Why Superintelligent AI is a Threat

[The following fictional story is meant as an example for how dangerous superintelligent artificial intelligence will be, and how easily malicious people will be able to »

OVH is not Unmetered

OVH's "unmetered" servers are as "unlimited" as T-Mobile's 4G -- once you use a certain amount of data transfer, you're throttled. Excerpt from the OVH license »

LetsEncrypt SSL cert on GoDaddy Shared Hosting with No Root and No nc

$ acme.sh --issue -d MYDOMAIN.com -d www.MYDOMAIN.com -w ~/www --dns dns_gd Looks simple, doesn't it? Nope. Here's what you have to do »

Atlantic.net Review

In using Atlantic.net for the past 13 months, I didn't notice any downtime during my stay, which I appreciate. But I'm leaving for a few »

UC Berkeley CryptoParty

My (Steve's) slides, covering why privacy is important, why surveillance is so dangerous, historical examples of surveillance being abused, and more: https://7n86utrjsnwezs4srry1.oasis.sandstorm.io »

CrypTag Notes

The first version of CrypTag Notes, the secure note-taking and shared wiki page desktop app, has launched!!! »

Getting Started with Git (and GitHub) on Windows

Install https://git-for-windows.github.io/ Create a GitHub account at https://github.com/ Follow these instructions to generate an SSH key and add it to your »


Use Signal, the encrypted mobile messaging app. It's open source, it's created by great hackers over at Open Whisper Systems. iPhone/iOS version Android version »

Revolution LA CryptoParty #1

I really enjoyed teaching members of Revolution LA how to use various privacy-enhancing tools at our 3-hour event on December 11, 2016. Thank you Trinity for »


Below is a list of horribly bad, true things that have happened, many of them perpetrated by the US government. 2017.01.23: Barack Obama dropped »

On Obama

Perhaps because most of us suspect that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would make even worse presidents than Barack Obama has been, this has led »

Talk: Intro to Computer Security

Slides from the talk I gave to Santa Barbara High School students: https://obr4aowrgxgkhn4hjnff.oasis.sandstorm.io/index.html »

Data Double Standard

Great point made in this Hacker News comment: Corporations will abuse your personal integrity whenever they get a chance, while abiding the law. Corporations will cry »

"Mankind's Greatest Achievement" by Nikola Tesla

"Mankind's Greatest Achievement" by Nikola Tesla: When a child is born its sense-organs are brought in contact with the outer world. The waves of sound, heat »

Don't Use Wable.com

Don't buy/rent servers from wable.com. Why? Several reasons: The way they set up automatic backups is clearly a scheme to nickel and dime you »

Political Change via Strategic Voting

A friend of mine asked how I "would respond to people who say that [voting 3rd party] makes you politically irrelevant." I do have a response »

Face it: Hillary Clinton is Terrible

A Trump presidency would be a disaster. Obviously. But I am disturbed by how many people I talk to on the left (where I am) who »

Black Lives Matter Surveillance

Black Lives Matter activists are under surveillance from various parts of the government. Excerpt from an ACLU petition to stop said surveillance: By trolling Facebook, Twitter »


Good things that have happened in the world: 2016.05.19: Marxist economist Richard Wolff made this amazing video about how class works in the US »

ProtonMail: Quick Review

I just signed up for ProtonMail to try it out. Here are my first impressions. [EDIT: I was pretty harsh in this review, but I now »

They're Watching You

On March 13, 2016 I gave a talk and workshop in Santa Barbara, called "They're Watching You: Anti-surveillance Workshop for Activists and Journalists", hosted by Bonfire »


Hi! I'm Steve Phillips: techno-activist, computer programmer, and philosopher. I love ambitious people, democratizing forces, and revolutionary projects. Techno-Activist Projects and Talks 2016: "CRYPTOPARTY: Surveillance Self-Defense »


From https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/02/12/how-the-united-states-built-a-welfare-state-for-the-wealthy/ -- The United States government spends more on social welfare programs per capita than »


Why is surveillance dangerous? From this Amnesty International blog post: Amnesty reports on human rights violations worldwide. Our researches rely on confidential sources – witnesses and victims »


How to learn Go Great resources: https://tour.golang.org http://dave.cheney.net/resources-for-new-go-programmers https://learnxinyminutes.com/docs/go/ https://gobyexample.com/ Concurrency example: https »