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September 04 2017


Otter Browser Controlled by the user, not vice versa

Otter Browser aims to recreate the best aspects of the classic Opera (12.x) UI using Qt5.

Official forum at The DnD Sanctuary

IRC channels: #otter-browser (main, international) #otter-browser-pl (polski / Polish) at freenode.net

June 19 2017


A Tack in the Shoe: Neutralizing and Resisting the New Surveillance

A Tack in the Shoe: Neutralizing and Resisting the New Surveillance

Journal of Social Issues, forthcoming May 2003, vol. 59 (2)

By Gary T. Marx

Professor Emeritus, MIT

In light of contemporary efforts to intensify the collection of personal information, this article, as well as articles elsewhere on this web site dealing with the engineering of social control and computer matching and profiling, may be of more than academic interest.


Abstract: Eleven behavioral techniques of neutralization intended to subvert the collection of personal information are discussed:  discovery moves, avoidance moves, piggy backing moves, switching moves, distorting moves, blocking moves, masking moves, breaking moves, refusal moves, cooperative moves and counter-surveillance moves. In Western liberal democracies the advantages of technological and other strategic surveillance developments are often short-lived and contain ironic vulnerabilities. The logistical and economic limits on total monitoring, the interpretive and contextual nature of many human situations, system complexity and interconnectedness, and the vulnerability of those engaged in surveillance to be compromised, provide ample room for resistance. Neutralization is a dynamic adversarial social dance involving strategic moves and counter-moves and should be studied as a conflict interaction process.

October 02 2014


Terror laws enabling internet monitoring clear Senate

Australia's spy agency could soon have the power to monitor the entire Australian internet after new anti-terrorism laws passed the Senate on Thursday night.

September 15 2014


September 08 2014


Net neutrality means that all traffic on the internet is treated equally. Anyone can start up a website and make it instantly available to the world on an equal basis as the biggest, richest corporations and most powerful governments. Net neutrality is an anti-discrimination policy for the net, and we are on the verge of losing it.

Under a new set of rules put forward by the FCC, the oligopolies that provide internet access in the US would be allowed to begin charging content providers for differential treatment—essentially creating a “fast lane” on the internet for content providers who can afford to pay while relegating those who can’t to a lower quality of service.

This would end the era of democratic access that has driven unprecedented innovation, creativity, and empowerment for millions of people online. 

US broadband infrastructure is privately owned and operated by huge companies that often enjoy a near-monopoly position in their markets. According to FCC data, as of December 2012, nearly 30 percent of US households had only one choice for broadband provider. Monopoly holders have little incentive to weaken their profits by investing in infrastructure to improve service, so unsurprisingly the US is falling behind on global comparisons of broadband speed.

July 16 2014


The outpouring to support what's generally called "network neutrality" has taken the form of letters and official filings to the FCC website, as well as more public campaigns in recent months. It's been gratifying to watch, but don't get your hopes up: the FCC chairman, former cable and wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler, floated the idea of internet "fast lanes" earlier this year – and he'll probably to turn the web into a somewhat enhanced form of cable TV anyway.

Officially, the FCC says it will read and reply to you by September, then make an official ruling on whether all web traffic should be treated equally. That decision, probably later this year, will have an enormous impact on our digital futures, because an internet controlled by huge and unaccountable corporations is anathema to digital innovation and free speech itself.

What should we be doing in this interim, and into the future? We need to keep up the pressure, because you can be sure that Big Telecom – which has patience, massive amounts of money and deep ties with lawmakers and regulators – will be doing precisely that.

July 15 2014


June 27 2014

Australian spy agencies will be granted new digital surveillance powers under a bill being prepared by the Abbott government, expected to be introduced into parliament in July.

June 19 2014

An amendment is being voted on in the House of Representatives today or tomorrow. If passed, it would close critical backdoors that allow the NSA to surveil the Internet.

June 06 2014


The Federal Communications Commission has proposed rules that would allow rampant discrimination online.

Under these rules, telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to create a two-tiered Internet, with fast lanes for those who can afford it and dirt roads for the rest of us. These companies would be able to pick winners and losers online and discriminate against online content and applications. And no one would be able to do anything about it.

Sen. Ed Markey is circulating a letter among his colleagues that urges the FCC to reclassify Internet service providers as common carriers. This is the only way — and we mean the only way — to protect REAL Net Neutrality.

Pick up the phone. Ask your senators to stand up for the open Internet and sign Sen. Markey's letter.

June 04 2014

Some of the world's largest websites are planning a coordinated day of action on Thursday to oppose mass surveillance online.

May 22 2014

“Don't ask for your #privacy. Take it back. Today we #ResetTheNet to stop mass #spying. Encrypt everything! Learn how: http://thndr.it/1euOUIl

May 16 2014

On the May 14, 2014, the Mozilla foundation announced that it will be including DRM in the next version of Firefox. This is a breach of Mozilla's long comittement to the open-source community. Additionally, by implementing W3C EME's specification, Mozilla is making the web a less open and free place. Although the DRM will be implemented in a sandbox, sandboxed DRM is still DRM. Sign this petition to urge Mozilla to drop its plans for DRM in Firefox.
Reposted bybezbrawury bezbrawury

May 02 2014

EFF is launching a new extension for Firefox and Chrome called Privacy Badger. Privacy Badger automatically detects and blocks spying ads around the Web, and the invisible trackers that feed information to them. You can try it out today:

April 04 2014

Today [3 April 2014], the European Parliament seized the opportunity to enshrine net neutrality into EU law. For the past four years, Parliamentarians have advocated for binding net neutrality (see here and here), and today they took action, making a clear choice to protect internet users’ freedom of expression while ensuring innovation and competition in the Digital Single Market. Today's vote preserves the universal, dynamic, and transformative nature of the internet.
Blog | Access - The European Parliament takes important step to enshrine net neutrality into law

March 22 2014


February 21 2014


October 15 2013

UNBELIEVABLE: Pro-surveillance Senators are trying to revive CISPA. Again! We've killed it twice before, we can do it again.

They really don't get it. 

Again and again the anti-privacy goons in Congress have circled the wagons to try and pass their favorite bill -- CISPA -- and again and again, we have completely shut them down. 

And yet, they're trying it again. Senators Diane Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss, leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee and staunch defenders of the NSA mass surveillance, say they are "very close" to introducing a Senate version of CISPA.

CISPA would grant legal immunity to corporations who share your data with the NSA -- sign to the right to tell your Senators: NO CISPA.

August 09 2013

Network security agreements that Reliance Communications and VSNL signed with U.S. government departments oblige them to share data carried on their infrastructure and assist the U.S. in its surveillance programme.
By SAGNIK DUTTA in New Delhi
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