…ecurity matters, human rights defenders and journalists who need to communicate with their sources… Cryptography is not only for select humans to communicate: it’s also used for machine to machine communications. When you update the software on an app or a device you use, cryptography is what guarantees what you are downloading is definitely an update from the vendor and not a piece of malware. The moment that key is shared with a government agency the whole process is compromised.
…while I’m standing over the stove cooking my dinner and staring into the unfocused middle distance. We shouldn’t have to individually fact-check the news articles we find online, or read an article with unrelenting skepticism. That’s extremely unrealistic for the majority of people; uncertainty is exhausting. Many people don’t have time for unrelenting skepticism, even more so, they don’t know how to rigorously question what they’re reading and aren’t going to learn because it’s not important enough to them. It’s not an issue of whether or not people should be doing this; people will not do it.
Facebook gives and takes away the power to speak on our politics. We accept Facebook’s dominion over our speech because it is a private network and we supposedly use its facilities at its tolerance. But should we keep quiet and accede without question to Facebook’s judgment? When Facebook has yet to clarify the basis of its decisions to take down and put back up our pages? When there appears to be no clear and easy mechanism for redress in cases where the take-down is unwarranted?
The purpose of this journal session is get clarity and focus for my day. I write down my big picture goals and my objectives for that particular day. I then write down anything that comes to my mind. Often, it relates to people I need to contact, o…