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Falkvinge, Rick 隼 has been shared in 41 public circles

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The 7 Pillars Book16,216Some of the best to circle here on Google+.Thank you everyone for the awesome content and engagement that you provide. #HighlyCircleable  #2.Thank you for sharing to get included next week.Have been making some additions and improvements to The 7 Pillars Book. Including the chapter on Google+. Still just $14.95 to get the book and all updates for the rest of your life. Read the introductuion here for free  just go to http;//michaelqtodd.com/the7pillarsbook/introductionThank youMichael2014-07-16 21:30:28484369185
Nick Warner399Check out these awesome Friends of Mine!2014-07-08 15:35:535007010
The 7 Pillars Book15,244Highly circleable people you will benefit from being connected with on Google+.Just click "Add People" in the middle of this circle to make the connection. In some cases you will not be able to add all of them at once. Just come back again tomorrow and click again. Google sometimes makes a daily limit of how many people you can add.Thank you for supporting and promoting this circle let`s make it a popular one.Michael http://michaelqtodd.com2014-07-04 22:28:2148436128134
The 7 Pillars Book13,923New Pie has been released on Empire Avenue.Thank you everyone who has used it to max out at http://empireavenue.com/7PillarsBookHope you are having a great week and thank your for supporting and sharing the #EmpireBall  2014-06-11 11:10:21462167691
The 7 Pillars Book12,903Very sorry but I shared this with a private setting last week so here it is again!The #EmpireBall  4 hope that you all connect and give this some promotion and then head on over to Empire Avenue 2014-05-20 03:55:49462215869
Dylan Cuffy10,308#WhatLiesAground Well...you've been waiting for days, so I'll give it to you now.Welcome to the final edition of what I now dub the Fab 500! Time to say hello (and happy Easter) to this bunch of fine folks. Eleven here, not the usual ten, because someone's account went bye-bye without a word:• +Louie Baur, +Empire Avenue stalwart; ask for him whenever you want aerial views of your car dealership• +Alexander Moschella, a furry who also thrives on +Fiverr• +Juan Reyes (poet hailing from Texas; not that +Juan Reyes, our last milestone man. Thanks, +A Long!)• +Karen Woodward (yet another lit geek; thanks, +Sarah Brown!)• +Philippe TREBAUL (circled through an Empire mission)• +Domenico Mallimo (who had another milestone of his own—15,000 followers—the other day)• +Chris Voss (who recently gave FB users a compelling reason to switch to G+ or elsewhere)• +Kenneth Burchett (follower #10,000 of mine; also, a spot in my Marigot Magic dedication)• +Ray Hamlet (Dominica's second-best on G+)• +Angie Person (another Caribbean user, this time from Aruba; thanks, 2014-04-20 21:55:195001012
Dylan Cuffy9,742#WhatLiesAground  (originally posted March 29)Ten more followers till this Fab circle is done. Say hello to +Brandon Leibowitz and the others I don't have time to remember (since I added them many weeks ago). If Jingles says "mentioned in post", then you're already there. Enjoy your night, fellows!NEXT UPDATE: 500 followers, ETA sometime in early April.2014-03-30 00:00:09490308
Becky Collins5,313Memes circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-03-19 04:06:184979314
Dylan Cuffy7,660#WhatLiesAground Duplicating the Fab 400+ here, just for +CircleCount tracking purposes. (Beats me why they skip community posts, as I've recently discovered.)(For +Jens Graikowski, +Michael Q Todd, +Justin Matthew, and +Daniel Stock.)2014-01-08 23:53:05450001
Benjamin Gustafsson6,174This is my BIG circle with interesting G+ users. I focus on interesting content and high engagement.To be included in future releases of this shared circle:1. Interact with at least 10 of my posts. This can be done using +1:s, comments and/or sharing my posts. Simply explained: Read my posts and press like on the posts that you like. I need to know which of my posts are interesting (to improve my posts in the future).2. Post interesting stuff in your own stream. (I want to promote users that produce high quality posts in any subject. Your content is important to me!)3. Like and share this circle. Then comment on this post to tell me that you want to be included in the circle. (Also recommend other users with interesting high quality posts, I want to find them all!)Hope you all find something interesting in my circle. I have spent many hours to filter out these G+ users from the ocean of users that only posts boring memes. And I am very proud of the result! My feed is a happy and interesting experience every day. :)2013-11-11 16:18:5036512617
