The internet is one of very few things which gives me hope for the future of humanity.
Well actually it’s much more than just ‘the internet’ as a tool which give me hope.
It’s not just the sheer volume of information. It’s not just the ability to communicate instantly with dozens of people from different locations all at once.
It’s more than that.
It’s the communities I’ve become a part of and the huge variety of people I’ve met online.
From the random US citizens I spoke to on IRC in 1996, to Iraqi bloggers I met online in 2004, to local activists I met through Twitter and Facebook in 2011.
The fact that I can meet these people from the safety of my own home has made me a different person than I would have been otherwise. It broke cultural barriers and freed me from relying on mainstream sources to learn about other parts of the world.
The shareware, freeware and open source culture of online communities supply endless, high quality free to use applications for nearly every task imaginable. Continue reading The Internet gives me hope. #100daysofblogging #Day53
This is an open call to members of the international community, whether citizen, corporate or governmental, encouraging you to act immediately to circumvent and block the global communications surveillance systems set up by the National Security Agency. Additionally, I call on the United States Government to shut down the NSA entirely, as it has massively overstepped the bounds of acceptable’ state surveillance and made a mockery of both international and US domestic law.
The eyes, ears and fingertips of the NSA are all over the innocuous digital communications of people not suspected of any crime, all across the globe, including here in Australia. If you use services provided by Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, or Yahoo, your private data is probably being stolen too. Yes, that’s right, YOUR data.
Soak that up for a second.
Now, if you are anything like me you are probably wondering, who is this organisation that’s stealing my personal data? What information about me are they harvesting? What are they doing with this information? Do they have a warrant? Is it even possible to monitor all existing internet connections at once? How are they doing it? Can I stop them?
Continue reading Shut Down the National Security Agency
First episode of the (un) Common Sense podcast is up!
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