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US government has betrayed the internet

In Nerds only on September 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

Great article in The Guardian today regarding the unlawful surveillance of the internet by the USG.  By hacking online encryption the USG has betrayed businesses,  governments and citizens around the world.  This has resulted in a new cold war but on the internet.

On one side we have anarchist groups like Anonymous and whistle-blowers like Assange, Manning and Snowden.  On the other side we have out-of-control USG agencies like the NSA and CIA breaking all recognizable laws to invade our privacy in the name of the all-powerful national security state.  How could this possibly end well?

 

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Did Snowden watch Good Will Hunting?

In Nerds only, Polytricks on July 5, 2013 at 8:45 am

Timely video clip from Good Will Hunting.. Snowden would have been an impressionable 15 year old when this movie came out.

What I notice is nobody from the US government has yet apologized for unwarranted and unlawful spying on like everyone….

The ‘war on terror’ is such a tawdry sham..

“Happy Birthday” goes to court (again)

In Humour, Nerds only on June 15, 2013 at 7:30 am

Great news that a class action suit has been filed against Time/Warner to challenge their claim that they “own” the song Happy Birthday.

Yes, the copyright pirates claim to own the popular song.  Now documentary film-makers,Yesterday, Good Morning To You, has filed suit.

They claim that the ‘copyright’ on the song has been long extinguished and that Time/Warner are pirates fleecing everyone for tawdry payola.

Here is a video suggestion on how to sing  your own copyright-free version of Happy Birthday… ;o)

 

Stop watching US takes off

In Nerds only, Polytricks on June 14, 2013 at 8:01 am

Revelations that the US government has been unlawfully spying on pretty much everyone has prompted Mozilla to start this petition.

Of course the surveillance state is on full character assassination mode to demonize Ed Snowden but this is sure to backfire.

After this huge betrayal of the public trust nobody is going to believe the US government when it says that Assange, Manning etc are evil.

The surveillance state has its collective ass hanging out.  No amount of finger-pointing is going to change this.. ;o)

 

Busted! Prism surveillance program out of control

In Nerds only on June 7, 2013 at 9:33 am

The Guardian released two bombshell revelations regarding out-of-control US government surveillance programs.

Anyone paying attention to the post-9/11 police-state takeover of lawful governments suspected this all along.

Everything we do with Microsoft, Google, Youtube, Skype, Yahoo etc is being tapped live and indefinitely retained.

Nobody seems to know why Twitter isn’t on this list, (yet).

There is zero privacy or legal rights in the brave new world of the ‘war on terror’ police-state.

We are all ‘terrorist suspects’ now….

Naked Citizens, total exposure in state surveillance

In Nerds only on May 28, 2013 at 7:08 am

Naked Citizens is a great new documentary about the latest developments in unlawful state surveillance of the public.

This is a must-watch for those concerned and/or curious about how the modern surveillance state ‘criminalizes’ innocent public behaviour.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed, but is it even too late to stand up for our right to privacy from arbitrary surveillance?

Clearly we owe it to our friends and community to practice ‘cyber self defence’.

Finfisher caught spoofing Firefox

In Nerds only on May 2, 2013 at 7:25 am

Finfisher is at it again.  The spyware suite has been discovered spoofing the Firefox browser in Malaysia by Citizen Lab.

Firefox is plenty mad about this and has sent a legal cease and desist letter to the creepy spyware manufacturers.

Hats off once again to Citizen Lab for exposing the outrageous invasion of our privacy by the state and corporations.

Clearly the targets of this surveillance are pro-democracy activists, making a mockery out of the claims that this is about ‘police work’.

Congratulations Finfisher, you made on Reporters without Borders list of Corporate Enemies of the Internet.

I would love to see these creeps shut-down for good.. but they obviously have important friends in government.. pfffttt!!

 

 

Rupert Murdock’s Star Wars Smackdown

In Humour, Nerds only on April 29, 2013 at 7:52 am

Great parody of chilling issues around Wikileaks, Corporate Media and censorship.. ;o)

Cory Doctorow snared in DMCA censorship

In Nerds only on April 20, 2013 at 8:17 am

Cory Doctorow made the mistake of writing a book with the same title as the Fox TV show, ‘Homeland’.  Now links to his new book are being taken down by Fox.

A good example of copyright police running amok.  I really recommend his book ‘Little Brother‘.

Here Cory is talking about where Orwell got it wrong in with Big Brother.. ;o)

Ironically the book ‘Homeland‘ is about a near-future dystopia where the fight against censorship and oppression has grown sinister.. ;o)

Cory is an open internet campaigner and puts his money where his mouth is.  All his books are available for free download.

So its really a travesty that he is being victimized by the corporate copyright police.

I liked Cory’s reaction to Fox censorship of his new book.. “BRING ME THE SEVERED HEAD OF RUPERT MURDOCH!” he thundered… ;o)

CISPA part deux

In Nerds only on April 12, 2013 at 9:09 am

Security-boffins are at it again with CISPA.  First they got smacked-down over SOPA, then PIPA now they are relentlessly coming back with CISPA.

CISPA basically criminalizes internet usage that is frowned upon by corporates and governments.  End of story.

What creeps me out about this bill is that it gives the copyright police a free hand to invade our privacy and opens the door wide to bogus prosecutions.

CISPA relates  ‘cyber-security’.. like GWoT relates to Haliburton.. ;o)

Online petitions to Google, Fakebook and Twitter here.  White House petition already has over hundred thousand signatures, here.

 

 

 

 

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