2013/12/30 Binand Sethumadhavan <binand(a)gmail.com>om>:
On 30 December 2013 12:40, Praveen A
social media [...] is a powerful and
critical tool for political organizing
I wrote out a fairly detailed response, but I eventually realized that
what I want to say sums up to this:
A message that goes, "I have this super-private social network for
you, use it, find a political cause and organize yourselves" does not
seem right to me. IMO, the approach needs to work the other way -
build up outrage within the people and then channelize that outrage,
using the right online and offline tools.
Well, that has been the way people did things. Where you just depended
on the available tools. The time has come where such critical tools
can't be trusted with a few corporations only looking for profits.
Watch this talk by Eben https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BSLBvwyUEs
"Software is what the 21st century is made of. What steel was to the
economy of the 20th century, what steel was to the power of the 20th
century, what steel was to the politics of the 20th century, software
is now. It is the crucial building block, the component out of which
everything else is made, and, when I speak of everything else, I mean
of course freedom, as well as tyranny, as well as business as usual,
as well as spying on everybody for free all the time.
In other words, the very composition of social life, the way it works
or doesn’t work for us, the way it works or doesn’t work for those who
own, the way it works or doesn’t work for those who oppress, all now
depends on software."
You can either wish for the right tools to appear from nowhere or set
out to build it yourself. This choice is with everyone.
As for encryption, yes I do. My public key dates from
'01, and I have
had an email certificate (mostly for professional purposes) for at
least 8 years now. Just that I don't find many of my emails worth
But how many percentage of your emails are encrypted? If we take a
poll in this user group, how many would even know how to encrypt their
emails if they need to?
You have to keep reminding your government that you don't get your
rights from them; you give them permission to rule, only so long as
they follow the rules: laws and constitution.