"The Internet interprets censorship as damage and routes around it."
That's a quote I remember from the very early days of my online life. That's exactly what is happening now. Because of the very active censorship that's happening online, clever people are figuring out how to get around it.
I've been using Brave as my primary browser for a couple of weeks now. It's a fussy browser that requires tweaking, but I'm finally getting it to settle down. It's a good browser and the people who work on it seem to genuinely care about privacy.
They also have a unique way of making money, which is great. I'm more than willing to click on an ad that they send occasionally to keep the browser going.
The most recent update to the browser includes a peer to peer protocol that I am anxious to try out. I've been hearing about IPFS for some time now, but until the last couple of weeks, it seems to have moved slowly because it had little visibility. That changed when the mainstream tech giants did a giant sweep of accounts they didn't like.
I recommend Brave as a personal browser for both desktop and for mobile. The mobile version is particularly good. If you are on an older device, you can delete a lot of apps (from websites) that pull in a ton of ads that will slow your device to a crawl. You can access websites in Brave without the ads.
This is the article about what's going on with the peer to peer protocol. Even if you aren't a techie, it makes for interesting reading.
I've recommended Telegram in the past and I continue to recommend it. If you need a way to communicate in a group or with another person in private, it is (IMO) the best way to go.
The GUI is smooth and easy, the privacy settings are simple to figure out. All you need is a telephone number to set it up. It does not have to be your personal phone number - Although, that's just fine too! You can set up an account with a temporary/disposable number, a number from Google Voice (not connected to your account) or with a number from a burner phone.
Telegram has a desktop version for Windows, Mac and Linux. It also works on iPhones, iPads and Android devices. You can also add it as an APK on Android from both F-Droid and APKPure (reputable APK sites) if it becomes unavailable on Google Play.
It's free and an excellent way to add some privacy to your social media.
If you need help with the download or the privacy settings, give us a call. Or check out the web version of Telegram and contact either Tim or Joy on Telegram!
It's Friday! Yay! And into life some freedom flows...
My freebie pick for today is about real freedom. It's about censorship and the right to read what you please without interference. I think it's a basic human right. It's not given to us by a government, it's inherent.
With that in mind, here is a link to books that were banned and are now freely available online. It sincerely boggles my mind that books like "Huckleberry Finn" and "Candide" were once pulled from the eyes from the public because of their provocative content. Both are favorites of mine. You can find links to download both of them at the page below.
Certainly, some of the books may offend people. Thomas Paine's "The Age Of Reason" offended many both here in the US and in Europe and English publishers were prosecuted for printing the book. There are plenty of more recent examples of banned books that are well worth a read.
UPenn has a huge library of books available for download. It's worth looking at their main page as well.