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Rick Falkvinge
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This is probably more "afk" than "SCIENCE !"
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Wiretapping today just doesn't mean what the word meant in the 1990s, so don't fall for that lie. New column on Privacy News.

Many legislators and surveillance hawks are framing an extensive real-time bulk wiretapping of the Internet as “just an adaptation to new technology”, and try to pretend it doesn’t mean anything different today than it did in the analog world. That’s not just disingenuous, it’s a complete fabrication and an outright lie. Wiretapping today is a far worse intrusion than it was in the analog world; it’s so much worse it’s not even the same animal.

To go a little Miranda, everything you say, do, and think today can and will be used against you 20 and 40 years from today, when values have shifted in a way you can’t predict today.

Don’t fall for the lie of Internet wiretapping just being a “modernization” of wiretapping that’s always existed. It’s something far, far worse. It’s the closest thing we’ve ever come to mind reading – and surveillance hawks are pushing hard, lying, and scheming to introduce a blanket, indiscriminate version of it.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/04/wiretapping-today-just-doesnt-mean-what-the-word-meant-in-the-1990s/
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Swarmwise just released in Czech!

The first translation of Swarmwise is officially here – and it’s in Czech! As of 20:00 on March 30, the electronic format of the book is downloadable in a multitude of formats. This is the first translation of Swarmwise to hit the release bar; there are several more in the pipeline.

Swarmwise is a leadership handbook about how to accomplish real change in the world on a shoestring budget (or more commonly, no budget at all). It gives the reader guidance and feet-on-ground leadership lessons from the point of launching a movement or community-based startup right up until the point where it goes international.

Today, as of right now, the Czech translation is available as PDF, EPUB, and XHTML. Creative Commons, just like the original.

There’s an enormous work that has gone into this translation. I’m particularly impressed by how the Czech translators — Martin Doucha, Adam Zábranský, and Pavel Císař — have gone to great lengths to replicate the look and feel of the original book in English, while still adapting it to Czech publishing standards.

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The first translation of Swarmwise is officially here – and it's in Czech! As of 20:00 on March 30, the electronic format of the book is downloadable in a multitude of formats. This is the first translation of Swarmwise to hit the release bar; there are several more in the pipeline.
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Once you accept file-sharing is here to stay, you can focus on all its positive effects. New column on TorrentFreak.

When I grew up, file-sharing was already rampant. But we didn't have any Internet. We had a so-called Sneakernet. And it was actually quite comparable in sharing efficiency - not just over large distances.

People started sharing files with each other – text, games, music – as soon as there was a storage medium you could copy. Originally, this meant the compact cassette which was used for music and programs for the first home computers. Cassette decks at the time had a convenient copy mechanism where you’d insert an original in one slot, a blank tape in another slot, and press a prominent “copy” button to get an analog replica – not perfect, if it was music, but if it was a digital computer file, it would be readable and usable. The one-push copy was even a sales point.

Today, the storage of an ordinary mobile phone can effectively store all music except the most narrow. And with fourth-generation Bluetooth, it can wirelessly – and tracelessly! – share all of it to all mobile phones in a 50-meter range. Subway cars, cafés, even cars at red light stops become torrent swarms without somebody acting – or even noticing. The notion of being able to stop, control, or contain this files under “what’s the weather like on your planet?”. Moore’s Law further suggests that in a decade or so, an ordinary mobile phone will also have capacity to store most TV and movies ever made.

But more importantly, it means that every human being has 24/7 access to humanity’s collective knowledge and culture, and that every human being is able to add to that pool. That’s the equivalent of when the first public libraries opened in 1850, but on an enormously larger scale. Even though the copyright industry is trying again and again to burn this Library of Alexandria, it’s worth more than pause to consider what a huge leap ahead for humanity this really is.

http://torrentfreak.com/once-you-accept-file-sharing-is-here-to-stay-you-can-focus-on-all-the-positive-things-150329/
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Liberties Report for week 12. France, political extremism, and the power of narrative.

