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The Guardian interviews Edward Snowden

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The Guardian recently did an interview with Edward Snowden. Very insightful and as always worth watching.



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July 19th, 2014 at 11:39 am

See something, better not say something

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August 1st, 2013 at 8:04 pm

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Cory Doctorow: The coming war on general computation

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The copyright war was just the beginning

The last 20 years of Internet policy have been dominated by the copyright war, but the war turns out only to have been a skirmish. The coming century will be dominated by war against the general purpose computer, and the stakes are the freedom, fortune and privacy of the entire human race.

The problem is twofold: first, there is no known general-purpose computer that can execute all the programs we can think of except the naughty ones; second, general-purpose computers have replaced every other device in our world. There are no airplanes, only computers that fly. There are no cars, only computers we sit in. There are no hearing aids, only computers we put in our ears. There are no 3D printers, only computers that drive peripherals. There are no radios, only computers with fast ADCs and DACs and phased-array antennas. Consequently anything you do to “secure” anything with a computer in it ends up undermining the capabilities and security of every other corner of modern human society.

And general purpose computers can cause harm — whether it’s printing out AR15 components, causing mid-air collisions, or snarling traffic. So the number of parties with legitimate grievances against computers are going to continue to multiply, as will the cries to regulate PCs.

The primary regulatory impulse is to use combinations of code-signing and other “trust” mechanisms to create computers that run programs that users can’t inspect or terminate, that run without users’ consent or knowledge, and that run even when users don’t want them to.

The upshot: a world of ubiquitous malware, where everything we do to make things better only makes it worse, where the tools of liberation become tools of oppression.

Our duty and challenge is to devise systems for mitigating the harm of general purpose computing without recourse to spyware, first to keep ourselves safe, and second to keep computers safe from the regulatory impulse.

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December 30th, 2011 at 2:48 am

US about to officially become a police state

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If you think the police brutality agains the occupy movement was bad, just wait until the military rolls in…

Straight from the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office:

Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window

While nearly all Americans head to family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself.

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The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.

Of course Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) raised his concerns, the White House, the Secretary of Defense, and the Attorney General have all said that the indefinite detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act are harmful and counterproductive. The White House has even threatened a veto.

Despite all that, Senate still managed to get it to the Senate floor.

Update, Nov. 29th: And of course, it passed. What else did you expect from the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Update, Dec. 7th: Well, at least The Daily Show’s coverage is fun to watch…

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November 27th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

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Saudi police open fire on civilians

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According to The Independent “Pro-democracy protests which swept the Arab world earlier in the year have erupted in eastern Saudi Arabia over the past three days, with police opening fire with live rounds and many people injured, opposition activists say.”

Saudi Arabia last night confirmed there had been fighting in the region and that 11 security personnel and three civilians had been injured in al-Qatif, a large Shia city on the coast of Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. The opposition say that 24 men and three women were wounded on Monday night and taken to al-Qatif hospital.

The Independent has been given exclusive details of how the protests developed by local activists. They say unrest began on Sunday in al-Awamiyah, a Shia town of about 25,000 people, when Saudi security forces arrested a 60-year-old man to force his son – an activist – to give himself up.

Mr Rayah added that “there have been protests for democracy and civil rights since February, but in the past the police fired into the air. This is the first time they have fired live rounds directly into a crowd.” He could not confirm if anybody had been killed.

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October 5th, 2011 at 4:00 pm

More than 700 arrested on Brooklyn Bridge

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So that’s what the land of the free and home of the brave has become… According to the NY Times City Room the NYPD now has arrested hundreds of US citizen for protesting “disorderly conduct and blocking vehicular traffic”.

Updated, 3:35 a.m. Sunday | In a tense showdown above the East River, the police arrested more than 700 demonstrators from the Occupy Wall Street protests who took to the roadway as they tried to cross the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

 

I’m sure that will calm the protesters down and not incite even more protest against the top 1% and organizations who protect them. After all, it took 50,000 people on Tahrir Square to begin the Eqyptian revolution while Occupy Wall Street is only up to about 2000 on their third weekend – at the current rate of growth it will take at least… a month or two before the protests turn into riots.

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October 2nd, 2011 at 11:45 am

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