RT @hackylawyER: As I continue to resist the #ownyourdata movement, I am continually inspired by @profrothman’s work on the #rightofpublici…

Mon Dec 02 19:15:02 +0000 2019

RT @FullyNoded: Boom! A simple linux script that installs and runs Bitcoin Core and Tor as services! 💥

Displays a QR code for connecting…

Tue Dec 03 19:51:41 +0000 2019

RT @FullyNoded: http://StandUp.sh and http://LinodeStandUp.sh have been tested on Debian 9 and Ubuntu 18.04. If you have ideas for im…

Tue Dec 03 19:51:43 +0000 2019

An important note here is the QR code allows your Bitcoin full-node to have a secure AND non-correlatable tor connection between your full-node at home (or someplace else you control) & your remote client. Can be Fully Noded iOS client now but will useful for future clients. https://twitter.com/FullyNoded/status/1201731904984121344

Tue Dec 03 19:58:14 +0000 2019

This allows a number of interesting scenarios: You can a mixer like Wasabi on your laptop, but have it leverage your private, watch-only full-node hosted on a cheap VPS to confirm; You can have a mobile wallet with keys that doesn’t need SPV or Neutrino; Or leave the keys at home

Tue Dec 03 20:04:27 +0000 2019

In our Bitcoin Standup scripts (currently macOS, Debian Linux, Linode using Debian) we try to support at least some best practices of basic hardening. We install firewalls and tor on all of them, FileVault on macOS, etc. What else?
Thoughts on DNS? Quad9? https://www.quad9.net/about/

Tue Dec 03 22:40:00 +0000 2019

We didn’t include any multisig scenarios in our #SmartCustody book as we discovered that hardware wallet support wasn’t yet mature. This more recent article shows that a lot of work still to be done. But we are making progress! https://medium.com/shiftcrypto/the-pitfalls-of-multisig-when-using-hardware-wallets-9b0e98e4c19c https://twitter.com/ShiftCryptoHQ/status/1201913737969467392

Wed Dec 04 08:24:36 +0000 2019

RT @GETJolocom: What are the 10 principles of #selfsovereignidentity?

  • Existence
  • Control
  • Access
  • Transparency
  • Persistence
  • Porta…

Wed Dec 04 18:06:18 +0000 2019

RT @SarahJamieLewis: Understanding the tech that you rely on is power.

That power is trending in a very clear direction - it’s been flow…

Wed Dec 04 18:12:02 +0000 2019

The dev community has to take on secure build management as a security infrastructure issue. Now that this approach to attack our software is in the wild there will be more—there is a lot of attack surface out there. A lot to do but we can start by signing all commits & releases. https://twitter.com/TheBlueMatt/status/1202305892995272704

Thu Dec 05 17:32:18 +0000 2019

RT @boscolochris: I want to amplify this tweet form @ChristopherA

The open-source software “supply chain” is, IMO, the most vulnerable att…

Thu Dec 05 18:38:20 +0000 2019

Replying to @tim_bansemer and @boscolochris

Direct, Blockchain Commons is preparing documentation on best practices inside a single git project. Then we are implementing these practices in a couple of new libraries from scratch. But ultimately I want to replace GPG/git with something better, leveraging #RebootingWebOfTrust

Thu Dec 05 19:32:49 +0000 2019

Seminal paper on this from 1984! “Perhaps it is more important to trust the people who wrote the software.” https://www.cs.cmu.edu/~rdriley/487/papers/Thompson_1984_ReflectionsonTrustingTrust.pdf

Thu Dec 05 19:41:58 +0000 2019

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Thu Dec 05 19:42:23 +0000 2019

RT @ChristopherA: Seminal paper on this from 1984! “Perhaps it is more important to trust the people who wrote the software.” https://t.co/…

Thu Dec 05 19:43:33 +0000 2019

Other techniques: “source is compiled twice: once with a 2nd compiler (using the source of the compiler’s parent) & then the compiler source is compiled using the result of the first compilation.“ https://dwheeler.com/trusting-trust/

