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Even the dead Facebook.” ~ Dave Lucasaaadead

As creepy as it has become, Facebook is the 2017 equivalent to the blog, on a much wider per-capita basis. According to Google, (and this is from 4 years ago): “Based on the site’s growth rate, and the age breakdown of their users over time, there are probably 10 to 20 million people who created Facebook profiles who have since died…. About 290,000 US Facebook users will die (or have died) in 2013.” Bloggers die too!

By way of The New York Times: “Facebook is among several online services that allows a designated person to take control of a deceased person’s account.” Dead or alive, would you really want someone else controlling your account?

But those among us who yearn for immortality might prefer to maintain an active digital presence long after we have left the planet.

For instance, as I addressed this dilemma several years ago, “Should bloggers pre-post articles way ahead of time? Assuming the blogger or wordpress or whatever system didn’t get corrupted or otherwise fail, bloggers could be dispensing advice and anecdotes to readers (and relatives & their descendants) for years after they’ve departed this mortal coil.”

Likewise with other social media platforms. You can write articles, stories, tweets, etc. and schedule them to be released at specific future dates. You’re almost IMMORTAL! Think about THAT!

“It’s a grim thought, but like writing a last will and testament, this has become just another part of death preparation.” Ah, again the Times injects common sense into the dreamscape.

Do we have a social responsibility to leave such a digital legacy? Imagine your own son or daughter reading dear dead Dad or Mom’s blog or tweet 10, 15, 20 years after they’ve passed away? “This may be a rough time in your life. Or maybe not. I hope you are happy! I want to tell you a story about… blah blah blah.”

And if a netizen should leave such articles behind, would readers, family members, descendants feel an obligation to read them or a sense of guilt if they didn’t?

Like those who prefer to write their own obituaries, with a little foresight and planning, you can begin writing and uploading future works for the masses. You just want to make certain that things you write will stay relevant over the passage of time. If you watch re-runs of the old Laugh-In TV series, each episode has a skit entitled “News from the future.” It usually starts out “20 years from now, in 1988…” You’ll immediately understand why you can’t use current entertainment and pop culture as any sort of foundation for future writings. Think like Hemingway or Shelley or Shakespeare. Pass along advice or tell stories that transcend time. You may be long dead and gone, but you’ll be more in the public consciousness than any of the cryobabies

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It’s “the first known major media outlet to launch a version of its site
that runs as a ‘hidden service’ on the Tor network, the anonymity
system that powers the thousands of untraceable websites that are
sometimes known as the darknet or dark web. “

On Wednesday, ProPublica became the first known major media outlet to launch a version of its site that runs as a “hidden service” on the Tor network. Facebook launched its own dark web version in 2014. You can set up your own site if you wish.

According to wired.com, ProPublica first began considering launching a hidden service last year when the news site was working on a report about Chinese online censorship and wanted to make sure the reporting was itself safe to visit for Chinese readers. Like other news sites, ProPublica also accepts
anonymous tips and leaks through its SecureDrop server, another Tor hidden service.

The move, ProPublica says, is designed to offer the best possible privacy protections for its visitors seeking to read the site’s news with their anonymity fully intact. TNW news: “ProPublica is a standalone non-profit newsroom that prizes itself on producing independent investigative journalism that’s in the public interest, so it will be interesting to see if it can take this mission further under the cover of the Dark Web.”

Unlike mere SSL encryption, which hides the content of the site a web visitor is accessing, the Tor hidden service would ensure that even the fact that the reader visited ProPublica’s website would be hidden from an eavesdropper or Internet service provider.” (Wired)

Onion GuideOnionshop Guide: How to set up a hidden service?

https://www.scribd.com/embeds/260099551/content?start_page=1&view_mode=scroll&show_recommendations=true

This article came to my attention via fellow media-blogger Christina Nicholson. Check out my contribution in the “comments” section!

Come to think of it, I blogged about this as well!

I’ve always thought that as people living in America’s Free society we should be able to access information. Perhaps Edward Snowden has had the most success in disseminating interesting news, along with WikiLeaks, but why so many conspiracy theories?

Popular mistrust got a huge boost with the Roswell saucers – whatever the real story is – it was fertilized by the Betty and Barney Hill abduction and subsequent release of a ‘starmap’ Betty Hill was able to recall and draw under hypnosis. But I digress.

There has been a line of thought that we must be shielded from anything the Islamic State divulges over the internet through social media or other channels. It’s difficult, but on can find issues of Dabiq, the group’s glossy propaganda magazine. They can be followed on twitter and other apps, but only if you have plenty of time to search for material as accounts are sometimes deleted/removed within hours of being created.

As NBC says, “the more you know.” Access to info = freedom of speech. Internetizens who’ve been around awhile may recall Gopher and Archie. Did you know there are many of these sites still active/available in 2015? There is so much information you can find on the Internet, it is almost unthinkable that just 20% can actually be accessed by the “general public” at large.

ISIS FM radio station ‘al-Bayan’ began broadcasting almost a year ago in Mosul, Iraq on frequency 99.9 and audio clips can be found on the web. | {sample} | But access is not handed to anyone – you have to be pro-active! Initiate your own searches – that is the only way you will quench your thirst for knowledge. [Do not confuse 99.9 with the Australian radio outlet of the same name] There are also hallways and doorways on Darknet that you can explore – IF you know how to safely arrive there, and where to go when you do.


“Bitcoin self- regulates the production of money and clearing of
transactions that have traditionally been handled by banks and
monopolistic payment systems. As an encryption-based currency, Bitcoin
enables the secure transfer of value as content through almost any
network directly from sender to receiver without counter-party risk. Its
global autonomous network disrupts the old hierarchical financial
institutions and rebels against central authority, potentially rendering
the archaic payment systems irrelevant.” ~ Nozomi Hayase

How Bitcoin Will End World Poverty{Video} William Blair partner Brian Singer explains how Bitcoin and blockchain encryption has a greater ability to bring more of the world’s population out of poverty than anything we’ve seen in decades. Those of you with slow or dialup connections here is a TRANSCRIPT.

On the NASDAQ blog, Martin Tiller ponders whether Bitcoin could destroy the Global Banking System… Here’s a snippet:

What has the industry worried is not so much Bitcoin as the blockchain. Banks are so used to taking a cut every time money changes hands that they cannot imagine life without that particular revenue stream. Here’s a LINK to the full article.  Here is a PRINTABLE version.

Draw your own conclusions? Willing to share?

See Also:  ゴールドマンサックス – ビットコインは金融の未来:

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