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The Target Isn’t Hollywood, MPAA, RIAA, Or MAFIAA: It’s The Policymakers

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Big Monopoly has learned in the past century that when they look like a little spoiled brat having a tantrum, politicians will throw taxpayer money their way to shut them up. Therefore, this is a behavior they emulate as soon they are given a good enough excuse. It’s simply a...
The Target Isn’t Hollywood, MPAA, RIAA, Or MAFIAA: It’s The Policymakers

Why Obama Was Never Going To Be A Civil Liberties Champion

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Barack Obama was never going to be a champion of civil liberties; he leads a growing sect of the Democratic party that prioritizes the collective good and mass innovation over individualism. This coercively inclusive political philosophy feels that every citizen, business, country, and institution has an obligation to contribute to...
Why Obama Was Never Going To Be A Civil Liberties Champion

One Year Later, Twice As Many Democrats Vote For Cybersecurity Bill And Defy Obama

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So much for President Obama’s election mandate and the notion that Democrats are concerned about privacy. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which has been caught in the centuries old debate over privacy vs. security. The House passage isn’t particularly...
One Year Later, Twice As Many Democrats Vote For Cybersecurity Bill And Defy Obama

The urgency of a computer virus nonproliferation treaty | Pratap Chatterjee

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By releasing Stuxnet and Flame, the US has launched an arms race of weaponised viruses. It needs to negotiate control nowShodan is a fictional megalomaniac artificial intelligence network from System Shock, a 1994 video game, symbolized by a female face arcing green lightning. It now also symbolizes a potential ticking...
The urgency of a computer virus nonproliferation treaty | Pratap Chatterjee

CISPA veto recommended by White House, bill's authors defend it

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Not a fan of CISPA? Fear not. President Barack Obama isn’t either. A Wednesday e-mail released by the Office of Management and Budget made very clear that should the bill reach the president’s desk in its current form, "his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill." "Legislation...
CISPA veto recommended by White House, bill's authors defend it

What you need to know about CISPA: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

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While the US government getting involved in Internet affairs is nothing new, it has only been three months since SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) kicked up dust and called attention to some potential threats to our civil liberties. While SOPA wasn’t “new”, it took quite a bit of time for...
What you need to know about CISPA: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Cispa approved by House but critics urge Senate to block 'horrible' bill

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Free speech groups say the bill – which Obama has vowed to veto – hands US authorities too much power to use private dataFree speech advocates are calling for the Senate to block controversial cybersecurity legislation they claim will give the US authorities unprecedented access to online communications.The House of Representatives on...
Cispa approved by House but critics urge Senate to block 'horrible' bill

All due respect, Mr. President, calling Congress our guardians doesn't inspire confidence

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President Obama just wrapped up what could at best be described as a flat press conference, appearing more annoyed than contrite. His message was slightly muddled throughout, meandering between explanation, context, and self-defense. Before we can correctly form an opinion about the President’s response and the programs that he has...
All due respect, Mr. President, calling Congress our guardians doesn't inspire confidence
Privacy and Civil Liberties in the Digital Age

Obama faces hypocrisy charges at China summit after data mining revelations

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Administration must confront discrepancy between its closed-door practices and the position it seeks to hold in the worldThe Sunnylands summit was billed by the White House as an opportunity for Barack Obama to his confront his new Chinese counterpart with a litany of American complaints about hacking and cyber theft.The...
Obama faces hypocrisy charges at China summit after data mining revelations
Startups: California Über Uber: Why Ride-Sharing Ruckus Should Surprise No One

CryptoParty Like It's 1993

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As Techdirt stories regularly report, governments around the world, including those in the West, are greatly increasing their surveillance of the Internet. Alongside a loss of the private sphere, this also represents a clear danger to basic civil liberties. The good news is that we already have the solution: encrypting...
CryptoParty Like It's 1993

Cybersecurity in Focus as Obama, Xi Meet

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Ahead of the summit meeting between the leaders of the U.S. and China, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said cyber security is the biggest source of friction in the relationship between the countries, and a threat to the global economic system. The issue will likely be near the top...
Cybersecurity in Focus as Obama, Xi Meet

Senator Ron Wyden Slams Cybersecurity Legislation Proposals For Eroding Trust & Privacy

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Senator Ron Wyden took to the floor of the Senate earlier this week to speak out against pretty much all of the current cybersecurity proposals out there arguing that "privacy should be the default, not the exception." While noting that narrowly targeted cybersecurity rules could be helpful in protecting consumers,...
Senator Ron Wyden Slams Cybersecurity Legislation Proposals For Eroding Trust & Privacy

