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Do We Need an Internet Freedom Movement?

Published by pratyushkp on July 14th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Article from Mashable authored by Adam Ostrow

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The prevailing wisdom that “technology created by innovative companies will set us all free” is anything but reality says Rebecca MacKinnon, an Internet freedom activist that spoke at TED Global on Tuesday in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Opening her remarks by contrasting Apple’s famous “1984” ad, in which the technology giant asserts its role as an agent of empowerment, with the company’s controversial removals from the app store, MacKinnon went on to describe an Internet increasingly in need of a new system of checks and balances.

That need comes from the growing power that corporations wield on the Internet, and in turn, their ability to shape what we can and can’t do in our digital lives, MacKinnon said.

The problem often asserts itself most visibly abroad, for instance in China, where Internet companies are awarded “Self-Discipline Awards” for conforming to the nation’s censorship policies. And while that problem may be seen as a Great Firewall of China issue, she notes that it’s often western technology that enables the regime to enforce its restrictions.

She also points to post-revolution monitoring and restricted access to certain sites in Egypt and Tunisia. “Even in democratic society we don’t have good answers how to balance the need for security on one hand and the protection of free speech on the other in our digital networks,” she said.

In response, MacKinnon believes that the citizens of the Internet need to take a more active role in pressuring corporations and the government to preserve free speech. She said, “Each of us has a vital role to play in building a world in which the government and technology serve the world’s people and not the other way around.”

MacKinnon has a book on the subject entitled “Consent of the Networked: A Citizen’s Guide to the Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom” due out early next year.

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Osama Shoot down video scam spreads on Facebook

Published by pratyushkp on May 4th, 2011 - in Social, Technology
A still of 2004 Osama bin Laden video

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Facebook users are being tempted to click on links to what purports to be a video of Osama bin Laden being shot, in the latest in a series of scams exploiting the hot news story of the Al Qaeda leader’s death.

The messages appear as follows:

Osama shoot down video

Watch the Osama Shoot down video

Osama Dead - Censored Video Leaked
Osama is dead, watch this exclusive CNN video which was censored by Obama Administration due to level of violence, a must watch. Leaked by Wikileaks.

Clicking on the link, however, will not instantly show you some sensational footage of US Navy Seals attacking Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.

Instead, you’re told you will have to take an online survey.

Osama shoot down video scam

That should be enough to set your alarm bells ringing – as survey scams are a continuing problem on Facebook, earning scammers commission with every survey they manage to trick users into completing.

What’s most interesting about this scam is that they trick you into cutting-and-pasting a line of JavaScript into your web browser‘s address bar.

Not that you’ll realise that you’re doing that, of course. As far as you know all you’re doing is following a sequence of instructions and keyboard presses before you watch the video.

Osama shoot down video scam

But any time you paste a script into your browser’s address bar, you’re effectively running code written by the scammers without the safety net of protection.


Before you know it, you’ll be sharing the news of the “Osama Shoot down video” with all of your Facebook friends, and the scam will be spreading virally.

My guess is that you don’t want to make it so easy for the scammers to run their scripts on your browser – so don’t fall for scams like this.

Be very careful not to be fooled by scams related to Osama bin Laden’s death, not just on Facebook but on other parts of the internet too. Such a big news story always seems to attract the interest of fraudsters and malware authors.

If you want to keep up-to-date on the latest scams, and are a member of Facebook, don’t forget to join the Sophos Facebook page to keep informed about the latest security news.

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Tags: Al Qaeda, CNN Video, , , , , Pakistan,

Julian Assange: Facebook Is a Spy Machine

Published by pratyushkp on May 2nd, 2011 - in Social, Technology
Julian Assange at New Media Days 09 in Copenhagen.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange touched on the subject of social networking in an interview with Russia Today, calling Facebook “the most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented.”

Assange said he believes Facebook is a giant database of names and records about people, maintained voluntarily by its users but developed for U.S. intelligence to use.

“Everyone should understand that when they add their friends to Facebook, they are doing free work for United States intelligence agencies, and building this database for them,” Assange said.

While Assange doesn’t claim that Facebook is actually run by U.S. intelligence agencies, the fact that they have access to its records is — in his view — dangerous enough.

“Now, is the case that Facebook is run by U.S. intelligence? No, it’s not like that. It’s simply that U.S. intelligence is able to bring to bear legal and political pressure to them,” he said.

Assange also weighed in on the subject of secret government cables released by WikiLeaks, claiming the really important ones haven’t been exposed yet.

“We only released secret, classified, confidential material. We didn’t have any top secret cables. The really embarrassing stuff, the really serious stuff wasn’t in our collection to release. But it is still out there,” he said.

At the end of the interview, Assange trashed the media industry, claiming it is heavily distorting reality to the public and doing too little to prevent wars and remove corrupt governments from power. “It really is my opinion that the media, in general, are so bad, we have to question whether the world would be better off without them altogether,” he said.

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Tags: , Intelligence agency, Julian Assange, RT (TV network), Russia Today, , United States Intelligence Community,

Former WikiLeaks Partners to Start Openleaks

Published by pratyushkp on February 15th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

With the big brother closing in on beleaguered WikiLeaks architect Julian Assange, his former partners at the project are deserting him for a similar project. Christened Openleaks, the new non-profit organisation is founded by the former associates of Assange at WikiLeaks. The erstwhile partners claim, on the condition of anonymity, that Assange’s high-handed approach is what made them break off into a separate entity.

Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter quoted one of the founders, “As a short-term goal, this is about completing the technical infrastructure and ensuring that the organization continues to be democratically governed by all its members, rather than limited to one group or individual.” The ex-partners claim Assange’s personal problems disrupted WikiLeaks from its goals. They contended that his experiences from the past were motivating his autocratic approach in pursuing issues without taking the collective into consideration.

In a clear departure from WikiLeaks’ ethos, Openleaks will not directly publish the exposes. It will instead pass on the same to independent media entities. Openleaks intends to position itself as a neutral mediator with no political agenda. According to them, this will shield them from government wrath. The basic idea behind the move is to place the burden of editing and authenticating the information to third parties. The governments and other entities at the receiving will then have to contend with the independent media, which Openleaks believes would be more resilient against such pressures.

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Tags: Dagens Nyheter, Independent media, Julian Assange, , , Openleaks, Politics, Sweden,
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