Re-Branding Notes for Gharr 2017 (changing what I do)
These are historic notes, that were part of the re-branding efforts, and events that led to a desire to re-brand Gharr (change what I do).
Gharr’s Hiatus Statement; 31 August 2017: http://wp.me/p10Tww-4hY (◕ω◕)
There are two sides to what I do, and one might not be visible to you, because Gharr tries to respect privacy as much as possible, and to allow people to be whomever they want to be. Gharr often says the #Techo #Chans (young at heart) are my bosses, and that is true. Gharr works for the audience, to put a smile on their faces, to make a nurturing, and caring environment, and to allow people to be whomever they want to be on the internet.
But the world we live in today wire taps all our communications, identifies us all, and ultimately we will have no rights to free speech, or to say whatever we want to, in a time of change when we really need to talk about things honestly, to talk about the future we all want, even if it makes those in power, business, or in politics uncomfortable.
Change is happening, and things can get really bad if we don’t feel we can talk to one another in an honest way. Just how bad… scientists warn of mass extinctions, including humanities extinction, others warn that violence, and large scale warfare (or whatever form conflict takes in our near future) is very close. Certainly the firing of a missile by North Korea over Japan has shown us that access to dangerous technologies (including bio-weapons, and possibly nano-weapons) is spreading across our globe, and we need become a mature global community that no longer needs, or tolerates hunger, and homelessness, lack of education, or lack of access to medical care, unnecessary human suffering, and war, as we have done in the past… because of the lame excuse there is not enough money to go round… especially now that monetary system is failing.
There are still people working on allowing people to be whomever they want to be on the internet, and to say whatever they want. Gharr will be working on a project to find such places, and start working from such places. I hope to see you there.
Hope we can discuss good ideas, and solutions to the world’s problems; and to talk about what type of future we want for ourselves, and our children.
🌎 We live in a world where many awful things like natural disasters to, conflict situations can occur without warning to people we care about from all over the world. The internet has brought us closer, and distant events now also feel closer. On occasions Gharr will feel sad and need some time out. Strong emotions have occurred on several occasions from disasters, or conflicts in Japan, Africa, the Philippines, and tension from neighboring countries to Ukraine, before it was revealed that military conflict was going on there.
🌎 Gharr has gone into hiatus on several occasions after April 2015. Life can be unpredictable, and all sorts of things and result in Gharr taking a break from this project. The governments have also acted harshly against email organizations, and even seem to influence companies to move to more bold, and invasive statements about collecting our data. In the end, gharr knows that the constant invasion of your privacy, and recording of your communications will start to effect your free speech, and what you say. That you will no longer feel as happy as you once did. If you are not happy, then what Gharr does ceases to make sense.
🌎 In 2017 Gharr refocused, and realized that the what Gharr does needs to be re-branded, as the world, and what was going on had significantly changed since Gharr was created. While a re-focus on human rights, and free speech is the initial step, and most significant change, there will be other ongoing changes to what Gharr does.
🌎 In 2017 Jacque Fresco (a futurist, and “founder of Sociocyberneering, Inc., now known as the Venus Project”) left this world. Gharr has spent a lot of time learning about a Resource Based Economy, and working as a volunteer for The Venus Project. Gharr misses him.
🌎 A change to what Gharr is, and does, can result in failure, or success on many levels, and that includes stuff behind the scenes. It remains to be seen how things work out.
🌎 Question: Will Gharr ever ask you for help or money? Answer: No.
A lot of people around the globe that do great things for this world, have fallen on hard times, and are now asking for help. While it’s not Gharr’s desire to make you feel that you have to pay money or exchange something to read Gharr’s tweets or blog; it’s hard not to share the requests for help. Gharr however is a group, that has members all over the world, so it would be almost impossible for the entire group to need help at once, so in reality, Gharr should never ask for your help under any circumstances, as it does not make sense. Nor was Gharr formed with the intent of making a profit, or a pay for service model. It is hard to say what will happen to social media as the monetary system fails… but for the here and now, the vision of what Gharr is, is crystal clear. However the increasing violence of governments to citizens, and others, as well as intrusive spying and anti-privacy policies of governments have given Gharr pause for thought, and a temptation to go into long term Hiatus.
🌎 Police take an interest in the Speaker For Gharr’s emails (Gharr is a group), the potential is that this website/blog/wordpress and other accounts could be potentially come under government control if they get the passwords for those emails… no reason for the interest in the emails were given… and the speaker for Gharr has no idea why an interest should be taken in emails and potentially this website/blog/wordpress and other related websites: such as twitter, pinterest and so on. New emails are probably on the horizon, because of this… if no valid reasons are given in the long term… Gharr doesn’t use emails for communications—it is merely to set up accounts. Gharr prefers to work in the public domain whenever possible.
