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  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 6:00 pm on July 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Wolf In A Sheep’s Clothing: Privacy Experts Or Privacy Traitors? 

    Ever since Snowden’s revelations in 2013, there has been a surge in so-called privacy experts who have established their names in the privacy world.

    Who are these experts? Why would I listen to them? Why should I trust them?

    What I’ve noticed is that many of these so-called “experts” don’t follow the philosophy they preach to others. They just happen to have adequate knowledge about privacy but they don’t usually do anything for their own privacy.

    These are the privacy missionaries with Facebook accounts, Twitter accounts, Reddit accounts, Github accounts, LinkedIn accounts, Gmail accounts, YouTube accounts, Telegram accounts and so on.

    What the hell is a privacy-oriented individual doing on Facebook? Posting anti-Zuckerberg memes for likes?
    What are they doing on Twitter? What is Snowden doing on Twitter? Did he not know about GNU Social or Diaspora? Does he still not know about the Fediverse?

    Why do privacy activists still use Telegram? Do they not read the news? Do they have some secret anti-FSB powers that I don’t?

    I see these privacy activists and I hear what they are saying, but I’m not sure if they believe in their own words. Are they magically untouchable, whereas I’m not? Does Twitter not violate Edward Snowden’s privacy like the rest of it’s users?

    There’s this guy called TheHatedOne on YouTube, that posts privacy-oriented videos. Apparently he’s quite famous on Reddit as well. I haven’t watched his stuff. I browse YouTube every single day. But I haven’t watched this guy’s channel. I mean, why should I? He’s talking about privacy on the world’s most invasive platform. And I don’t think he’s making money either. Probably has a patreon or something like that.

    Why are these privacy experts using Twitter and YouTube? I thought about it. They have a message for the people. They want to inform and educate the people. It’s a noble cause.
    But if you want to make an impact on your audience, you’ll have to switch platforms some day. This is inevitable. People can only take you seriously for so long before they begin to have doubts on your authenticity. Show them how it’s done. Create a GNU Social account and make your regular posts there. Peertube has been around for over a year now. Post your videos on a peertube instance.

    Why does a large portion of the privacy community gather on Reddit? There have been alternatives for a while now. Why haven’t they made a switch?
    How much sense does it make, to discuss your methods of evading surveillance on the largest surveillance platform on the internet?
    Does the NSA, FBI, CIA, FSB, GHCQ not browse the /r/privacy subreddit? Is that it?
    Does Reddit not know the various methods used by a certain community of privacy enthusiasts to evade it’s tracking mechanisms?

    What’s the use of preaching about animal rights and veganism if, at the end of the day, I go home and have nice steak for dinner? Do animal rights not matter if I’m eating the steak?

    I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while now. I decided to type my thoughts on this matter, quite aware that there will be no change whatsoever. It’s just that the hypocrisy in the entire situation is quite intriguing. And it’s going to hurt the cause. You can’t expect to change the general population by constantly mingling with them and acting like them. You have to take a stand; stand out from the rest, do what’s right and show them how it’s done. Otherwise it’s just another show. I believe Hollywood has better actors.

     
  • isvarahparamahkrsnah

    isvarahparamahkrsnah 5:03 am on May 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    Crappy Privacy Alternatives: A Note To My Readers 

    Yesterday, I was on a roll. This is currently my 10th week in quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There are times when I get frustrated and angry. I need to go out, get some fresh air and get back to my former schedule. But in the interest of self-preservation, I chose to stay in my room all day and night. Physically, I’m quite healthy, and I”m very grateful for that. Mentally though, the isolation is taking it’s toll.

    Crappy Privacy Alternatives is a series that I’ve wanted to discuss for a couple of years now. I just never got around to doing it. But the opportunity has presented itself and I’m on it.

    There’s a couple of things I’d like to clarify though. I know yesterday’s articles may be misunderstood by some people. These articles are not coming out of malice or hatred. I’m just here to be upfront about things and tell it like it is. I happened to interact with the developer of SSB during my time on it, and he’s a nice guy. If he happened to come across my article, I don’t think it would lift his spirits up.

    There are some facts that need to be told and I happen to be the type of guy that is very straightforward about it. I happen to know a thing or two about technology. I’m currently running my own build of custom Linux going by the name Krsnah Desktop OS. It’s been a work of progress and I’ve never been fully satisfied with it. There’s a lot of things that don’t work as I would like them to and sadly, there’s not much I can do to fix it.

    So, would I recommend my own OS to someone else? Absolutely not. They’d be better off with one of the popular distros that just work out of the box. Facts.

    It takes a lot of passion, dedication and hard work to create something that’s different. Scuttlebutt is one of them. Blockchain is another. Bitcoin another. And that goes for IPFS, Zeronet and so on.

    These projects are a reason of hope that commercial corporate products will never take over and rule the market. These projects give people a choice. It’s a tough choice, but nevertheless, it’s worth a try.

    I’m a fan of technology, particularly ones that enable people to communicate online. The mainstream options of online communication have become polluted by greed, politics and control. Advertisements, data mining, censorship and surveillance are some of the characteristics of the mainstream social networks. As a result, I’ve always explored the alternative options and adopted the ones that fit my requirements.

    Regardless of my opinions on these projects, my readers are free to try out and use whatever they like. My criteria of what’s acceptable may be different from yours.

     
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