There are three recent rulings in France regarding freedom of speech - one where a comedian satirizing Charlie Hebdo was found guilty of criminal speech, a second where France ruled that French courts may rule that Facebook must allow more freedom of speech, and a third where France creates wholesale censorship of websites, allegedly on the basis of
extremism. So is France for or against more freedom of speech? Neither. It's fighting to retain the Power of Narrative - the power to tell the story. The events surrounding the printing press 500 years ago are replaying verbatim once again.

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FCC's Net Neutrality: The word "Lawful" has really become newspeak for "Evil". New column on Privacy News.

Apparently, the FCC’s version of net neutrality really does contain a gaping hole for anything copyright-monopoly-related. The little qualifier “lawful” in the sentence that “all lawful traffic must be treated equally” turned out to mean that ISPs may now be required to police the net for copyright monopoly infringements, acting as police, prosecutor, judge, and executioner – often in complex cases, denying citizens any and all due process. This is starting to become a pattern.

It’s become more and more apparent, that the word “lawful” in any policy matters has become synonymous with “evil”. Any and every time something is described as “lawful”, it could just as well have been described as “despicable”, “unjust”, “corrupt”, or “violating human rights”.

The reason is simple: if you presented something good and desirable, you would never point out that it were lawful in the first place, regardless of whether it were or not. “Lawful” has become a justification for anything and everything in society that is being shoved down the throat of the net generation against their will.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/03/fcc-net-neutrality-lawful-has-really-become-newspeak-for-evil/
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I warned that much bad would come from FCC regulations. Politicians cannot restrain themselves. 
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In NZ, Copyright industry threatening ISPs over un-geoblocking. New column on Privacy News.

News are trickling out from Down Under – from NZ to be precise, not Australia – that the copyright industry is threatening to sue Internet Service Providers who offer geoblock circumvention, a typical feature of VPNs that ISPs had offered directly.

The concept of geoblocking is complete nonsense in the first place, of course. Yes, you can segment a market by natural boundaries in order to run a better business. But those border lines are supposed to be internal to your business, not imposed onto the rest of society. You have no right intruding on the property of others to enforce your arbitrary division. When you do so anyway, and try to get that right legislated, it shows your business is hopelessly broken from the ground up, and that you’re trying to assert a level of control that was never yours to assert in the first place.

The point is, of course, that it doesn’t work in the first place. The Internet wasn’t built with national boundaries in mind, so an approximation is all you get. Approximations may be fine for a lot of measurement applications, but never for enforcement of something.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/04/in-nz-copyright-industry-threatening-isps-over-un-geoblocking/
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stick to Popcorn Time kiwi's ;)   - Gatekeepers & Ticket Clippers be damned!
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Liberties Report for week 13. Last week's major event was the tragic crash of the Germanwings flight in the Alps, caused by the reinforced cockpit doors that were part of the War on Terror. Ironically, one of the few measures that actually increased security now claimed another 150 victims. Overall, it becomes clearer and clearer that the War on Terror is the perfect Orwellian Perpetual War; there can be no peacetime, and it was always about controlling the masses. It is turning into a War on Cash and a War on Truth.

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Once again, the Old World doesn't understand that unrestriction is just a VPN away. New column on Privacy News.

Four pieces of news in the past week show just how little the lawmakers and courts continue to understand of the Internet: Australia introduced Data Retention, Spain ordered The Pirate Bay censored, and Denmark ordered another eleven sites blocked. The old guard actually seems to think that the net can be controlled, or that it has chokepoints that can be controlled. They don’t understand that everybody’s an equal on the Net and that providers aren’t anything like phone companies.

What AU lawmakers don’t get is that insisting on your rights and evading the pre-emptive wiretapping of suspects-to-be is just a VPN connection away.

