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America Can't Win The Cyberwar By Hacking

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Yesterday we detailed how the U.S. doesn't have any good options in the face of persistent economic espionage by Chinese military hackers, and several readers asked: Why not just hack them back? We asked several cyber security experts and received two questions back: Why would we want to? and Who...
America Can't Win The Cyberwar By Hacking

Time To Change (Or Ditch) The USTR Special 301 Process That Pressures Other Countries To Adapt US IP Laws

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A few days ago, you may remember, I posted the comments I submitted to the USTR on the Special 301 report, where I pointed out the value of allowing countries to set their own intellectual property policy, rather than forcing everyone to follow US faith-based intellectual property policy. Traditionally, the...
Time To Change (Or Ditch) The USTR Special 301 Process That Pressures Other Countries To Adapt US IP Laws

Ecuador Pulls Ed Snowden's Travel Papers Because Julian Assange Thinks He's In Charge

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Things keep getting more and more ridiculous concerning the Ed Snowden asylum drama. It's never been fully explained how or why Snowden decided to link up with Wikileaks to get "help" in finding a place to get asylum, but ever since then, Wikileaks has been presenting itself as Snowden's spokesperson,...
Ecuador Pulls Ed Snowden's Travel Papers Because Julian Assange Thinks He's In Charge

New Special 301 Report Shows Spain's Kowtowing Paid Off

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Today, the USTR released its 2013 Special 301 Report (pdf and embedded below), the notorious "watchlist" of foreign countries where intellectual property is supposedly in danger (which is in fact just a self-serving diplomatic pressure tool). The Ukraine has been dubbed enemy number one, with Algeria, Argentina, Chile, China,...
New Special 301 Report Shows Spain's Kowtowing Paid Off

How Lobbyists' Changes To EU Data Protection Regulation Were Copied Word-For-Word Into Proposed Amendments

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Everyone knows that politicians are lobbied, sometimes massively. But it's rare to be able to track directly the detailed effects of that lobbying. That's why a new site called LobbyPlag is so interesting: it allows people to do precisely that in the case of the controversial data protection rules in...
How Lobbyists' Changes To EU Data Protection Regulation Were Copied Word-For-Word Into Proposed Amendments

Diplomats Ponder a 'Cyber Cold War'

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A fine line exists between asserting core values such as freedom of speech and religion without sacrificing progress on a number of other cyber issues....
Diplomats Ponder a 'Cyber Cold War'

Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

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Readers react to a proposal for a longer school year and day.    ...
Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

Mobile Phones Are Booming In North Korea, Of All Places

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North Korea's only mobile operator, Koryolink, is about to hit 2 million subscribers, its CEO Ezzeldin Heikal told diplomats and NGO workers in Pyongyang this week. Koryolink launched services in North Korea in 2008 and took more than three years to sign up its millionth subscriber. It doubled that number in...
Mobile Phones Are Booming In North Korea, Of All Places

Lamar Smith Looking To Sneak Through SOPA In Bits & Pieces, Starting With Expanding Hollywood's Global Police Force

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While it didn't get nearly as much attention as other parts of SOPA, one section in the bill that greatly concerned us was the massive expansion of the diplomatic corp.'s "IP attaches." If you're unfamiliar with the program, basically IP attaches are "diplomats" (and I use the term loosely) who...
Lamar Smith Looking To Sneak Through SOPA In Bits & Pieces, Starting With Expanding Hollywood's Global Police Force

If The US Was Spying On Any Foreigners Using Google In 2010, China Probably Knows About It (GOOG)

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When Chinese hackers infiltrated Google's servers back in 2010, they gained access to years' worth of information on surveillance orders from the U.S. government, according to current and former government officials.  Those officials, who spoke to The Washington Post's Ellen Nakashima on the condition of anonymity, say the breach was...
If The US Was Spying On Any Foreigners Using Google In 2010, China Probably Knows About It (GOOG)
Researchers Unearth Cyber-Spying Operation, Christen It 'Red October'
An Ex Googler And Hillary Clinton Are Making It Their Mission To Bring One Billion People Online

Spanish Government Bows Down To US Pressures Again, Pushes SOPA-Like Law To Appease Hollywood

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While Spain actually has a fairly vibrant culture and entertainment industry, Hollywood has really had it in for the country for some time, in part because Spanish courts had a more evolved recognition of secondary liability protections, such that they ruled that linking is not infringement, and that neither was...
Spanish Government Bows Down To US Pressures Again, Pushes SOPA-Like Law To Appease Hollywood

Britain in talks on cybersecurity hotline with China and Russia

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Existing protocols not robust enough for emergencies that could materialise in cyberspace, says Foreign Office officialBritain has begun tentative talks with China and Russia about setting up a hotline to help prevent cyber-emergencies from spiralling out of control.The discussions are at an early stage but they reflect anxiety from all...
Britain in talks on cybersecurity hotline with China and Russia

VIDEO: The risks and rewards of Twitter diplomacy

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Diplomats are increasingly using social media to engage populations, but the outreach attempt can backfire....
VIDEO: The risks and rewards of Twitter diplomacy

Dr. Strangelove Approach to Counter Insurgency and Pentagon Marching Bands?

