Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries Tagged as 'Technology'

Another liberal tech company doing work for conservatives

June 28th, 2012 · Comments Off

Updated below NationBuilder is an online campaigning tool kit, providing clients with the ability to do online advocacy, email supporters, raise money and integrate social media. NationBuilder was founded by a group of progressive and Democratic technologists with campaign and grassroots non-profit organizing experience in the Netroots. It’s not particularly different from other online tool [...]

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Tags: Progressive Infrastructure · Technology

Fight for the Future – Stop SOPA & PIPA

January 18th, 2012 · Comments Off

Take action here.

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Tags: Technology

The Guardian Project

April 1st, 2011 · Comments Off

Nancy Scola at techPresident has a long article about The Guardian Project, an effort lead by my friend Nathan Freitas, that seeks to create secure software for mobile communications. Mobile devices are critically important for activists, dissidents, and leaders of change movements. But most are incredibly insecure and using them can put activists at risk. [...]

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Tags: Technology

Melber v Gladwell on Egypt & Organizing

February 3rd, 2011 · Comments Off

With global attention on the protests in Egypt, it’s not shocking that some people have fixated on the role of social networks like Twitter as driving the activities of anti-Mubarak protesters. Indeed, one of the first major steps Mubarak took to try to stymie the dissidents was completely shutting off the internet in Egypt (it [...]

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Tags: Technology · The Media

Mid-East Protests & The Internet Kill Switch

January 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment

As the world watches massive demonstrations in Egypt, the Egyptian government has shut down the internet. There are also reports that Syria has done the same. These are desperate acts from governments that are terrified of their citizenry. Killing the internet is an effort to silence their citizens. With that as a background, let’s take [...]

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Tags: Rule of Law · Technology

Seder on Net Neutrality

August 12th, 2010 · Comments Off

Brilliant as usual.

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Tags: Technology

More Chinese Internet Espionage Exposed

April 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

Articles in the Globe and Mail and the New York Times document the work by researchers at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto to expose a new network of global hack attacks originating from China. From the Globe and Mail: The report is careful not to conclude the Chinese government [...]

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Tags: Technology · Tibet & China

Freedom of the Press

March 26th, 2010 · Comments Off

Chinese government style: Editor’s note: Google announced this week that it would move its Chinese search engine to Hong Kong and stop censoring search results to suit China’s leaders. In China, the government has sought to control how Chinese media portray Google’s decision. Below we reprint the government’s instructions to domestic news Web sites. The¬†instructions [...]

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Tags: Technology · Tibet & China

More Chinese Internet Espionage

February 1st, 2010 · Comments Off

Hey look, another story about the Chinese government spying on foreign companies through the internet, hacking accounts, and dropping malware on people! This time the British intelligence agency MI5 warned a large range of British companies in 2008 about the threat of Chinese espionage and methods used by Chinese spies to entrap foreign executives. But [...]

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Tags: Technology · Tibet & China

Privatizing Space Flight

January 29th, 2010 · Comments Off

Ending NASA’s control of manned American space flight and moving these responsibilities to private contractors sounds like as bad idea as is possible in the early twenty-first century. NASA has been successfully putting Americans into space for research and exploration for over half a century. Why would companies who are just beginning to experiment with [...]

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Tags: Barack Obama · Technology