This is not circumventing the law or acting like a criminal. On the contrary, it’s just a tangible non-acknowledgement of a command to submit your liberties at the door. Noncompliance with such nonsense is absolutely key; lawmakers and courts will take all liberties they can get away with taking at the moment. Technical means to retain your privacy, exercising analog-equivalent rights, are absolutely paramount.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/03/once-again-the-old-world-doesnt-understand-that-unrestriction-is-just-a-vpn-away/
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Snowden says Google is a "Deputized Dick Sheriff for the nsa" in a John Oliver interview of April 5, 2015. *They were discussing government surveillance and the problem of the "average person" getting "their mind around" what is really going on.
#Edward_Snowden   explains #Deputized_Dick_Sheriffs for the #nsa #government #Surveillance  1/2 way in  video 4-5-15 https://youtu.be/XEVlyP4_11M #LMAO  
At about 25 minutes into the 33 minute video, Snowden starts getting into "Deputized Dick Sheriffs" for the nsa
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Tax authority demands customer data from bitcoin exchange: demands trackability of all customers' past, present, and future. New column on Privacy News.

The Swedish Tax Authority has demanded the full customer transaction history, specifically including customers' wallet addresses, from the small Swedish bitcoin exchange BTC-X. This demand comes without any individual suspicion of crime, or indeed any suspicion of crime at all, even in general. As this would enable trackability of everybody's financial past, present, and future, BTC-X is taking the Tax Authority to court over their demands.

Various authorities have long mistaken a right to demand tracking data in individual cases on concrete suspicion of a serious and committed crime for a right to throw a dragnet over tons of private data to see what sticks. However, the latest move by the Swedish Tax Authority is a new level of audacity - and a new level of mass violations of privacy.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/03/tax-authority-demands-customer-data-from-bitcoin-exchange-demands-trackability-of-everybodys-past-present-and-future/
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All financial companies need to live up to the "know your customer" laws. BTC-X is no different. But yes. Do we need the anti money laundry laws?
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Liberties Report for week 11. Data retention, the judiciary, and the executive.

The battle lines for your liberty are becoming clearer. Data retention (or as it should have been called, "pre-emptive wiretapping of not-yet-suspects") was annulled and vacated by a court in the Netherlands this week, and the Paraguayan parliament refused to legalize it. It's becoming clearer who's gunning for your privacy and who's defending it: countries with a strong and independent judiciary are starting to come out on top.

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French court says Freedom of Speech may trump Facebook's censorship. New column on Privacy News.

A French court has ruled that a challenge to Facebook’s terms of service under French law may go ahead in a French court. A man had had his account suspended for publishing French nude art on Facebook, and sued Facebook for violations of Freedom of Speech. A French court will now rule whether the man’s fundamental rights were unlawfully limited by Facebook.

Frédéric Durand-Baissas, a teacher in France, posted a famous 19th-century painting by Gustave Courbet named “The Origins of the World” on his Facebook account. The painting portrays a female reproductive organ, celebrating birth and origin – in addition to being a piece of great importance to the community of art historians. Facebook, in accordance with its noncompromising stance on any and all nudity, promptly blocked monseiur Durand-Baissas’ Facebook account.

The Frenchman decided to challenge this in court and argued that his freedom of speech had been unlawfully limited, and that French law should apply. Arguably, when he does post in France with a company that does business in France, that’s not an unreasonable position.

At the end of the day, this about the fact that the public square, where freedom of speech used to be enforced, has moved in under the terms-and-services umbrella with a private corporation, where they enforce their own arbitrary limits of what may be expressed and not. That means our fundamental rights have effectively moved into the hands of private interests. I welcome a challenge to this doctrine and an enforcement of freedom of speech, once a public discussion forum – like Facebook – has grown large enough to be a de-facto public location, if not the de-facto public location.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/03/french-court-says-french-freedom-of-speech-may-trump-facebooks-censorship/
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+Troed Sångberg - if by democracy you mean the dictatorship of the majority, then you are right - I don't like it.

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