We've heard a growing number of people would like on their blog — so we're planning to build a simple, optional commenting system that respects and lets you take your data where you want.

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Privacy, CLOUD Act 

The current US government seems to be doing everything in its power to undermine digital .


Not just , but the option to use multiple pseudonyms are necessary for maintaining control over your and autonomy online. I think it's a great way to mimic how we interact in meatspace. Each profile becomes a "side" of you, instead of a complete persona.

When we talk about and warn about the dangers of technologies (even when designed for other purposes, like fighting counterfeit money), it's because those technologies can always have unintended consequences like this.

"The problem is that all new printers print nearly invisibly yellow dots that track down exactly when and where documents, any document, is printed."


We need more consumer products that come with real built-in, even if it means less ways for the service to make money. Really, just because we *can* profit from something doesn't mean we should, especially if the end users pay a heavy price for it (that should go without saying).

When we're doing this right, we'll know because "we think about your privacy" won't be a selling point anymore.

"These days, only the powerful can demand privacy." - from nytimes.com/2017/05/09/magazin

This article summarizes the reasons for the decisions I make on Write.as. The predominant business model today is built around surveillance, and it's led to privacy now costing something, where before it was a given -- and free.

Hey! We're on Mastodon now, too.

This is mostly an extension of @matt here. But with 500 characters, we'll do less Twitter-style product announcements, and talk more about , , , , , and other topics as they relate to building Write.as

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