A working group in the Danish department of Justice wants to ban ALL anonymous Internet access. See the article, Google Translated from Danish Computerworld. Use of Tor and VPN will likely also need to be criminalized. — By
agger at 2:51 AM Thu
A week before German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to meet in China, a surprise release of artist Al Weiwei occurs. — By
capl at 10:20 AM Wed
"Who watches the watchers?" goes the adage that's more relevant than ever in a world of pervasive surveillance cameras and arrests for filming police. Rich Jones has one suggestion: your phone.
The OpenWatch suite lets users choose to make either an audio file or a video, recording invisibly when it's activated and running in the background of the operating system.
The user can also choose to upload them to OpenWatch, where clips that show noteworthy interactions with police are anonymized and posted. — By
chrisballinger at 9:21 AM Wed
Information management consultant Astrid Byro has taken on a challenge that takes her well out of her comfort zone: an expedition to Everest's base camp to help save a piece of history at Bletchley Park. Byro's passion for Bletchley is one shared by many in computing and historical circles: home to the Codebreakers, the secretive activities at the park are credited with a shortening of World War II and paved the way for modern computing as we know it today. — By
Tavie at 9:09 AM Wed
One year later, small signs of progress: "Toronto police will never again use the controversial crowd control technique known as kettling, which was employed for the first and last time in the city's history during last year's G20 summit.: — By
davegroff at 5:14 AM Wed
In a 'why the internets wuz invented' moment, some guy who writes for somethingawful has begged the lead singer from 90's faux-ska 'Shrek house band' Smash Mouth to eat 24 eggs. On camera.
This is now a massive - and thoroughly enjoyable - internet meme; evidence:
https://www.facebook.com/smashmouth?sk=wall — By
JHR at 10:21 PM Tue
The OpenWatch Project has created some open source software which secretly records police encounters, then uploads them to a remote server where they are anonymized, analyzed and posted to the internet.
On their blog, they have just posted a legal analysis of DUI checkpoints in California and have uncovered numerous civil liberties violations.
They are encouraging more people to use their cellular phones to monitor all their encounters with public officials as part of a mass sousveillance network. — By
Rich at 10:39 AM Tue
Richard O'Dwyer, a British IT graduate, is facing extradition to the US for publishing links to movie piracy sites. — By
Brother Phil at 3:07 PM Mon
This company continues to knowingly post illegal advertising all over Minneapolis. They won't listen to reason and the law, so I'm taking the cause to the internet. — By
a47danger at 7:33 AM Mon
I can not fathom how setting fire to some tiny hot air ballon and letting it go, can be fun way to celebrate the 4th of July? Call me stupid (?) but letting go of a wind blown open flame in California is a stupid act, indeed! — By
kentkb at 3:56 PM Sun