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Spectre and Meltdown: Capitalist values will haunt us for years to come

on January 5, 2018

Two significant technical vulnerabilities have been discovered and were publicly announced on January 3. They are called Meltdown and Spectre. Unlike most technical vulnerabilities, which are caused by poorly written software, Meltdown and Spectre are caused by the way computer chips are designed. Therefore, they are much harder to fix. Using these vulnerabilities, an attacker with access to a computer or server (including remote access) can read information used by other programs on the computer or server.

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Progressive Technology Project Drops iATS Payment Processor for Failing to Support Abortion Providers

on October 5, 2017

By Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia (Payment Processing) CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons Media Contacts: PTP Executive Director Alice Aguilar: info@progressivetech.org or 612-724-2600 California Latinas for Reproductive Justice: info@clrj.org or 213-270-5258 October 5, 2017 For Immediate Release The Progressive Technology Project today announced that it is no longer using the iATS payment processing service after discovering that the processor’s parent company rejects applicants who provide abortion counseling or services.

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Surveillance Then & Now: How to Protect Ourselves

on December 12, 2016

By freiheitsfoo (Own work) CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Resources from the webinar COINTELPRO destroyed movements, relationships, and activists’ lives. It destroyed the trust and hopefulness needed to build and sustain a movement. It destroyed the movement for justice in this country. But this time, we have ways of fending it off and protecting ourselves. More than 200 listeners joined our webinar and hundreds more signed up to access the resource documents and tips we shared when PTP and May First / People Link organized a December call to discuss surveillance and what to do about it.

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We’re going to need to own the Internet

on November 23, 2016

For organizers, it’s fundamental: no decisions about us, without us. But the opposite is happening in technology that local and movement organizing groups use today, and the challenges we are about to face will increase exponentially with the incoming Trump administration. Bias is rampant online. The way to fix it is to insure the people controlling access to the internet and who are writing the apps, algorithms and software that govern bigger chunks of our lives share at least some of our values and vision for racial equity.

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