Blackblogs.org announced that they have changed their settings and they’re now back online.

Blackblogs experienced a heavy DDoS attack and their upstream provider null routed their IP – meaning blackblogs.org and it’s
subdomains were unreachable.

Here’s the email message they sent:

We’re happy to announce that blackblogs.org can be accessed again!

We did experience a heavy DDoS attack and our upstream provider null routed our IP – meaning blackblogs.org and it’s
subdomains were unreachable.

It was not trivial to find a solution but for now we changed our setup and will see if it holds future attacks.

Of course we can not guarantee that this won’t happen again as we host many politically explosive blogs – but therefore we are here.

If there will be further DDoS attacks in the future please note that this targets the public facing side of blackblogs.org, not the
server itself. This means no data gets lost even if the website is unreachable at this point.

Keep on fighting!

blackblogs.org

Prehistoric GNU

I explained about how software libre is about freedom and not price and how the term free software can be confusing. To avoid this confusion some people use the term open source instead of software libre.

I think it’s safe to say that the term open source is more popular (in public) than the term software libre but they’re not the same.

Open source also gives people some freedoms but open source misses the point of software libre. Most open source licenses are also approved by FSF as software libre licenses but in general, you should be careful when a software is considered open source because it can be proprietary.

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I know a lot of hackers. I, myself, am a hacker but being a hacker doesn’t just mean infiltrating other people’s systems. If you do hacks, you’re a hacker.

For example, few years ago when I was backpacking I had trouble opening a glass of pickles. What I did was to use a spoon to lower the pressure between the lid and the glass and when the compressed air was released, I opened it.

That was a hack. A simple hack to open a glass. Hacking doesn’t just mean sabotaging or entering security holes.

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There’s nearly 4 billion people in the world that are connected to the internet. Near half of the earth’s population right now. Internet has become something very important in our lives. Almost all data and information we use is transferred via internet.

Right now, free flow of information depends on internet and internet has been of the most important tools to protect free speech and human rights. Censoring internet or putting limitations on its connectivity is for sure a violation of freedom of speech.

Some governments like Iran, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, etc. censor internet a lot. During protests in Kashmir, Indian government blocked internet access. Good internet connectivity, right now, is almost impossible in Kashmir and it’s very hard for journalists and people to report about the situation there.

During the latest protests in Iran, same thing happened and internet was down for near a month and people were unable to report their situation to anyone. This is a thing that should never happen again.

Governments like India can run a genocide. Same thing happened in Burma against Muslims and because of lack of connectivity to internet, nobody knew about it for a long time and even after world found out about it, the Burma’s government denied everything and tried to censor news and information about it.

We should find a way to provide a service (internet) that can’t be censored or limited. Protectors of human rights and governments that pretend that they value human rights should try to provide unlimited and not-censored internet to ensure that people can talk freely and report violations on human rights all around the world.

I almost always call “free software”, “software libre” to avoid misunderstanding between price and freedom. Whenever I say free software, I should explain to people that by free software, I mean a software that respects freedom.

Free software is different with freeware. When we say free software, we mean free as in freedom. That’s why I call it software libre. But there’s still some questions for people.

One of the questions people ask me is that if a software is libre, how can we make money from it? My answer is always simple and short. You can make money from software libre the way you make money from proprietary software.

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Update: Blackblogs Is Back, Again.

About a couple of weeks ago, Blackblogs team announced with an email message that they are under a heavy DDoS attack and their great service is unreachable.

Now, after a while, Blackblogs service is still unreachable and they need help for switching their server and it’s a hard job as the new server probably will be the next target for attackers.

The attack targets the public facing side of blackblogs.org, not the “backoffice”. The public facing side is a reverse proxy, a “trafficker” of content not its source. No data is lost, modified or at risk – it’s only unreachable!

They are also evaluating automated tor hidden services, but there are technical details which might spoil any attempt in that direction.

If you can help Blackblogs in any way, please send an email message to blackblogs [at] blackblogs.org.

Today, protesters in Minneapolis clashed with police following death of George Floyd, a black human being, because of police brutality.

