Career interests: data analysis, data visualization, information security, cybersecurity, documentation, user education. I am corybantic at the prospect of working where privacy and security are mission-critical values.

For now, trivial consumption:

  • Last music listened to: anonradio.net
  • Last book read: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
  • Last beverage: Coffee
  • Last watched: Eight Brocades (Baduanjin) Qigong

Seven famous people I’d invite to dinner: Neil deGrasse Tyson (especially if he gives me one of his fountain pens), Bruce Schneier, Rick Wilson, Dr. Jason Fung, Ray Kurzweil, Louise Mensch, Elizabeth May.

I’m not following any Twitter account back unless they engage with me first or they deliver content pertinent to my interests. I use it to catch up with friends who are more permissive than I about companies harvesting and monetizing their tweets, RTs and likes. Also, now that I have Do Not Track toggled on my browser, Twitter denies me access when I attempt to log in. I’m not willing to use my IP address to log onto Twitter if it means having to accept ads and tracking, so don’t expect to see much from me there.

For follow-back and engagement:

Let me know if you’re on a Mastodon instance. Mastodon is a platform with some similarities to Twitter, most instances are not commercialized, and it’s easier to make connections and have conversations about shared interests, as the character limit is more generous. My experience is that I have 60% as many followers on Mastodon than on Twitter, but the engagement is 8000%, and the enjoyment 12000%. Mastodon is what I hoped Twitter would be and delivers on what made the pre-1995 internet so great: real conversations and connections. People from Finland, B.C., England, Philadelphia, Italy, France, Japan conversing of their interests. I’m learning so much about hardening, SSH, PGP key management there. Yes, there are bots, but they don’t, as far as I know, spam links to pron websites, and you can type #nobot in your profile to keep them from following. Also, I don’t see any political messages from unstable halfwits or Russian bots and trolls. Mastodon’s so much better! It’s like 1992, especially with gopher phlogs posted!

Here is how Twitter works: they sell our data to advertisers for money, any interactions, good or bad are data they can sell.

All that harassment women get? That makes them money. All the callouts, all the toxic verbiage, all the fights with trolls and bots feed the beast.

Twitter keeps the toxic, high profile troll accounts around because they know you will interact with them.

*Not using Twitter* at all is the best way to fight back.


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