Monthly Archives: November 2013

summer of snowden, recap

An excellent recap of the Snowden revelations and the extent to which the US government is spying on us all, Americans and non-Americans alike. Worth reading in full, details past abuses of power by US government, then describes current state … Continue reading

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watched cops are good cops

It seems that cops with wearable video cameras are a win/win, for us and for them. University researchers revealed that when the city of Rialto, California, required its cops to wear cameras, the number of complaints filed against officers fell … Continue reading

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poor blacks and the police state, a sociologist’s first-hand experience

Prominent sociologist (Alice Goffman) spent time documenting police tactics and targeting of poor black neighborhoods. A petite white woman, she lived among the subjects of her study and has herself been interrogated by police and threatened with incarceration. She describes impact … Continue reading

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various tech companies bolster security in light of NSA/Snowden revelations

The problem of government snooping on its citizenry doesn’t go away with technical solutions alone, but this is a good step regardless. The idea is that a transient encryption key is used only for a given web session and then … Continue reading

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how to not get arrested

Good article on how to avoid getting arrested. Interesting points in the intro: “Law enforcement officers now are part of the revenue gathering system,” Carson tells me in a phone interview…. Policing isn’t about keeping streets safe, it’s about statistical success … Continue reading

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zimmerman – what to make of him

I’m not sure what to make of George Zimmerman. He’s had brushes with the law following his acquittal in the Trayvon Martin slaying, but it seems he had brushes before that incident as well (take with grain of salt though, … Continue reading

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FBI directing cyber attacks against foreign targets

Hacker Jeremy Hammond of the distributed group “Anonymous” speaks in court, names entities that FBI informant had him target. Implication: if true, suggests that a US government agency specifically targeted foreign targets of interest. In court, Hammond said that “these … Continue reading

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