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Hey +Mariana Sousa remember that discussion not long ago? Here's an instance. People who use privacy enhancement tools are being listed into "potentially terrorist" lists.

Because encryption prevents the government from knowing what they are using it for, they assume it's probably not good.

Here's where "nothing to hide, nothing to fear" becomes "if you hide something, we may hunt you down".

So much for presumption of innocence.
Unless there's a sudden big shift and most of us started using privacy enhancement technology for everyday things. And then this would become even more obviously abusive.

Security is hard though. Somehow I find it hard to see this big shift happening soon. 
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it's like a giant bullseye...
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Except the final sentence in the ruling puts in a public interest clause which would prevent requests like these ever going anywhere ;)

http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?text=&docid=152065&pageIndex=0&doclang=en&mode=lst&dir=&occ=first&part=1&cid=143951 
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To all celebrating the European Parliament decision on net neutrality etc.: Hold yer horses and join the fight.

This is the beginning of a long process.

See http://www.europarl.europa.eu/aboutparliament/en/0081f4b3c7/Law-making-procedures-in-detail.html and click on the picture.

We are at step #2.

Next: Council. They are NOT obliged to even consider the amendments adopted. It's up to us all to put pressure on the council. They do not meet in public. They decide behind closed doors.

But they officially represent the national parliaments of the member states. So start lobbying your national parliament and force them to send the right directions to the council.

That's the next step.

After that it's second reading in the European Parliament where they will vote on the decision of the council. Second reading is tough. It's need an absolute majority. We did that once in the software patent fight. It never worked before, never since.

So yes, congrats to all on the amendments. But now we need to make them sticky. The lobbyists are well organised to "influence" the council. Don't let them be successfull. 
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The Council does not represent the Country's Parliament, it represents the ruling Government. Should anyone feel the need to lobby, it is the Government, and more accurately, the recently elected Governments, when they nominate (that is right nominate) the country's representative in the Council.
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If you’re working 60 hours a week, something has broken down organizationally. You are doing two people’s jobs. You aren’t telling your boss you’re overworked (or maybe he/she doesn’t care). You are probably a pinch point, a bottleneck. You are far less productive.
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Ditto 
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I think you'll like this +Pedro Calção hehe
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Ahah brilliant
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Accepting his Nobel prize, Alexander Fleming warned that bacteria could evolve to beat antibiotics. Recent years have seen repeated bouts of hand-wringing. But according to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) published on April 30th, Fleming's fear is at last becoming reality http://econ.st/1jwLquk 
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Hilarious and lots of truth.
Fantastic writing!

Via +Łukasz Olejnik and +Francisco Paulo, thanks guys! 
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Channeling +Miguel Gonzalez
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Breaking: European Parliament suspends U.S. trade talks, data sharing over mass surveillance.

The European Parliament has just voted on a comprehensive bill to express its massive disapproval of U.S. mass spying on ordinary citizens. In the bill, it calls for suspension of trade talks, suspension of data sharing, suspension of U.S. corporate rights to European data, and calls for the general principle of only surveilling suspects to be honored. This follows a several-months-long continuous inquiry into United States spying practices.

http://falkvinge.net/2014/03/12/europarl-suspends-u-s-trade-talks-data-sharing-over-mass-surveillance/
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This thing extracted a bunch of strong laughs out of me :) 
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Version two of one of the most fascinating online courses I've had the pleasure to do online - Behavioural Economy, aka Irrational Behaviour by +Dan Ariely - is here!

It analyses the incentive models that we can create and how that affect the probability that people will behave in certain ways.
Example: if in a certain setting involving work and reward you know there is 5% cheating, if you increase the reward what do you expect to happen?

One of the best things in this course is it points you at the actual papers and studies that were conducted to trial ideas and understand what causes behavioural shifts.

Expect to read a lot. Expect most of it to be really good and enlightening.
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Oh man I'm so happy for you! 
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    Engenharia Informática e de Computadores, 2000 - 2005
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