Larry Sanger

Online knowledge organizer. Co-founder of Wikipedia, Ph.D. Philosophy.

How to write an app (that respects privacy and supports security)

Some difficult-to-meet requirements Be open source. Don't make users have to trust your black box. I don't want to have to trust you. I don't know you. Don't just release your in-house source code. Develop in public; practice outreach to OSS developers to loop in others; make distributed code…

Why your company should consider getting a NAS

What's a NAS again? "NAS" means "network-attached storage," but this buzzphrase has come to mean more than just a backup drive for your local network. It's also, and maybe more importantly, an easy-to-set-up personal cloud server. You use it for document storage and sync a la Dropbox; to sync…

How I got rid of Google calendar

It was about 2013 that my friend Terrence Yang told me I should be using Google Calendar, because everybody was using Google Calendar. So I did. And he was right: almost everyone else was using it, as far as I could tell. There was a period between approximately 2015 and 2017 when I was getting…

If you want government censorship through the back door, advocate for social media regulation

Last week, Facebook permanently blocked the accounts of a motley assortment of conservatives, libertarians, and anti-Semites. This set the Internet, especially the free speech loving parts of the Internet, in an uproar. (That would include me.) Conservatives, who normally cheer for…

A Free Speech Credo

I. Free speech is nothing if not offensive. Free speech just is the right to say offensive things. You have the right to offend me, and I have the right to offend you. I find attacks on free speech deeply offensive. Popular, safe speech needs no protection. Free speech needs protection…

An opinionated FAQ about Facebook’s censorship of the alleged “far right”

A lot of people understand neither free speech nor what the far right is. Here's a beginner's guide. Yesterday, Facebook and Instagram, which are owned by the same company, announced a purge—a fair description—of accounts by a roster of famous right-wing figures as well as Louis Farrakhan.…

Remarks on the drug crisis

As a drug-legalization libertarian, watching this video wasn't easy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpAi70WWBlw It's a highly opinionated piece of propaganda; but it is also extremely persuasive. Thinking about this might make me moderate my position on drug legalization. I bear a few…

Reply to Prof. Sears’ rant against free speech defenders

Updates below. Here's a quickly-assembled response to this interesting Twitter thread, by a Matthew A. Sears, professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of New Brunswick. When classics professors say the sorts of things he did early morning on April 28, I think a response is…

How I securely sync my passwords (and why you should, too)

With a uber-geeky bonus: How I synced my Enpass passwords over my Synology NAS using WebDAV You need a password manager that syncs Let's begin with what I hope will be a useful review. You should be using a password manager. What's that, and why? A password manager simply holds all your…

The NAS revolution: Get your data out of the cloud

It turns out the cloud is kind of evil. We blithely put all our data online, right in the hands of giant corporations (and by extension, hackers and governments) who only too happily control, sell, datamine, steal, and spy on it. But you can take control of your data. Now. Here's how. When…