NSA surveillance is criminal

National Security Agency headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland.

New York Times: The revelations that telecom carriers have been secretly giving the National Security Agency information about Americans’ phone calls, and that the N.S.A. has been capturing e-mail and other private communications from Internet companies as part of a secret program called Prism, have not enraged most Americans. Lulled, perhaps, by the Obama administration’s claims that these “modest encroachments on privacy” were approved by Congress and by federal judges, public opinion quickly migrated from shock to “meh.”

 

 

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Berners-Lee warns that governments and companies are ‘trying to take control’ of the internet

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, says the internet is facing a “major” threat from “people who want to control it on the sly” through “worrying laws” such as SOPA, the US anti-piracy act, and through the actions of internet giants.

 

 

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War against personal photography and video is coming

Governments can be extremely antagonistic to personal photography.

You should get yourself ready for the imagery war against personal photography and capturing of video. In some ways, this war isn’t just coming, it’s already begun. Forces are lining up on both sides and preparing for action. And the anti-imagery people may have a better chance of winning.

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Why the internet is a surveillance state

Facebook even tracks non-Facebook users.

We are going to start with three data points.

One: Some of the Chinese military hackers who were implicated in a broad set of attacks against the U.S. government and corporations were identified because they accessed Facebook from the same network infrastructure they used to carry out their attacks.

 

 

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Everyone who wants a drone will have one in the near future

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One day, in the near future everyone who wants one  is going to have a drone.  The price of these unmanned aerial vehicles is plummeting from two sides. On the one hand, you’ve got the toys like the $70 iHelicopter you control with an iPhone. This little guy even has two plastic missiles you can fire! (Videos)

 

 

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Wireless carriers see double-digit increase in surveillance requests

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Cell companies have seen double-digit percentage increases in law-enforcement requests for subscriber information for each the past five years.

Cell phone carriers say they received 1.3 million requests last year from law enforcement agencies for subscriber text messages, caller locations, and other information, reflecting a steady increase during the past five years.

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Canada’s warrantless surveillance bill is back, and bigger than ever, with surveillance powers for US gov’t, too

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Authorities are doing their best to clamp down on the internet.

Bill C30, the sweeping Canadian warrantless Internet surveillance bill, is back from the dead. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews (who declared that opposition to his bill was tantamount to support for pedophiles) has been working behind the scenes to resurrect his legislation, joining forces with the US government in the name of “perimeter security.” This proposed deal would expand the warrantless surveillance to US authorities, who could also access Canadians’ private information…

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1 in three American military aircraft is a drone

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MQ-1 Predator Drone

Nearly one third American military aircraft is a drone, according to a congressional report, a 40-fold increase in the drone army from just a few years ago. From tiny man-portable flying wings to behemoth strike planes, unmanned aircraft now make up 31 percent of the military’s air power.

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Drones: garage invention spawns multibillion-dollar defense industry

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Abraham Karem began tinkering with drones in his garage in 1980.

Abraham Karem, is an engineer who had emigrated from Israel.  In 1980 he retreated into his three-car garage in Hacienda Heights outside Los Angeles and, to the bemusement of his tolerant wife, began to build an aircraft.

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‘Legal Intercept’ – Microsoft seeks wiretapping technology patent for Skype

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Microsoft rationalized the patent as a way to answer to government requests for surveillance and wiretapping.

Microsoft is seeking a patent for technology that lets it eavesdrop on VoIP calls, weeks after Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion. 

 

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The Day of the Drone is Upon Us

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  Sometime over the coming months you can expect to see a version of the following help wanted ad:

“Help Wanted: Full-time aerial drone drivers needed to help manager our growing fleet of surveillance, delivery, and communication drones. We are also looking for drone repair techs, drone dispatchers, and drone salesmen.”

 

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