Learn to hack, through guided capture-the-flag challenges:
"Georgia Tech’s 'Toddler’s Bottle' exercises are very close to the ideal of a well-motivated exploitation [capture the flag] exercise – they are short, distilled and to the point. To complement them, we’ve authored ... a sequence of guided solutions and lecture notes that walk the reader through the challenges, provide context and perspective...."

My new favorite internet radio station: "Ambient Art Sound." ambientartsound.com/#!/radio
It's relaxing to play this in the background while you work, study, meditate, nap, just unwind, etc.

Here's a huge collection of free PC games made available temporarily, to keep, for anyone staying home.

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Folding@Home, COVID-19 

TikTok Told Moderators: Suppress Posts by the “Ugly” and Poor
"The makers of ... instructed moderators to suppress posts created by users deemed too ugly, poor, or disabled for the platform, according to internal documents.... These same documents show moderators were also told to censor political speech in TikTok livestreams, punishing those who harmed “national honor” or broadcast streams about “state organs such as police” with bans from the platform."

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When traditions meet kawaii and technology... Vending machines for Omikuji! (Random fortunes).

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Ghost #bird. I did this some time ago.
I like eerie creatures even though I am not really good at depicting them, but I try my best 🐦 This one is supposed to be part of a story which I know how it starts and how it ends, but there is not much in between as to now 😄

#art #digitalart #mastoart

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is suspected of selling its FinSpy software to , which used it to spy on activists and journalists.
Germany have filed a complaint against the company that is still on-going.”

RSF unveils 20/2020 list of press freedom’s digital predators


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In taxing times, read.

A British study found that:

"Regular readers for pleasure reported fewer feelings of stress and depression than non-readers, and stronger feelings of relaxation from reading than from watching television, engaging with social media, or reading other leisure material"


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I was asked to set up a Samsung Smart TV today and I'm stunned. Does anyone read their terms? They **require** you to sign/accept a contract with Samsung that allows them to monetize your data if you want to use any online feature of the TV. (Yes, that's kind of the good news, they don't require it when you just want to watch regular TV)

How do those things even sell? Why does anyone agree to this garbage? Is literally no one reading this stuff? Does no one care?

#samsung #privacy #nightmare

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We talk a lot about organizations that sell our personally identifiable #data, but we should consider discussing those that purchase our information...

- Specifically, who are they?
- What can be done to productively pressure them to stop?

Purposely not asking “what do they use it for?” because it legitimizes their actions.

#privacy #pii #gdpr #ccpa #databreach #trust #information

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Respected security expert Bruce Schneier advocates for careful regulation of facial recognition, not an outright ban.

"Focusing on one particular identification method misconstrues the nature of the surveillance society we’re in the process of building." nytimes.com/2020/01/20/opinion

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Piece I did for ImagineFX this past year. Looking forward to posting the process video whenever I'm allowed to

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses


"In just the last three months, Signal has added support for iPad, ephemeral images and video designed to disappear after a single viewing, downloadable customizable "stickers," and emoji reactions. More significantly, it announced plans to roll out a new system for group messaging, and an experimental method for storing encrypted contacts in the cloud."

The PC game "Kingdom Come: Deliverance" is being given away today, through February 20th.

"Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a story-driven open-world RPG that immerses you in an epic adventure in the Holy Roman Empire. Avenge your parents' death as you battle invading forces, go on game-changing quests, and make influential choices."


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