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Team Glenzilla vs. Creepy Unamerican Goblins - Munk Debate on State Surveillance transcript

Munk Debate on State Surveillance, last Friday, May 2nd, in Toronto. Glenn Greenwald and Alexis Ohanian versus Michael Hayden and Alan Dershowitz.

Tossing bouquets to Glenn and Alexis, thank you so much, and thanks as well to Canada and host Munk Debates.

Drinking game: First person to say "unconstitutional."

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"Turn freedom on" - FreedomBox 1.0; Eben Moglen and Bdale Garbee at FOSDEM 2013

FOSDEM. FreedomBox, "a personal server running a free software operating system, with free applications designed to create and preserve personal privacy." Open source DIY internet work in progress since 2011 Kickstarter, getting ready to be used. One-page flyer here:

Summary of presentation here with downloadable video. YouTube and transcript below the fold. I love Gilmore's Law.

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The incredible shrinking Internet

Large Internet Service Providers are looking to further degrade an already bad online experience for American consumers.

Cross posted from Pruning Shears. Read below the fold...

Capitalism & the Internet

For those interested in an analysis of how capitalism has affected the Internet, there is an interesting article on the subject at The Monthly Review. Read below the fold...

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Routing around Big Internet

When the opposition to the radical Republican agenda in Wisconsin exploded over the winter, Russia Today highlighted a stark contrast in mainstream outlets: Attention and praise lavished on Arab Spring uprisings compared to an all-but-formally-declared news blackout in Madison. Read below the fold...

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Nice Knowing You: British Authorities May Censor Social Media

In an attempt to prevent protestors from communicating with one another, British politicians are looking at censoring BlackBerry, Twitter and Facebook.

The question, according to Prime Minister David Cameron, is whether government has the right to "stop people using social media to 'plot' further disorder."

Meanwhile, the police aren't waiting for Parliament to sort it out: Read below the fold...

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The government's subversion of Silicon Alley

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Recalibrating convenience, privacy and security

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We will probably always have to balance computer security and ease of use. Ideally security is baked in, and we go on our merry way without having to think about it. This is the case with viruses. Users were once expected to download service packs, signature updates, and so on. Since most people would not, the industry gradually moved to a silent update model. Now these things generally happen in the background. Provided you trust the company it is a much easier arrangement. Read below the fold...

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Building the shadow Internet

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The rise of Internet-enabled mobile devices has had some interesting consequences. On the face of it, smart phones and tablets are a boon. They allow people to access email and web sites anywhere, not just when tethered to a desktop. Laptops, with their greater bulk and relatively short battery life, have traditionally been business devices for those who need to work remotely. Read below the fold...

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All Your Informations Are Belong To Us!

Bad news first. Any shred of privacy that might still be around won't be for long. Blog comments and other online communications are the latest target of data scrapers, says the Wall Street Journal. Scrapers aren't solitary hackers trying to steal passwords or your gf's cell phone number. Some of these enterprises are run by major corporations, including Nielsen and the Journal's parent company, Dow Jones.

Operating in a legal "gray area," scrapers are hired guns that infiltrate blogs, forums, etc., and then sift through comments, looking for information their clients can use. Read below the fold...

Wikileaks needs cash

"Wikileaks has probably produced more scoops in its short life than the Washington Post has in the past 30 years" — The National, November 19. 2009


To concentrate on raising the funds necessary to keep us alive into 2010, we have reluctantly suspended all other operations, until at least Jan 18.

We have received hundreds of thousands of pages from corrupt banks, the US detainee system, the Iraq war, China, the UN and many others that we do not currently have the resources to release. You can change that and by doing so, change the world. Even $10 will pay to put one of these reports into another ten thousand hands and $1000, a million.

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Obama nominee: infiltrate "conspiracy" groups, take organs without consent, censor internet, ban guns for individuals


Apparently, this guy was even on the shortlist to be nominated to the Supreme Court.

Raw Story:

In a 2008 academic paper, President Barack Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated “cognitive infiltration” (What a nice word) of groups that advocate “conspiracy theories” like the ones surrounding 9/11.

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