Just got a robocall from an “ATO officer” reciting a phone number that I was supposed to call or suffer dire legal consequence. I guffawed.
Link OTD: DIY Feminist Cybersecurity
from HACK*BLOSSOM: A DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity – Take control of your digital spaces.
For those times when actually blocking someone on FB is socially awkward
This is my first post for NaBloPoMo 2016, and I’m cheating a bit by reusing something I wrote a few weeks ago for a friend. I hope others might find it helpful too.
Unhappy data retention day
This morning, Australia’s mandatory 2 year data retention regime began. Internet activity through Australian ISPs including mobile phone providers is now recorded.
Quick links: nothing to hide
Data retention is coming to Australia very soon. “[Data retained] includes your name, address and other identifying information, your contract details, billing and payment information…”
Standing Up For Leelah
[Content Note: discusses harassment, family rejection of transgender teens, suicide, trans* erasure, and silencing tactics commonly used to stifle discussion of these matters ].
I find more and more recs for articles written by Arthur Chu in my feeds lately. This post prompted by reactions to the Tumblr’d suicide note left by transgender teen Leelah Alcorn is a particularly strong piece: Cover-ups, Concern Trolls and Suicide. Chu questions why some people want others to stop sharing Leelah’s words.
Friday Hoyden: Kathy Sierra
There is a new and important article by Kathy Sierra available, that we should all read.
Charity Signal Boost: Special Effect
Special Effect is a UK-based charity full of very clever people who develop work-arounds that allow people with a wide range of disabilities to play computer games.
25 years of the WWW
The Web was 25 years old this past Tuesday. What memories stir within you?
Privacy, Transparency, Surveillance and Sousveillance
David Brin’s latest essay in his longoing series about our Transparent Society:
I want the watchers to be watched.