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Sunday, August 27th, 2017, 12:19 pm

Fighting For My Free Speech

Techrights uptime
But it’s actually up and running, something in the network prevents access to it

WHILE Mr. Trump fights for his “safe space” by blocking me (and many other critics of his), I myself never block anyone. I never preached for anything other than free speech, including speech or messages that I strongly disagree with. I never deleted any comments that offended me, either. I approved everything. Even insults against me; even libel!

Not everyone views the world like I do. A lot of people believe in outright gagging of particular views. In fact, many think that it’s acceptable to block my entire site, as the EPO has done for nearly 3 years. The EPO went even further than blocking my site and on numerous occasions threatened to sue me (SLAPP). Others did so too.

Over the past 4 months my Web sites have not been accessible from particular locations. My webhost and I are not sure why. Recently, things got a lot worse. More and more locations in the world find themselves unable to access my writings. There seems to be something in the network (not the server or the user’s end but the routing) standing in the way. We are still investigating this as ‘censorship’ of this kind continues to exacerbate (I track the severity of it using an uptime notifications service called Montastic — a service I have been using for over a decade).

At the moment, my most important work revolves around articles about the EPO. In the past, the EPO attempted article takedowns using threats of litigation. It tried several times. These articles contained leaks, which we published almost daily. Would any other sites out there be willing to create a mirror for it all? It’s almost 2,000 articles (the site as a whole has about 22,500 articles, aside from the Wiki and front page which was implemented in Drupal), which include PDF attachments etc. The CMS is WordPress for the most part (for all the articles). Articles indexes have already been set up; someone scraped these and put some copies on Github, but a complete mirror would help discourage future muzzling attempts.

The state of censorship on the Internet is now verging the creepy. We’re told it’s necessary “because Nazis” (the perfect pretext/excuse other then pure criminality like drug-dealing, copyright infringement, terrorism or pedophilia) and it’s only expected that over time things will get worse. How long before even evidence of crime gets censored and those who document war crimes have their videos pulled down? Oh, wait, that happened only weeks ago.

Saturday, July 29th, 2017, 4:50 pm

Trump Blocks Me in Twitter

Trump blocks

LESS than an hour ago Donald Trump decided to simply gag me and prevent me from seeing what he was saying.

This man child (with the mentality of an adolescent boy) cannot take criticism, can he? Just like in politics. He has just blocked me in Twitter. Makes one wonder just how many other people Trump is blocking, in order to suppress voices critical of him. I did not curse or anything. Surely a sign of his insecurity.

There is an ongoing lawsuit over this habit of Trump (silencing critics).

Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 7:27 pm

Punished for Being Fast? Twitter Lockouts When Least Expected

I have just (for the first time ever) received this message on two of my computers, which I am using to view activity on Twitter and post. I never automated anything. Ever. I post manually from the browser. Yes, the browser. Yet I’ve just got this:

Twitter lockout

I actually had to rely on someone else’s phone as I don’t have a phone myself (one of those ‘crazy’ people who value privacy). Why is Twitter resorting to that? Did they seriously think I was an abuse account? A new policy phased in? New thresholds?

Monday, April 17th, 2017, 6:51 pm

Seen at the Centre of Manchester This Month

brexit-liars

Sunday, April 16th, 2017, 9:51 pm

Political News Sources

Political news sources

It’s definitely not easy identifying accurate information — in that hypothetical journey to find sources of credible news. It’s very easy to find bogus news wrapped up in special effects with high entertainment value and a high budget intended to help sell something (products, war, etc.) rather than inform. The challenge is putting aside those. In fact, I keep deleting a lot of RSS feeds of sites that I no longer trust, either because they sold out to a political party, changed hands, or accepted some rich donor who is likely to change the agenda/tune. These things change over time. It happens. So lists can be out of date. The feeds at the top are some among those that survived scrutiny for years and can mostly be trusted as independent and worth following. The names above are abbreviated for personal reasons of convenience and ordering, but among them (less cryptic): EFF, ACLU, Alternet, Truthout, Common Dreams, Consortium News, CounterPunch, Craig Murray, Democracy Now, FAIR, Project Censored, The Intercept, NOAA, Open Democracy, Open Rights Group, John Pilger, Pirate Party, Propublica, TruthDig and We Meant Well. There are of course many others, but the above is already too much to exhaustively follow (I’m well behind on most of them, as the screenshot hints).

Saturday, April 1st, 2017, 3:05 pm

Cyber Security a Matter of Life and Death Sometimes

CIA interference

If CIA blows up GAS PIPES BECAUSE RUSSIA CAN IT COMPLAIN about pipe bombs BECAUSE TERROR?

When oil rigs/platforms sink (recall this incident) a lot of people die. When gas pipes explode a lot of people can die as well. In the case of BP, Microsoft Windows was at least partly to blame for the incident (I wrote about this many times at Techrights) and the above, just (re)published by Wikileaks, makes one wonder where the US derives its moral high ground from. This shows the importance of using software one can truly control and always trust, such as Free/Libre software.

Sunday, March 19th, 2017, 11:14 am

Twitter is Trying to Drive Out Particular High-Profile Accounts, Based on Nothing Illegitimate That They Did

OVER the past 12 days Twitter has been on some sort of campaign against me, which I doubt is purely powered by algorithms, for reasons I explained here yesterday. I spoke to Wikileaks yesterday and they too said they had heard of similar things. I may be one of several accounts that are targeted, so it’s worth documenting everything. I should clarify that, to the best of my knowledge, I never violated Twitter’s ToS. This morning I got shadowbanned again, for absolutely no reason that I can think of, such as commenting on Wikileaks, being ‘rude’ to someone, critical of something, highlighting a tweet (mention), or posting ‘too’ much. Nothing. To make matters worse, the frequency of the bans is increasing. Over time it gets more frequent (the duration too had already increased prior to that, it’s always 24 hours long, not 6 or 12 hours long). It has escalated since 12 days ago, which means that my time outside the box, so to speak, is getting smaller and smaller (now it’s just a few hours before the subsequent shadowban). In my previous 2 articles on the topic I explained possible reasons for this, or rather, utterly poor reasons for any such actions by Twitter (I cannot even think or have a guess at reasons anymore). Here is what my tweets’ traffic has looked like over the past 12 days, corresponding or agreeing with the above trend (growing frequency of bans).

twitter-suppression

It’s incredible, isn’t it? Based on what I’ve seen online (relatively shallow research), I am far from alone. Here is one example that I stumbled upon (a high-profile account). This seems to be related to some of the latest Twitter policy changes, which are cryptic and rather offensive to all those who contributed — free of charge — a lot of so-called ‘content’ for Twitter to make money from.

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