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Author: Katherine Druckman and Doc Searls

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Join Privacy and Open Source advocates, Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman, as they navigate the new digital world, covering topics related to digital privacy, cybersecurity, digital identity, as well as Linux and open source and other current issues.
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Katherine Druckman and Doc Searls talk about Starlink, SpaceX and Mozilla’s new state partitioning privacy feature in Firefox. Subscribe to our newsletter. (https://reality2cast.com/newsletter) Reality 2.0 around the web: Site/Blog/Newsletter (https://www.reality2cast.com) FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/reality2cast) Twitter (https://twitter.com/reality2cast) YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvdT3quikpi9sd5SxTGk3Q) Mastodon (https://linuxrocks.online/@reality2cast)
Katherine Druckman and Doc Searls talk to Travis Carden and Petros Koutoupis about maintaining open source projects, mentoring contributors, Drupal, and automated testing. Show notes: (42s): Intros, subscribe to our newsletter, and buy our swag. ;) (1m 38s): Who IS Travis Carden? (4m 36s): Maintaining an open source project and mentoring contributors. (8m 13s): Drupal's origins and evolution. (18m 57s): Impressive Drupal examples. (24m 49s): Mentorship and Drupal. (31m 24s): Intro to Orca, the Drupal testing tool. (33m 17s): Open sourcing Orca. (48m 33s): Basics of automated testing. (57m 35s): Automated testing strategy. Subscribe to our newsletter. (https://reality2cast.com/newsletter) Reality 2.0 around the web: Site/Blog/Newsletter (https://www.reality2cast.com) FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/reality2cast) Twitter (https://twitter.com/reality2cast) YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvdT3quikpi9sd5SxTGk3Q) Mastodon (https://linuxrocks.online/@reality2cast) Special Guests: Petros Koutoupis and Travis Carden.
Katherine Druckman and Doc Searls talk to Shawn Powers and Kyle Rankin about protecting yourself online, password and security best practices, and a tragic tale. Subscribe to our newsletter. (https://reality2cast.com/newsletter) Reality 2.0 around the web: Site/Blog/Newsletter (https://www.reality2cast.com) FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/reality2cast) Twitter (https://twitter.com/reality2cast) YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvdT3quikpi9sd5SxTGk3Q) Mastodon (https://linuxrocks.online/@reality2cast) Special Guests: Kyle Rankin and Shawn Powers.
Katherine Druckman and Doc Searls talk facial recognition AI using our photos for training, and how we collectively negotiate our own privacy online. Subscribe to our newsletter. (https://reality2cast.com/newsletter) Reality 2.0 around the web: Site/Blog/Newsletter (https://www.reality2cast.com) FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/reality2cast) Twitter (https://twitter.com/reality2cast) YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvdT3quikpi9sd5SxTGk3Q) Mastodon (https://linuxrocks.online/@reality2cast)
Katherine Druckman, Doc Searls and Petros Koutoupis talk Twitter's new Birdwatch experiment, Signal's resistance to moderation, and Redditors' impact on the stock market. Show notes: [02:06]: (https://www.reality2cast.com/56?t=130) Twitter outsourcing content moderation with expirimental Birdwatch feature. [13:32]: (https://www.reality2cast.com/56?t=815) Signal's founder has pushed back against internal efforts to have some sort of mechanism to prevent misuse of the platform. [26:25]: (https://www.reality2cast.com/56?t=1585) Redditors take on hedge funds and the stock market with Game Stop and others. Robinhood and Discord respond. Subscribe to our newsletter. (https://reality2cast.com/newsletter) Reality 2.0 around the web: Site/Blog/Newsletter (https://www.reality2cast.com) FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/reality2cast) Twitter (https://twitter.com/reality2cast) YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvdT3quikpi9sd5SxTGk3Q) Mastodon (https://linuxrocks.online/@reality2cast) Special Guest: Petros Koutoupis.
Doc Searls and Petros Koutoupis talk to Dean Landsman and Paul Walker about radio broadcasting, including long distance coverage. Subscribe to our newsletter. (https://reality2cast.com/newsletter) Reality 2.0 around the web: Site/Blog/Newsletter (https://www.reality2cast.com) FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/reality2cast) Twitter (https://twitter.com/reality2cast) YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvdT3quikpi9sd5SxTGk3Q) Mastodon (https://linuxrocks.online/@reality2cast) Special Guests: Dean Landsman and Petros Koutoupis.
Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman talk to Evan Greer, Deputy Director of digital rights activism group Fight for the Future about Section 230, privacy, politics, de-platforming, and internet policy. Subscribe to our newsletter. (https://reality2cast.com/newsletter) Reality 2.0 around the web: Site/Blog/Newsletter (https://www.reality2cast.com) FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/reality2cast) Twitter (https://twitter.com/reality2cast) YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvdT3quikpi9sd5SxTGk3Q) Mastodon (https://linuxrocks.online/@reality2cast) Special Guest: Evan Greer.
Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman talk to Kyle Rankin and Petros Koutoupis about the SolarWinds hack, and Facebook's reaction to Apple privacy initiatives. Subscribe to our newsletter. (https://reality2cast.com/newsletter) Reality 2.0 around the web: Site/Blog/Newsletter (https://www.reality2cast.com) FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/reality2cast) Twitter (https://twitter.com/reality2cast) YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvdT3quikpi9sd5SxTGk3Q) Mastodon (https://linuxrocks.online/@reality2cast) Special Guests: Kyle Rankin and Petros Koutoupis.
Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman talk to Kyle Rankin about fragmentation and software development, the Amazon Halo, and surveilling school children. Subscribe to our newsletter. (https://reality2cast.com/newsletter) Reality 2.0 around the web: Site/Blog/Newsletter (https://www.reality2cast.com) FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/reality2cast) Twitter (https://twitter.com/reality2cast) YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvdT3quikpi9sd5SxTGk3Q) Mastodon (https://linuxrocks.online/@reality2cast) Show notes: Katherine (41s): The concept of fragmentation as it applies to software development. Kyle (1m 44s): [I]f you're an application developer today and you're writing a program, you know, 20 years ago, what you had to do is think about, well, do I want my application to run on windows, Mac, or Linux, or what combination of those? And then depending on your decision, you would pick different frameworks, different languages, maybe, and each individual platform you had, the support basically made you had the fork, the code in many cases. Kyle (2m 31s): I mean, depending on what, what graphical libraries you picked, but these days it's way worse. Because with mobile devices, you've added a couple of extra platforms on top of those three. So now it's not just windows, Mac, or Linux, it's also Android or iOS. And so, and then, so what ends up happening is the developer will say, well, do I want to make a mobile application or do I want to make a desktop application? And then they'll start with that standpoint. And they, or they may say, well, I want to do all of the above, but then there's a minimum of like five different platforms. They have to support them. And all of them are often in different languages, you know, different development, methodologies, different frameworks, different tools to test and build all of that stuff. Kyle (3m 16s): [W]e decided, well, it makes the most sense to avoid fragmentation and have the same operating system that our laptop runs just instead of sort of making an application, porting an application to the phone, let's just make the existing Linux desktop ecosystem as a whole portable to a small screen Katherine (10m 1s): [W]hat's happening now with the new M1 processor the whole idea is that any Mac app can now be, or rather the other way around, any iOS app is now a desktop app, which is interesting because it's sort of the opposite reality. Katherine (16m 41s): [I]t's almost ridiculous to me at this point that I can't just plug in my, if, if I were to have a fancy new iPhone, which I don't, but if I did, why shouldn't I just be able to plug it in? You know, it's a powerful device, it has a massive amount of computing power Kyle (19m 43s): If at all, you know, depending on the provider, Google has had huge problems with, you know, all of these third parties that create custom versions of Android and they never update them. So they've had to go through all of these engineering efforts to try to avoid just the fragmentation in the Android market, with all of these custom Androids that are out there. Katherine (31m 28s): [T]he Amazon halo wearable device because all of the coverage, even, and maybe even, especially in mainstream press outlets has been so bad. I mean, it's, you know, it's not just privacy advocates or, you know, geeks like us who are going