French Regulators Grill Google on Privacy

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Google’s privacy practices have raised eyebrows in yet another country. In a recent letter to CEO Larry Page, The National Commission for Computing and Civil Liberties (CNIL), France’s data protection authority criticized Google for deploying its new privacy policy without first addressing the concerns the CNIL detailed in its February...
French Regulators Grill Google on Privacy

EFF Seeks to Protect Innovation for Social Network Users

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San Francisco - The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is urging a federal judge to dismiss Facebook's claims that criminal law is violated when its users opt for an add-on service that helps them aggregate their information from a variety of social networking sites. Power Ventures makes a web-based tool that...
EFF Seeks to Protect Innovation for Social Network Users

ACTA Showdown Coming Up – Man Your Barricades

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For reasons I wrote on TorrentFreak in my last article, ACTA lives or dies globally with the vote in the European Parliament. Therefore, that’s where all our energy should be directed to preserve the liberties of the net and ourselves. It is true that there are other horrific backroom deals...
ACTA Showdown Coming Up – Man Your Barricades

'Friends' can share your Facebook profile with the government, court rules

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A federal judge has ruled that investigators can go through your Facebook profile if one of your friends gives them permission to do so. The decision, which is part of a New York City racketeering trial, comes as courts struggle to define privacy and civil liberties in the age of...
'Friends' can share your Facebook profile with the government, court rules

Online privacy: Home Office to write blank cheque for 'snoopers' charter'

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Internet and phone companies will be forced to track email, Twitter, Facebook and other online data under new legislationThe government is to offer a blank cheque to internet and phone firms that will be required to track everyone's email, Twitter, Facebook and other internet use under legislation to be published...
Online privacy: Home Office to write blank cheque for 'snoopers' charter'

The US Government Today Has More Data On The Average American Than The Stasi Did On East Germans

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We've written plenty about how the US government has been quite aggressive in spying on Americans. It has been helped along by a court system that doesn't seem particularly concerned about the 4th Amendment and by the growing ability of private companies to have our data and to then share...
The US Government Today Has More Data On The Average American Than The Stasi Did On East Germans

Theresa May hits back in coalition clash over 'snooper's charter'

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Home secretary says she is 'determined' to push through 'vitally important' surveillance laws despite opposition from Nick CleggA coalition clash over the home secretary's "snooper's charter" legislation has opened up at the highest level, with Nick Clegg bluntly telling Theresa May: "We cannot proceed with this bill and we have...
Theresa May hits back in coalition clash over 'snooper's charter'
This Week In Bots: Will Your Kids Give Robots Civil Liberties?

The Arizona Law: Taking Civil Liberties Lessons from China

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The Arizona Law: Taking Civil Liberties Lessons from China

Executive Order -- Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

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EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - IMPROVING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE CYBERSECURITY   By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Policy. Repeated cyber intrusions into critical infrastructure demonstrate...
Executive Order -- Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

How Facebook could get you arrested

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Smart technology and the sort of big data available to social networking sites are helping police target crime before it happens. But is this ethical?The police have a very bright future ahead of them - and not just because they can now look up potential suspects on Google. As they...
How Facebook could get you arrested

Hey Hadopi, You're Breaking The Law. We Made "Three Strikes" Illegal Across All Europe.

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In 2009, the ugly French authority Hadopi – with the mission of cutting people off from the internet for the good deed of sharing culture and knowledge – reared its head. This was in the middle of the copyright industry’s “mass disconnection” strategy, where they saw it fit to legislate...
Hey Hadopi, You're Breaking The Law. We Made "Three Strikes" Illegal Across All Europe.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Just Vehemently Denied Giving The Government Direct Access To Facebook Servers

Google search experiment integrates Google Drive, Calendar

www.techhive.com
Google recently announced an updated search experiment that lets you integrate documents from Google Drive and Calendar appointments into your searches on Google.com and Gmail. Integrated search will also include improvements to Gmail's new autocomplete feature including results from Drive, Calendar, as well as e-mail. Frequent fliers will also...
Google search experiment integrates Google Drive, Calendar

Letters: Government data-sharing and the blacklisting of union members

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One of the guiding principles of this government is the restoration of civil liberties and rolling back the intrusive state; that is why one of our first legislative acts was to scrap ID cards. So it is wrong to say our proposals are similar to the previous government's abandoned "database...
Letters: Government data-sharing and the blacklisting of union members

CISPA Is A Really Bad Bill, And Here's Why

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The forces behind HR 3523, the dangerous Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act which is going to move forward in Congress at the end of the month, are beginning to get cagey about the growing backlash from the internet community. In an attempt to address some of the key concerns,...
CISPA Is A Really Bad Bill, And Here's Why
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