ARH's Notes

Notes and writings from www.ealireza.com

You'll not be safe if others are not as clean as they should be, to fight Coronavirus. Please help others to access health supplies. Even if you survive this, if others don't, you'll live alone for rest of your life.

You should be worried about this virus but you got to be smart too. Please spread the word and help people to stay healthy. Keep social distancing, don't touch your face, wash your hands and body regularly, and help others do the same.

There's a small note in footer (or another places you probably never look) on some websites that offers you a form to complete (with your personal data of course) to ask them not to sell your personal data.

Keeping personal data private (and not storing them at all) is basic right. Privacy is basic right for humans and we should not fill forms to stop corporations collecting/selling them. Privacy is not a luxury, it's a right.

The EARN IT Act was introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (Republican of South Carolina) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (Democrat of Connecticut), along with Sen. Josh Hawley (Republican of Missouri) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (Democrat of California) on March 5.

The premise of the bill is that technology companies have to earn Section 230 protections rather than being granted immunity by default, as the Communications Decency Act has provided for over two decades.

For starters, it’s not clear that companies have to “earn” what are already protections provided under the First Amendment: to publish, and to allow their users to publish, with very few legal restrictions. But if the EARN IT Act were passed, tech companies could be held liable if their users posted illegal content.

If you're an American, please call your senator and ask to vote no to this. This can end users' privacy rights. This law can be used to limit users' freedom and make government more strong in censoring free speech.

As of today, more than 4700 people are dead and a lot of countries, like United Kingdom are not doing what they can do about it. Italy, that has most cases in Europe, is now closing all borders of the country and it quarantined about 12 cities completely.

I told you to follow the instructions your local government gives you to stay healthy but I've heard that some countries and governments are not publishing software to control the virus but they're doing it to collect people information.

I believe staying at home and following instructions from WHO is more useful than anything. Please follow these instructions that are published by experts. Wash your hands regularly and don't leave home for anything not 10/10 emergency.

Some people are taking it not serious. Some football (soccer) players are now infected and many people who were making fun of it are now experiencing this disease.

It's not funny. You can die. Stay in home, stay healthy.

The word “paranoid” is somehow producing a negative feeling for people but I think it should be almost otherwise, specially when it comes to technology. I'm very proud that I'm being called paranoid sometimes because it means that I'm doing my job, to protect myself, right.

Some countries launched a program to track people who are in danger of getting infected with the new Coronavirus. If you're in one of these countries, please follow the instructions provided from your local government. Your health situation is much more important. I believe there's not enough time (now) to come up with an alternative to both track the health situation of people and being securely private.

I'm currently following the news about these programs and we may can force governments to purge data stored from citizens during this tracking program. If you have any information about this applications, please let me, EFF, and FSF know about it.

My contact information is on ealireza.com/contact.html Contact EFF with details provided on eff.org/about/contact Free Software Foundation contact information is available on fsf.org/about/contact