really, who thought this was a good idea. The Washington post, which is as they even pointed out owned by Jeff Bezos is just tearing this thing apart. Doc (31m 60s): So the headline Amazon's new health band is the most invasive tech we've ever tested. And then the subhead is even better. It says the halo band asks you to strip down and strap on a microphone. So it can make 3d scans of your body fat and monitor your tone of voice after all that. It still isn't very helpful. Katherine (43m 47s): An article in Gizmodo about schools, us schools, having access to the same technology that federal law enforcement has for breaking into phones. And they use this technology to conduct warrantless searches of student phones. Katherine (46m 6s): [I]t knows everything that you're anxious about. It knows everything that you're curious about. It knows, you know, it knows everything. And yet somehow some school districts and in fact judges, apparently because these, these issues have gone to court, find it perfectly acceptable for a school to be able to hack into somebody’s device. So I, I find this really disturbing. I wonder, Kyle, if you could kind of maybe give us some insight about how, how potentially dangerous this is. Kyle (46m 40s): I mean, I've, I see this trend over and over again, where what will happen is someone will come up with a new invasive technology and it's sort of like boiling the frog kind of thing where you could not, you know, throw this against everybody. Like everyone would rise up and say, this is not okay. But so what you do instead is you start with people with the least possible agency. You can normally, if you have some sort of invasive privacy invasive tech, the first step is to either sell it for stopping terrorism or maybe pedophiles. And then after, after you get sort of a proof of concept there, then you have to expand. If you're selling a product, you need to expand your user base. Doc (54m 21s): Yeah. The weird thing for me is that almost nobody's worked on starting with giving us agency, you know, I mean, we should be able to say, here's privacy. Here's, here's what I've got. You can't see anything. You're not seeing anything we're doing. Doc (57m 34s): That's my message to all of you. We can't do that. And we need to be able to do that, that's why my preference would be for the default to be, you have to default to, I'm not collecting any of your data. Your data is yours. I'm not allowed to do it. I'm only allowed to do it. If you expressly give me informed consent to do it. And then at that point I will do it, but you, but, but if I, if you do nothing, then I can't do it. I can't take any of your data. It's yours. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, it's one of the more quoted things that I've written in the last few years. Katherine (58m 58s): But I kind of feel like we are in the wild West. That's how I feel like when digitally, when we start talking about things like, you know, schools being allowed to quite literally digitally strip search your children, you know, people should be outraged by that Kyle (59m 38s): Well, but that's also because your average parent given the preference, and many of them already do put spyware on their children's phones to track their children, right. Because they want to be able to see everything that their kid did. Kyle (1h 0m 18s): I keep, I keep saying, it's not that people don't care about privacy, as much as they don't understand the implications of what they're giving up, you know? And so I, you know, a lot of parents don't necessarily understand the implications of, of what it normalizes. Special Guest: Kyle Rankin.
Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman have a fun chat with Petros Koutoupis about open source in space, digital detox, World War 2 cryptography, and poop in the desert. Reality 2.0 around the web: Site/Blog/Newsletter (https://www.reality2cast.com) FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/reality2cast) Twitter (https://twitter.com/reality2cast) YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvdT3quikpi9sd5SxTGk3Q) Mastodon (https://linuxrocks.online/@reality2cast) Special Guest: Petros Koutoupis.
Doc Searls and Jon Lebkowsky talk reality, social constructs, the internet, and disinformation. Reality 2.0 around the web: Site/Blog/Newsletter (https://www.reality2cast.com) FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/reality2cast) Twitter (https://twitter.com/reality2cast) YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvdT3quikpi9sd5SxTGk3Q) Mastodon (https://linuxrocks.online/@reality2cast) Special Guest: Jon Lebkowsky.
