Despite hoaxes, anonymity remains important Over the past few weeks, much of the world's attention was captured by the story of supposed Syrian blogger Amina Arraf, also known as "Gay Girl in Damascus". From reports on June 6 of Arraf's alleged kidnapping by Syrian security forces to the June 12 confession from American Tom MacMaster that he had fabricated Arraf's entire persona, the story unfolded rapidly, leaving the public confused in its wake. Central to this story is the role that traditional media played in perpetuating what is now known to be a hoax. Though the persona of Amina Arraf was created as early as 2007, Arraf's blog did not gain prominence until earlier this year when, after a small amount of hype in the blogosphere, two major publications - the Guardian and CBS - wrote pieces profiling the blogger. The Guardian in particular has come under fire for a March article, in which a pseudonymous journalist in Damascus "interviewed" Arraf without disclosing that she had never met the blogger in person.
This is what a Tor Supporter looks like: Laura Poitras The first thing that Laura Poitras has to say about Tor is that she couldn’t have made Citizenfour without it. “There’s no way I would have been able to protect the initial source without using Tor,” she says. “Fundamentally, without Tor and other free software tools I wouldn’t have been able to do the reporting, and the story would not have been broken.” Laura also recalls her own learning process around encryption that allowed her to communicate easily with Snowden when he first contacted her. “I’ve been on a government watch list since 2006,” she says.
Design Patterns It has been highly influential to the field of software engineering and is regarded as an important source for object-oriented design theory and practice. More than 500,000 copies have been sold in English and in 13 other languages. The authors are often referred to as the Gang of Four (GoF). History Introduction, Chapter 1 Chapter 1 is a discussion of object-oriented design techniques, based on the authors' experience, which they believe would lead to good object-oriented software design, including: Project Hub - Spartanburg by Laney Alverson Hey everyone! First of all, thank you for visiting our Kickstarter Campaign! Our space downtown will be located at 111 East Main Spartanburg, SC giving us ~25,000 sq. ft. with plenty of room to grow. We are accepting Kickstarter donations in order to build our classroom and purchase additional equipment. Need to free up some space? We are also accepting tool & equipment donations to support the Upstate community.
5 ways to easily increase your internet security - Seattle Political Buzz In this age of technology nothing is private. In fact, NSA whistleblower William Binney recently stated that literally every email sent in the US is recorded by the FBI. For those living in reality, it has been know that since the 90's under President Clinton, programs such as Echelon monitored nearly every phone call, fax, and email in the United States. Sites like Facebook have been known to record users web history even when they are logged out. Google has had to pay out millions for its privacy violations such as disabling privacy settings on Internet browsers to allow them to track you.
Would Anonymity Help Activists on Facebook? A Response to Luke Allnutt Luke Allnutt has a thoughtful piece on RFE/RL asking the above question: Would anonymity help activists on Facebook? His response, “maybe not,” relies on the idea that anonymity would be extended only to those with special “activist status,” something I haven’t heard concretely argued as a potential model but which is nonetheless troubling. Allnutt writes: If Facebook had a special “activist’s status,” where it officially allowed some accounts to be pseudonymous, where does it draw the line? I would assume that as long as they’re not advocating violence or hate speech, then any activist would be entitled to such protection– that would mean Middle East democracy fighters, but also anti-gay groups or guys from the English Defense League.
The 7 Privacy Tools Essential to Making Snowden Documentary CITIZENFOUR What needs to be in your tool belt if you plan to report on a massively funded and ultra-secret organization like the NSA? In the credits of her newly released CITIZENFOUR, director Laura Poitras gives thanks to a list of important security resources that are all free software. We've previously written about CITIZENFOUR and Edward Snowden's discussion of his motivation to release closely guarded information about the NSA. Here's a closer look at the seven tools she names as helping to enable her to communicate with Snowden and her collaborators in making the film. Tor PDF, Let Me Count the Ways… In this post, I show how basic features of the PDF language can be used to generate polymorphic variants of (malicious) PDF documents. If you code a PDF parser, write signatures (AV, IDS, …) or analyze (malicious) PDF documents, you should to be aware of these features. Official language specifications are interesting documents, I used to read them from front to back. I especially appreciate the inclusion of a formal language description, for example in Backus–Naur form. But nowadays, I don’t take the time to do this anymore.
How to Get On the First Page of Google: 8 Steps Edit Article Changing Your ContentChanging Your CodeJoining the CommunityUsing Google Edited by Chris Hadley, The Smartiy, Livviswish, Dogsniteout and 31 others Figuring out how to get on the first page of Google may feel like a complex and overwhelming task. Facebook privacy and kids: Don’t post photos of your kids online Photo by Hemera/Thinkstock I vividly remember the Facebook post. It was my friend’s 5-year-old daughter “Kate,” (a pseudonym) standing outside of her house in a bright yellow bikini, the street address clearly visible behind her on the front door.
Eric Raymond I agree with +David Formosa about Facebook. They've had years to show that the lack of anonymity leads to a troll-free environment, and they have failed in that regard and there are notable cases of trolling. It's not the anonymity of the Internet, but the remote nature of it. You can say things without fearing immediate consequences.
Who uses Tor? Tor was originally designed, implemented, and deployed as a third-generation onion routing project of the Naval Research Laboratory. It was originally developed with the U.S. Navy in mind, for the primary purpose of protecting government communications. MapReduce Overview MapReduce is a framework for processing parallelizable problems across huge datasets using a large number of computers (nodes), collectively referred to as a cluster (if all nodes are on the same local network and use similar hardware) or a grid (if the nodes are shared across geographically and administratively distributed systems, and use more heterogenous hardware). Processing can occur on data stored either in a filesystem (unstructured) or in a database (structured). MapReduce can take advantage of locality of data, processing it on or near the storage assets in order to reduce the distance over which it must be transmitted.
Bacteria and Fungi Together: A Biofuel Dream Team? It is an obvious idea—in fact, it’s how nature disposes of trees after they die. Yet before researchers at the University of Michigan tried it, no one had paired bacterium with fungus to make cellulosic biofuel. The team took Trichoderma reesei, a fungi widely known for its ability to efficiently decompose the non-edible parts of plants, plus a specially engineered strain of the bacteria Escherichia coli, and applied them both to a vat of dried cornhusks. After the fungi degraded the husks into sugars, the bacteria finished the job.