Thu Dec 05 19:45:53 +0000 2019

RT @ChristopherA: Other techniques: “source is compiled twice: once with a 2nd compiler (using the source of the compiler’s parent) & then…

Thu Dec 05 19:46:02 +0000 2019

Examples of the problem: https://twitter.com/campuscodi/status/1202028241646690305

Thu Dec 05 19:53:33 +0000 2019

NPM cryptocurrency attack: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/06/07/komodo_npm_wallets/
Details: https://github.com/dominictarr/event-stream/issues/116

Thu Dec 05 19:59:07 +0000 2019

More details: https://gist.github.com/dominictarr/9fd9c1024c94592bc7268d36b8d83b3a

Fri Dec 06 00:08:07 +0000 2019

Another technique: for our upcoming Shamir-based social key recovery library: You can choose to use a deterministic external source of randomness (say casino dice) & use it on two different implementations. You should get the same results from each. Then roll again for preferred.

Fri Dec 06 00:18:19 +0000 2019

Replying to @MadSatter, @iams15r, @lopp, @PeterMcCormack, @BashCo_ and @pierre_rochard

Free #SmartCustody PDF v1.01 2019-09-16: http://bit.ly/SmartCustodyBookV101

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Sun Dec 08 19:36:00 +0000 2019

RT @tokengineering: #tokenengineering starts with a deep understanding of system objectives and human behaviours.
Here we can greatly bene…

Sun Dec 08 19:37:02 +0000 2019

Replying to @tokengineering

We are also working on two sequels that get more specific. The next, about halfway done is a start on a pattern language on cooperation. The third is on apply the lessons from first two books to cooperative work.

Sun Dec 08 19:40:15 +0000 2019

RT @MadSatter: @iams15r @lopp @PeterMcCormack @BashCo_ @pierre_rochard If you’re looking for a more personalized cold storage solution, @Ch…

Sun Dec 08 19:40:24 +0000 2019

Replying to @KeithMukai

We (@BlockchainComns) are working on making it easier to have your own Bitcoin full-node. Project #BitcoinStandup. Currently available a Mac app (but not on App Store yet), Debian Linux, or host watch-only on Linode. More to come including mobile. https://github.com/BlockchainCommons/Bitcoin-Standup

Sun Dec 08 19:46:39 +0000 2019

RT @gladstein: Thesis of my @SlushHQ keynote: financial freedom and privacy matter for human rights, and Bitcoin gives us a way out of Big…

Sun Dec 08 19:49:16 +0000 2019

RT @Melt_Dem: 1/ a brief thread on privacy

me: i spend a lot of time and energy understanding my personal privacy and how to protect it…

Sun Dec 08 19:51:17 +0000 2019

Replying to @Melt_Dem

Here you are mostly speaking of one of four different kinds of privacy “When personal privacy is breached we can lose our right to be ourselves” but there are also 3 others: http://www.lifewithalacrity.com/2015/04/the-four-kinds-of-privacy.html

Sun Dec 08 19:55:55 +0000 2019

Replying to @Melt_Dem

From my”Four Kinds of Privacy” article, on #ContextualPrivacy: “If a lack of #PersonalPrivacy causes you to “not be yourself”, a loss of contextual privacy allows other to “not see you as yourself”. You risk being perceived as “other” when your actions are seen out of context.”