Doc Searls, Katherine Druckman, Petros Koutoupis, and Kyle Rankin talk Parler and platform lock-in, the concept of data, software, and hardware ownership, and the open source social contract. Show notes: (49s): “I think the first one, maybe the that's that we could cover is, well, let's see, how do I put this without causing too much controversy? That's just the idea of siloed social, silos of any kind, but in particular social media and perceived censorship as it, as it applies to social media. That's a, that's a hot topic right now.” (1m 59s): “Do you not know about parlor? No. Oh, this is going to be a great episode!” (3m 54s): “And so, as a result, a lot of people who are concerned about censorship on Twitter and Facebook have moved over there. And, and in particular on the conservative side, just because like with any social network, there's a network effect.” (5m 11s): “It also reminds me of the early days of Google plus” (8m 53s): “I think we're moving from one moderator to, I mean, This happens on, on Mastodon quite a bit where you will have, because it's so federated and because all of the instances can in theory, talk to each other, sometimes you'll have a falling out because many Mastodon instances are more or less governed by the winds of a sysadmin who decided to spin it up.” (10m 55s): “It looks different to everybody. We all have our own, our own feeds are on, you know, our own preferences, our own, you know, whenever it is, I mean, it's, it's, it's shaped shifts for each of us, depending on what we've looked at and who we follow and all the rest of it. And it's by design. So there's no uniform vision to it.” (11m 35s): “I think you said it, Catherine did, a lot of people were sort of creeped out by Facebook, but it's only because of read a bunch of stuff about, Hey, you're not private there. And then the movie they watched that movie, you know...now they're scared of Facebook. They're not entirely sure why.” (12m 34s): “We don't need platforms for all this stuff. You can do this stuff without platforms.” (15m 24s): “So that's an interesting segue into one of the other topics that we've been talking about and that's, it's being owned by platforms instead of the other way around. And I think, you know, we all have in common that we are, we have a bit of a DIY and obviously open source mentality” (18m 11s): “Apple announced a new Big Sur release. And around the time that they announced the update that the update was available. So presumably people were downloading it, et cetera. People started noticing on their Macs that they were having trouble launching programs. They would try to launch an application. And sometimes it would take, you know, a minute after saying to launch before the application showed up on their local machine.” (23m 15s): “it really raises the issues of ownership. You know?” (24m 42s): “And it sounds like in many cases, you don't, if you have a Mac, you don't necessarily own that” (24m 59s): “I don't know if there are degrees of severity of one's lack of control over your digital products in your life.” (28m 20s): “And, you know, and I thought the chance that Google is going to get rid of those is pretty high Google's record of holding onto a service that people don't pay for is pretty lousy.” (29m 40s): “You have a bundle of rights. And, and I think that we haven't worked out yet online.” (32m 29s): “And this ephemeral service, which is now tied to a tangible thing, that tangible thing, which before would have different rules applied to it, like say a thermostat or whatever it is, where when the, the cloud service goes away, the company goes away.” (33m 17s): “For example, like this, this thing that happened this week that we already talked about with Apple, I think a lot of people didn't think about how applications launching was tethered to the cloud in any way” (33m 48s): “It's like the, the internet is a network of leashes and, like dog leashes with colors on them.” (35m 48s): “And I think it was 1890 and it was about the time they decided the right of privacy was the right to be let alone.” (36m 52s): “something that we've talked about many times, and that is open source, open source licensing, open source culture, open source awareness, even.” (37m 50s): “And people now start to question, they go, Hey, wait a second. This, this big platform is making a ton of money off of this code that I wrote, but I'm not.” (39m 25s): “And does it matter, does it matter what exactly we're talking about? Like, does it matter if I'm talking about contributing to something like Apache or, you know, Linux kernel, or does it matter if we're talking about some sort of web framework or library that, you know, a Facebook, a Twitter, a tic talk is using to make a lot of money, you know, that may, or even a product you just don't like, does it, does it somehow matter? I mean, obviously from a licensing perspective, it doesn't, but from an ideological perspective, does it matter?” (41m 18s): “And what does it even mean to contribute back to the project?” (42m 18s): “I think that's where the social contract starts to break down.” (46m 10s): “And that's supposed to be a good thing. What you want is to work with the companies that are using your software, and hopefully they will, they will release patches and fixes and improvements to your software. That's the idealized model.” (48m 19s): “open source licenses are pretty ubiquitous.” (48m 33s): “Well, you're writing code with an IDE that is probably free software. You didn't pay for it under an open-source license maybe on an OS that has similar licensing that you didn't have to work on using other people's libraries that you didn't have to write yourself from scratch all the way down to the OSTP.” (49m 16s): “Well, that's free software. And so the WordPress people knock on your door and like, Oh, well, and that's running on Linux. And so Linus is going to show up and what his handout, you know, it, everyone's sort of, for some reason, people think that, well, you're sitting on this entire body of work that people have put so much effort for free into to share with everyone else you're taking the benefit of that.” (51m 13s): I guess the ultimate question though, is at what point does, is there enough pushback that it does shift the open source community? ...at what point is it a significant enough disruption that there are enough people that are questioning the open source social contract?” Reality 2.0 around the web: Site/Blog/Newsletter (https://www.reality2cast.com) FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/reality2cast) Twitter (https://twitter.com/reality2cast) YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvdT3quikpi9sd5SxTGk3Q) Mastodon (https://linuxrocks.online/@reality2cast) Special Guests: Kyle Rankin and Petros Koutoupis.
Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman talk to Professor Barbara Cherry of Indiana University about political division, legislation and regulation, technical evolution, and more. Reality 2.0 around the web: Site/Blog/Newsletter (https://www.reality2cast.com) FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/reality2cast) Twitter (https://twitter.com/reality2cast) YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvdT3quikpi9sd5SxTGk3Q) Mastodon (https://linuxrocks.online/@reality2cast) Special Guest: Barbara Cherry.
Doc Searls, Katherine Druckman and Petros Koutoupis talk to Hadrian Zbarcea about revolutions, both technical and other. Reality 2.0 around the web: Site/Blog/Newsletter (https://www.reality2cast.com) FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/reality2cast) Twitter (https://twitter.com/reality2cast) YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvdT3quikpi9sd5SxTGk3Q) Mastodon (https://linuxrocks.online/@reality2cast) Special Guests: Hadrian Zbarcea and Petros Koutoupis.
Doc Searls, Katherine Druckman, and Kyle Rankin talk about facial recognition and surveillance technology in the hands of individuals, and how that affects the balance of power. Reality 2.0 around the web: Site/Blog/Newsletter (https://www.reality2cast.com) FaceBook (https://www.facebook.com/reality2cast) Twitter (https://twitter.com/reality2cast) YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdvdT3quikpi9sd5SxTGk3Q) Mastodon (https://linuxrocks.online/@reality2cast) Special Guest: Kyle Rankin.
Doc Searls, Katherine Druckman, and Petros Koutoupis talk social media regulation and its relationship to journalism and the threat to Section 230. Special Guest: Petros Koutoupis.
Doc Searls, Katherine Druckman, and Petros Koutoupis discuss the evolution of podcasting vs. radio. Show Notes: 00:00:57 Please subscribe to our Newsletter - a reminder :) 00:01:35 Radio vs Podcasting, is it like Godzilla vs Bambi? 00:06:51 What makes podcasting so accessible? 00:20:27 Where we host our podcast and a shoutout to fireside.fm 00:41:27 "Linux is free if your time has no value" --Jamie Zawinski 00:45:08 Scotch time, beer o'clock, or Blursday... Special Guest: Petros Koutoupis.
Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman talk to Dr. Augustine Fou about his privacy analysis app, Page X-Ray, ad tracking, and data privacy. Show Notes: 00:02:17 Page Xray and Blacklight 00:07:27 While you interact with one web page, who else is harvesting your information? 00:14:13 Listen to which tracker Katherine used for about 10 minute, and promptly removed! 00:15:57 What is malvertising 00:18:55 What about the browser extension privacy trackers? 00:25:54 Who should use PageXray? 00:32:30 What are some good consumer tools? 00:42:26 What is "fingerprinting" and how does a site "fingerprint" you? 00:48:21 Covering your "privates" 00:51:32 Marketers are chasing the shiny object called Digital 00:53:26 what is the ratio of registered domains vs websites vs humans visitors vs real ad impressions? Special Guest: Dr. Augustine Fou.
Doc Searls, Katherine Druckman, Kyle Rankin, and Petros Koutoupis talk about Amazon's new flying camera, ad tech, and The Social Dilemma. 00:01:27 The spying based advertising business is on it's way out 00:05:55 The Amazon's April fools joke that is now a product 00:12:14 Doc's issue with 'Alexa' listening to you all the time 00:15:09 California's CCPA 00:16:14 Kyle's perspective on the Amazon drone 00:21:36 Scale of mass surveillance 00:30:28 Facial recognition 00:34:12 Katherine is looking for some good news... 00:35:58 Normalization of fear mongering 00:40:05 When can a company legitimately collect your personal information 00:41:12 What do regulators really hope to do 00:42:32 Lets talk about "the movie"... Special Guests: Kyle Rankin and Petros Koutoupis.
Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman talk to Kyle Rankin and Petros Koutoupis about TikTok and who controls your phone. Notes: 00:00:37 The new contraband - TikTok 00:04:34 Is the US wanting to "play" China and censor? 00:08:19 Will this become an ugly precedent? 00:15:37 We're concerned about the implementation of this ban 00:17:25 The Social Dilemma on Netflix 00:21:11 Your phone is your castle 00:33:10 Defining the harm from mere content 00:44:59 Final thoughts - Portrait mode video 00:48:20 How does a visually impaired person use a phone? See link. Special Guests: Kyle Rankin and Petros Koutoupis.
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