Software Development as Direct Action

Recently, I was invited to speak at the local Code for America brigade in Albuquerque, Code4ABQ. The presentation I put together with the help of R. Foxtale was the first public articulation of the development methodology we have been using for some time in projects like the Predator Alert Tool, the WordPress SeedBank plugin, and …

You’re invited to CryptoParty Albuquerque: Learn how to protect your data from prying eyes!

Recently, I’ve been helping these folks get the first ever CryptoParties happening in New Mexico. If you’re going to be in or around the Albuquerque, New Mexico area next weekend, join us for a party! Either way, tell your friends. :) CryptoParty Albuquerque, a new small collective of hackers, makers, and doers of various ages, …

In Memoriam

Today is the fourth anniversary of Len Sassaman‘s passing. Len was a gifted programmer, he was a passionate privacy advocate—Len pioneered and maintained the Mixmaster anonymous remailer software for many years—and he was a very, very kind person. He was also a friend. Len was the first person to walk me through setting up OTR …

BYOC: Your Blog, Your Way

For bloggers who really want to own their own content, Bring Your Own Content (BYOC) is a free toolkit for creating and managing content on one or more free web hosting providers simultaneously using a single, familiar dashboard. https://github.com/meitar/byoc/#readme You might have read about BYOC on LifeHacker some time ago. This is the first reproducible …

CNN announces it will now report paid advertisements instead of news during non-commercial airtime

CNN announces it will now report paid advertisements in the same way, at the same time, and in the same channel as news articles: CNN has announced the formation of a new unit that will not report the news. Instead, it will take money from corporations to produce content that resembles news but is actually …

The solution to “these are bad rules” is not more rules, it is less rules.

By the late 20th century, Graeber argues, citizens in the great free society of the Unites States had come to spend “ever more hours struggling with phone trees and web interfaces, while the less fortunate spent ever more hours of their day trying to jump through the increasingly elaborate hoops required to gain access to …

“centering the needs of survivors and the safety of vulnerable people in the way that we build the infrastructure of the Internet is possible”

Over the Winter of 2014, the core Predator Alert Tool developers were interviewed for Medium.com’s Backchannel, an online outlet geared towards Silicon Valley insiders. As the maintainer and one of the two primary developers of the Predator Alert Tool project, I was contacted by Caleb Garling, Medium’s writer, about the piece and asked for input. …

WP-SeedBank mentioned in Spring 2015 issue of Edible Columbus magazine

I was pleased to see some of my work mentioned in this season’s issue of Edible Columbus magazine (flip to page 23 of the magazine): Q: How does your online seed exchange work? A: In addition to the seed bank, we have an online seed exchange. It’s like a Craigslist for seeds. Members simply sign …