States Opened the Door to Armed Police Drones

Tennessee House Bill 1456 (HB1456) sponsored by Rep. David Byrd and South Carolina House Bill 4425 (H.4425) sponsored by Rep. Wendell G. Gilliard (D-Charleston), would both ban the use of weaponized drones by persons within the state. That certainly counts as a good thing. But both pieces of legislation specifically exempt state and local law enforcement from the Continue reading “States Opened the Door to Armed Police Drones”

This Kit Gives Weapons for Anonymity & Encryption

New York-based designers Xuedi Chen and Pedro Oliveira have created a kit of wearables for civil unrest.Imagine if a hip fashion or tech company were in the business of designing privacy and encryption-enhancing wearables. This is sort of the notion behind Backslash, a kit of “functional devices designed for protests andriots of the future.”Conceived by Brooklyn-based designer and educator Xuedi Chen and Brazilian art director and interactive Continue reading “This Kit Gives Weapons for Anonymity & Encryption”

Remembering Kowloon Walled City

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Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City remained one of the strangest places on Earth. Demolished twenty-one years ago (March 1993 – April 1994) city was empire of little houses stacked on top of each other, connected by staircases snaking under dangling wires, through corridors so dark even police were rumored to be afraid of them. A virtually lawless labyrinth of crime, grime, commerce and hope. After all, the Walled City was a kind of historical accident. A former Qing dynasty fortress, it never fully came under the regulation Continue reading “Remembering Kowloon Walled City”

WhatsApp blocked in Brazil-now restored

Image of WhatsApp logo and Brazil flag. Image credit: Hackread
Image of WhatsApp logo and Brazil flag. Image credit: Hackread

Open letter to Telefónica says telcos should push back on government requests for internet shutdowns, not shame companies like WhatsApp. Last Thursday, a court in Brazil ordered telcos to shut down WhatsApp, the most popular mobile messaging service in the country. Telcos complied, and the service was inaccessible to tens of millions of users for hours, until a higher court overturned the order. e of the Continue reading “WhatsApp blocked in Brazil-now restored”

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HTTP status code for legal take downs of websites : Error 451-Approved

Fahrenheit-451-Ray-Bradbury-1953-1024x716HTTP status codes are a core part of helping your browser understand what to do with a page. You’re probably familiar with 404 — page not found — but there are a plethora of others, like 302, which help tell your browser a page has moved.

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has finally created a standard for when a page has been taken down due to legal reasons. The new status code, 451, indicates Continue reading “HTTP status code for legal take downs of websites : Error 451-Approved”

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Pirate Bay Founder: ‘I Have Given Up’ (English and BG version)

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Written by Joost Mollen for Motherboard and VICE | БГ версия ТУК

“The internet is shit today. It’s broken. It was probably always broken, but it’s worse than ever.”

My conversation with Peter Sunde, one of the founders and spokespersons of The Pirate Bay, did not Continue reading “Pirate Bay Founder: ‘I Have Given Up’ (English and BG version)”

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Racist of the Year Award winner announced by Survival International

Survival gives Racist of the Year Award 2015 to Brazilian state deputy Fernando Furtado

Survival International today announced the winner of the Racist of the Year Award 2015 as Fernando Furtado, a deputy in the Brazilian state of Maranhao. Furtado, of the Communist Party of Brazil, was given the award for comments he Continue reading “Racist of the Year Award winner announced by Survival International”

Vuvuzela-Untraceable Anonymous Messaging System from MIT

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Scientists at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created an anonymous messaging system, in the same category as Tor, I2P, and HORNET, which takes a different approach to relaying messages between two parties.

The system, dubbed Continue reading “Vuvuzela-Untraceable Anonymous Messaging System from MIT”

Digital Security software for 2016

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We have made this in 2015…. And yes – in 2016 we will repeat that and publish our updated list with software we think is good to share it with everyone who cares about the way they communicate in Internet or just want to keep data safe and unreachable from all the bad guys out there. We will split the helpful Software and Continue reading “Digital Security software for 2016”

Борбата срещу Ислямска държава в Ирак и Сирия

Израелският журналист Итай Анхел прекосява смело границите на Сирия и Ирак, за да разкаже за единствените бойци, успели да спрат настъплението на Ислямска държава в Ирак и Сирия (ИДИС) – кюрдските бойци-партизани. Continue reading Борбата срещу Ислямска държава в Ирак и Сирия

TrueCrypt audit completed with status-Safe to be used

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Last year many users of the encrypting software TrueCrypt was asking only one question: TrueCrypt, secure or insecure?

A group of Ten auditors from the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology has conducted a six-month audit of TrueCrypt under contract from the German Government. The researchers have expressed a Continue reading “TrueCrypt audit completed with status-Safe to be used”

Изграждане на Автономия в Турция и Кюрдистан: интервю с „Революционно анархистко действие“

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През месец май тази година, журналисти на „Corporate Watch“, бяха в Турция и Кюрдистан, за да проведат разследване за западните фирми, които снабдяват турската полиция и армия с военно оборудване. В хода на това разследване бяха проведени разговори и интервюта с активисти на множество движения. Continue reading “Изграждане на Автономия в Турция и Кюрдистан: интервю с „Революционно анархистко действие“”

Why privacy matters, even if you have “nothing to hide”?

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A commentator on a recent post about the DEA installing license plate scanners on the nation’s interstate highways asks, “If you aren’t doing anything illegal why would you care if someone captures your license plate number?”

Another commentator Continue reading “Why privacy matters, even if you have “nothing to hide”?”

The Last of Kawahiva

In the Brazilian Amazon, a tiny group of uncontacted Indians teeters on the brink of extinction. Survival’s global campaign is pushing Brazil’s government to protect their land – the only way they can survive. This film, narrated by Mark Rylance, contains unique footage of the Kawahiva filmed by government agents in 2011, during a chance encounter with the Indians. Email the Minister of Justice urging … Continue reading The Last of Kawahiva

Access will check if your smartphone has been tracked

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Tell Telefónica to respect your privacy and come clean about tracking headers.

The authors of this report are Nader Ammari, Gustaf Björksten, Peter Micek, and Deji Olukotun.

In the age of internet for many users, mobile devices provide the only way of going online. The devices serve as gateways to  information, resources, and innovation, but they can also leak intimate details about the Continue reading “Access will check if your smartphone has been tracked”

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush and his anti-encryption ideas

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Jeb Bush    Photo : Getty

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday that encryption makes it harder for law enforcement to track down “evildoers” — and called for a “much better, more cooperative relationship” with Apple, Google, and other tech companies that are building uncrackable Continue reading “Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush and his anti-encryption ideas”

If only it was all about Erdogan..

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As Turkey sees a violent lapse in ceasefire with the outlawed PKK, the most common argument read in the press as an explanation is that this is an Erdogan plot to create chaos, thus earn votes in a snap election and usher his much desired enhanced presidency. It is a comforting clear cut explanation amplified both by domestic Turkish politics

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Hacking ethics or Fucking ethics?

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Why good hackers are going in prison and the bad ones are making business legally?

Here is the story of one of the most greedy and heartless companies in the world, hidden behind the name – Hacking Team. Read this article from Cora Currier and Morgan Marquis-Boire published in The Intercept

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YES MEN are Revolting

For 20 years, notorious activists the Yes Men (Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum) have staged outrageous hoaxes to hijack public dialogue about the issues of the day. In their third cinematic outing (after „The Yes Men“ and „The Yes Men Fix the World“), they’re well into their 40s, and mid-life crises are threatening to drive them out of activism forever – even as they prepare … Continue reading YES MEN are Revolting