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in case anyone doesn't already know: yes kick cops out of your communities. but don't organize on mastodon. it's absolutely not secure. sure, use encryption, but still don't put anything in signal you wouldn't want showing up in court. turn your phones off, leave them at home, and go for a walk. if you think that's extreme you haven't been paying attention to developments in the surveillance state and extensions of that power to local police departments. look up "stingrays" for the tip of the iceberg

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fwiw twitter and facebook are way worse in this regard. they literally have agreements with cops to hand over data y'all what are you doing

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@nova the number of people asking for E2EE on Mastodon is worrying. not because opportunistic encryption can't be useful but because i suspect that's not why they want it

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@wednesday yeah given what i've seen of the gross side of the fediverse that would likely be a very bad thing overall.

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@nova oh that's true too (yuck) but i was thinking about people who are like, oh don't use mastodon, use signal/matrix bc the cops can't see it

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@wednesday oh sure yeah. im not sure how to get through to people who treat security like a puzzle to solve and don't understand that 1. courts can compel you to bypass encryption for them and 2. if you won't, cops will beat the shit out of you and 3. if they want you bad enough, your consumer encryption tools won't stop the full resources of a nation-state and 4. if you fall into #3 they already own your phone and probably half of your irl friends too. encryption might stop an instance admin from reading your dms if it's implemented well but even that's iffy lol

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@nova I created a One Time Pad for this very purpose. I put two copies, one at work and one at home in case I needed clandestine super secure communications.

I'm not suggesting OTP for general use, but there is a lovely program called OneTime which is a Ruby script, and it does a pretty good job of turning any computer file into a perfectly secure OTP encrypted file.

Stingrays are the tip of the iceberg, but there are still steps you can take, as well.

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@nova Unfortunately, a lot of people cant walk the hundreds of miles to the people they need to talk to. If someones communicating across a country, or continent, encryption still feels like the best option... even if its not secure. Oh and never use Telegram

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@SkellySoft yep, totally fair. everyone has to adapt to their circumstances. but people misunderstand the risk profiles involved and education about that needs to be more widespread in activist circles

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@nova its true. its also fucking horrific that we've got to the point where using numbers stations and otps seems reasonable for people just trying to organise a fucking climate protest or something (not that i have any experience, i dont really live somewhere with easy access to a place where i *could* protest even if i wanted to)

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@SkellySoft yeah everything is bad!!!

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@nova folks gotta learn that if you want to organize in your community you gotta meet your community

@nova me to the fbi agent watching everything I do 'oh yeah surveil me baby that's right :catjam:'

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