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    Coming to a conference center in Dubai, December 2012.
    Long piece in Vanity Fair on upcoming conference on the future of the interwebs. Ireland’s most famous hackers get early honorable mention. In this war the forces of Organized Chaos are the good guys,………. I think.


    http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/20...defcon-hacking

    When the Internet was created, decades ago, one thing was inevitable: the war today over how (or whether) to control it, and who should have that power. Battle lines have been drawn between repressive regimes and Western democracies, corporations and customers, hackers and law enforcement. Looking toward a year-end negotiation in Dubai, where 193 nations will gather to revise a U.N. treaty concerning the Internet, Michael Joseph Gross lays out the stakes in a conflict that could split the virtual world as we know it.


    Diplomats from 193 countries will converge there to renegotiate a United Nations treaty called the International Telecommunications Regulations. The sprawling document, which governs telephone, television, and radio networks, may be extended to cover the Internet, raising questions about who should control it, and how. Arrayed on one side will be representatives from the United States and other major Western powers, advocating what many call “Internet freedom,” a plastic concept that has been defined by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the right to use the Internet to “express one’s views,” to “peacefully assemble,” and to “seek or share” information. The U.S. and most of its allies basically want to keep Internet governance the way it is: run by a small group of technical nonprofit and volunteer organizations, most of them based in the United States.


    On the other side will be representatives from countries where governments want to place restrictions on how people use the Internet. These include Russia, China, Brazil, India, Iran, and a host of others. All of them have implemented or experimented with more intrusive monitoring of online activities than the U.S. is publicly known to practice. A number of countries have openly called for the creation of a “new global body” to oversee online policy. At the very least, they’d like to give the United Nations a great deal more control over the Internet.
    There is a war under way for control of the Internet, and every day brings word of new clashes on a shifting and widening battlefront. Governments, corporations, criminals, anarchists—they all have their own war aims.

    Aside from wealth or arcane knowledge, the only other guarantor of security will be isolation. Some people will pioneer new ways of life that minimize their involvement online. Still others will opt out altogether—to find or create a little corner of the planet where the Internet does not reach. Depending on how things go, that little corner could become a very crowded place. And you’d be surprised at how many of the best-informed people about the Internet have already started preparing for the trip.
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    Jeez, that was quick, Al-Qaeda’s gone dark already.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...y.html?hpid=z1
    Al-Qaeda’s main Web forums have been offline for the past 11 days in what experts say are the longest sustained outages of the sites since they began operating eight years ago.

    No one has publicly claimed responsibility for disabling the sites, but the breadth and the duration of the outages have prompted some experts to conclude the forums have been taken down in a cyberattack — launched perhaps by a government, government-backed organization or hacking group.


    The first Web site, Shumukh al-Islam, a primary source for al-Qaeda videos and messages, went down on March 22, and since then four others have gone dark. The administrator of a second-tier al-Qaeda site recently posted a message on an online forum saying that “the media arena is witnessing a vicious attack by the cross and its helpers on the jihadi media castles.”
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    Thanks for posting this. Will I get an invite, do you think?

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    The rumor around DC is that you're the chair, so you better show!
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    Am surprised this has not already generated a thread here.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...y.html?hpid=z1
    LONDON — Under daily observation from thousands of surveillance cameras mounted everywhere from street corners to taxicabs to public parks, Britons rank among the most-watched people on Earth. But a new government plan is poised to take the gaze of this nation’s security services dramatically deeper: letting them examine the text messages, phone calls, e-mails and Web browsing habits of every person in the country.
    The “snooping” proposal set to be presented in Parliament later this year is sparking an uproar over privacy in Britain, fueling a debate over the lengths to which intelligence agencies should go in monitoring citizens — a debate that has resonance on both sides of the Atlantic.
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    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...medium=twitter

    It's waaaaay past time for physical resistance to this shower of ignoramuses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewinder View Post
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...medium=twitter

    It's waaaaay past time for physical resistance to this shower of ignoramuses.
    This deserves its own thread

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    China just restored service to two Twitter type services after a three day blackout. Reason for the blackout, commenter’s on the two services were “at war” with each other over unsubstantiated rumors of a coup in Bejing.
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    Richard Clarke in The New York Times on Chinese cyberattacks For months, Congress has heard testimony about oversees cyberattacks, much of it from China, that takes valuable data from U.S. firms and government researchers. "Yet the same Congress that has heard all of this disturbing testimony is mired in disagreements about a proposed cybersecurity bill that does little to address the problem of Chinese cyberespionage," writes Clarke. He describes the economic threat our unsafe data poses, and the current lack of protection, or even of knowledge that our data is insecure. With Congress tied up in debate, he suggests Obama act unilaterally to shore up defenses against cyberattacks, and he addresses ways the government could do this while respecting privacy concerns. "But by failing to act, Washington is effectively fulfilling China’s research requirements while helping to put Americans out of work," he warns.
    It’s not hard to imagine what happens when an American company pays for research and a Chinese firm gets the results free; it destroys our competitive edge. Shawn Henry, who retired last Friday as the executive assistant director of the F.B.I. (and its lead agent on cybercrime), told Congress last week of an American company that had all of its data from a 10-year, $1 billion research program copied by hackers in one night. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, head of the military’s Cyber Command, called the continuing, rampant cybertheft “the greatest transfer of wealth in history.”
    General Alexander testified last week that his organization saw an inbound attack that aimed to steal sensitive files from an American arms manufacturer. The Pentagon warned the company, which had to act on its own. The government did not directly intervene to stop the attack because no federal agency believes it currently has the authority or mission to do so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewinder View Post
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...medium=twitter

    It's waaaaay past time for physical resistance to this shower of ignoramuses.
    A petulant politician!
    And a reluctance to explain your decisions and points in a public area!
    Why is this guy a public representative?

