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The Good Guys Are The Bad Guys

The Good Guys Are The Bad Guys

We pick a lot on authoritarians around here – try it, it’s fun!
*poke poke* *GROWL* *ARGH MY ARM IS GONE!!!!*
However, there’s a lot of unexpected players acting like bad guys in terms of internet censorship these days. Australia has draconian filtering laws. South Korea does everything possible to

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Cybersecurity Moves Through Congress

Cybersecurity Moves Through Congress

Senate Homeland Security pushed through a comprehensive cybersecurity reform bill last week. (Writeup; bill text). It appears that cyber, for now, remains one of the areas in which the parties can work productively together, as it is co-sponsored by a Republican (Collins), Democrat (Carper), and Weasel Independent (Lieberman).
It’s an …

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You're in a bubble.

You're in a bubble.

Great presentation by Eli Pariser at PDF 2010 on the Filter Bubble.
What’s the filter bubble?
Well, you’re living in it.
In the Internet Age, we’re used to seeing many, many results for any search. “Why Am I Lonely?”: 150,000 hits. “Why Am I Happy?”: 141,000  hits. (Not as bad as I expected.)
A huge, colossal amount …

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21st Century Leaking at the Personal Democracy Forum

21st Century Leaking at the Personal Democracy Forum

I’m writing from the Personal Democracy Forum, a big yearly conference on the intersection of politics, governance, technology and activism. Great set of speakers – Eli Pariser of MoveOn, Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, and even Newt Gingrich.
Things got off to an exciting (if technically flawed) start with a conversation between Daniel …

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Friday Lazy Linking

Friday Lazy Linking

Time for another roundup of great stories I’m not great enough to get to.

The immediate response mechanism of Twitter and other instant tech systems can be good for our altruistic side, too, whatever it might cost when… I’m sorry, what were we talking about?
Some great old tech commercials. …

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Opening the American Internet

Opening the American Internet

Big news from the FCC, America’s telecom regulator. Their feisty and energetic chair Julius Genachowski is planning to put some serious teeth back into Internet regulations.
A while ago the Supreme Court shot down the primary foundation for FCC regulation of broadband technologies.
One of the most visible likely casualties of unfettered …

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Dystopic Near Future Sci-Fi – in Arizona

Dystopic Near Future Sci-Fi – in Arizona

Dystopic near-future sci-fi is one of my favorite genres. Gattaca, Blade Runner, The Matrix, Twelve Monkeys – some intriguing ideas there, and always beautifully shot.
Today we take a wander down that path – not things to be Deeply Offended™ about today, but to consider for the future.
Given the technological power at …

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No, we're not all going to die. Also, cyber regulation good.

For the love of the FSM this kind of language annoys me.
Rockefeller pledges to work with tech leaders to avert “cyber 9/11, cyber Katrina”
Can we be realistic about the very serious threats that the Internet poses without going off into hysterical language? Yes, I’m looking at you,

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Chinese ISPs Now in Leak Suppression Business

China’s ratcheting up their state secrets laws. That’s never a good sign. NYT article.
There is an amusingly awful definition of state secrets being promulgated: they are “information that, if disclosed, would damage China’s security or interests in political, economic, defense and other realms.” Presumably the story that the Chinese

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Tweeting Domestic Elections

At the 14o Characters (tee hee) Conference some peeps were talking about using Twitter to monitor elections. Yes yes, we’ve been over that before. Shenanigans in authoritarian regimes, blah blah.
Ah, but they were talking about America.
The WSJ wrote it up.
“This is something we can do without running …

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NATO, Cyber, and Article 5

NATO, Cyber, and Article 5

Sec. Clinton is off in Estonia for a High Muckamuck level confab to talk about what NATO should be doing with itself. I think the biggest military alliance the world has ever seen has been managing to keep busy just fine, but every few years …

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"Fire at will!" "Who's Will?"

"Fire at will!" "Who's Will?"

The Fog of War is particularly foggy in cyberspace.
Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander, NSA director and the new nominee to head up Cyber Command, produced 32 pages of answers to Senators’ questions leading up to his nomination hearings.
AP wrote a piece on one aspect: the Pentagon’s plan to counter any …

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When Dictators and Democracies agree…

When Dictators and Democracies agree…

Hold on to your hats.
In my last post I mentioned that the US and Russia were in complete agreement over one of the core problems of the Internet. From the same Times story:
During a panel discussion on computer crime, Col. Gen. Boris N. Miroshnikov, an official with the Russian …

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Cybersecurity Geopolitics

Governmental cyber officials from around the world met up in Germany this week to discuss international Internet security. The US hasn’t played a significant role in this hootenanny in the past.
There are some huge differences between the US and Russia on the role of the Internet. We’re concerned about …

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Extra Lazy Friday Linking on Saturday

Extra Lazy Friday Linking on Saturday

The Internet sure is good at misinformation. The saints at Snopes fix it one debunking at a time.
Cyberwar Bingo! An awesome tongue-in-cheek look at CyberAlarmism.
Michelle Bachmann (R-NUT) thinks the United States should keep the option of nuking nations who hit us with a cyber attack.
The Guys …

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