Mike Gerwitz

Activist for User Freedom

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authorMike Gerwitz <mtg@gnu.org>2019-01-08 00:11:20 -0500
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Majority of work on generation of new static site
I didn't originally intend for all of this to be in a single commit. But here we are. I don't have the time to split these up more cleanly; this project is taking more time than I originally hoped that it would. This is a new static site generator. More information to follow in the near future (hopefully in the form of an article), but repo2html is now removed. See code comments for additional information; I tried to make it suitable as a learning resource for others. It is essentially a set of shell scripts with a fairly robust build for incremental generation. The site has changed drastically, reflecting that its purpose has changed over the years: it is now intended for publishing quality works (or at least I hope), not just a braindump. This retains most of the text of the original pages verbatim, with the exception of the About page. Other pages may have their text modified in commits that follow. Enhancements to follow in future commits.
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+id: sapsf
+title: The Surreptitious Assault on Privacy, Security, and Freedom
+location: LibrePlanet 2017
+date: 2017-03-26
+locimg: lp-2017
+abstract: Privacy, security, and personal freedom: one cannot be had without the
++ others. Each of these essential rights are being surreptitiously
++ assaulted; only the most technical among us even know what to look for,
++ let alone how to defend ourselves. Governments, corporations, and groups
++ of ill-minded individuals are spying and preying upon both users and
++ bystanders with unprecedented frequency and breadth. For those of us who
++ do understand these issues, it would be irresponsible not to fight for
++ the rights of others and continue to bring these assaults to light.
++
++ This talk will survey the most pressing issues of today, including
++ topics of government surveillance and espionage; advertisers and data
++ analytics; the Internet of Things; corporate negligence; public policy
++ and the crypto wars; dangers of a non-free Web and untrusted, ephemeral
++ software; pervasive monitoring; remote servers, services, and “the
++ cloud”; modern vehicles; the fight against decentralization and free
++ software; societal pressures and complacency with the status quo; and
++ more.
++
++ Attendees will walk away with a broad understanding of these topics; an
++ overview of mitigations; and dozens of resources for further research
++ and discussion with others. No prior knowledge of security or
++ cryptography are necessary.
+video-url: https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/m/the-surreptitious-assault-on-privacy-security-and-freedom/
+link: /talks/sapsf.pdf Slides
+link: /projects/sapsf/plain/sapsf.bib Bibliography
+link: /projects/sapsf/ Source Code
+
+
+id: ethics-void
+title: The Ethics Void
+location: LibrePlanet 2018
+date: 2018-03-25
+locimg: lp-2018
+abstract: Many communities have widely adopted codes of ethics governing the
++ moral conduct of their members and professionals. Some of these codes may
++ even be enshrined in law, and for good reason—certain conduct can have
++ enormous consequences on the lives of others.
++
++ Software and technology pervade virtually every aspect of our lives. Yet,
++ when compared to other fields, our community leaders and educators have
++ produced an ethics void. Last year, I introduced numerous topics concerning
++ privacy, security, and freedom that raise serious ethical concerns. Join me
++ this year as we consider some of those examples and others in an attempt to
++ derive a code of ethics that compares to the moral obligations of other
++ fields, and to consider how leaders and educators should approach ethics
++ within education and guidance.
+video-url: https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/m/the-ethics-void/
+link: /talks/ethics-void.pdf Slides
+link: /projects/ethics-void/ Source Code
+
+
+id: online-freedom
+title: Restore Online Freedom!
+location: LibrePlanet 2016
+date: 2016-03-20
+locimg: lp-2016
+abstract: Imagine a world where surveillance is the default and users must
++ opt-in to privacy. Imagine that your every action is logged and analyzed to
++ learn how you behave, what your interests are, and what you might do
++ next. Imagine that, even on your fully free operating system, proprietary
++ software is automatically downloaded and run not only without your consent,
++ but often without your knowledge. In this world, even free software cannot
++ be easily modified, shared, or replaced. In many cases, you might not even
++ be in control of your own computing—your actions and your data might be in
++ control by a remote entity, and only they decide what you are and are not
++ allowed to do.
++
++ This may sound dystopian, but this is the world you’re living in right
++ now. The Web today is an increasingly hostile, freedom-denying place that
++ propagates to nearly every aspect of the average users’ lives—from their PCs
++ to their phones, to their TVs and beyond. But before we can stand up and
++ demand back our freedoms, we must understand what we’re being robbed of, how
++ it’s being done, and what can (or can’t) be done to stop it.
+video-url: https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/m/restore-online-freedom/
+link: https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/m/restore-online-freedom-14bf/ Slides
+link: /projects/online-freedom/ Source Code