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June 30 2012


The US is massively expanding surveillance of all Americans — taking fingerprints and iris scans on the slightest pretext, including people stopped for speeding.

The goal is clear: a system of total surveillance that would be great for repression of democracy.

Political Notes - Richard Stallman
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June 23 2012


Up in the sky, it's a plane -- a spy plane. And it -- and Google and Apple -- are watching you.

The technology giants are in a maps race, attempting to win the lion's share of the mobile and computer-based mapping market. And this has led to a spyplane race, as both companies are using "military-grade spy planes" to photograph American urban areas, a practice that's attracted interest from United States senators, according to Reuters.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, sent a strongly-worded letter to the two companies on Monday. Schumer wrote that the Silicon Valley giants are engaging in "an unprecedented invasion of privacy" by using technology capable of recording pocket-sized objects, the news wire reported.

Google, Apple Use "Military-grade Spy Planes" for Map Apps 

June 22 2012


In a frightening example of how the state is tightening its grip around the free Internet, it has emerged that You Tube is complying with thousands of requests from governments to censor and remove videos that show protests and other examples of citizens simply asserting their rights, while also deleting search terms by government mandate.

The latest example is You Tube’s compliance with a request from the British government to censor footage of the British Constitution Group Lawful Rebellion protest,  during which they attempted to civilly arrest Judge Michael Peake at Birkenhead county court.

Peake was ruling on a case involving Roger Hayes, former member of UKIP, who has refused to pay council tax, both as a protest against the government’s treasonous activities in sacrificing Britain to globalist interests and as a result of Hayes clearly proving that council tax is illegal.

Consciousness TV | Government Orders YouTube To Censor Protest Videos
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June 04 2012

The Cyber Security Act would set up “cybersecurity exchanges” to receive and distribute cybersecurity threat indicators. There would be one Lead Federal Cybersecurity Exchange, appointed by the Department of Homeland Security, but other ones might also be created. Existing federal agencies can be designated as cybersecurity exchanges, including military and intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency. The Department of Homeland Security could appoint itself as the Lead Federal Cybersecurity Exchange.
Senator Wyden, talking about a similar provision in CISPA, noted “They would allow law enforcement to look for evidence of future crimes, opening the door to a dystopian world where law enforcement evaluates your Internet activity for the potential that you might commit a crime.” The CSA suffers the same ‘future crime’ flaw.
FAQ About the Lieberman-Collins Cyber Security Act | EFF
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March 24 2012


Two weeks ago the New York District Attorney’s sent a subpoena to Twitter, seeking information about the account belonging to Jeffrey Rae.

Rae himself received an email, which included a copy of a subpoena from the DA requesting data from his account.

“You are commanded to appear before the criminal court of the County of New York as a witness in a criminal action prosecuted by the People of the State of New York against Jeffery Rae,” the subpoena reads.

It also says the activist must “produce” in court all tweets that came from his account, @jeffrae, from September 15 to October 31 of last year, "as a witness in a criminal action.”

Legal gray area emerges in social media privacy

Now the OWS protesters are sure authorities want to use social media data as evidence against them to stop the movement against “corporate greed”.

Twitter sticks together with OWS protesters — RT

March 03 2012


February 21 2012

Joshua Lott for The New York Times

Taser's Axon Flex video camera mounted on a pair of sunglasses.

Joshua Lott for The New York Times

“When people know they are on camera, they act like better citizens,” said Hadi Partovi, an Internet entrepreneur who is on Taser’s board.


Taser is initially offering the first year of the service at no charge in the hopes of luring a lot of customers to the cloud. The new cameras sell for $1,000, including a battery that lasts 14 hours.

In an era of tight budgets, that might not be an easy sale. “This is at least a $1 billion opportunity,” said Mr. Partovi, who is better known for inventing, along with his twin, a social music sharing service called iLike, which was sold to MySpace in 2009 for about $20 million. “Once video is up in the cloud, why not photos? Why not all sorts of evidence? It will make it easier for different agencies to collaborate.”

Taser’s Latest Police Weapon - The Tiny Camera and the Cloud -
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ignominy, the domain name of a business providing hosting for online forms, has been seized by the Secret Service, essentially gutting the company’s business.