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    Expect to hear more about this in the coming days. Not sure yet if the concerns are justified or misplaced, but it’s always good to be vigilant. Read more at link.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-va...rsecurity-bill
    Online activists who helped sink the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) earlier this year have now turned their sights to a House cybersecurity bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

    In recent days, posts comparing CISPA to SOPA have received thousands of "up votes" on Web forum Reddit and have reached the front page of the popular link and discussion site.

    A Google search for "CISPA" now returns numerous blogs that decry the legislation as an attempt to censor the Internet. One online petition opposing the bill has already gathered more than 300,000 signatures.
    But a House aide who supports CISPA said the measure has nothing to do with anti-piracy enforcement or censorship.

    "There's no authority to censor or block sites in the bill," he said. "The only authority is to share information with the private sector and for them to voluntarily share it with the government. There's nothing in here that would allow you to block or shutdown a website."
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    War by governments against free internet use is inevitable. They are simply unused to media that is not controlled in the interests of existing power structures. The "piracy" issue is the thin end of the wedge.

    The US has been taking down hundreds of off shore sites in the last few months.

    http://www.google.ie/url?sa=t&rct=j&...QRcfmN1QO9a1-A

    On the one hand, they don't want open discussion and information-sharing and on the other, they want the internet for business and intel purposes.

    With millions unemployed and in poverty, social conflict is expected. Both the US and UK are gearing up to use the internet for unprecedented levels of surveillance.

    This would suggest to me, on the basis of historical precedent, that these regimes are reaching a fragile/vulnerable stage in which they will require increasing repression and decreasing civil rights in order to try to maintain themselves.

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    That’s one way of looking at it. I share some of your concerns but am not quite so pessimistic. It’s not just UK/US, all governments are struggling with finding the appropriate balance. People love the new power and freedom the interwebs bestow, but with freedom and power come responsibility, and groups like anonymous constantly violate the responsibility part.We'd be better off without them.

    Gotta run back later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    That’s one way of looking at it. I share some of your concerns but am not quite so pessimistic. It’s not just UK/US, all governments are struggling with finding the appropriate balance. People love the new power and freedom the interwebs bestow, but with freedom and power come responsibility, and groups like anonymous constantly violate the responsibility part.We'd be better off without them.

    Gotta run back later.

    Political activisim is part of the freedom of web freedom. Kids acting the ******** I would agree is abuse but Anonymous serve a bigger purpose....
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    Good Tuesday morning and welcome to Morning Tech, where we're partying like it's 1997 now that 'Titanic' is back in theaters and phone booths are making a comeback. But back then, the movie wasn't in 3D, and the pay phones didn't look like giant iPads. Next month, 250 old phone booths in New York City will be equipped with 32-inch "smart screens" with Internet connections - and those touch-screens could one day replace all of the city's outdoor pay phones. From the New York Post: http://nyp.st/HrInPw

    HEADS UP: CDT, EFF, ACLU TO ANNOUNCE WEEK OF ACTION ON CISPA -- Later today, look for advocacy groups such as CDT, EFF, the ACLU and others to announce the launch of a 'week of action' to raise awareness about privacy and civil liberties concerns with CISPA. Final details are still being hashed out, but the effort will encourage people to contact their lawmakers about CISPA and highlight the privacy implications of the bill on Twitter and other forms of social media. It will take place next week, ahead of the planned 'cyber week' in the House, and is aimed at educating the wider public about the privacy red flags in the bill text so it can be amended to iron out those concerns. 'There's a candle of hope that the cybersecurity legislation could be amended in a way to address civil liberties concerns. One of the roles of the week of action is to educate individuals and get them to speak to out to Congress,' Rainey Reitman, activism director at EFF, told MT.

    ROGERS AND RUPPERSBERGER TO HOLD CISPA PRESS CALL-- The information sharing bill by House Intelligence Committee leaders Reps. Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger has taken a public image hit in recent days and is being branded as the next SOPA on Twitter. So Rogers and Ruppersberger will be hosting a press call with reporters this morning to describe how their bill will help companies better protect their networks, according to an Intel representative. Their bill is expected to be the lead cybersecurity bill heading to the House floor later this month, and the two lawmakers are expected to tackle the recent criticism ahead of floor action. Stay tuned.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-574...20&tag=nl.e703

    Millions of Internet users in Iran could soon be permanently cut off from the Web, social networks, and e-mail. In a statement released last week, Reza Taghipour, the Iranian minister for Information and Communications Technology, announced it plans to establish a national intranet within five months in an effort to create a "clean Internet," according to an International Business Times report. "All Internet Service Providers (ISP) should only present National Internet by August," Taghipour said in the statement.

    Web sites such as Google, Hotmail, and Yahoo will be blocked and replaced by government-administered services such as like Iran Mail and Iran Search Engine, according to the report. The government has already begun a registration process for those interested in using the Iran Mail that will verify and record user's full name and address.
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