Adopting Uptrennd, or “how to resist the corona privacy wrecking ball”

About the TUGAFAM Empire, Uptrennd and Gilles Deleuze




Dear fellow Uptrenndians,


Today, more than ever, private companies and States (which, in many cases, behave as private entities disguised in a “common wealth spirit” outfit) are boosting their mining capacities. But do they mine in order to be rewarded in BTC, in Monero, in DigiByte? 


Nope. 


What they increasingly mine are… our lives. 


Each one of our movements, of our expressed ideas, of our contacts, of our tastes and preferences.


And in that respect, this novel coronavirus crisis is becoming a datamining paradise.




A couple of recent examples of this growing trend:



 



 


  • Micro$oft, through the skyrocketing “Zoom” use in this quarantine period, collects information from our Facebook profile (if we use Facebook to sign into it) and any “information (we) upload, provide, or create while using the service.” – the latter meaning the whole content of our most intimate conversations. Moreover, even in case we don’t have a Facebook account, the Zoom iOS app sends to Facebook a significant amount of our data (https://dt.gl/zooming-in/)

 


Fancy, uh?


 


Shifting from the disciplinary societies to the societies of control


This phenomenon has begun quite a long time ago, so much that in 1990 the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze could write a groundbreaking short text explaining the very mechanisms we’re now confronted with: “Post-scriptum sur les sociétés de contrôle” (here’s its English translation: https://thefunambulist.net/history/deleuze-foucault-and-the-society-of-control). Let me quote two steps of his analysis, so vividly applicable to our situation, 30 years later:





“[The disciplinary societies] reach their height at the outset of the twentieth [century]. They initiate the organization of vast spaces of enclosure. The individual never ceases passing from one closed environment to another, each having its own laws: first the family; then the school (“you are no longer in your family”); then the barracks (“you are no longer at school”); then the factory; from time to time the hospital; possibly the prison, the preeminent instance of the enclosed environment. It’s the prison that serves as the analogical model (…)”


“In the disciplinary societies one was always starting again (from school to the barracks, from the barracks to the factory), while in the societies of control one is never finished with anything–the corporation, the educational system, the armed services being metastable states coexisting in one and the same modulation, like a universal system of deformation. In The Trial, Kafka, who had already placed himself at the pivotal point between two types of social formation, described the most fearsome of judicial forms. The apparent acquittal of the disciplinary societies (between two incarcerations); and the limitless postponements of the societies of control (in continuous variation) are two very different modes of juridical life, and if our law is hesitant, itself in crisis, it’s because we are leaving one in order to enter the other”.


 


Our Resistance has two names


Immersed in such a permanent communicational prison – a prison where we’re not prevented from communicating but on the contrary we’re summoned to do so at every second (Edward Snowden always reminds that our cell phones are constantly shouting out “I’m here” to the telecom companies and, through them, to the State), which are our options ?


Gilles Deleuze, some time before he committed suicide (1995), proposed the most logical – and radical - form of resistance: silence. When we stop expressing ourselves, even our spying cellphones are converted into a useless chunk of industrial garbage. Nowadays, the easiest way to practice that personal direct action against the theft of our lives is to leave our mobile phone at home when we go outside. Or, as more and more people do, to plainly choose to give up using a mobile phone.


The second path we can walk along is to gradually shift from the TUGAFAM and proprietary platforms and protocols towards the FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) tools, among which we find…


Uptrennd :-D


That other option will be the focus of my next article.


Cheers to all Uptrenndians who’ve actually read this entire publication (without its title containing the words “give away”, “airdrop” or “contest” ;-) ).


 

COMMENT

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Q? Red Pilled Vision
09 Apr

I love your post and appreciate you advocating for all of us. Our privacy is important now more than ever and it will only become increasingly so. I made a thread about this and ways you can get around being datamined and keep your private information from being public, would appreciate any input! https://www.uptrennd.com/post-detail/what-a-vpn-is-and-why-you-need-it-take-a-few-minutes-out-of-your-day-to-never-be-spied-on-by-your-government-isp-or-anyone-else-ever-again~Mjc0NjM3 

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preview not available ijatz La Hojita
13 Apr

Heellooo @Crypt, and very nice to Uptrennd you! :-)

The warmest "thank you" for your comment! 

I've begun reading the article you refer to, and will try contributing to that debate later today, as well as sharing my experience with the "Brave" browser you present and promote in another post.

It'd delight me if you could dedicate a publication to the use of Matrix / Riot (something like a step-by-step guide ;-) ). I'm doubting about whether adopting Matrix or Jabber / xmpp, hehe.

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Q? Red Pilled Vision
16 Apr

I actually am using Riot.im I think it's great although the ease-of-use could use an improvement, it takes a lot of micromanaging as a server owner so if you expect to have a lot of people in there, expect to have to give them all permissions etc. if you plan on the rooms being encrypted. It's a lot like Discord however much higher maintenance, in order to have multiple "rooms" (like a channel in Discord) you have to create a "community" (like a server in Discord) and this is very confusing to people that are new to the program because even if you join the "community" you have to opt-in to join each "room" in the community, one by one.Here's a link to my Community if you're interested in joining, it's a free speech and conspiracy place so enter with caution! ;) https://matrix.to/#/ omnipotense:matrix.org

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preview not available ijatz La Hojita
16 Apr

Great, @Crypt!

I kind of imagined it wasn't an as easy tool to handle as Uptrennd is, hehe. 

That's why a post (or better: a video) from you explaining the step-by-step installation and managing of Riot.im would be highly useful for many of us :-)

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Q? Red Pilled Vision
16 Apr

Not a bad idea! I'll definitely put that under consideration, I haven't quite perfected it myself haha once I know the ins and outs for sure!

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Oldschool Wrestlingdesires
06 May

Jabber is fine for chatting with a friend, but making and using rooms is a pain

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Oldschool Wrestlingdesires
06 May

"Google plans to offer their users (i.e. their products) bank accounts, pursuing the same objective as Facebook with their Libra fake cryptocurrency: exploit all of our instant messaging activity, all our cloud computing files and even the school results of our children (through “Google  Classroom”) to even more forecast, predetermine and register our purchases, be it online or in physical outlets  (https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/13/20962745/google-checking-account-citigroup-stanford-pay-banking-financial-services-cache);"

Now that is scary... Just think if google and the world leaders teamed up, it would be absolute power and control...

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Sofia Malik
07 Apr

great piece of written work.. keep going

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Victor Oluponmile
07 Apr

Wao.... Quite lengthy and loaded with information, thanks boss 

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preview not available ijatz La Hojita
07 Apr

Thanks @Victor!

What are your thoughts about how to resist the TUGAFAM (Twitter – Uber – Google – Apple – Facebook- Amazon – Microsoft) grip on our lives, especially our private data?

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