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Monthly archive: April 2013

Privacy and Security Talk Tonight, 6pm, Boston

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Today, I will be speaking with Alex Marthews of, Gregg Housh and others at a panel on privacy and security in the wake of the Boston Marathon attacks. It is free and open to the public. It will be at Boston University from 6-8pm today. It takes place at the 5th Floor Faculty Dining Lounge at the GSU 775 Comm. Ave., Boston. Please spread the word about it. You can also invite people to it on Facebook. Thanks!

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House Passes CISPA Again, Resist it in the Senate

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Yet again the House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), this time by a vote of 288 to 127. This time, some Congress members cravenly used the Marathon bombings as justification for passing CISPA.  The entire Massachusetts delegation did not vote as they were here due to Marathon bombing remembrance ceremonies last Thursday, but all voted against it last time and five of the nine voted against considering CISPA earlier.  Kennedy, Lynch, Markey, and Neals abstained. We have long maintained that CISPA isn’t a cybersecurity bill at all. It is a spy on Americans bill. This bill would obliterate our 4th Amendment rights on-line. Under CISPA, the government can ask your ISP to `voluntarily’ hand over everything you send over their network: your emails, downloads, web searches, account passwords. No warrant would be required, no judge would have to review their request to ensure that they have a reasonable reason for their request. Once the data is in the hands of one agency, it can end up being sent to any government agency or even a private company. Any company that hands over your data will not be held liable for its misuse. If you doubt that ISPs will willingly hand over your private Internet traffic, then please review the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program. If this bill is passed in the Senate and not vetoed by President Obama, potentially anything you do on-line can be accessed by the government. While President Obama has said he will veto CISPA, he also said that about NDAA, and he signed that bill. We have to kill this bill in the Senate! Please call or email both Massachusetts Senators and tell them to oppose CISPA and any other bills like it. The privacy you save may be your own. 1.  Contact your Senators Elizabeth Warren Facebook / @elizabethforma / (202) 224-4543 … Read more

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On Bombings, Sharing, Privacy and Security

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I want to express our condolences to the families of those killed yesterday in the Boston Marathon bombings as well as our hope for a speedy recovery for those who suffered physical and mental trauma. No one should endure such tragedies or have their lives or loved ones taken away from them in a split second. I wish I could say I was shocked by yesterday’s bombing, but after Oklahoma City, 9/11 and far too many mass shootings, I just cannot be. I also want to add my thanks to all who helped, be they the onlookers near by, marathon volunteers, medical personnel, or public servants such as our firefighters, EMTs and police. My friend Rob Bazemore said it well: Today is Patriots Day and the true American/Human spirit showed through by the number of people who rushed forward to help those in need. No doubt others will help to identify who caused this tragedy by sharing their videos and photos. To say that the Internet has changed everything, is over used of course. But in this event, writer and friend Cecilia Tan shows us how it can help deal with such a tragedy: For me one of the things that makes me feel better/less freaked out when things like bombings occur and my 9/11 PTSD is triggered is to get a complete picture in my mind of what happened and when. Turns out the Internet it pretty good for that. Unlike on 9/11, it’s so much easier to actively seek out newsfeeds, eyewitness accounts, photos and videos. Every person with a cell phone is a potential “reporter.” Within 45 minutes of it happening, using Twitter and a couple of feeds (Boston Globe, Reuters, Boston Police) I had a fairly complete picture of what went on. Which is astounding when you think … Read more

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Say No to the CFAA!

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The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is a law that has been repeatedly misused to go after net activists and handout draconian punishments. Aaron Swartz is but one example. Indeed the CFAA can be easily read so broadly that anyone under 18 who reads news on-line could be a criminal. Yet, the Department of Justice wants to make this bill even worse, and Congress seems willing to help. We are asking you to help take a stand against the CFAA, and demand it be fixed. Three things you can do: Urge your Congress people to roll back the CFAA, especially today and tomorrow, This Saturday, join with us, Demand Progress, and other groups to rally for Aaron Swartz and roll back the CFAA. We will meet at noon Dewey Square Park in downtown Boston, Spread the word to your friends and get them to help! Aaron isn’t the only person to run afoul of the CFAA. Australian activist Asher Wolf, eloquently details how it was used to convict Andrew Auernheimer (Weev) for the crime of accessing an AT&T public interface and revealing that it wasn’t secure.  Many thanks to Asher! THE TRAGEDY OF JAILING WEEV, THE INTERNET PROPHET OF DISCORD. “Injustice, swift, erect, and unconfin’d, Sweeps the wide earth, and tramples o’er mankind.” ~ The Iliad, Book 9. On November 20, 2012 a jury sitting in the Federal District Court for the District of New Jersey convicted Andrew Auernheimer of one count of conspiracy to violate the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (18 U.S.C. 1030(a)(2)(C)) and one count of identity theft (18 U.S. C. 1028(a)(7).In essence, Andrew Auernheimer – or Weev, as much of the Internet knows him – was found guilty of incrementing a number on a url – doing basic arithmetic – and has been ceremoniously chucked behind … Read more

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Problems with the TransPacific Partnership in 10 minutes

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The Real News has a ten minute interview that explains the problem with the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) trade treaty the Obama administration is negotiating in secret with all of the Pacific nations except China. Just like the ACTA treaty, corporations are involved in the secret negotiations. The EFF has the low down on the copyright implications of the treaty, but the patent provisions look particularly bad. The provisions that would allow corporations to sue countries, states and cities for potential damages for laws they adopt clearly put corporate rights over people’s rights.

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MPAA Chairman Former Senator, Chris Dodd, Joins Pirate Party, Announces 2016 Presidential Bid

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Written by Zacqary Adam Green, Operations Officer of the New York Pirate Party and posted at On this day of April 1st, 2013, I’m pleased to announce that MPAA Chairman Former Senator Chris Dodd is now a member of the US Pirate Party, and we will be running him for President in 2016. Now, he’s not aware of this, and he’s finding it out right now just like the rest of you. But in a country where it’s legal for a former senator to be hired by the lobbying organization for one of his top 20 campaign contributors, itmust be legal to draft people into political parties and presidential candidacies without their knowledge or consent. MPAA Chairman Former Senator Chris Dodd — who by Official Pirate Unbreakable Law may never, ever be referred to simply as “MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd” — has long been a proponent of copyright maximalism, of draconian anti-piracy measures that violate privacy and break the Internet, and of demonizing everyone who has ever watched a movie at a friend’s house as a “thief.” During his career in public office, one of Dodd’s top campaign contributors has been General Electric, the parent company of MPAA member NBC Universal. On this historic April 1st of 2013, Former Senator Dodd has had a change of heart. He is now a full-blown, bleeding-heart blackbeard, not only supporting a complete abolition of all copyright, patent, and trademark laws, but demanding that Hollywood refund the American people for every dime they spent on the filmography of director Michael Bay. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon was a national tragedy on par with slavery,” he said in a statement this morning. “It is our moral duty to begin paying reparations to each and every American citizen lured into cinemas by that piece of garbage.” The … Read more

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