tl;dr of the reports of a cop instance going around Show more
The admin of hackers.town recently posted https://hackers.town/@thegibson/101693197693941092 (cw: glancing allusion to prison rape) - a sampling of slides from a presentation in which they identified themself as a "Proud Member of FBI Infragard".
For those not familiar, InfraGard is a non-profit "partnership between the FBI and members of the private sector" that "provides a vehicle for seamless public-private collaboration with government that expedites the timely exchange of information and promotes mutual learning opportunities relevant to the protection of Critical Infrastructure", according to its website (linked from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/InfraGard which says much the same).
As you might imagine, a great many people are upset that a large fediverse instance is being run by someone who describes themselves as proud to be involved in the funneling of information to the FBI, especially given the long history of FBI informants being made to infiltrate left-wing groups for spying and entrapment purposes. See for example https://berries.space/@undyne/101694112267233862 from @undyne.
I think that probably gives everyone enough context to make decisions.
@packbat @undyne this is more then disingenuous. FBI are by no stretch great, but the information is general one way, from the FBI to its members. They provide reports and alerts of malicious hacker activities, human trafficing awareness, and best practices for corporate security amongst other things. This is critical for those of us that work in infosec to protect the networks we're responsible for.
@crazypedia You're right that I don't know this field; I think the concern felt by the community is reasonable, given the tone of the toot and given the long history of malfeasance on the part of the FBI when interacting with leftist, civil rights activist, and peace activist movements.
If you end up writing a public blog post or something explaining for layfolk what this system looks like - what part of the FBI is involved, what information that part is allowed to request, what information people in the private sector pass on, what information the FBI passes on, and so forth - DM me and I may well share it? I think that would be more productive than arguing with me in 500-character chunks on here, and more likely to change my mind about anything.