What you missed at CryptoParty Albuquerque

CryptoParty Albuquerque, the first cryptoparty in New Mexico, was a huge success. It was by far the largest CryptoParty I’ve ever had the pleasure to help organize, with over 35 people showing up for the very start and more trickling in throughout the day. Due to its size, the format of the CryptoParty varied from […]

Remembering Caspar Bowden on “The Cloud Conspiracy”

Watch Caspar Bowden’s “The Cloud Conspiracy” speech at the 31st Chaos Communications Congress “We live in a comic book.” It’s what friends and I say to remind one another that the dystopian future Orwell and others ominously predicted have come true. But just as the dastardly deeds of corrupt government officials and other villains implementing […]

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 […]

How would you design an online social network that was hostile to abusers?

Everyone realizes that the Internet’s public squares have a harassment problem. No one seems to know what to do about it. I argue that’s because they don’t know how to think about online harassment and abuse—or even power, more generally. I argue that I do. But don’t take my word for it. Take my ideas, […]

“Bitcoin can’t lead on its own to a disintermediated society,” and other uncomfortable truths about BitCoin

We live in an epoch of techno-utopianism with a strong drive for techno-cracy. The former means that many believe that technology alone determines certain outcomes, while the latter believes it is a good thing that flawed human processes are replaced by ‘clean’ technological processes. Both attitudes are very dangerous. First, distributed technologies do not necessarily […]

“[I]n favor of change I can see, not merely change I can believe in.”

I’m used to reactionaries; I grew up in Texas. I’m just not used to reactionaries coming in from the left. I suppose it’s a sign that the left is maturing, in much the same way that Bitcoin is maturing, which is to say becoming part of an established system that finds side effects existentially threatening. […]

Paraphrased: A conversation about justice and other important things

One of the things I really like about Facebook is that it provides a sort of cyberspace town square where people can, and often do, voice contentious opinions without worrying (too much) about other people’s feelings. (Of course, Diaspora is better.) I think of it a bit like Online Road Rage, where the medium itself […]