Dylan Cuffy2,404#WhatLiesAground Speaking of +Jens Graikowski, the circle showcase continues.You are now looking at The Chosen 44, a special group of people I rounded up on G+ back in February. To reiterate from the post that first introduced them, this is a circle of more-or-less active people and profiles whom I've followed for ages.I had only one purpose to use this circle in the first place: to show them some screencaps from "Mouse Warming", a 1952 Looney Tunes short so obscure that it was hard to get until much recently (when Warner Bros. included it in their Mouse Chronicles collection on DVD). This, for a rodent romance directed by none other than the talented Chuck Jones himself!Sad to say, that project's stalled out practically ever since I posted the credits. Maybe by tomorrow I'll resume it at long last--if we can get an alternative audio jack on the CPU working. But we shall prosper eventually!That's not all, folks! Tomorrow, you'll get to meet my Top 10 most relevant accounts on G+, and also some of the circle networks I rounded up at the start of the year.(To those in this circle: If you see "shared directly" with this message in your notifications, that means you're already included right here.)2013-05-31 16:38:4244102
Dylan Cuffy2,364#WhatLiesAground And to start things off with the circle showcase, this is "Following", my main group. If you see "shared directly" with this message in your notifications, you're already included there--newcomer +Jens Graikowski included!If you want to add some variety to your stream, please add this and give it a try. Every kinda people makes our world go round!2013-05-30 00:24:32165202
AyJay Schibig16,440ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! Circles I am curating:21ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS (1&2), ALL KINDS, DISCOVERY, FULL CIRCLE,SOCIAL, ECLECTIC,ENGAGERS, AWESOME, NEW HORIZONS and BOOST#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-04-13 06:43:023024213
Euro Maestro45,996Weekly roundup and the Who's Who of Google Plus !#sharedcircles       #top500       #ff       #euromaestrocircles#euromaestro       #sundayseven   #weeklyreview  The top gplussers in the world this week  http://www.circlecount.com/euromaestrowhoswho/Did you know ...Did you know you can filter any of these lists to see the top women or the top men only ?Many thanks to +Circlecount for making this possible.See who has page rank 5https://plus.google.com/u/0/107040353898400532534/posts/GJEGrShRT5BCheck out the updated page rank 6 circle.https://plus.google.com/u/0/107040353898400532534/posts/LBgBVHD3aCZDo you enjoy hangouts and especially hangouts on Air ?Then you should probably join +the hangout community created by +eric Lawhttps://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/111908884964008706149 Using Google Plus for Business ? Then you need to visit the Google+ Business Network started by +Thomas Powerhttps://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112018269313331128287I’ve been at tech conferences pretty much all week ! Do you have an idea for a startup ?Perhaps you are getting ready to launch a new product or service.And you want to know how to gain visibility for your seed funding ? Well, you should have been at #devoxxfr to see +Louis Gray gave his talkbut the next best thing is that Louis has put the deck onlinehttps://plus.google.com/u/0/100535338638690515335/posts/9Jn3bDUJfcEAre you looking for a tool to help you with circle management ?Check out this Chrome extension, Circlescope Premium by  +Ehsan Ahmadi GharachehDo you want the best information about Android ?Then you should be following +Derek RossAnd of course reading www.androidauthority.com Check out Derek’s great post about Google’s unified chat service.https://plus.google.com/u/0/107538503004482952974/posts/X7PfhirsA8GDo you like tech talk ? Especially Linux Talk ?You should be following +Liz Quilty who won’t hold anything back.https://plus.google.com/u/0/114228869493885222559/posts/XjLbHGfPn2f Daria Musk is getting Glass, how cool is that ?https://plus.google.com/u/0/100974258168375166691/posts/JKWxsxgpo9pCharity News+Ca2013-03-29 18:48:0335518190169
Euro Maestro45,295Weekly roundup and the Who's Who of Google Plus !#sharedcircles       #top500       #ff       #euromaestrocircles #euromaestro       #sundayseven   #weeklyreview  The top gplussers in the world this week  http://www.circlecount.com/euromaestrowhoswho/Did you know ...Did you know you can filter any of these lists to see the top women or the top men only ?Many thanks to +CircleCount  for making this possible.Who improved the most this week ?http://www.circlecount.com/euromaestrowhoswhoraise/What is page rank ? (continued)Who has the highest page rank on Google Plus ? See my page rank 6 circle.https://plus.google.com/u/0/107040353898400532534/posts/AGqA4Lkb4fJWant to calculate the page rank yourself ? https://plus.google.com/u/0/107040353898400532534/posts/RdZ25DRduYQRead more about page rank with +Joshua Berg's  4 part series.https://plus.google.com/u/0/110133760398936676625/posts/7zmCRMP7UroSee what +Timothy Coxon has to say about ithttps://plus.google.com/u/0/117813201840208779548/posts/ckiKkA1fNQt+Mark Traphagen discusses Author Rank with +Max Minzer in this hangoutAuthor Rank: Facts & Fiction with Mark Traphagen - Max Impact Ep. 025Using Google Plus for Business ? Then you need to visit the Google+ Business Network started by +Thomas Power https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112018269313331128287Do you want to create a Google Plus community or build one up ? Then y2013-03-22 22:52:58333194102191