The Wednesday seizure of, with the assistance of the domain name’s registrar, GoDaddy, disabled about 2 million forms, said Aytekin Tank, the site’s founder. The embeddable forms are hosted by the company and let sites quickly put up contact and sign-up forms online.

GoDaddy told Wired it took the site down at the request of law enforcement.

Tank has informed its “hundreds of thousands of users” in a blog post to alter their form URLs to, which should revive a customer’s hosted forms.

“They have disabled the DNS without any prior notice or request,” Tank said of GoDaddy. “They have told us the domain name was suspended as part of an ongoing law enforcement investigation.”

The agency did not immediately respond to Wired’s request for comment.
Secret Service Seizes, Nuking Millions of Online Forms (Updated) | Threat Level |
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February 18 2012


Google Inc. and other advertising companies have been bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple Inc.'s Web browser on their iPhones and computers—tracking the Web-browsing habits of people who intended for that kind of monitoring to be blocked.

The companies used special computer code that tricks Apple's Safari Web-browsing software into letting them monitor many users. Safari, the most widely used browser on mobile devices, is designed to block such tracking by default.

Google disabled its code after being contacted by The Wall Street Journal.

Google Tracked iPhones, Bypassing Apple Browser Privacy Settings -

February 17 2012


The case of Hamza Kashgari, a young Saudi journalist who has just been deported from Malaysia to face trial on charges of blasphemy, is one that should frighten and disgust anyone who cares about freedom of speech or religion.

His supposed offence was to have tweeted part of an imaginary conversation with the prophet Muhammad. "I have loved things about you and I have hated things about you and there is a lot I don't understand about you," he wrote; and: "I will not pray for you."


But the really chilling fact about this story is that his persecutors are the online commenters in Saudi. Some 30,000 tweets, mostly condemning him, came within 24 hours. A Facebook group has been set up to demand Kashgari's punishment (and Facebook has not taken it down). There are 20,000 members already. Some bloggers, it's true, have defended him; but they too have been threatened by the more orthodox contingent.

The bloodlust faced by the 'blaspheming' Saudi journalist | Andrew Brown | Comment is free |

Twitter has clarified that it does not store names from address books, only email addreses and phone numbers.  The company initially told the Times that names were among the types of data it gathered from users'mobile contacts lists.

When users activate the service's "Find friends" feature, "the email addresses and phone numbers in your address book will be shared with Twitter," wrote Carolyn Penner, Twitter's spokesperson.  "Later, if one of your contacts signs up for Twitter with one of those email addresses and chooses to be discoverable by the address, we can connect you two."

Twitter stores full iPhone contact list for 18 months, after scan -

Each and every one of us is living in a sci-fi novel, and this spills into real life into a million different ways ... like the way that Hollywood location scouts and real estate agents now routinely use unmanned drone aircraft. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have gone from military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to simply becoming a routine movie industry tool. The FAA isn't too sure about how to deal with the drones of Hollywood.

And neither is the LAPD.

This past January, the Los Angeles Police Department issued a highly unusual warning against the use of drones by real estate agencies. The LAPD sent a letter to the California Association of Realtors, a trade group, warning that Realtors “who hire unmanned aircraft operators to take aerial photographs for marketing high-end properties” were in violation of FAA rules and local motion picture filming ordinances. Users were warned that the LAPD's Air Division intends to prosecute violators in the near future. However, the letter appears to be hot air: Unmanned aircraft flying at heights under 400 feet are currently unregulated by the FAA.

Unmanned Drones Go From Afghanistan To Hollywood | Fast Company

February 16 2012


Tomorrow, some users with many subscribers will be notified through their profile of the option to verify their identity, Facebook confirmed with me. There’s no way to volunteer to be verified, you have to be chosen. These users will be prompted to submit an image of a government-issued photo ID, which is deleted after verification. They’ll also be given the option to enter an “alternate name” that can be used to find them through search and that can be displayed next to their real name in parentheses or as a replacement.