Sun Dec 08 19:58:52 +0000 2019

RT @ChristopherA: @Melt_Dem Here you are mostly speaking of one of four different kinds of privacy “When personal privacy is breached we ca…

Sun Dec 08 19:59:28 +0000 2019

RT @ChristopherA: @Melt_Dem From my”Four Kinds of Privacy” article, on #ContextualPrivacy: “If a lack of #PersonalPrivacy causes you to “no…

Sun Dec 08 19:59:31 +0000 2019

Replying to @Melt_Dem

This article was my second edition on this topic. Someday I need to do a third edition to integrate newer concepts like these that are consequences of newer technologies (biometrics, memetic ‘nudge’ techniques, tailored drugs, mind reading tech): https://twitter.com/christophera/status/1168260553921433600

Sun Dec 08 20:20:58 +0000 2019

Replying to @trbouma

If you you like the #LanguageGames theories of Wittgenstein & Lyotard you might like the following — On #SharedLanguage: http://www.lifewithalacrity.com/2009/09/creating-shared-language-and-shared-artiifacts.html https://lifewithalacrity.blogs.com/life/2014/06/deep-context-shared-languages.html and the cooperative language game Dialect https://thornygames.com/pages/dialect

Sun Dec 08 22:59:12 +0000 2019

Replying to @tokengineering

I also want to integrate these ideas: https://twitter.com/christophera/status/1203811292613492736

Sun Dec 08 23:01:17 +0000 2019

“Real trust is formed of common action. Common action is a rarity in a country where few people feel responsible. And where common action does occur, the guardians of the state immediately see it as a threat.”—21yo Yegor Zhukov before sentencing in Russia https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/a-powerful-statement-of-resistance-from-a-college-student-on-trial-in-moscow

Mon Dec 09 17:35:46 +0000 2019

Rally against fear! It serves the interests of others to manipulate us into hypervigilance & surveillance. When fearful, we risk making decisions that may harm us in the long run. Use the positive tools of empathy, thoughtfulness, passion, respect and dignity—avoid the negative!

Mon Dec 09 18:04:51 +0000 2019

Still haven’t found a SF Bay local intern. Opening in 2020 https://twitter.com/christophera/status/1197275842667319296
Last 2019 internship https://twitter.com/christophera/status/1080206466177331200
Externships https://twitter.com/christophera/status/1143701040232988673
Former intern success: https://twitter.com/christophera/status/1186557681613430784
Internship in progress: https://twitter.com/christophera/status/765326644806504448

Mon Dec 09 20:12:33 +0000 2019

Intrigued! RMS-LLC “act in the best interest of all its members to generate goods, services & assets, that singly, or in combination, achieve stable and measurable value exchange within a member network furthering mutually agreed upon outcomes” https://law.mit.edu/pub/rmsllc @HJohnhenry

Mon Dec 09 21:53:41 +0000 2019

Though @HJohnhenry in this article is thinking of benefit corporations for environmental commons, I view it through a lens of intellectual commons, where investors (not just of $ but also time) can invest in commitments to open source to support each other mutually.

Mon Dec 09 21:58:05 +0000 2019

I’ve been puzzling around the topic of how to offer cryptographic storage for groups of pseudonymous individuals for years, inspired the Xanadu Club System. Some good ideas but also some unanswered questions. These new @signalapp papers have some good ideas for exploration. https://twitter.com/signalapp/status/1204084535685632000

Mon Dec 09 22:56:14 +0000 2019

Replying to @Mario_Gibney

The decentralized identity community has been diving into this with an effort to create some rubrics. (Requirements for this document at https://github.com/WebOfTrustInfo/rwot9-prague/blob/master/topics-and-advance-readings/rubrics.md)) I personally believe decentralization isn’t a spectrum but a more complex continuum: https://twitter.com/christophera/status/1190135639548686337?s=21 https://twitter.com/ChristopherA/status/1190135639548686337

Tue Dec 10 05:32:12 +0000 2019

Replying to @pocketdev, @negrunch, @Bitcoin_Vending and @BTCSocialist

Parts list? I see the calculator keyboard but no camera.

Tue Dec 10 06:27:24 +0000 2019

🤔“archaeological evidence suggests…our remote ancestors…shift(ed) back & forth between alternative social arrangements (seasonally), permitting the rise of authoritarian structures during certain times of year, on the proviso that they could not last” https://www.eurozine.com/change-course-human-history/

Tue Dec 10 07:06:32 +0000 2019

“almost everyone nowadays insists that…social equality, can work in a small community or activist group, but cannot possibly ‘scale up’ to anything like a city, a region, or a nation-state. But the evidence before our eyes, if we choose to look at it, suggests the opposite.”

