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Building for young people. Thinking about social media, communication, and China. Not reading @danielsunread
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May 21, 2021 18 tweets 6 min read
What is this? All of my searches are coming up blank. The plates for that Citizen 'Private Patrol' do match this vehicle from losangelesprofessionalsecurity.com, which describes itself as a "Subscription Law Enforcement Service." It apparently does everything from Apple Watch fall detection monitoring for the elderly, to alarm response.
May 13, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
"25 percent of kids 9-17 reported having had a sexually explicit interaction with someone they thought was 18 or older" platformer.news/p/the-child-sa… "57 percent of youth who identify as LGBTQ+ said they have had potentially harmful experiences online, compared to 46 percent of non-LGBTQ+ youth. They also had online sexual interactions at much higher rates than their peers" @platformer
May 11, 2021 6 tweets 3 min read
May 4, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
Triller has lost its mind: “Triller will pursue the full $150,000 penalty per person per instance for anyone who doesn't do the right thing and pay before the deadline” reut.rs/3b2bvCy “Triller filed legal action on April 23 in U.S. District Court of Central California against the owners of the H3Podcast website for piracy of the event, and a dozen other sites that restreamed and profited from as many as hundreds of thousands of users each”
Feb 22, 2021 17 tweets 6 min read
I slept through the opench.aix.uy drama, but the synopsis of this — and someone can correct me if I miss anything — is that ai-eks used their Clubhouse user token and had a bot join every room, collect the Agora tokens, and plug them into a browser client. This technical breakdown shows how Clubhouse works. It's a scrappy startup, & there are 3 legs. Clubhouse has their own API for user management. It relies on Agora for RTC audio streams. And less spoken is that the room interactions flow over PubNub events theori.io/research/korea…
Jan 27, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
iOS release notes are always comforting when you have firsts like this. 3 zero-days actively exploited in the wild. 2 involving WebKit. "Apple said additional details would be available soon" techcrunch.com/2021/01/26/app… The bricked state I encountered didn't end up having to do with the battery, at least obviously so. After a day of wrestling with DFU mode, it was successfully restored. If it attempted to boot, it would endlessly loop; breaking that cycle was hard.
Jan 6, 2021 292 tweets 68 min read
Things are heating up in D.C. 👀 Capitol buildings are already being evacuated:
Jan 5, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
I expected a show, but it looks like we won’t even get that. The cover-up continues. I wonder how much this AP report has played into Beijing’s decision to renege on the WHO investigation agreement. apnews.com/article/united…
Jan 5, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Uh oh: “The most important site is E484, where neutralization by some sera is reduced >10-fold by several mutations, including one in emerging viral lineages in South Africa and Brazil.” The South African variant has both E484K and N501Y, so the concerns from the last few weeks are more justified now. What will the combination of the higher viral loads associated with N501Y — if that holds — mean when neutralization dips because of E484K escape? Not liking this.
Jan 4, 2021 7 tweets 3 min read
The underlying tone of this is irresponsible. This is not journalism; this is a collection of anecdotes with a preconceived narrative. nymag.com/intelligencer/… That Quibi screenplay really cherry picks details, like the leaked Hubei CDC reports that suggest the first epidemic may not have occurred in Wuhan after all. The Yichang or Xianning 'influenza' epidemics could have been wrongfully attributed cnn.com/2020/11/30/asi…
Jan 4, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
“My concern, as a virologist, is that if you wanted to make a vaccine-resistant strain, what you would do is to build a cohort of partially immunized individuals in the teeth of a highly prevalent viral infection” statnews.com/2021/01/04/bri… Another virologist with similar concerns:
Jan 4, 2021 8 tweets 3 min read
The warning Wuhan never gave us. Why don't we care? The message that is still not being clearly articulated is that the mitigations that have worked may no longer work under B.1.1.7 and B.1.351. Our mitigations until now have been based on the Wuhan and Lombardy data; now we have no clue what will happen.
Sep 23, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
This type of coordinated behavior was quickly substantiated following Christchurch. I haven't seen much evidence of that here. If Discord edgelords are a 'dark web' 'coordinated attack' than TikTok might not be equipped to combat the PRC actors. I don't expect every platform to succeed against this type of thing, but ByteDance literally prepared for this exact scenario — and they simply failed. Maybe they should own up to that instead of describing it like organized cybercrime and nation states.
Sep 22, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
I bought a Honda Fit and I've been radicalized by subcompacts. Tesla needs to enter that category The U.S. car market would be significantly cooler if cheap Chinese EVs like the Zotye Cloud 100 were on the road.
Sep 22, 2020 14 tweets 5 min read
PRC influence network: "[Posed] as locals in countries they targeted, post in Groups, amplify their own content, manage Pages, like and comment on other people’s posts particularly about naval activity in the South China Sea, including US Navy ships." about.fb.com/news/2020/09/r… "In SE Asia where this network focused most of its activity, they posted in Chinese, Filipino & English about global news and current events including Beijing’s interests in the South China Sea; Hong Kong; content supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte & [Sarah's] potential run"
Sep 22, 2020 7 tweets 2 min read
"While there has been some evidence of military-style training and labor transfers in Tibet in the past, this new, enlarged program represents the first on a mass scale and the first to openly set quotas for transfers outside the region." reuters.com/article/us-chi… "Tibetan state media reports in July say that in 2020 some of the workers transferred outside of Tibet were sent to construction projects in Qinghai and Sichuan. Others transferred within Tibet were trained in textiles, security and agricultural production work."
Sep 21, 2020 7 tweets 2 min read
"Sped up" is an important distinction. While the Trade War, Huawei/TikTok, and the Xinjiang-associated blacklist obviously plays into this, why is it assumed that U.S. access was guaranteed? If China is just an NPC that retaliates against U.S. choices, what is the Great Firewall? From last December: "Beijing has ordered all government offices and public institutions to remove foreign computer equipment and software within three years" ft.com/content/b55fc6…
Sep 20, 2020 8 tweets 2 min read
This take is pretty myopic; the WeChat discussion needs far more depth. This stance ignores the ACLU’s long standing precedents on the NSA, surveillance, and privacy. Yet, the stakes of NSA surveillance and MSS surveillance are a world apart — with Americans potential victims too WeChat is a product that is architected to constrict freedom of speech. Messages sent from the U.S. are algorithmically surveilled, and that data constricts speech in China. Do those Chinese matter less than Americans? citizenlab.ca/2020/05/we-cha…
Sep 20, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Since you can share Shortcuts, who’s building the Cydia-like Theme aggregator? 👀 2009 vs 2020 ImageImage
Sep 20, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
The $5B fund for Trump Youth schools is unbelievable. Cherry on top of this circus. I need 10,000 words about how this ‘Education Fund’ entered the fold. It’s not a donation from China, as some are interpreting it, but the parallels to Chinese authoritarianism are eerie as hell.
Sep 18, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
I missed this 💀 "Tencent, registered the WeCom trademark on Aug. 19, according to the United States Patent and Trademark Office."

"Two Tencent sources said WeCom does not fall under the scope of a ban on WeChat-related transactions in the United States from Sept. 20"