The basic opsec failures that unmasked James Comey’s Twitter show how hard this stuff is


Gizmodo’s Ashley Feinberg (almost certainly) figured out that James Comey’s secret Twitter handle was @ReinholdNiebuhr, because America’s top G-man failed at some of the most basic elements of operational security.

Comey’s mistakes are simple and devastatingly compromising: he used the same handle in more than one place, he tweeted links that were all about James Comey, he told at least one friend which account was his and let that friend follow him, he named his account after a philosopher he wrote his senior thesis on, he publicly mentioned that he had a secret Twitter account and disclosed the number of followers it had – and his son also leaked some info.

As Joseph Cox explains, if you’re going to maintain an anonymous alter-ego online, it’s very important that your alter-ego never express interests or make references to things that your non-secret identity is interested in, and that you never tell anyone about it.

But this account obviously existed to let Comey blow off steam, so it inevitably would have some links to his real identity; what’s more, Comey’s identity recycling (the same handle on Instagram and Twitter) is such a common sin that it almost seems hardwired into us.

If America’s top G-Man can’t get this stuff right, it tells you that it’s pretty danged hard.

Dropbox is about to kill off part of the internet.




Newer users may not realise that Dropbox once included a “Public” folder for shared links. Everything in that folder got a unique url which could be copied and given to any other individual(s) as a direct link to that content, or which could be embedded into another forum post so that - for example - an image would appear.

Dropbox ended support for a Public folder for new users some years ago, but existing users were assured they could continue to use theirs. There are now millions of links on the internet which are from Dropbox users’ Public folders.

Now Dropbox are discontinuing the Public folder for ALL users. If this wasn’t bad enough (after the promises which were made), Dropbox are refusing to ‘grandfather’ (i.e. preserve) the links that are already out there, even after they end support for all Public folders. All such links will, overnight, become ‘dead’, wherever they are on the internet.

Dropbox refuse to explain WHY they will not preserve existing links, refuse to enter into discussion about this, and refuse even to explain WHY they won’t discuss it. They’ve also been heavily censoring any discussion of this on their own forums: deleting threads to make it look like there’s less of an organized outcry, editing other user’s posts without their permission to say completely different things than they originally did, deleting posts altogether. They only stopped doing this once it was pointed out that people with e-mail subscriptions to the topic (such as myself), could see and had evidence of what they were doing. 

Dropbox is a shady company that continues to lie to its users, won’t offer any recompense to the PAYING CUSTOMERS who use this feature that they were PROMISED, and is destroying tens of thousands of people’s real work, from college professors to small businesses. 

Do me a favor, and spread this. Drop dropbox. 

Also: archive your Dropbox links however you can

“Look, I am well aware that the habits and mores of academia have been standardized for a long time….”

“Look, I am well aware that the habits and mores of academia have been standardized for a long time. I too have a nice corduroy blazer with elbow patches and many dusty books that I have never actually opened. I know the drill. But we live in a digital age and thus we can no longer deny that blogs are influencing our academic writing and deserve to be cited like their more tangible siblings. It is only fair to give credit where it is due (in fact, if you don’t, we call that “plagiarism”), so be the change you wish to see in the academic world and start citing your favorite bloggers. Only then will we (re)set the citation standards that future academics will imitate and adhere to in the future.”

- “Dear Academics, It Is Time To Write, Read And Properly Cite More Blogs,” Sarah Bond (

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Coming soon: MyTransHealth, an app connecting trans people to knowledgeable, reliable and affordable healthcare providers. 

19% of trans people have been refused healthcare because of their gender identity. 50% of trans people have had to teach their doctors about trans-related medical care. 28% of trans people have been harassed in medical settings. This app is desperately needed. Follow them at mytranshealth

I AM CRYING HOLY SHIT. This is so important. You know I’m serious because I am actually using these things called capitalization and punctuation. You guys. Please. Please boost the hell out of this. It means so much.


omg pls make this international / not just US-centric!

We won’t rest until every trans person on the planet has access to safe, affordable, and reliable health care. 

Don’t Get Your Undocumented Friends in Trouble: A How-To

Don’t Get Your Undocumented Friends in Trouble: A How-To:


Many US Citizens take our citizenship for granted. It’s something most of us never worry about or think about, and the majority of us have never experienced life without it. As a consequence, we are incredibly out of touch with what privileges come with citizenship and what our impact as citizens can have on our undocumented friends and neighbors.

If we are serious about defending DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) , organizing against ICE raids and detention centers, and exploring other ways to exercise allyship with undocumented folks, there are precautions we must take.

Organizing against deportations and the forces that carry them out is not like campaigning for a candidate, an initiative, or other causes we may all have experiences with- the risk is much higher. While organizing efforts may very well include politicians and initiatives, the nature of the work means that if we are not careful, we can literally get our colleagues, friends, and their families locked up or deported.

*You should not consider the following list legal advice nor an exhaustive list of precautions to take. If there are undocumented people in your lives or on your campaigns, someone should be reaching out to get familiar with their personal boundaries, risk levels, and safety plans.

[Bullet points from the list]:

1. Don’t “out” people who are undocumented. 

2. Don’t “out” areas where undocumented people live. 

3. Don’t prioritize appearing as though you are “centering those most affected” above not getting those “most affected” deported. 

4. Don’t list build if you don’t have to. 

5. Protect your lists as if your own deportation depended on it. 

6. Don’t put YOUR OWN name on lists. 

7. Some things you can do on your own, in secret- and you should. 

8. Understand that Homeland Security, ICE, and other federal agencies are not like your local police department. 

9. Stop fucking inviting your undocumented friends to the detention center. 

10. Do not communicate about sensitive issues around documentation, immigration, etc on phones or digital devices, let alone the internet. 

11. This includes your encrypted apps like Signal.

12. This includes your email servers like RiseUp.Net.

13. This includes Slack.


15. Do not spread information that you are not COMPLETELY SURE is accurate and verified.

16. Do not post media of undocumented people on social media. Only videotape what is necessary and destroy what isn’t needed. 

17. Take the time to understand all the risk undocumented people face and how they are treated differently in the legal system. 

18. Don’t ask undocumented people to take coordinated arrests.

FBI’s ‘Gamergate’ file says prosecutors declined to charge men believed to have sent death threats — even when they confessed on video

FBI's 'Gamergate' file says prosecutors declined to charge men believed to have sent death threats — even when they confessed on video

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Gay men of color call for representation with #GayMediaSoWhite

Monday evening, gay men on Twitter took the media — especially gay-centric media like Out and The Advocate — to task for what they deemed a lack of inclusion and diversity regarding representation. The conversation began when black queer rapper Mykki Blanco retweeted Sony music songwriter Jesse Saint John. Many users called out the gay media for its criminal and tragic depiction of gay men of color.