In a video that went viral on social media, a black human being was pinned down by a blue pig. Today, people were protesting against this brutality and this horrible, obvious violation of human rights.

The man in the video was telling the blue pig that he can’t breath but the pig refused to move his leg, which was placed on the neck of the arrested man, and the pig was pushing more weight on the poor guy’s neck. RIP George Floyd.

Police officers all around the world are brutal and protectors of power. People all around the world experience this violence and we’re forced to obey their rules.

This injustice and brutality happens a lot in U.S., against black people (among other races). I believe waiting for the system to do something is wasting time. People should rise and protest and don’t stop till something serious happens from government.

This brutality, injustice, inequality, and discrimination should be stopped immediately with guarantees that these things will never happen again.

“Justice delayed is justice denied”. Don’t forget about this and rise up.

MHD logo

Menstrual Hygiene Day is an annual awareness day on May 28 to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management. It was initiated by the German-based NGO WASH United in 2014 and aims to benefit women and girls worldwide. The 28th was selected to acknowledge that 28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle.

In low-income countries, girls’ and women’s choices of menstrual hygiene materials are often limited by the costs, availability and social norms.Adequate sanitation facilities and access to feminine hygiene products are one part of the solution. Creating a culture that welcomes discussion and makes adequate education for women and girls is of equal importance. Research has found that not having access to menstrual hygiene management products can keep girls home from school during their period each month.

Menstrual Hygiene Day creates an occasion for publicizing information in the media, including social media. Public information campaigns can help to engage decision-makers in policy dialogue. The day offers an opportunity to actively advocate for the integration of menstrual hygiene management (MHM) into global, national and local policies and programs.

Two days ago, Palmer Luckey reported on Twitter that Google (YouTube) is deleting his comments about a Chinese propaganda.

YouTube has deleted every comment I ever made about the Wumao (五毛), an internet propaganda division of the Chinese Communist Party. Who at Google decided to censor American comments on American videos hosted in America by an American platform that is already banned in China?

Palmer Luckey

Ninja Logic, another user, also replied that Google (YouTube) also deletes entire chat if you send certain words.

YouTube will also delete the ENTIRE chat replay from a livestream if a single person types the phrase 共匪, 五毛, or any of the other blacklisted terms critical of the CCP. Might be disruptive if people typed these phrases en masse in all the popular stream chats.

Might be disruptive if people typed these phrases en masse in all the popular stream chats.

Ninja Logic on Twitter

This is internet censorship. Lots of Hong Kong people are now protesting against Chinese government because of discrimination and inequality. Hong Kong people are fighting for justice and what Google is doing is helping Chinese government suppress these protests.

YouTube is one of the platforms for sharing videos and increase public information about protests and human rights and Chinese government is violating this right with the help of Google.

This is not acceptable. America claims to be the leader of free world and yet its corporations are violating human rights every day.

What’s the Solution?

This is just another reason for us to migrate to software libre. Software libre protects people from these stuff. By using software libre, you’ll be sure that your freedom and rights are respected and if violation happens, you can simply make your own platform with your own rules.

Software libre makes sure you have essential freedoms of software therefore it can be used to protect your freedom when you’re fighting like Hong Kong people.

If you’re in touch with any Hong Kong person protester, please let it know about software libre alternatives such as Peertube. It’ll help them talk freely.

We stand with you Hong Kong. Long live liberty.

I received this email message just now.

If you file taxes in Italy, you can donate to Autistici/Inventati via the so-called “5 per mille”, an option to donate 0.5% of your taxes to a non-profit organization.

To do so, on your “Modello CU Unico” and Form 730, in the section called “5 per mille”, you will have to sign your name ad insert the tax code (codice fiscale) 93090910501 where it says:

“SOSTEGNO DEL VOLONTARIATO E DELLE ALTRE ORGANIZZAZIONI NON LUCRATIVE DI UTILITA’ SOCIALE, DELLE ASSOCIAZIONI DI PROMOZIONE SOCIALE E DELLE ASSOCIAZIONI E FONDAZIONI RICONOSCIUTE CHE OPERANO NEI SETTORI DI CUI ALL’ART. 10, C. 1, LETT A), DEL D.LGS. N. 460 DEL 1997”