In recent weeks, the International Relations Society hosted a conference on Hacktivism at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. Given the event’s focus on social action via the Internet, a few members from the Boler Research Team attended. Here is a quick summary of some of the highlights. How secure are weContinue reading “Event Summary: “Hacktivists, Cyberwarriors and International Relations””
Last night at DNC, AT&T threw a lavish thank-you party for the dems who let the telecom off the hook for working with the bush administration in helping them spy on people without warants.Â Salon’s Glen Greenwald tried to infiltrate the party and get some of the names of the dems who had blindly helpedContinue reading “AT&T: Thanks Dems!”
Citizens have been using lo-fi digital technology to call into question police accounts and to government practices: Sous-veillance” will see video sharing sites such as YouTube used by citizens to shine a spotlight on things such as deadly hygiene lapses in hospital wards and uncollected rubbish, according to the European Information Society Group (Eurim). RecentlyContinue reading “Watching Big Brother”
Virgin Media plans to spy on users in order to curb illegal downloading. It will begin by sending letters to households suspected of hosting P2P files. This is a joint venture with the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), which has been pushing ISPs to implement a “three strikes and you’re out” rule when it comes toContinue reading “Virgin plans to spy on users”
Wired: Democrats continued their defiance of President Bush on Friday over his secret wiretapping program, passing a spying bill that calls for a commission to investigate the program, and refusing to give amnesty to telecoms that collaborated with the warrantless surveillance.
Wall Street Journal: “WASHINGTON, D.C. — Five years ago, Congress killed an experimental Pentagon antiterrorism program meant to vacuum up electronic data about people in the U.S. to search for suspicious patterns. Opponents called it too broad an intrusion on Americans’ privacy, even after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But the data-sifting effort didn’t disappear.Continue reading “NSA: Domestic Spying Increase”
House Democrats are proposing a bill to investigate the rampant spying by the gov’t since the 9/11 attacks: “Not only shouldn’t companies that helped the government’s warrantless spying on American citizens be given retroactive amnesty, the government should establish a national commission — similar to the 9/11 Commission –to subpoena documents and testimony in orderContinue reading “Proposal to Investigate Spying”
Open Rights Group: Over the last few weeks, the story that BT, Virgin and TalkTalk are signed up to trial a new technology called Phorm, which tracks usersâ€™ online surfing habits in order to target ads at them, has caused a storm all over the internet. Hereâ€™s what weâ€™ve been told about the workings ofContinue reading “Phorm”