TA3M Seattle Monday July 17 2017


Techno-Activism Third Mondays (TA3M) is an informal meetup designed to connect software creators and activists who are interested in censorship, surveillance, and open technology. Currently, TA3M are held in various cities throughout the world, with many more launching in the near future. In Seattle, thanks to a special donor, there will be free pizza!

When: Monday, July 17, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00 PM
Where: Tor Office, Pioneer, Square https://goo.gl/maps/aun6E4r4s5E2 80 S. Washington st. Suite 203 Seattle
WA, 98194

Pump.io by AJ (7pm)

Pump.io is a promising project to create a federated social network – think email, where you can have multiple providers that all work together, but for social networking. It stagnated for a while, but the project has recently completed the transfer of governance and code maintenance to the community. This presentation will talk about pump.io’s history (right up to its newly-created community governance), its API, and why it’s pretty freakin’ neat. We’ll end with the work that’s gone out the door in recent releases, the work that remains, and how you can (should?) get involved. Attendees will walk out with an understanding of the historical context behind pump.io, an understanding of how the software works on a technical level, and how it fits into wider social web efforts. No prior knowledge necessary, although a basic familiarity with JSON and HTTP will help.

AJ is a core developer of the Pump.io reference implementation.

Lightning Talks (8pm)

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  • Paul English – Why & How to use 2 Factor Authentication


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2 Replies to “TA3M Seattle Monday July 17 2017”

  1. MK,
    From reading the following, it appears that the TAILS distro spoofs your MAC address by default.


  2. At the last monday meeting there wasn’t time for some annoyminity questions at the end, so I thought I’d post or comment them here. There seems to be an ongoing problem with Ubuntu, Debian and Network Manager, i.e. you can no longer change or spoof your Mac address here in 2017. Take your pick, some people claim this is just a bug, some people claim this is intentional. Nevertheless, I need to switch Linux Distros to something where you can change your Mac address. This may be more important overseas and I know most Americans no longer bother with such things, but Anyone know a good distro for doing this?
    Has anyone seen any recent studies on HOW big companies/banks might counter or block Tor and/or Tails? They have the money, how might they use it to accomplish that end? Again, especially in 2017. Any specifics? And for avoiding them? Any new ways to make Tor stronger in Tails 3.0 – 3.1 I didn’t have time to read all the documentation, something new I may have missed?

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