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Reporting on state surveillance is treason in Germany.

Just like China, Russia and the USA, by the way. Or at least, that's what the governments think, who don't like it when citizens are critical of illegal activity of their states*.

With the bar for treason so low, I wonder why those actually breaking the law and violating users' privacy can't be tried for treason, too? Like the head of the NSA in the US and their counterparts in Europe.

* it's probably not illegal for the state to spy on its citizens in China. I'm not sure about Russia but in Germany and the US it's been made public several times that what their spy agencies did was illegal - though nobody was sued and they now simply try to make it legal while mostly continuing what they were doing. Because terrorism, of course. We're flooded with suicide killers (don't you see them at your local supermarket?) intent on destroying our free society, so we should make that impossible - let's get rid of freedom as soon as we can!
For the first time in more than 50 years journalists are facing treason charges, which is being denounced as an attack on the freedom of the press
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This is a good one :-)


[[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider]]]
[[[ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies, ]]]
[[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden’s example. ]]]
Richard Stallman, who published his manifesto in March of 1985, has been known to say that, “with software, either the users control the program, or the program controls the users.” Credit Photograph by Denis Allard / REA / Redux
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Thanks for sharing.  It's not bad for the New Yorker, but it's shallow on software freedom and deep on Richard Stallman peculiarities.  How nice to see the Tiny Mummies publisher looking around a bit ... ah, but it seems to all be one big, conglomerated publisher now, 

http://nymag.com/nymetro/arts/features/2553/index3.html
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I want that one...
 
Finally here is something for you to make you a super admin ;) LOL Via +Toms Adijans 

#Funny   #IT   #Sysadmin  
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No idea who she is, what she does, and even if it's important in this context, but she pretty much nails it. 
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I just started listening to Rdio (rdio.com). Has quite a good music catalogue, and it's available in India also. 
Whatever you’re up to, Rdio has free music stations to fit the moment. With Rdio Unlimited listen to playlists, albums, and millions of songs, online or off.
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From the interview...


But if you mention trade diversions as a point of criticism and then say model calculations are too vague, how can you be sure that developing and newly industrialising countries will be the losers in TTIP?

One can look at the effects previous free trade agreements have had. Mexico opened itself up to the United States and Canada through NAFTA and to the EU through a bilateral free trade agreement. Since then, Mexico has become more unstable, inequality has become more severe, the winners mostly include big corporations who were able to expand their market share.

Trends like this can often be observed under free trade agreements. And the liberalisation agenda of TTIP is likely to lead to similar results, including increasing inequality in third countries, a category to which developing countries belong.

 
Oxfam Germany director: '#TTIP would intensify inequality in developing countries' - http://www.euractiv.com/sections/development-policy/oxfam-germany-director-ttip-would-intensify-inequality-developing  bad for poor (v @TTIPBeware)
Developing countries will be among the biggest losers if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is implemented, warns Marion Lieser, explaining what a socially and ecologically fair EU-US trade deal could look like.
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"Certainly, it is a great blow to law enforcement that some encryption cannot be broken for them, just like it is a great blow to law enforcement that we don’t have the telescreens from 1984 installed in our bedrooms. There are some things law enforcement do not get to see and do not get to have, even with a warrant. That is how things have always been, and our society has yet to fall apart because of it."

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So, let's influence The Post to write editorials to share their valuable wisdom on how "sometimes vulnerabilities are okay, guys. It's for your own protection."
 
The Washington Post keeps talking #infosec nonsense.

You know, wishing the world were flat doesn't make it so. To quote Bruce Schneier:
"We have one infrastructure. We can't choose a world where the US gets to spy and the Chinese don't. We get to choose a world where everyone can spy, or a world where no one can spy. We can be secure from everyone, or vulnerable to anyone. And I'm tired of us choosing surveillance over security."

http://motherboard.vice.com/en_uk/read/a-golden-key-for-encryption-is-mythical-nonsense
A backdoor to encryption, even if euphemistically rebranded as a “front door” or a “golden key,” is by definition a vulnerability.
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'Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – of which India is one of the signatories – explicitly states that “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honor and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.”'
Today, the Government of India held that “citizens do not have a right to privacy under the Constitution”. The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed against the Aadhar card scheme on the grounds that the scheme violated citizens’ right to privacy. In retaliation, the Government said that the Constitution does not provide citizens the …
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Waah! Apparently we Indians don't have right to privacy under the Constitution of India. Rather than push an amendment to have this as a fundamental right included, the gov is arguing a case that it's okay to violate privacy since we don't have the right. Neat deal. 
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  LOL. I'm going to miss all those updates via @CommitStrip_fr;) #DieFlash #Adobe #Funny #IT #Security 
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