Tue Dec 10 07:09:21 +0000 2019

Replying to @uberdru

No, I’ll have to take a look. Thanks!

Tue Dec 10 07:36:58 +0000 2019

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Tue Dec 10 07:39:20 +0000 2019

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Tue Dec 10 07:41:13 +0000 2019

Replying to @uberdru

Also “The Art of Not Being Governed” review https://mises.org/library/art-not-being-governed

Tue Dec 10 07:43:41 +0000 2019

RT @Leishman: Here’s the reading list for tonight’s @SFBitcoinDevs socratic seminar! https://www.sfbitcoindevs.org/socratic/2019/12/09/socratic-17.html

Tue Dec 10 07:48:51 +0000 2019

Replying to @Nayuta_en

We should get your full node to support Bitcoin Standup’s Quick Connect QR code: https://github.com/BlockchainCommons/Bitcoin-Standup

Tue Dec 10 07:53:15 +0000 2019

This is interesting as it does authenticated encryption of very short messages—min 8 max 64 bytes! #LightweightCryptography for IoT. Paper at https://eprint.iacr.org/2019/1004 https://twitter.com/CosicBe/status/1204306511297744896

Tue Dec 10 08:01:00 +0000 2019

Replying to @trophyrpg and @GauntletRPG

When I click on link I see gold, not dark. When I look on your site for dark I get link to $4 drivethurpg

Tue Dec 10 21:16:02 +0000 2019

RT @jack: Twitter is funding a small independent team of up to five open source architects, engineers, and designers to develop an open and…

Wed Dec 11 18:09:11 +0000 2019

The #RebootingWebOfTrust community has been working toward this for the last 5 years. @jack, come join us for #RWOT10 in Buenos Aires Argentina March 16-20 and meet the community that can help! https://twitter.com/jack/status/1204766078468911106

Wed Dec 11 18:13:16 +0000 2019

👆@dantley @vijaya, take a look at the #RebootingWebOfTrust papers & other collaborative artifacts on decentralized identity and services that were created during our last 9 design workshops. https://github.com/weboftrustinfo including over 50 to final.

Wed Dec 11 18:39:54 +0000 2019

Also many topics were submitted on decentralized social networks for our last workshop #RWOT9 in Prague. See https://github.com/WebOfTrustInfo/rwot9-prague/blob/master/topics-and-advance-readings/README.md We expect even more will be submitted for #RWOT10 in Buenos Aires.

Wed Dec 11 18:44:01 +0000 2019

RT @sqcrypto: In a move that could never happen in any other space, we’re supplying a grant to what looks at first glance like a hash funct…

Wed Dec 11 18:58:36 +0000 2019

Replying to @naomibrockwell, @WeChatApp and @Facebook

I know that Wyoming and many other US states would fight that interpretation. It isn’t a red/blue issue.

Fri Dec 13 01:54:08 +0000 2019

This is a good first step, but the suspension is only for three years. I don’t believe biometric privacy is a red/blue issue — for instance people in both California & Wyoming believe it to be unnecessary intrusion. We need to find ways to fight this practice from all sides. https://twitter.com/EFF/status/1205188647303049216

Fri Dec 13 02:01:00 +0000 2019

RT @FiloSottile: What’s the collective name for a group of cryptographers?

I think I like “a protocol.”

