“I rarely look at that,” Putin retorted, “into that place where you apparently live, that Internet. via Putin’s Fear of Texting Kept U.S. Spymasters in the Dark | TIME.com.
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. … [Read more…]
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 … [Read more…]
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 … [Read more…]
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 … [Read more…]
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 … [Read more…]
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 … [Read more…]
Top 10 NSA pickup lines.. Really funny. Also, sad because many are likely true.
In a way, the above people are lucky because they are journalists who can tell their story to a large audience to get the word out. As On The Media documents, this happens to “countless” people in the US, their stories receive no attention, and the have no recourse. via Suspicionless searches at US border: … [Read more…]
The faith part of science—the belief that there are underlying laws and explanations—will possibly be abandoned if we adopt big data as a guide to the universe. One doesn’t need to know why the apple falls from a tree at a specific rate the law of gravity. One only needs to see that that is … [Read more…]