In late April of 2016, I attended the Aspiration California Nonprofit Technology Festival in Watsonville, gathering with other technologists, nonprofit workers, organizers and activists to exchange ideas on how to better work for social justice through technology. I lead a session about alternative careers in tech after hearing that students from the Everett Program at nearby UC Santa Cruz were keen to hear about possibilities for making a decent living in tech while still being grounded in social and economic justice. Since that’s a pretty good description of my fourteen years in nonprofit technology, I was excited to share my experiences and advice.
We maintain a wide variety of hardware and systems not only for our nonprofit clients, but also for ourselves. One challenge of that is connecting unique systems into one platform for monitoring.
Palante has published a new technical guide to Zoombombing self-defense! This detailed guide describes steps to take and settings to adjust before, during and after a Zoom event to protect our communities from Zoombombing and other intrusions or disruptions. The guide accompanies our recent post about how Zoombombing works and how we can use existing community safety principles and practices to defend our work and our people in virtual spaces.
While the coronavirus pandemic has slowed down or entirely shuttered much of our world, neither organizing nor the hatred and violence that makes that work essential have stopped. Much of our collaboration and gathering has moved onto the internet; there, we have begun to encounter "Zoombombing" and other kinds of disruption and harassment familiar to gamers and others who have long used the internet for much of their social interaction and engagement. By combining the community safety principles, practices and skills we already use in our movement work with some easily accessible technical know-how, our organizations and communities can become better equipped to prevent and defend against the violent disruption of our work as it moves online.
One of the ongoing services that Palante offers is regular updates of virtual private servers (VPS). VPS run a lot of the critical infrastructure on which our client’s websites and databases depend. Updates to these servers provide critical security patches and are really important to the overall security and uptime of an operation.
Palante Tech Coop has been tracking the Heartbleed bug since it was publicly announced in early April 2014. Read below for tips on how to protect your organizational and personal data and find out about steps Palante's taken to protect our clients.
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