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Old 10-24-2020, 09:28 AM   #1
tpprynn
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Non-European/ non-US blogging platforms?


I am involved in a situation arising from being a victim of misconduct by people in local government in the UK. I've gone through procedures to get restitution to no avail and can't afford a lawyer. I made a start on trying to contact others in the same situations using Facebook. A day after I sent a link to my FB page to one of my abusers the account was disabled, whether this is a coincidence or not.

I have made a start at using Wix but it feels a bit uphill to someone who only wants so much technical involvement with computers. Wix doesn't feel that simple to me, and I have had Wordpress and Blogspot blogs before, which I made behave and look fine enough.

I'm intent on setting up two near-identical blogs on two sites and then trying to publicise them locally to engage others, but I want to use websites with no UK base, or with no easily facilitated system of responding to the type of complaints that would get the blog closed. I had been hoping there were Russian and Chinese blogging platforms, for example. Can anyone suggest anything here?

Facebook don't even answer me when I query what happened there, and this is the first time they've not even had the facility to let me download my data from the otherwise disabled account, whether this is a recent change or something they have in place for the sort of content I'd posted, which was all factual but would not please the people I've 'accused'.

I've sent several intense letters to my town's representative in the House of Commons, and to the local police who are also implicated. I get stonewalled but no threats are made - I'd guess they think they are legally safe from someone without a lawyer. Why I'm saying this is, I'm intent on stating what happened and expressing opinions about it, and I feel no fear about this, regardless of possible outcomes and the undemocratic nature of my country's history. Above all else, I strongly doubt the people I've accused would allow themselves to be scrutinised in court, so they are unlikely to take action against anything I say.

I need to make a start on this but with some sense of assurance that the work will not be interfered with. I don't think I should use Wordpress or Blogger for this reason.
 
Old 10-24-2020, 09:39 AM   #2
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Have you considered using e.g. WP, but create the account & upload content through tor only?
And you want to turn off comments if I understand you correctly?

I am sure there are blogging platforms in Russia and/or China. Aided by Google translate you might be able to find one, and (if they don't offer English) open an account there. Again, i'd only do this through tor.

A few organizations exist that are willing to help a person get their stuff online, but I can only think of such in Europe.

Why outside Europe, if I may ask?
 
Old 10-24-2020, 10:09 AM   #3
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Hello and thanks (again).

I'm aware of Tor and Tails but I might not understand the benefit in this instance, which is probably my fault. I want the site when published to be easily accessible to people with average or even sketchy computer literacy.

I may have been vague when I said non-European also - I suppose I just mean I want to use a platform with no UK base, to make it not easily accessible to someone who'd want me silenced, at least in terms of a social media-like presence (and I'm afraid as dramatic as that sounds things really have become quite heated and dark). If there are European blogging sites without UK ties then they're of interest.

I have some ambivalence about one thing which may relate to what you said. I would prefer to be open about my identity, whether that sounds foolhardy or not. This is partly because I have the feeling that having told the truth for five years regarding what happened I should not have fear and should not feel cowed. I have also broadcast my intentions and the extent of my anger to the most senior police officers and the local MP, with no consequences as yet. I'm also intent on picketing the local authority's office building with the details of my blog, because that place is where the most people with similar grievances would pass. I want people to approach me and feel I'm approachable. I am a quiet and usually solitary man, and have a long past of being a bit of a mouse. But things have turned in the last five years. There is some joy in this and excitement, and in being galvanised, seeing the social application of what was once personal, or that had seemed so when I was isolated in the initial misconduct.

Working anonymously doesn't feel appealing right now. I am also interested in the possibility of my abusers being provoked into legal action against me, which I strongly believe would backfire for them - they have been almost mystifyingly ignorant about the law (if it isn't just a sense of impunity), repeatedly, and towards contemporary values, and in court I think that would ensnare them.

But at present I'm still looking at what my options are. If anonymity and Tor etc turn out to be what is best then it will be considered. I am very into this resurgence of 'speaking truth to power' though, and this is largely being done without anonymity, that is part of its power, the naked individual ignoring that he or she is speaking despite possible consequences. (I'm smilingly aware that the modest scale of my situation is different.)
 
Old 10-24-2020, 10:18 AM   #4
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Sorry but i don't fully understand what your requirements are.

Anonymity - not, as you said.

Tor can give you anonymity, but that is obviously destroyed if you publish things recognizably under your own name etc.
The blog itself would not be on the tor network, but you would access it through tor only to upload stuff.

So, what are you trying to protect against? I don't get it.

And what is it you want to get out there? Just some text, maybe some images? Or an actual web site?

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Old 10-24-2020, 10:24 AM   #5
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It sounds like you might be trying to whistleblow something?

Why do you need a blog platform for that, rather than just talking to journalists and/or WikiLeaks/similar sites ?


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Old 10-24-2020, 12:02 PM   #6
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My intention is to prevent my abusers from being able to make a successful complaint that has the blog removed/ disabled. I can't prove that the Facebook account was shut following a complaint, but the timing suggests it was. If I can publish outside of an area where authorities and companies have co-operation then the material stays online and I can hopefully establish and maintain contact with people for the benefit of mutual support, sharing stories etc and potentially a class action.

The blog will be mostly text, but with some decorative/ illustrative images. I need to link also to some documents that are both on sites and in my Dropbox account.

My idea is that for example a putative blogging platform in Ukraine has no incentive to co-operate if they receive an email from a council's Chief Executive in England. Google and Facebook have reasons to co-operate. (I know I should have backed up the emails anyway and stored them in the cloud, but my main email account, containing evidence and potential evidence is Russian, and I'd think it less likely to be hacked/ shut than one with UK ties. Maybe that's naive.)

As for being a whistleblower, I have contacted more than several people in the hope of this. Bizarrely there is a lack of co-operation. I am still pursuing this kind of thing, but after five years it is quite exhausting. One prominent newspaper in the UK that seems to be progressive has lost its teeth. The phrase systemic corruption is used more and more, in the UK at least, and it's something I've experienced directly with no need for faith in others' stories - so I have seen how web-like the institutions effecting systemic corruption are. This limits where the whistle can be directed. Grass roots movements can be misguided or even deceptively are founded on something far from innocent; but here a grass roots method of coming together that uses technology is what is needed it seems, particularly given the fair requirement to socially distance at present. A year ago I could have picketed the council building and made friends and allies more easily.

I suppose one problem I face is that Google and Facebook kind of own people's attention so much that smaller blogging platforms maybe have trouble coming into being or surviving. I think I'll look with more attention than usual at Wordpress's T&Cs to see how I might fair there. I do know of one formerly busy blog at least that is still online, but that was abandoned in 2011, that describes experiences like mine. So it was not shut down but seemingly did not serve its author's intentions, a possibility I may find myself having to face. But I'm keen to try.

The idea of using Google Translate to look for the other more safely based platforms is worth pursuing of course.

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