I wanted to make this post to try and raise awareness about internet privacy and censorship among communists, as this seems to be often overlooked in these spaces.
By using big tech services, such as Google’s endless arsenal of “free” services, Apple, Amazon, Meta and Microsoft, you are letting these companies learn everything about you: your interests, the people you talk to, the places you go to and your political interests. And as is well known nowadays, all of these companies are lapdogs for western intelligence agencies, handing over all of that precious data to them and censoring dissent. I hope you can clearly see the problem here. As a communist, this presents a massive threat to your freedom of speech, freedom to protest and even your safety, especially if you live in the imperial core.
I urge all comrades to stop using these services, by switching to private and open source alternatives, and to use additional measures to protect your privacy such as TOR or a trustworthy VPN like RiseUp, Calyx or Proton.
You can find more resources here:
This is a Dengist community in favor of Bashar al-Assad with no information that can lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton, our fellow liberal and queen. This community is not ironic. We are Marxists-Leninists.
If you haven’t already found it, this GitHub page is an excellent collection of sources about socialism, imperialism, and other relevant topics, made by @dessalines and others.
We have a Matrix homeserver and a private Matrix room. See this thread for more information.
Also be advised that using “alternative” services can itself be used as a datapoint, furthermore it’s easy to set them up as a honeypot.
I don’t trust VPNs. They’re just glorified proxies.
Can someone help elaborate on the claim that TOR is an op? I’ve considered using it but claims that it was created by the FBI have scared me away…
I mean, Edward Snowden used it to escape the NSA, so I use it with no fear at all
It’s a govt project and is used by the govt for secret communications and getting info from journalists in countries where networks are censored. They allow a certain level of illicit behavior on the network because it masks their own activities. But due to the inherent security of the system, it’s still one of the safest networks out there. Just don’t do terrorist shit or get into cp.
While I agree with the overall sentiment here, with respect to organization, be careful not to alienate yourself from the masses.
If you’re not discussing illegal or quasi-illegal activities, I actually encourage you (and myself) to use sites that are not privacy-oriented. Get on TikTok, get on Reddit, get on the apps, sites, and services where the masses congregate.
I understand the impulse to try to pull the masses away from these admittedly toxic places, but we can’t help them on their journey of radicalization if we move onto obscure platforms where they can’t see us anymore. That doesn’t mean we don’t encourage them to join these platforms, but we can’t lock ourselves in to these platforms.
And for shitposting obviously post wherever you want.
Agreed. At the very least, use Tor when doing anything that could get you in trouble, even if it isn’t illegal (including something as basic as frequenting Lemmygrad in a highly anticommunist country), because there’s no guarantee that it won’t affect you in a few years as the second Cold War continues