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 »

Portfolio

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 »

Contact

Email: steve@tryingtobeawesome.com PGP key $ gpg --keyserver pgp.mit.edu --recv-keys 0x7295C51C3F8AA1E2 PGP fingerprint: 8C26 6865 BB14 38C5 8012 F92C 7295 C51C 3F8A A1E2 Alternate »

Welfare

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 »

Surveillance

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 »

Go

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 »

Tools

Recommended Encryption Tools Here's a PDF of recommended privacy/encryption tools that I update as new tools come out (last updated: August 2016) -- https://tryingtobeawesome »

Quotes

"Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do." --Voltaire You should demand high moral standards of yourself. In theory, the reason we »

Telegram

The encrypted messaging platform, Telegram, is terrible security-wise, despite advertising itself as being secure; don't use it. Use Signal instead (for iPhone/iOS and Android.) Why »

Patterns

This will certainly become an eclectic list, but here's a list of patterns/moves/ideas that can be applied to various situations. (And yes, that sounds »

Barrett Brown

Important insights and comedic brilliance from Barrett Brown: Lately I’ve been getting garbled reports of hoverboards, as well as some sort of new fascist movement »

CrypTag

CrypTag: Encrypted, Taggable, Searchable Cloud Storage The Vision Goal #1: to enable every internet user to securely access all their data from all their devices without »

LetsEncrypt on Nginx

To generate a valid SSL certificate via LetsEncrypt that could be used by Nginx to host this (Ghost) blog, I ran: git clone https://github.com »

Paris Attacks

Read this VERY important interview with two NSA whistleblowers about a program one of them created at the NSA, called ThinThread, that the NSA didn't want »

Bio

Hi! I'm Steven Phillips: techno-activist, computer programmer, and philosopher. I love ambitious people, democratizing forces, and revolutionary projects. Intro The two life accomplishments I'm most proud »

Privacy

Why does privacy matter? The most common thing people say when asked about privacy is, "I don't have anything to hide." The way I see it »

Skype

First of all, if you can avoid using Skype, do so, as it has been backdoored by Microsoft for the NSA and is no longer secure »

Guns

EDIT: Scroll down to see countervailing data compared to what I talk about here first. The disparity in homicide rates and gun control laws showed "gun »

CSR

Here's how to generate an SSL CSR: export domain=YOURDOMAINHERE openssl genrsa -out ${domain}.key 4096 && openssl req -new -key ${domain}.key -out ${domain »

Upgrade Tor

Got a Tor relay you set up during the Tor Challenge or before? Run these commands to upgrade: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install deb.torproject »

Papers

"Introducing Executable Philosophy" Mini Abstract In this paper I introduce Executable Philosophy ("ExPhil"), a new philosophical methodology that enables us to compute philosophical facts. The idea »

Creation

Below I try to convey why I value Creation so dearly. Statesmen despise publicists, painters despise art-critics, and physiologists, physicists, or mathematicians have usually similar feelings »

2015

Product Replacement TODOs Carrier: AT&T => T-Mobile Many ethical reasons why that are mostly surveillance-related T-Mobile's network is now excellent in highly-populated areas, but still »

Ubuntu Touch

For the first time ever, Android feels really limited to me. I wanted to install an XMPP (aka "Jabber") chat server, but did I have access »