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Popcorn Time was one of the most-discussed topics last month with contributors happy to chat and bathe in the publicity. Recently though, something has changed. Previously talkative developers have deleted their work, gone silent, disappeared, or all of the above. It's hard not to draw the obvious conclusion. Millions of BitTorrent downloaders use proxies or VPN services to protect their privacy. These tools offer anonymity by replacing one's residential IP-address with that of the privacy service.

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Demonoid Faces Prolonged Downtime After DDoS Attack A severe DDoS attack has brought down one of the most famous BitTorrent trackers. Demonoid has been inaccessible to its millions of users for more than a day and is expected to remain offline for quite some time. The tech admin of the troubled BitTorrent tracker told TorrentFreak that the issues at hand are not easy to fix, and suggests that aside from the DDoS there might have been an attack from another angle. Demonoid is one of the biggest torrent sites around, and has been for more than half a decade. Over the years the site has had its fair share of downtime, sometimes disappearing for months on end. Yesterday, a million plus Demonoid users noticed that they could no longer access the site.

Green Is The New Red — Activism Is Not Terrorism When I received this collection of comics, I had to drop everything and read all of them. Liberator is a series about young vigilantes who go above the law (and go underground) to rescue animals from vivisection labs, dogfighting rings, and anywhere else they are abused. What I love about the series is that it presents a counter-narrative to the political reality of “eco-terrorism.” The comics are of course fictitious. Are There Any Demonoid Alternatives? Demonoid is gone, at least for now. The servers in the Ukraine were pulled offline and an investigation into the site’s alleged owners is ongoing in Mexico. At the time of writing the Demonoid domain once again redirects to random ads… For former Demonoid members there’s no other option than to find a replacement.

Your Neighborhood NSA by The Center for Investigative Reporting — Beacon You’re being watched. With funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and local taxpayers, police departments across the country are collecting unprecedented amounts of information about Americans. They’re using images from bridge crossings, GPS data, facial recognition, smart video motion recognition, license-plate readers, camera networks and other technology to create or expand surveillance hubs on a citywide or regional level. The Center for Investigative Reporting is deeply interested in the emerging technologies that could revolutionize policing – and how the public is monitored by the government. Our team of reporters and producers – Andrew Becker, Matt Drange, Amanda Pike, G.W.

5 Alternatives to The Pirate Bay With all this activity surrounding the DDOS attacks and the blocking of Swedish BitTorrent website The Pirate Bay in some countries, we decided to look the 5 best alternatives to the The Pirate Bay. News surrounding The Pirate Bay is certainly a reminder that it’s great to have a back-up plan. Late last month, the UK High Court ordered all ISPs in the UK to block the site. ALEC Exposed Progressive Policies Win at the Ballot Box Ballot measures across the country passed on November 8th highlighting the fact that progressive values still resonate with the U.S. electorate. Gains were made even in the face of industry deception and big dollar ad campaigns. In a victory for climate activists and solar energy, Floridians voted down Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment which would have made it hard for people with solar panels to sell energy back to the grid. Read the rest of this item here. Kochs Battle Dark Money Disclosure in South Dakota

Top 10 Most Popular Torrent Sites of 2012 Continuing a long-standing New Year's tradition, we present an up-to-date list of the world's most visited BitTorrent sites. At the start of 2012 The Pirate Bay continues to pull in the most visitors, followed by Torrentz and KickassTorrents. The six-year-old TV-torrent distribution group EZTV appears in the list for the first time, ranked 8th. Update: here is the list of 2013′s top torrent sites. Which torrent sites get the most visitors at the start of 2012? At first glance little seems to have changed, as many of the sites in the top 10 have been among the top torrent sites for more than half a decade.

OpenCryptoChip – Open Crypto Project The Layer Cake Architecture Picture ¶ Use Cases ¶ RPKI/DNSSEC Signing Transport VPNs Routers and TCP/AO Email Federations, Identity Systems, SSO etc Password Stretching & HMAC:ing PGP and SSH Keys on a Stick High Quality Entropy Randomness A Communications Terminal Doing One Thing Well, Like Jabber w/o X11 HSM for Pond, OTR identity keys, ssh private keys, etc. The Pirate Bay trial Swedish prosecutors filed charges on 31 January 2008 against Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm, and Peter Sunde, who ran the site; and Carl Lundström, a Swedish businessman who through his businesses sold services to the site. The prosecutor claimed the four worked together to administer, host, and develop the site and thereby facilitated other people's breach of copyright law. Some 34 cases of copyright infringements were originally listed, of which 21 were related to music files, 9 to movies, and 4 to games. One case involving music files was later dropped by the copyright holder who made the file available again on the website of The Pirate Bay.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Anand Gopal, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes Welcome Anand Gopal (AnandGopal.com) (Twitter) and Host Juan Cole (Informed Comment blog - JuanCole.com) (Twitter) No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes Anand Gopal’s No Good Men Among the Living is a deconstruction of the American “War on Terror” as it pertained to Afghanistan. It is an argument that the US military allowed itself to fall into chasing phantoms, put up to search and destroy missions by tribal allies mainly interested in using the Americans to settle feuds and deflect rivals. They got drawn into what anthropologists call the segmentary lineage political system of rural Afghanistan. In short, as Gopal tells the story, there was no Taliban activity in Afghanistan to speak of by 2002, but the US military machine required an enemy, and its clients among the men on the make in Karzai’s Afghanistan were glad to supply alleged Taliban (sometimes even tagging as such men who had spent a decade fighting the puritanical seminarians).

Afghanistan and the Artificial US War on Terror (Gopal Anand's New Book) By Juan Cole I guest-hosted a book salon over at Firedoglake on Sunday concentrating on Anand Gopal’s expose of the so-called ‘war on terror’ in Afghanistan. Below is my review of the book. Do go to FDL to read the whole salon, where Mr. Bit Che - Torrent Search Bit Che is a framework and script language for searching Bit Torrent websites and search engines for torrents. Bit Che uses user submitted and customized script files which allows it to quickly search lots of torrent websites and easily organizes the results. Bit Che allows you to instantly preview the torrent details by reading the torrent file directly. Easily view the page where the torrent was found or click to open the torrent in your favorite downloader. Bit Che also features built-in filtering to remove duplicate torrents found across the different sites that it searches.

Rick Falkvinge, Author at TorrentFreak For teenagers today, the copyright monopoly is something that the establishment uses to punish them for enjoying culture and science, to censor their protests and voices, and to prevent their art from reaching an audience. As these people grow older and come into policymaking positions, at what point will they… Throughout the debate on sharing culture and knowledge in violation of the copyright monopoly, one question keeps popping up. But it's not a question as much as an insult to all artists. Copyright monopolists insist on the idea of controlling the fruits of other people's labor, such as when other people copy a particular file.

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