was at the white house protest yesterday, and we ended up marching to trump's DC hotel - which was nice. my wife and I have been donating to organizations as much as we can, as well as subscribing to nytimes and wapo.
I'm somewhat on the fence about keeping up subscriptions to some news organizations until they change the way they're reporting on trump. I understand the president generally makes news, but as it stands now, he's become the 'assignment editor-in-chief' lately. They seem to just jump all over whatever he/staff says or does without considering motives. Trump and his staff are consistently successful in taking advantage of the "main stream" press, often to further their agenda of misdirection, or outright lies. so.. it gives me pause to just throw money at the fourth estate... voting with my dollar and all that.
I took some time off from music/sound and have been holed up learning what I can regarding online privacy for activists that I know or have been helping out lately. Haven't put on my tin foil hat yet, but I've started cleaning up my social media accounts and getting comfortable with gpg, tor, etc. Just getting prepared in case this administration decides to give (even more) power to intelligence agencies over regular US citizens.
"Nothing to Hide" is a poor excuse in my book—rather prepare for the worst and hope for the best! I never thought I'd sound so crazy, but it hasn't been business as usual lately!
mostly just using little snitch, gpgtools, protonmail, signal, tor, and i2p. I'd recommend getting comfortable with them for now, you don't have to use them all the time. if you're running chrome, I've been using https everywhere, privacy badger, and trackmenot, along with typical adblockers etc. I haven't gone the vpn route yet— seems like no reason to attract attention when i'm not looking to break any (current) laws.
trackmenot should be in everyone's browser honestly! it adds 'noise' to your browsing habits by quietly running searches of random current topics in the background on chrome and firefox. might as well piss off ad companies while you're at it!
I'm playing around with a bunch of CLI tools i've been checking out on homebrew too. I'd like to get my head around stuff like snort, hashcat, autopsy, exiftool, dnscrypt-proxy etc. Not trying to 'be a hacker' or anything—just seems good to know how to use this stuff (and CLI software is way more fun than another menubar icon!).
if you're going to do any activist work though, disable any fingerprint unlock stuff on your phone, try to leave your phone in airplane mode when you're at an event (if possible), and please don't rsvp to anything political on facebook
always open to suggestions to better CYA when it comes to digital privacy!