When Gharr went into Hiatus on occasions, and reciently becuse of the Police interest in emails, it will be curious to see if Gharr will be able to maintain its branding and mission statement—or if this is a stage for a re-branding of Gharr, or possible wind down and closing of Gharr. Wow… it’s all happening in 2016 and 2017!
Awesomely well timed release by Starar: ♛ @Stararband — Ride [song/music]: https://soundcloud.com/starar/starar-ride ♬
I am really grateful to get a chance to share so much great music 😀
Also would like to thank the amazing numbers of followers on twitter, thank you everyone; and love sharing all the new stuff I have found.
Gharr went into Hiatus for a period in 2014 to 2015. It is very possible that Gharr will remain in Hiatus from now on… and may have long periods where no posts are made on twitter, or here on WordPress, or any other social websites that Gharr might be involved with.
Gharr is currently in hiatus: “I miss writing all those articles, and sharing all those great things, and ideas on the internet.” 2015
The principles that Gharr is formed on is that members can be anonymous and come and go as they please, and will be free to say whatever they want (but material with adult content will not be shared). It is felt that the principles that Gharr was formed on no longer exist, and so in a way Gharr no longer exists either. Most significant is that people might no longer feel free to say what they want, or that they can maintain an anonymous profile. That people no longer feel free to be who they really are, or who they want to be.
Discussing things should not cause harm to people, but when details are collected with out people’s knowledge, and kept on record for an unlimited time, it is then possible that a person will be harmed by saying things in public or just being who they want to be–if laws change in the future, and are more harsh, such details might come into play and still harm a person through various harsh punishments at some future date also.
Promotional work done by Gharr can still be done, but things might need to be done differently and the group might be organized in a different way. For a promoter, that wants to stay in the background, you may need to work behind a costly company or business structure if you want to use the voice that Gharr has used here.
People tend to personalize you, and that means you will take away some of promotional effort as people will also focus on who you are, rather than who you are trying to promote. Remaining anonymous or in the background might be much more difficult for those that are promoting things. You may also find it more difficult to contact niche groups as they might not feel relaxed or talk freely as they once did on the public internet–that will harm your ability to connect with groups of people who will help you understand what material should be promoted, and what is popular in the niche markets.
Gharr wishes those well who want to do similar things that Gharr does, it is hoped that we can find a way to talk about the things that interest us, and to be relaxed enough to be who we are, or want to be on the internet. Gharr also thinks that the internet should be a fun place to be, but also be place where we can discuss social issues, and our and our children’s future in this world that increasingly becoming more and more automated.
More details on how the internet has changed since Gharr was first formed is given below
The internet has changed a lot since Gharr was formed. Edward Snowden revealed massive data collection and spying on ordinary people by the US government and that included the use of:
“‘piggyback’ on the same tools used by internet advertisers ‘to pinpoint targets for government hacking and to bolster surveillance.'” ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Snowden
Most people in 2015 are probably unaware of the cookies and trackers that operate in the background (invisible to most people) while you browse the internet and go about your personal business.
The internet has also expanded across the globe and now also exists in many places where the public is not well-educated, and for them the understanding of the technical details of the internet is much more difficult–but not impossible if there is free education as is the case with Khan Academy (that also might change how people are educated also).
A lot of stuff you say on the internet can stay on record for the rest of your life. For example Edward Snowden revealed that people considered radical had their personal lives examined including their sex lives. In some countries such information about a persons sexual behavior can lead to heavy punishments or even death sentences. Also laws can change over the time of a person’s life time–so it’s possible for seemingly harmless information to become a serious issue at some future date. One case that sticks out as a seemingly harsh punishment: is the punishment of Raif Badawi for holding online discussions about religion [article]: http://theconversation.com/a-thousand-lashes-for-raif-badawi-while-the-west-stays-silent-on-saudi-human-rights-36329–“In May 2014 Badawi was sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes to be administered 50 at a time.” Checking in Sep 2017: he was still being held as a prisoner.
Another matter of concern is about a person who seemed to be interested in making public information free and accessible (as it should be in practice, but in reality it is not): The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (CC available) [video]: https://youtu.be/vXr-2hwTk58
The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz
Learned about Aaron Swartz when the news announced a rich business man had committed suicide. Why a person who had everything going for them would do something like that seemed confusing–but the video gives some clues to how tough the US government had decided to be on him… an entire department had arrayed against him… so he must have seen a very bleak future for himself. He was also involved in stopping SOPA/PIPA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act
The internet has moved to more personal devices like iPads and mobile telephones, but as Edward Snowden revealed such device’s location can be tracked in real-time, and it can be easy to get personal information from companies especially when a government organization wants that information.
