PROTECT IP Act Breaks the Internet I am writing to you as a voter in your district. I urge you to vote "no" on cloture for S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act, on Jan. 24th. The PROTECT IP Act is dangerous, ineffective, and short-sighted. It does not deserve floor consideration. I urge my representative to vote "no" on SOPA, the corresponding House bill. Update on SDG&E Smart Meter Opt-Out: CEP Files Requests to Judge - La Mesa Incredibly, SDG&E and SCE have both been adament about keeping the devices on homes where complainants say they are ill from smart meters, even with doctors' notes. On Feb. 14, Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP), a La Mesa nonprofit, requested that the CPUC judge still working on several much-anticipated smart meter opt-out proposals speed up the process while considering "lessons learned" from the flawed PG&E opt-out plan adopted Feb. 1st by state regulators. So far, California's only smart meter opt-out plan applies just to PG&E customers, while many Southern Californians, in SDG&E and SCE utility company territories, wait anxiously for the opportunity to get rid of the risky smart meters on their homes and businesses. Incredibly, SDG&E and SCE have both been adamant about keeping the devices on homes where complainants say they are ill from smart meters, even with doctors' notes, and even continued to install the meters, despite alarming complaints, throughout their territories.
How to Protect Your Privacy from Facebook's Graph Search Facebook has launched a new feature—Graph Search—that has raised some privacy concerns with us. Graph Search allows users to make structured searches to filter through friends, friends of friends, and strangers. This feature relies on your profile information being made widely or publicly available, yet there are some Likes, photos, or other pieces of information that you might not want out there. Since Facebook removed the ability to remove yourself from search results altogether, we've put together a quick how-to guide to help you take control over what is featured on your Facebook profile and on Graph Search results. (Facebook also has a new video explaining how to control what shows up in Graph Search.) Update: Based on a recent revelation that, despite locking down their own privacy settings, people were showing up in unwanted search results via friendships and relationships, we've added a few more privacy tweaks that help your friends avoid unwanted search results.
Black fax The term black fax refers to a prank fax transmission, consisting of one or more pages entirely filled with a uniform black tone. The sender's intention is typically to consume as much of the recipient's fax ink, toner, or thermal paper as possible, thus costing the recipient money and/or denying the recipient the use of their machine (this is similar to computer-based denial of service attacks). This is made easier because the fax transmission protocols compress the solid black image very well, so a very short fax call can produce many pages. How to navigate the Internet around PRISM Recently released National Security Agency documents indicate the U.S. government is “tapping directly into the central servers” of your favorite Internet services as part of a secret program called PRISM. So much for those privacy policies, huh? The Guardian and Washington Post revealed the stunning extent of the PRISM snooping operation: the NSA and FBI are monitoring Microsoft, Google, YouTube, Yahoo, Facebook, Skype, Apple, and others.
99 Resources to Research & Mine the Invisible Web College researchers often need more than Google and Wikipedia to get the job done. To find what you're looking for, it may be necessary to tap into the invisible web, the sites that don't get indexed by broad search engines. The following resources were designed to help you do just that, offering specialized search engines, directories, and more places to find the complex and obscure. Search Engines Appeals Court Revives EFF's Challenge to Government's Massive Spying Program San Francisco - The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today blocked the government's attempt to bury the Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF's) lawsuit against the government's illegal mass surveillance program, returning Jewel v. NSA to the District Court for the next step.
Free Your Android Free Your Android posted on 08/05/2014 11:22 #opensource #android #fsfe #privacy After all the recent NSA revelations, it's been even more important to use Free Software on our mobile phones. Let me express this in another way: We should be very careful about what software we use on a device that is always on and in our pocket 24h a day. Starting from the very basic thing that makes our smartphone operate, it seems that we don't have many options. So if you are using Iphone or Windows Phone, let me remind you that both of these companies are in the infamous NSA slides for giving access to users private data.
Get Internet Access When Your Government Shuts It Down - PCWorld These days, no popular movement goes without an Internet presence of some kind, whether it's organizing on Facebook or spreading the word through Twitter. And as we've seen in Egypt, that means that your Internet connection can be the first to go. Whether you're trying to check in with your family, contact your friends, or simply spread the word, here are a few ways to build some basic network connectivity when you can't rely on your cellular or landline Internet connections. Do-It-Yourself Internet With Ad-Hoc Wi-Fi Even if you've managed to find an Internet connection for yourself, it won't be that helpful in reaching out to your fellow locals if they can't get online to find you.