Fediverse is like if everyone on a social media website was Ron Swanson in that one clip where he learns about cookies and then throws his computer into the trash.

Would you consider undergoing surgery knowing that the tools in the operation included = and ==, and that the use of the wrong one would result in your death?

Software Fault Prevention by Language Choice: Why C is Not My Favorite Language, by Richard Fateman

On authors who were publishing information technology panopticon concerns in the 1980s, or earlier

A quickie dump.

Paul Baran / RAND

  • "On the Engineer's Responsibility in Protecting Privacy"

  • "On the Future Computer Era: Modification of the American Character and the Role of the Engineer, or, A Little Caution in the Haste to Number"

  • "The Coming Computer Utility -- Laissez-Faire, Licensing, or Regulation?"

  • "Remarks on the Question of Privacy Raised by the Automation of Mental Health Records"

  • "Some Caveats on the Contribution of Technology to Law Enforcement"

Largely written/published 1967--1969.

rand.org/pubs/authors/b/baran_

Willis Ware / RAND

Too numerous to list fully, 1960s --1990s. Highlights:

  • "Security and Privacy in Computer Systems" (1967)

  • "Computers in Society's Future" (1971)

  • "Records, Computers and the Rights of Citizens" (1973

  • "Privacy and Security Issues in Information Systems" (1976)

  • "Information Systems, Security, and Privacy" (1983)

  • "The new faces of privacy" (1993)

rand.org/pubs/authors/w/ware_w

Misc

Shoshana Zuboff, In the Age of the Smart Machine: The Future of Work and Power (1988) Notably reviewed in the Whole Earth Catalog's Signal: Communication Tools for the Information Age (1988).

worldcat.org/title/in-the-age- archive.org/details/inageofsma

"Danger to Civil Rights?", 80 Microcomputing (1982)

archive.org/stream/80_Microcom (news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1)

"Computer-Based National Information Systems: Technology and Public Policy", NTIS (September 1981)

govinfo.library.unt.edu/ota/Ot

"23 to Study Computer ‘Threat’" (1970)

nytimes.com/1970/03/12/archive

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

"Privacy and Information Technology" bibliography is largely 1990--present, but contains some earlier references.

plato.stanford.edu/entries/it-

Similarly "Privacy"

plato.stanford.edu/entries/pri

Credit Reporting / Legislation

US Privacy Act of 1974

justice.gov/opcl/privacy-act-1

Invasion of Privacy Act 1971 - Queensland Government, Australia

legislation.qld.gov.au/view/pd

Arthur R. Miller, The assault on privacy: computers, data banks, and dossiers

archive.org/details/assaultonp

"The Computer, the Consumer and Privacy" (1984)

nytimes.com/1984/03/04/weekinr

Richard Boeth / Newsweek

The specific item I'd had in mind:

Richard Boeth, "Is Privacy Dead", Newsweek, July 27, 1970

thedailybeast.com/articles/201

Direct PDF: assets.documentcloud.org/docum

Based on an HN comment: news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

#privacy #surveillance #panopticon #PaulBaran #WillisWare #RAND #ShoshanaZuboff #RichardBoeth #CreditReporting

uspol; bloomerism; abortion 

If you’re worried about the future, you have the ability to affect it:
start lifting
stop drinking
start talking to your neighbors
stop doomscrolling
start helping the homeless
stop putting off socializing with your friends
start thinking about how you can legally acquire the constituent chemicals to induce an abortion
stop putting off collecting a two weeks supply of food, water, and medicine
start sourcing a weapon to defend yourself as long as you’re emotionally healthy enough to do so, if you aren’t then talk about it to your friends who are

For any kind of chemical contamination, the only two substances which are acceptable to use as eyewash are water and saline.

Posting this because a lot of people still suggest milk and antacid solution, and those people are fucking up.

medication 

If you’re on an NSAID, you can consider asking your primary care provider about a prescription for omeprazole or misoprostol, which are used to prevent gastric ulcers. Be aware that omeprazole is a first-line treatment but if it doesn’t work for you or you have side effects then your primary care provider may consider misoprostol which comes with its own side effects.

editorial, meta, best practices 

And remember, kids: if you're going to talk about how this is going to drive you to do a crime, shut the fuck up!

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Testicle-havers of the Fediverse who've had a vasectomy, please tell me about your experience during and after

boosts appreciated

@dredmorbius
the reasoning is conjectural, but basically the need for search engines, actually them being the only means of organizing the web, is at least in part based on the absence of coherent means of semantically linking it (and partially caused the semweb project to stall). so rather than adding more chum, adding means of distributed organization, social tagging, etc. might help rather than hurt chum.

it's an empirical question! if it ends up being a mess I can turn it off 😉

uspol voting discourse 

@tost @carcinopithecus When it comes to my personal activism I look at it like this: voting is something that takes between a few minutes and a day once a year. The remaining 364 days of the year are available for more radical action. Voting in this country is not sufficient for bringing about the radical change we need. But spending one day a year voting is worth it to help mitigate the power of the right wing, especially at the local level.

@Jetengineweasel this is the one I was thinking of:

ssd.eff.org/

Need to review though since it’s been awhile.

uspol, assault/domestic violence, triggers 

You know what, I'm gonna say it.

Male anger is going to trigger the shit out of people who are already upset right now. I know everyone's angry. Please keep in mind that violent threats and men, in particular, losing control are scary to be around specifically to some of the folks who are feeling extra scared and vulnerable because of this week's SCOTUS decisions.

I get being angry. I'm incandescent. Be mindful of your audience.

USPOL 

Personal autonomy is the core of all human rights.

I will not quietly watch as a theocratic police state is born.

uspol; bloomerism; abortion 

If you’re worried about the future, you have the ability to affect it:
start lifting
stop drinking
start talking to your neighbors
stop doomscrolling
start helping the homeless
stop putting off socializing with your friends
start thinking about how you can legally acquire the constituent chemicals to induce an abortion
stop putting off collecting a two weeks supply of food, water, and medicine
start sourcing a weapon to defend yourself as long as you’re emotionally healthy enough to do so, if you aren’t then talk about it to your friends who are

The thing about MySpace's disappearance that we should never forget is that all that media didn't "vanish". It was killed by neglect and incompetence. They had no backups, fucked up a file transfer, and that was that.

mastodon.social/web/@atomicpoe

What’s your favorite query-themed rock band and why is it the Guess Who

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A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.