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About | Alexander Hanff is a globally respected privacy expert and advocate with a background in computer science, pyschology, sociology and law. For over twenty years Alexander has worked in the field of technology, specifically online technologies and has had a diverse career from technical management roles to training and teaching. In 2005 Alexander decided to investigate the impact of technology on society and returned to University to study these issues as a sociologist, then in 2008 moved into privacy advocacy full time after graduating in Information Systems and Applied Sociology from Lancaster University in the UK. Alexander cut his teeth running a campaign against Phorm, a corporation trying to enter the UK advertising market by using technology called Deep Packet Inspection to intercept citizens' web communications in order to build behavioural profiles which would then be used to sell advertising.

What Is Deep Packet Inspection? It’s easy to turn a deaf ear to the controversy surrounding recent copyright protection bills like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) or the PROTECT IP Act, which threatened to curtail free speech on the Internet by allowing the U.S. Department of Justice to blacklist and block access to websites suspected of copyright infringement. Most of us don’t visit websites suspected of illegally distributing copyrighted material, so blocking us from accessing them seems harmless. But should your ISP ever be legally obligated to prevent you from accessing restricted websites, it will have to find a way to monitor your online activity, and that could cause your privacy to be compromised if your ISP employs deep packet inspection tools to keep tabs on you. To understand how deep packet inspection works and the potential threat it poses to your privacy, you need to know that your PC packages all the information you send and receive online into packets of data.

Is Major Censorship Happening on Reddit? How Glenn Greenwald’s Blockbuster Article Was Banned Over and Over I’m not a regular Reddit user. I signed up to try it last year because I noticed my site traffic exploded whenever one of my posts got upvoted on the forum. Since I never actually crossed over into a consistent user, I’m still trying to get my head around how the community operates. Headlines in recent days about the fact that Glenn Greenwald’s blockbuster article on the Intercept detailing how spy agencies work to intentionally ruin a person’s reputation using lies and false stories, was consistently being banned on the subreddit “r/news” have been making the rounds. For those unaware, r/news is a default subreddit which all users are automatically subscribed to, thus it generates a huge amount of traffic. It’s basically the front page news section of the 64th most popular website in the world (according to Alexa data). Like other subreddits, r/news has rules and those rules are enforced by a group of people known as moderators. Opinion/Analysis. Not news. Satire. Unreliable source.

Welcome to My Blog He said to his friend, “If the British march By land or sea from the town tonight, Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch Of the North Church tower as a signal light, One if by land, and two if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country folk to be up and to arm.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from the poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” Welcome to My Blog: The world is a very dangerous place at the moment and it is becoming more treacherous with each passing day. The reason for this is because the self-proclaimed “global elite” or TPTB, whatever you want to call them, have declared war on the rest of us. It is not just financial and economic war but it is also a moral and spiritual one. One Million Paul ReveresIt was last night in 1775 that Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride to warn the colonists that “the British are coming.”

A Lightning War for Liberty | The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. – Albert Camus News Republic Une enquête était en cours jeudi en Russie contre un journaliste qui a appelé sur le ton de la plaisanterie Vladimir Poutine à envoyer des forces armées dans sa région pour protéger la population locale contre les fonctionnaires corrompus. Une enquête a été ouverte contre Roman Romanenko, rédacteur en chef d'un journal de Vologda (500 km au nord-est de Moscou), "conformément aux exigences de la législation actuelle", a indiqué à l'AFP la porte-parole du parquet local Oxana Vinogradova. Elle a été lancée à la demande du gouverneur de la région de Vologda, Oleg Kouvchinnikov, a-t-elle précisé. M. Romanenko avait posté son message sur Facebook en mars après l'arrivée en masse dans la péninsule de Crimée de troupes russes. Il avait aussi ajouté, sur le ton de l'ironie, que nulle sanction internationale ne guetterait le Kremlin s'il améliorait le quotidien des habitants de la région de Vologda. "J'observe que l'atmosphère se gâte en Russie", a-t-il dit."

L’ONU et l’OMS tirent l’alarme C’est en 1991 que le terme de perturbateur endocrinien a été utilisé pour la première fois au cours d’une congrès scientifique. Près de vingt ans plus tard, l’ONU et l’OMS publient un rapport historique sur les effets pour l’homme de l’exposition aux perturbateurs endocriniens chimiques. Cette étude, la plus complète à ce jour dans la matière, établit un lien entre les perturbateurs endocriniens présents dans les objets du quotidien et leurs effets sur la santé et l’environnement. Anomalies morphologiques chez les garçons, puberté précoce chez les filles et mêmes troubles neurocomportementaux, ce rapport de près de 300 pages se penche également sur les effets à plus long terme comme les cancers hormono-dépendants, le diabète et l’obésité. Les auteurs s’inquiètent aussi de l’impact des perturbateurs endocriniens sur la faune. Certaines molécules ont en effet longtemps été utilisées comme pesticides ou insecticides et sont à présent dispersées dans l’environnement. Huma Khamis

Who Owns The Media? The 6 Monolithic Corporations That Control Almost Everything We Watch, Hear And Read Back in 1983, approximately 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day. The six corporations that collectively control U.S. media today are Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal. But it is the "big six" that are the biggest concerns. Back in 1983 it was bad enough that about 50 corporations dominated U.S. media. --Ben H. Today, six colossal media giants tower over all the rest. Time Warner Home Box Office (HBO) Time Inc. Walt Disney ABC Television Network Disney Publishing ESPN Inc. Viacom Paramount Pictures Paramount Home Entertainment Black Entertainment Television (BET) Comedy Central Country Music Television (CMT) Logo MTV MTV Canada MTV2 Nick Magazine Nick at Nite Nick Jr.

Just for Fun! 10 Content Marketing Lessons from The World's Fastest Growing Websites The media world is witnessing the changing of the guard. The new brash upstarts have embraced, integrated and are applying the technology of the social web. Buzzfeed, Upworthy and the humble blogs of this world are the new content kings. The latest stats are revealing. Buzzfeed received 154 million unique visitors globally and 100.9 million in the US in the last month. Upworthy which only started in March 2012, is a fast starter and has been described by Fast Company as the fastest growing media company in history with 28.4 million unique visitors in the last month in the US and 43 million globally. That has been achieved in just over 2 years! Everyone is now a publisher We are all publishers. No one says “I want to be average” People publish on Facebook and get excited when it gets 100 likes. So if you want to take the art of blogging and content marketing seriously you will need to think like a publisher not an like an amatuer or hobbyist. The 10 content marketing lessons 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and geographic information system (GIS) 3D globe. Just like their data-rich Maps and Street View offerings, Google Earth is a treasure trove of oddities. You’ve no doubt already come across some interesting finds on Google Earth. If you’re interested in seeing any of the places yourself, I’ve included the coordinates for every image shown below. 1. 2. *Update* This is a land art project called Desert Breath by the D.A.ST. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Located in the fertile agricultural region of Argentina’s ‘Pampas’ is a guitar-shaped forest made up of over 7,000 cypress and eucalyptus trees. 11. 12. 13. *Update* The Sifter did an entire post on strange markings in the USA. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50.