Stop the Secrecy

BoingBoing: Governments should focus on cybersecurity, not spying

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 15:30 -- Eva Prkachin

Government spying is putting our cybersecurity at risk

Article by Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing

Citizenlab's Ron Diebert lays out the terrible contradiction of putting spy agencies -- who rely on vulnerabilities in the networks used by their adversaries -- in change of cybersecurity, which is securing those same networks for their own citizens.

The Intercept: U.S.-built surveillance tools found in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 14:16 -- Eva Prkachin

Have U.S. firms been complicit in oppressive regimes in Central Asia?

- Article by Cora Currier for The Intercept

U.S. and Israeli companies have been selling surveillance systems to Central Asian countries with records of political repression and human rights abuse, according to a new report by Privacy International. The U.K.-based watchdog charges that the American firms Verint and Netronome enable surveillance in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Defend the Internet: Join the DAT

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 09:53 -- Eva Prkachin

At OpenMedia, we believe in the possibilities of the open Internet. We're working to safeguard the possibility to easily create ties and connections with people all over the world.

The challenge, however, is when those ties remain weak -- when we only know each other very loosely, not enough to collaborate on big projects together, or build relationships over time.

Wired: Utahns are getting increasingly fed up with the NSA

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:48 -- David Christopher

Lawmakers in Utah have found a new way to push back against the NSA’s collection of citizens’ private data.

Article by Robert McMillan for Wired

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would shut off the water spigot to the massive data center operated by the National Security Agency in Bluffdale, Utah.

The legislation, proposed by Utah lawmaker Marc Roberts, is due to go to the floor of the Utah House of Representatives early next year, but it was debated in a Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee meeting on Wednesday. The bill, H.B. 161, directs municipalities like Bluffdale to “refuse support to any federal agency which collects electronic data within this state.”

Ars Technica: How cities can lead growth in Internet infrastructure

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:25 -- Eva Prkachin

U.S. cities are getting tired of Big Telecom's price gouging and slow connections, so they're taking matters into their own hands.

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

State and local governments aren't typically known for leading the way on technology. Remember that West Virginia library that uses a $20,000 router for a building the size of a trailer?