (1970)

nytimes.com/1970/03/12/archive

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

"Privacy and Information Technology" bibliography is largely 1990--present, but contains some earlier references.

plato.stanford.edu/entries/it-

Similarly "Privacy"

plato.stanford.edu/entries/pri

Credit Reporting / Legislation

US Privacy Act of 1974

justice.gov/opcl/privacy-act-1

Invasion of Privacy Act 1971 - Queensland Government, Australia

legislation.qld.gov.au/view/pd

Arthur R. Miller, The assault on privacy: computers, data banks, and dossiers

archive.org/details/assaultonp

"The Computer, the Consumer and Privacy" (1984)

nytimes.com/1984/03/04/weekinr

Richard Boeth / Newsweek

The specific item I'd had in mind:

Richard Boeth, "Is Privacy Dead", Newsweek, July 27, 1970

thedailybeast.com/articles/201

Direct PDF: assets.documentcloud.org/docum

Based on an HN comment: news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

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My present Recaptcha policy:

Request audio.

Respond "Fuck you Google"

Repeat until access granted, or the joy fades.

Bonus: All audio AI parsing tends to "Fuck you Google".

❄️ Snowflake is helping people in Iran and other countries circumvent Internet censorship.

Let people know you're operating a Snowflake proxy by downloading and printing our Snowflake sticker pack!

community.torproject.org/outre

@suricrasia it’s not quite what you asked for, but I think HTTrack could give you what you want. You point it at a site, and it creates a completely static copy of it with all internal URLs rewritten so they point to the right place in the big pile of static files. I’ve never tried it on a Mastodon instance, but I’ve successfully used it many times to create static archives of dynamic sites built on other software.

httrack.com/

@dredmorbius If people develop a codependency in maintaining their holistic outlook, does that make them co-holics? 🤔

(please boost) job search 

hello! i'm vanta. i have over a decade of experience editing videos, writing, using image editing software, making electronic music, and generally creating things with computers

i need a job! definitely something remote, considering i have asthma and covid is a thing. preferably something part time, but i'd consider full if it wasn't too demanding

i can do just about anything! editing videos, writing stuff, social media, etc.

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#GetFediHired

If You have seen The Princess Bride, and would like to read the reactions of someone watching it for the first time, there's a thread on Twitter: twitter.com/uzbadyubi/status/1
#movie #PrincessBride

Future MCU Superhereos: Mild-mannered man turns into large powerful green boat when angered 

The Incredible Hull

Oh, my piece for the Institute of Network Cultures got published and I missed it!

Fighting Disinformation: We’re Solving The Wrong Problems
networkcultures.org/tactical-m

> The reason why misinformation and disinformation spread so fast is that our most commonly used communication tools had been built in a way that promotes that kind of content over fact-checked, long-form, nuanced reporting.

> One could call this the “outrage dividend“, and disinformation benefits especially handsomely from it.

Future linguists will ponder at length over how it was that the phrase "or wherever else you get your podcasts" came to mean "end of ad roll".

@technoid_ People will mirror the way you treat them.

You're screaming into the void in frustration. I get it. I understand the frustration.

On the other side of the void is us. People. What's keeping you here? Is it trust? Is it obligation?

We're all a bunch of people trying to make our way through a world that sucks.

Helping people navigate shitty hellworld is different from getting mad at people for not knowing how to navigate shitty hellworld.

We all want help.
@thegibson

mental health, guardian article 

"If a plant were wilting we wouldn’t diagnose it with “wilting-plant-syndrome” – we would change its conditions. Yet when humans are suffering under unliveable conditions, we’re told something is wrong with us, and expected to keep pushing through. To keep working and producing, without acknowledging our hurt."

@mwlucas

Firefox is your window manager. Just admit it.

(Lifted from limited share.)

If: The friend of my friend is my friend

And: The enemy of my enemy is my enemy

Therefore: The frenemy of my frenemy is my fremeny

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