A crash course in digital security
The election of The Donald has raised more concern about personal privacy and digital security on the internet. For those who thought that previous US administrations over-zealously compromised the online privacy of innocent people around the world the Trump era isn’t gonna get any better.
For those who aren’t that concerned, you should be. Chances are that most of your online communications, encrypted or not, have been, and continue to be swept up, and catalogued by intelligence agencies and profit-seeking companies around the world. These claims may sound conspiratorial, but with the revelations of Edward Snowden and dozens of court cases, it has been clear that these claims are factual.
Perhaps now it a good opportunity to think about how secure your communications really are. Below are a series of of articles that detail some best practices for improving your online security. They are easy to understand guides sharing the steps to protect your communications and personal privacy with little inconvenience.
1. Read these articles • Protecting the Republic: Securing Communications is More Important than Ever
2. See if your passwords have already compromised Enter your email address on this site and it will search through many of the major hacks that have occurred and let you know if your username and password for that service were stolen. • Have i been pwned?
3. Update your passwords • Your Password Sucks. Sincerely, Edward.
4. Learn from Clinton’s mistakes, secure your email • Dear Clinton team: we noticed you might need some email security tips
5. Use Signal for secure communications • Install Signal
6. Give your folks a hand • 3 Ways to Boost Your Family’s Online Security This Holiday
Freelance Isn’t Free Act passes in NYC
A year-long campaign led by the Freelancers’ Union is the United States has reached a major victory for freelance and creative-class workers in New York City. In October, New York City became the first city in North America to pass law to protect freelancers. The new law includes a requirement to have written contracts and 30-day payment periods for temporary workers, contract workers and independent contractors. It also includes recourse for freelance workers in case of non-payment. This positive result came about after sustained organizing and mobilizing within the freelance community, including petitions, days of action and pressure on elected city councilors. The victory is a great example of a creative campaign oriented towards workers’ rights. In a precarious economy, workers and their unions must find ways, such as passing the Freelance Isn’t Free Act, to build power and bring about changes that improve working conditions.
Jack London’s hope for a better world is worth revisiting 100 years later
100 years ago this month, Jack London passed away at the age of 40. London was an American novelist, journalist and activist who spent much of his life writing and fighting for workers’ rights and socialism. His famous works include White Fang, The Call of the Wild, and The Sea Wolf. Socialists may be most familiar with The Iron Heel, a story of love in which London imagines a backdrop of class struggle, where a people’s revolution is followed by a bloody State-led repression on working people. A century after his life and writing, London’s militancy, struggle and hope for a better world remain incredibly relevant.
• 100 years after his death, a new look at author Jack London categories: [“What’s Left”]
1. Phil Ochs - Love me, I’m a liberal
2. A Tribe Called Quest’s Final Blessing
3. Protests against far-right music groups
4. 2016 keeps on letting us down: the death of Sharon Jones
5. Why Did Rapper KXNG Crooked Make an Entire Album About Killing Cops?
“If they listen to the album and the only thing they get out of it is that I said I would kill a cop, then they missed the point. Enough is enough.”
6. A Song of Love and Longing on the Mexican Border
With his accordion strapped to his chest, he serenades her with a song he wrote just for her.
7. Don’t Just Sit Back and Hope Metal and Punk “Get Better” Under Trump