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Admittedly, this is a little Dr. Strangelovish -- but was very intrigued by this video clip a reader sent of "Robot Quadrotors Performing James Bond Theme." The reader who sent me this wrote to me that this might have been an alternative way to do COIN (expensive as high tech...
Dr. Strangelove Approach to Counter Insurgency and Pentagon Marching Bands?

Ecuador Requests Medical Safe Passage For Julian Assange

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(Photo: Free Assange) Citing health concerns, Ecuador has asked the British government to guarantee medically-related safe passage for  WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Mr. Assange, who faces allegations he assaulted two women in Sweden in 2010, has been living inside Ecuador’s London Embassy since June. British authorities have insisted they will...
Ecuador Requests Medical Safe Passage For Julian Assange

Australian Pirate Party Gets Approved and Russians are Denied (Again)

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There is a certain level of symmetry to the world. When one part of the world has day, the other half has night. And more importantly, when one hemisphere gets summer, the other has winter. Right now it’s summer in the southern hemisphere and the sun is certainly shining on...
Australian Pirate Party Gets Approved and Russians are Denied (Again)

PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden looks to WikiLeaks ask he exits Hong Kong for Moscow

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Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who exposed PRISM, has left Hong Kong for Moscow and is now receiving aid from WikiLeaks. In a statement released by the WikiLeaks team, Snowden “is bound for a democratic nation via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal...
PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden looks to WikiLeaks ask he exits Hong Kong for Moscow
'EVE Online' players were first to learn of US official's death in Libya

Foreign Service Institute's Extensive Language Courses Are Available Free Online [Free]

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The U.S. Foreign Service Institute teaches foreign languages to government diplomats and personnel for duties abroad—and it's courses are available online, for free. Which means you can access audio, texts, and tests in 41 different languages. More »...
Foreign Service Institute's Extensive Language Courses Are Available Free Online [Free]

More Snowden leaks reveal UK surveillance on 2009 G20 summit attendees

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The impact of Edward Snowden's leaked information now extends beyond the NSA. Today, The Guardian reported that—according to documents uncovered by Snowden—foreign politicians and officials who attended the 2009 G20 summit in London had their calls intercepted and computers monitored by the host country's government. The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the NSA's...
More Snowden leaks reveal UK surveillance on 2009 G20 summit attendees

U.N. Wants 2 Billion Users to Come Debate The Future of The Internet

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(ITU.int) The UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) announced Wednesday that it’s inviting everyone on the Internet to put down the cat videos, pause the tweeting and discuss the future of the Internet. According to the Associated Press this “follows criticism from civil society groups who say preparations for an upcoming...
U.N. Wants 2 Billion Users to Come Debate The Future of The Internet

USTR Releases Ridiculous 'Naughty' Special 301 List For Countries Who Don't Pass Silly Laws Hollywood Wants

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Every year around this time, the USTR puts out its increasingly laughable Special 301 Report, which merely takes the countries that IP maxmalists say are bad, and officially declares them naughty. The 2012 list has come out (pdf and embedded below) and it's as silly and pointless as usual. Canada...
USTR Releases Ridiculous 'Naughty' Special 301 List For Countries Who Don't Pass Silly Laws Hollywood Wants
As tensions with China escalate, new report calls for counterattacks to cyber theft

24 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed

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If we had to choose one word to sum up this week’s essential resources, it would have to be “business.” If you own a business, work for a business, or even give money to businesses in exchange for goods and services, you’ll want to scroll on down and take...
24 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed

USTR Only Wants To Hear From You If Some Foreign Country Isn't Maximalist Enough

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For years, we've pointed out how ridiculous the USTR's Special 301 Report is. The report, which the USTR is required to put out each year, is basically a chance for copyright and patent maximalists to launder their complaints about certain countries through the USTR, allowing such complaints to get the...
USTR Only Wants To Hear From You If Some Foreign Country Isn't Maximalist Enough

IP Diplomat Sob Story: It's Hard To Push The US Agenda When The World Listens To Reason

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We've talked in the past about the US State Department's horrific IP Attache program. These are US government "diplomats" whose sole job is to go around the world spreading copyright and patent maximalist propaganda based on the interests of a few large US companies. There's been an effort underway to...
IP Diplomat Sob Story: It's Hard To Push The US Agenda When The World Listens To Reason

The Feds Are All, 'Really, Eric?' With Mr. Schmidt's Mission to North Korea

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“But YOU SEE…” (Screencap) Sometime soon, Google chairman and unfiltered man-about-town Eric Schmidt is due to set out for North Korea in the company of former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. However, it seems the U.S. State Department is not particularly keen on this trip. In fact, it sounds like America’s...
The Feds Are All, 'Really, Eric?' With Mr. Schmidt's Mission to North Korea

Hollywood Wines & Dines Kiwi Politicians To Get Them To Support Hollywood's Copyright Insanity In TPP

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The whole Megaupload/Dotcom mess seems to have really woken up New Zealand to just how much damage an overzealous interpretation of copyright laws can do. New Zealand has already passed a ridiculous three strikes law that US diplomats offered to write for them -- but it seems that the whole...
Hollywood Wines & Dines Kiwi Politicians To Get Them To Support Hollywood's Copyright Insanity In TPP
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