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Out of the past…

by | May 15th, 2015

…but never forgotten.  

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Fight Electronic Surveillance of Everyone

by | May 14th, 2015

A key provision of the Patriot Act is set to expire in a matter of weeks. If Section 215 expires it would mean that the unconstitutional surveillance of everyone’s phone records will end. One federal judge criticized the program as “beyond Orwellian” and “likely unconstitutional.” Even the government-appointed Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has said this program…Read the Rest of Article

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Your Privacy: a right or a piece of merchandise?

by | February 24th, 2015

This article appeared in Bruce Schneier’s blog. Schneier is a world renown authority on privacy issues. If you’re not familiar with his blog you should be.   AT&T Charging Customers to Not Spy on Them AT&T is charging a premium for gigabit Internet service without surveillance: The tracking and ad targeting associated with the gigabit…Read the Rest of Article

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Complexity creates strange bedfellows

by | February 24th, 2015

The ever-expanding uses of digital technology continue to introduce complexity into our lives, even while trying to make life easier and more just. The issues of protecting personal privacy while at the same time assuring that secrecy isn’t abused by those entrusted with it, continues to trouble us. Privacy and sunlight in official affairs has,…Read the Rest of Article

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How To Create Safe Passwords–It’s Easy!

by | November 12th, 2014

It’s well known that hackers use brute force computing to quickly crack our passwords and steal our private information. A lot has been written about this, but now I’ve got a handy tool for you to guarantee that your password will be secure. I first read about this tool in the book Dragnet Nation: A Quest…Read the Rest of Article

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An Unsavory Job You’ll Never See on “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”

by | November 6th, 2014

Here’s an article from Wired  that will never be covered by Mike Rowe for his CNN show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It”.  It’s a job that all of us who use the Internet rely on, and those of us who use social media in particular. It’s a job that most American Internet companies outsource to foreign…Read the Rest of Article

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Would You Rather NOT Know?

by | October 23rd, 2014

Edward Snowden is one of those people who polarize a vast majority of the people. Most people hold strong views about him and what he did. Pro and Con. Today I heard a former CIA operations officer interviewed, and she was asked where she stood on the question of whether Snowden was a patriot or…Read the Rest of Article

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A Cautionary Tale…

by | October 21st, 2014

No society or nation can survive without its police and intelligence organizations to maintain order and security. BUT all societies and nations are in deep trouble if they allow those agencies to function without checks and balances, and the oversight of the civilian populations they were created to protect and secure. Here’s a link to a cautionary…Read the Rest of Article

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The Revolving door keeps spinning….

by | October 19th, 2014

Reuters: NSA reviewing deal between official, ex-spy agency head There are always special rules for those leaving our national intelligence programs and moving to the private sector where contractors for US intelligence programs can make billions of dollars provided by taxpayer funding. Here’s yet another example of their special rules, created by themselves, for themselves.

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Don’t be suckered in by “the safest place on the Internet”

by | October 16th, 2014

This article in today’s British newspaper the Guardian is just one more example of how we should think twice before believing all the promises app developers make us when they are trying to sell us their wares. More than ever, it’s buyer beware.

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