Sat Dec 14 00:21:52 +0000 2019

Replying to @bigstuffedcat and @jaceaddax

Have you tried collaborative board games? I wrote a book about them @MeeplesTogether and a blog at https://www.MeeplesTogether.com

Sat Dec 14 18:46:56 +0000 2019

RT @WomeninID: 4 million Indians without Aadhar registration have failed to access 1 or more essential services. Significantly, the proport…

Wed Dec 18 07:59:24 +0000 2019

In recent years out of the #storygame sub-community of tabletop role-playing games has emerged a number of safety & play support tools. First I remember was X-Card, but it has evolved much past that. Good ideas for all who collaborate, not just gamers! Safety supports creativity! https://twitter.com/rpgnatalie/status/1029139930851762176

Wed Dec 18 08:13:58 +0000 2019

RT @rachelthebeck: Gather ‘round, friends. I’m going to tell you the story of how the system design of a #ttrpg is making a corner of the w…

Wed Dec 18 08:25:12 +0000 2019

RT @SilviaHedley: @anotherday____ @WomeninID @ChristopherA https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/thewire.in/women/aadhaar-women-india/amp/

Wed Dec 18 08:30:21 +0000 2019

RT @Blockstream: Multi-part payments included in the latest #clightning v0.8.0. This enables larger payments by bundling #Lightning channel…

Thu Dec 19 01:57:25 +0000 2019

Replying to @balajis

Relevant to this discussion is this article about game design that notes that people attention habits have changed thus old approaches do not work any more: “you’d better be prepared to engage them quickly” https://www.polygon.com/2019/12/17/20928761/game-design-subscriptions-attention

Thu Dec 19 19:41:11 +0000 2019

RT @TomLondon6: This is utterly chilling
China’s present
All of our futures?

People like @Snowden are warning us and warning us

We need t…

Mon Dec 23 21:17:36 +0000 2019

“The Ukrainian version has nothing to do with bells or Christmas…the tale of a swallow summoning the master of the house to look at his livestock and the bounty the coming spring season will bring as well as to look at his beautiful dark-eyebrowed wife.” https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/12/carol-bells-shchedryk-ukraine-leontovych.html

Mon Dec 23 23:46:22 +0000 2019

Saw “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” this last weekend. Hard to believe 42 years(!) since I went to the premier of the first Star Wars. The local FM Radio was giving out tickets and I won—I found the old “ticket” in an old memorabilia box I was cleaning through a few weeks ago.

Wed Dec 25 03:10:00 +0000 2019

👍 “If privacy is defined as ‘appropriate flow of personal information’ then privacy is not secrecy as privacy involves knowledge sharing. Privacy entails both constraint and flow.” paraphrased from Privacy as Knowledge Commons Governace: https://dlc.dlib.indiana.edu/dlc/bitstream/handle/10535/10474/Sanfilippo%20WOW6.pdf

Thu Dec 26 21:23:50 +0000 2019

Some interesting thoughts here by @lex_node from a securities law perspective on “network equity” in cryptographic tokens. Clearly going all the way back to Metcalfe’s Law there exists “network value”, but there are not good direct legal frameworks for it. https://medium.com/@lex_node/size-does-matter-part-1-9f83b130a451

Thu Dec 26 22:56:00 +0000 2019

🤔 https://twitter.com/DrPhiltill/status/1210320669373796353

Sun Dec 29 06:41:21 +0000 2019

https://twitter.com/drphiltill/status/1210323150308888576?s=21 https://twitter.com/DrPhiltill/status/1210323150308888576

Sun Dec 29 06:45:42 +0000 2019

Replying to @theinstagibbs

We have a good alpha of one with #BitcoinStandup — apps and scripts to install a personal Bitcoin-Core on your Mac, Linux or VPS (more to come) and remote apps (currently two on iOS) that have a secure Tor v3 authenticated connection to it. Lightning soon. https://github.com/BlockchainCommons/Bitcoin-Standup

Mon Dec 30 03:44:23 +0000 2019

Replying to @veorq, @RealWorldCrypto and @sevenps

I’d like to see this analysis applied against some of the research on cryptographic algorithms that be more efficiently implemented in cryptographic circuits for use in zkp & homomorphic protocols. There was some discussion on this at last #RebootingTheWebOfTrust.

Tue Dec 31 03:13:39 +0000 2019