The roles I play in the resistance to Trump seem to be expanding. Comments from a few activists lead me to think I am in some way like Templeton “Face” Peck from the 1980’s TV program “The A-Team”. I’m the guy who can interact with more mainstream progressives like “Indivisibles” and then pass info along to allies.
I also continue to explore the role that my technical skills may play. My recent trip to B-Sides Rochester was one step deeper down that rabbit hole. Between issues of The Nation, or when there’s nothing else on television, I have been watching videos from the 2016 Hacker On Planet Earth, or HOPE, conference. One video that piqued my interest was on starting a “Crypto Party“. Now I immediately though of a political party, and when I saw that the video was about something more like a “Meet Up”, I could have easily turned it off.
I am glad I did not. I could see actually running one of these in Harrisburg. We have a large activist community that may be concerned about keeping their information and activities private. Also, the communities most under attack from Trump may find information about apps like Signal, Cell 411, Virtual Private Networks. or VPNs, or programs like TOR useful.
Do I know everything, far from it, but I know more than many people. I feel this knowledge may be useful to other people. What I don’t know, someone else may. It’s now just a matter of figuring out how to put one together.