Our Comrade The Electron – Webstock Conference Talk

We put so much care into making the Internet resilient from technical failures, but make no effort to make it resilient to political failure. We treat freedom and the rule of law like inexhaustible natural resources, rather than the fragile and precious treasures that they are.

via Our Comrade The Electron – Webstock Conference Talk.

There is so much truth here. The entire thing is well worth your time to read.

How to Build a Secure Online Presence | saneadvice

All the recent news of hacking, identity theft, and security breaches has gotten me really paranoid. If you’re not yet paranoid, read this story about a smart guy who had everything well protected and still got hacked: http://medium.com/p/24eb09e026ddSo I’ve started my own personal security initiative to protect myself from hacking and identity theft. Here’s what I’ve done

via How to Build a Secure Online Presence | saneadvice.

The advice is, as it says on the tin, sane — and doable. Some really good tips here. Even if you implemented only a few it would likely leave you bait more safe than most likely are now.

via: Subtraction

Foreign Officials In the Dark About Their Own Spy Agencies Cooperation with NSA – The Intercept

The revelations of a global system of blanket surveillance have come as a great surprise to hundreds of millions of citizens around the world whose governments were operating these systems without their knowledge. But they also came as a surprise to many high-ranking political officials in countries around the world who were previously ignorant of those programs, a fact which the NSA seems to view as quite valuable in ensuring that its surveillance activities remain immune from election outcomes and democratic debate.

via Foreign Officials In the Dark About Their Own Spy Agencies Cooperation with NSA – The Intercept.

Yet, so many of us are screaming treason and trial against the whistleblowers but not trial for those who committed real treason by concealing their illegal and unconstitutional actions from those we elected to protect our rights and freedoms.

CIA Search of Congressional Computer Sparks Constitutional Crisis – The Intercept

Two top Senate leaders declared Tuesday that the CIA’s recent conduct has undermined the separation of powers as set out in the Constitution, setting the stage for a major battle to reassert the proper balance between the two branches.

Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), in a floor speech (transcript; video) that Judiciary Committee chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) immediately called the most important he had heard in his career, said the CIA had searched through computers belonging to staff members investigating the agency’s role in torturing detainees, and had then leveled false charges against her staff in an attempt to intimidate them.

via CIA Search of Congressional Computer Sparks Constitutional Crisis – The Intercept.

Us: “Hey Congress, what do you have to say about the American Intelligence Community fundamentally violating the rights of every American Citizen? Essentially usurping their 1st, 4th, and 5th Amendment rights and rendering functionally moot their 2nd and 3rd?”

Congress:

Us: “OK Congress, what if we showed you that they directly spied on you and your staff, hacked into your computers, and bugged the “secure” room they forced you to use while you conducted investigations into their well documented — yet classified — crimes?”

Congress: “Awww, hell no! Some motherf*cker’s gonna pay!!!”

God bless hypocrisy.

The Common Ground Movement | The Common Ground

This approach begins with a simple and undeniable premise: that there is no way that anyone is going to convince everyone else to accept one unified belief system. Liberals will never convert the conservatives, and the conservatives will never convert the liberals. We’re never going to all agree on the wedge issues, and it’s not even realistic to expect that people will learn to discuss these topics in a calm, rational manner any time soon.

Therefore the only way that we can hope to unify in the face of a common threat is to bring it down to the lowest common denominator. What can we use as our unifying principle? What is our common ground?

via The Common Ground Movement | The Common Ground.

Count me in.

Encryption Works: How to Protect Your Privacy in the Age of NSA Surveillance | Freedom of the Press Foundation

Defending yourself against the NSA, or any other government intelligence agency, is not simple, and its not something that can be solved just by downloading an app. But thanks to the dedicated work of civilian cryptographers and the free and open source software community, its still possible to have privacy on the Internet, and the software to do it is freely available to everyone.

via Encryption Works: How to Protect Your Privacy in the Age of NSA Surveillance | Freedom of the Press Foundation.

Really good and approachable solutions.