Again most people might be unaware of all of this… the solution might be for us to encrypt all our social information so that it is harder to get that information–but the US government in the past has undermined attempts at encryption via Bullrun (at least 800 million has been spent to “defeat the encryption used in specific network communication technologies” and other countries also run similar programs–Edgehill for the UK for example).
Business has reacted to this information in terms of profit–not necessarily to protect our privacy.
Since computer users seem unaware of invisible things like commercial collection of data using cookies and trackers (and whatever piggybacks on that into your system) companies seem to want to make computer operating systems and software that act like webpages that collect information even when you are not online and think you have privacy–this is not an unusual idea either, as a thing called the “internet of things” is becoming more and more real, and along with thin hair like sensors it will enable our environment to sense where we are, and what we are doing (including the clothes we wear for example–which might track our medical condition, and stress levels for example). The idea of our equipment constantly monitoring us is very basic compared to when “the internet of things” becomes a reality. Privacy will probably become a very serious issue when that time arrives.
Businesses are also not surprised if companies make profits through sales of personal data, increased sales through spyware, or in the case of software to protect your system increase the incentive to buy the full system by allowing viruses and harmful software to slip past into your system. “Business simply say what can you expect when you get software for free.” But for a business: if their profits are threatened, then they will make sure they are protected from faulty software, or forceful sales techniques–and unnecessary government spyware that might cut in on profits. This is for example seen in businesses that want a fast internet for example: they might decide it is not worth trusting existing free commercial applications and avoid using them to get the maximum speeds on the internet–but not necessarily protecting the users privacy of those systems or protecting the systems from harmful software.
As people buy cheaper portable (and tiny devices) computers contained in iPhones (mobile telephones) and iPads (pad like computers) traditional use of rental computers (such as in a internet cafe) to keep one’s anonymous identity becomes more difficult–especially if people don’t understand just how invasive the internet, and their own software can be on their iPad or iPhone.
Times have changed since when Gharr was first formed, and a principal of the formation of Gharr was to allow for members of the group to remain anonymous–and come and go from the group at will. Minority groups and Major groups have been a part of Gharr and are listened to when possible (when there is no adult content). But technology and the social scene seems to have moved forward so that the principles that Gharr was formed on might no longer be applicable. That means that Gharr may need to cease operations–but that does not mean all the things promoted here have to end, as changes in technology or social interaction will not effect that as the way things are done can always be re-organized and done in a different way. However the anonymity and freedom to say what you want possibly no longer exists (and that brings on a very large risk to some members of Gharr right now or in the future) and so such privacy, freedom to say what you want, and anonymity might be considered a mirage, and in reality what Gharr is also then a Mirage–as is the principles that Gharr was formed on no longer exists.
Right now Gharr is considering reduced operations in promotions, education of the public about what is going on with the internet–and informing group members that Gharr might continue to be in Hiatus for an extended time or perhaps remain in Hiatus permanently.
- Links that may be of interest
- Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies attempt to control what you can and can’t do with the media and hardware you’ve purchased: https://www.eff.org/issues/drm (including: 📌 Who Will Own the Internet of Things? (Hint: Not the Users) [website]: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/01/who-will-own-internet-things-hint-not-users #Transition #TheVenusProject #RBE #TVP )
- DRM technology can also be used to collect data about you.
During November of 2017, these notes above were separated from the 📜 Business to Business Statement: http://bit.ly/kNLTIf, and stored here in this article.
These notes helped make part of the re-branding statement for Gharr in 2017.
⭐️ Don’t forget that most of the posts I do here, and the music also 🚪Works on TOR✅ Be whoever U want to be #Techno #Chans and Vocaloid fans: support #Free #Speech & #Human #Rights
⭐️ https://www.privacytools.io/ “provides knowledge and tools to protect your privacy against global mass surveillance.” #Free #Speech Say want you want, be whoever you want.
❤ Always working hard to put a smile on your face #Techno #Chans, and vocaloid fans. You are the reason why I do what I do, and why I am really here… to make your world a better place is my wish. Some call it selfish functionality (I enjoy the thought of making this tiny solar system a better place, and acting on those impulses. To put that smile on your face is my ultimate project of love to this universe), and others call it an alternative word for love: Extensionality (◕ω◕)—doing things that enhance your life (⋟^ω^⋞)/
Last edited in Nov 2017
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