Privacy is not a science, it is a human right

My response to a dangerous turd of an article by Bart van der Sloot (co-founder of Amsterdam Privacy Week – sponsored by Palantir and Google – and docent teaching “Privacy and Big Data” at Tilburg University)

Mr. Sloot attempts to reframe privacy as a “science” and shame those who work to protect it for having a “pro-privacy agenda” & not being “neutral”. He also calls for “new rules” to disallow such biased behaviour.

On the General Architecture of the Peer Web (and the placement of the PC 2.0 era within the timeline of general computing and the greater socioeconomic context)

Just wrote a thing on my thoughts on the Peer Web and where I see us going with .

Today I learned that I have the most popular site on the Internet. site, that is. Out of ten in existence (in the top 2.4 million domains). 🤓 (According to the same researcher, apparently there are a few more IPFS sites – 28, to be exact.)



Screenshotted so I can frame it as it’s not going to stay that way for long ;)

PS. In case you were wondering just how young/early/small the peer web is right now :)


Made progress on multiwriter-2 spike: p2p authorisation requests for new nodes proof of concept is working over Dat ephemeral messaging extension channel.

Updated the WIP blog post with latest details:

spike: multiwriter-1 complete.

Got hyperdb replicating between two browser nodes and the always-on-node with multiple writers (and a couple of issues). Documented current state of authorisation flow as well as next steps: to extend hyperdb so that we can pass reproducible key material for the local writer hypercores. This will allow me to reduce the authorisation flow to what you normally know when you use one device to authorise another on centralised platforms.

And this is why I love Paul Nemitz. This is how you respond to criticism you agree with even if it involves you.

If we all just did what Paul did here, we’d be well on our way to fixing things.

Thank you, Paul. This gives me so much hope and makes me feel far less alone :)


No, really, there’s something wrong with me. This is plainly clear, because Paul Nemitz, architect of GDPR, is speaking at CPDP, sponsored by Google and Facebook.

The surgeon general is speaking at a conference sponsored by Big Tobacco and no one has a problem with this but me.

Thank you for reporting me to me on my own personal site. In the future, I recommend you try the unfollow feature.

Thanks to Platinum Sponsors Google and Facebook, Shoshana Zuboff (who helped popularise the term surveillance capitalism) is launching her new book, ‘The Age of Surveillance Capitalism’ in Europe this evening at the Data Protection and Democracy conference in Brussels.

Dear Shoshana, can you name two of the largest surveillance capitalists in the world so we know who to protect ourselves from?

Further thoughts on device authentication (and multiwriter) in . Anyone see any glaring issues with this?

Or please feel free to pipe up in the Datproject discussion room:

PS. While we’re at it, let’s entrust all our freedom of speech to Google also.

Just remembered the time I got Samuel L. Jackson to tell Eric Schmidt to get his motherfucking nose out of Sam’s motherfucking email.

Ah, good times :)

Current state of spikes.

Cryptographically-secure passphrase → ED25519 keys → Hypercore → replicate to always-on Node via WebSocket

On always on node: join hyperswarm → replicate peer-to-peer between native clients

Also, join WebRTC swarm → replicate peer-to-peer between browser clients

All working well.

Next up: implement multiwriter via hyperdb.

Links: http://localhost:1313/2019/01/20/hypha-spike-webrtc-1/

Doesn’t look like GNOME Web (Epiphany) supports WebRTC. That’s a shame.

*begrudgingly opens a different browser*

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