Evgeny Morozov on Why Our Privacy Problem is a Democracy Problem in Disguise In 1967, The Public Interest, then a leading venue for highbrow policy debate, published a provocative essay by Paul Baran, one of the fathers of the data transmission method known as packet switching. Titled “The Future Computer Utility,” the essay speculated that someday a few big, centralized computers would provide “information processing … the same way one now buys electricity.” Our home computer console will be used to send and receive messages—like telegrams. We could check to see whether the local department store has the advertised sports shirt in stock in the desired color and size. We could ask when delivery would be guaranteed, if we ordered. The information would be up-to-the-minute and accurate. It took decades for cloud computing to fulfill Baran’s vision. Sharp, bullshit-free analysis: techno-futurism has been in decline ever since. All the privacy solutions you hear about are on the wrong track. Even programs that seem innocuous can undermine democracy.
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Cameras in Your Cable Box Watching You in Your Home Watching Television (See the Built in Camera & Microphone) | Blogging/Citizen Journalism (Before It's News) Rather than you watching television, it is they who are watching you! Verizon has recently patented a cable DVR box that will use audio and video to record and analyze what’s going on in your living room so that they can provide targeted ads in real time on the TV to suit what’s going on. Now, one reason may be advertising and marketing, but since they can listen and watch, just think, smile you may be on candid camera! It’s worse than you would think: for example, if a couple’s arguing, they’ll show an ad for marriage counseling. Verizon’s idea is not the first technology that encroaches on the privacy of families’ living rooms. Microsoft recently registered a patent for technology to allow its Kinect motion sensor to figure out how many people are in front of it then stop playback if it detected more people than the copyright terms allowed. ‘Smart TVs with in-built cameras and microphones are a privacy nightmare waiting around the corner. Read more: Choosing Ascension
Obfsproxy: the next step in the censorship arms race On Feb 9, Iran started to filter SSL connections on much of their network. Since the Tor protocol uses SSL, that means Tor stopped working too — even Tor with bridges, since bridges use SSL too. We've been quietly developing Obfsproxy, a new tool to make it easier to change how Tor traffic looks on the network. In late 2011 Iran moved into the #2 position in global Tor user count, and several important political events are scheduled in Iran this month and next. We started with a "Tor Obfsproxy Browser Bundle" with two test obfsproxy bridges in it, to verify that it worked in-country. Thousands of people in Iran successfully used the Obfsproxy Bundle over the weekend: We did some spot-checking and it seems that the new addresses on Feb 14 are mostly different from the new addresses on Feb 13; but I would guess these are mostly returning users with dynamic IP addresses, rather than actually fresh users. How does it work? It won't work perfectly. Moving forward
About AWDEP The Australian Government has provided grant funding to establish Digital Enterprise Programs in 69 communities across Australia. Thanks to a successful application for funding by Albury City and City of Wodonga, AlburyWodonga is one of the communities that will benefit from the program. The Digital Enterprise Program was established to contribute to the government's vision for Australia as a leading global digital economy by 2020. In particular, this program is designed to contribute to the digital economy goal that states ‘by 2020 Australia will rank in the top five OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries in relation to the percentage of businesses and not-for-profit organisations, using online opportunities to drive productivity improvements, expand their customer base and enable job growth’. To take advantage of this program, browse the events calendar and register to attend one of the available group workshops.
Proxy 4 Free - Public Proxy Servers, Anonymous Proxy, Proxy List - Protect Your Online Privacy! Resources: "Nonprofit" vs. "Not-for-profit" — does it make a difference? Since both terms are in everyday use, it makes sense to ask what is the difference between a nonprofit and a not-for-profit. In a technical sense, it's probably correct to say there is no significant difference between the two terms. State "nonprofit" or "not-for-profit" corporation statutes sometimes use both terms side by side to suggest they are synonymous. The IRS does make one distinction though. For example, a "nonprofit" organization can be an association of people who engage in the hobby of fishing – in other words, do it "not-for-profit." More generally, though, the fact that there are two terms in use does not cause problems since everyone involved knows what everyone else means. Caution: If you're talking about a possible job with a nonprofit, it's probably a good idea to avoid calling it a "business" or "firm" unless you're very sure that's what the people who work there already say. Third Sector – "third" after business and government.
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