Facebook Launches Verified Accounts and Pseudonyms | TechCrunch

February 15 2012

While the Terrorism Act 2006 authorizes British law enforcement agencies to order certain material to be removed from websites, lawmakers on the Home Affairs Committee stated that “service providers themselves should be more active in monitoring the material they host.” Their report raises serious concerns that political and religious speech will be suppressed. Security expert Peter Neumann who testified before the Committee asked why websites like YouTube and Facebook can’t be as “effective at removing . . . extremist Islamist or extremist right-wing content” as they are at removing sexually explicit content or copyrighted material that violates their own terms of service.
Members of UK Parliament Recommend Censoring Online Extremism | Electronic Frontier Foundation

February 13 2012


Can we start a petition to evict Canada from North America? They're giving us a bad name. Mexico is welcome to stay.

So you have no problem with that form the DHS now requires all US citizens to fill out when they "leave" the US for any reason be it business trip or vacation? I don't know of any other country in North America that requires its citizens to report to the government when the "leave".

Canadian Govt To Introduce Massive Internet Surveillance Law - Slashdot

February 11 2012

Yet Facebook’s inventory of data and its revenue from advertising are small potatoes compared to some others. Google took in more than 10 times as much, with an estimated $36.5 billion in advertising revenue in 2011, by analyzing what people sent over Gmail and what they searched on the Web, and then using that data to sell ads. Hundreds of other companies have also staked claims on people’s online data by depositing software called cookies or other tracking mechanisms on people’s computers and in their browsers.
Op-Ed at New York Times: Facebook Is Using You

February 07 2012

In collaboration with the Wall Street Journal and the Guardian, Privacy International today published a database of all attendees at six ISS World surveillance trade shows, held in Washington DC, Dubai and Prague between 2006 and 2009. ISS World is the biggest of the surveillance industry conferences, and attendance costs up to $1,295 per guest. Hundreds of attendees are listed, ranging from the Tucson Police Department, to the government of Pakistan, to the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
New surveillance industry database reveals small-town US police departments browsing surveillance tech alongside Libyan and Egyptian intelligence agencies | Privacy International
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January 26 2012

Now, it’s obvious where Google is going with this: It wants to be more like Facebook and Apple, both of which have a completely-unified, walled-garden approach — and both of which are enjoying huge leaps in revenue and profits, while Google falls short of quarterly expectations. Nothing happens on an Apple device without Cupertino’s knowledge, and as a result Apple can perfectly tailor its devices for its users (and ratchet up record-breaking quarterly earnings in the process). Facebook — because everything is centralized under the domain — enjoys unprecedented access to the surfing habits, likes, shares, and messages of its users. On the other side of the fence, with a slew of discordant, disconnected properties, Google seems to be flailing. SPYW and the March 1 privacy changes are simply the next step in Google’s (rather messy) attempt to weave everything together, before it loses any more ground.
Google is FUBAR | ExtremeTech

Google plans to combine its various user-surveillance data bases so as to know more about each user.

It may be possible to overcome this by having several user names, one for each Google service. However, it is much better if you prevent Google from knowing who you are. For instance, if you make sure that your Google searches are not even known to be from one person.

2011: November - February Political Notes - Richard Stallman

January 11 2012


Many drones, by virtue of their design, their size, and how high they can fly, can operate undetected in urban and rural environments, allowing the government to spy on Americans without their knowledge. And even if Americans knew they were being spied on, it’s unclear what laws would protect against this. (...)

The market for unmanned aircraft in the United States is expanding rapidly, and companies, public entities, and research institutions are developing newer, faster, stealthier, and more sophisticated drones every year. According to a July 15, 2010 FAA Fact Sheet (pdf), “[i]n the United States alone, approximately 50 companies, universities, and government organizations are developing and producing some 155 unmanned aircraft designs.” According to one market research firm, approximately 70% of global growth and market share of unmanned aircraft systems is in the United States (pdf). In 2010 alone, expenditures on unmanned aircraft “reached more than US $3 billion (pdf) and constituted a growth of more than 12%.” The market for these systems is only expected to increase: over the next 10 years the total expenditure for unmanned aircraft “is expected to surpass US $7 billion.” And some have forecast that by the year 2018 there will be “more than 15,000 [unmanned aircraft systems] in service in the U.S., with a total of almost 30,000 deployed worldwide.”

Are Drones Watching You? | Electronic Frontier Foundation
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