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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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#TulipRevolutionPartDeux

Looks like Bakiev’s government is out in Kyrgyzstan. Opposition Claims Control in Kyrgyzstan – NYTimes.com. This is wild and unexpected – your humble blogger spent a summer over there working with Internews, an independent free media advocate. It’s 5 years since they overthrew their last autocrat, but turned out to ...

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Cybersecurity in the Senate, the WSJ, and DJIA

Cybersecurity in the Senate, the WSJ, and DJIA

A bill by Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and co-sponsored by Olympia Snowe (R-ME) called the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (yes, I know, but remember the Senate is, well, a bit slow) just dropped out of committee and may see floor action soon.* It’s an interesting piece of work, and only 50 ...

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India Hackathon

The US isn’t the only target of Chinese hackers that-of-course-aren’t-government-sponsored-though-the-PLA-does-fund-hacking-research-in-their-school groups. That other rising Asian great power – the one that fought a couple of wars with China and is harboring their archnemisis – got pwned in a bad way. The NY Times has a story on it that makes ...

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Fellow FPBer Sarah Repucci has another perspective on the Google-China breakup from a government accountability angle.

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Selling Sudan Sanctions on Facebook

Selling Sudan Sanctions on Facebook

Social networking makes for really, really targeted marketing possibilities. A bunch of advocacy groups dealing with Sudan are putting up Facebook ads aimed at people who work in Congress. Your employer is part of your Facebook profile. So if it happens to be Congress, bing! (erm, not that Bing™) there you ...

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Friday Lazy Linking

Friday Lazy Linking

Things that are important or interesting that I haven’t written about: WikiLeaks is drumming up some hype before releasing video of a drone strike that claimed civilian lives. That’s not going to improve their relationship with the gummint. Viral social networking is transforming the ability to get groups together ...

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