Euro Maestro44,624Weekly roundup and the Who's Who of Google Plus !And the confessions of Euro Maestro. #sharedcircles   #top500   #ff    #euromaestrocircles   #euromaestro     #sundayseven   #weeklyreview  The top gplussers in the world this week  http://www.circlecount.com/euromaestrowhoswho/Did you know ...Did you know you can filter any of these lists to see the top women or the top men only ?Many thanks to Circlecount for making this possible.What is page rank ?Well, there have been some posts this week talking about pagerank. There's a site where presumably you can check out the pagerank for any url.www.prchecker.net I have no idea if there is any accuracy to it but these are some sample results taken from that site. Name ScoreBarack Obama 7Danny Sullivan 6Euro Maestro 6Guy Kawasaki 6Jamie Oliver 6Jeff Jarvis 6Larry Page 6Robert Scoble 6+Sarah Hill 6Vic Gundotra 6Amanda Blain 5Arianna Huffington 5Brittney Spears 5Dalai Lama 5Gina Trapani 5Kim Kardashian 5Klaus Herrmann 5Linda Lawrey 5Mike Elgan 5Paris Hilton 5Trey Ratcliff 5William Shatner 5Alida Brandenburg 4Carter Gibson 4Fraser Cain 4George Stephanopoulos 4Michelle Marie 4Robbie Williams 4Ron Clifford 4Harbhajan Singh 3Amit Agarwal 1If you find someone with a score of 7 or higher, let me know.In other newsSamsung has released its new smartphone with some interesting features.The ability to take two photos or two videos at once (front and back cameras) and also eye tracking capabilities. Will this Samsung phone finally dethrone Apple's iPhone ?The top photographers this week+Rinus Bakker  +Mike Shaw  +Trey Ratcliff  Still working on an automated list for this. Stay tuned. The top gplussers in Europehttp://www.circlecount.com/cont-eu/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Canadahttp://www.circlecount.com/ca/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Chinahttp://www.circlecount.com/cn/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Finlandhttp://www.circlecount.com/fi/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Francehttp://www.circlecount.com/fr/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Germany2013-03-15 19:33:0932530084162
Euro Maestro44,196Weekly roundup and the Who's Who of Google Plus !#sharedcircles      #top500      #ff      #euromaestrocircles     #euromaestro       #sundayseven   #weeklyreview  Find out where you are on CircleCount  http://www.circlecount.com/euromaestrowhoswho/The top photographers this week+Rinus Bakker  +Mike Shaw  +Trey Ratcliff  With the Google redesign this week, we were not able to make the changes necessary to fully incorporate category list. Stay tuned.  The top gplussers in Europehttp://www.circlecount.com/cont-eu/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Canadahttp://www.circlecount.com/ca/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Chinahttp://www.circlecount.com/cn/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Finlandhttp://www.circlecount.com/fi/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Francehttp://www.circlecount.com/fr/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Germanyhttp://www.circlecount.com/de/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Indiahttp://www.circlecount.com/in/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in the UKhttp://www.circlecount.com/gb/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in the UShttp://www.circlecount.com/us/euromaestrowhoswho/Congrats to +Marques Brownlee and +Amanda Blain pretty consistently in a virtual tie for the number 1 spot. Congrats also to +Luke Mulvey who shot up in the rankings this week. Who are the top 50 in my country ?On the top of the page change "all countries" in the selection field to the country that you are interested in to see the top engagers for that country. Where am I or my friends on the list ?If you don't see yourself or your friends, just put your name or his name in the search box and you can find the scores and ranking.  Click on "open page with profile" to see  who is right above or below as well. How can I find the list durin2013-03-10 21:53:30260852485
AyJay Schibig15,217ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! Circles I am curating:21ST CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS (1&2), ALL KINDS, DISCOVERY, FULL CIRCLE,SOCIAL, ECLECTIC,ENGAGERS, AWESOME, NEW HORIZONS and BOOST#circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou     #ShareYourCircle2013-03-02 11:23:44245206
Euro Maestro43,443Weekly roundup and the Who's Who of Google Plus !#sharedcircles     #top500     #ff     #euromaestrocircles     #euromaestro     #weeklyreview  Find out where you are on CircleCount  http://www.circlecount.com/euromaestrowhoswho/The top photographers this week+Rinus Bakker  +Mike Shaw  +Trey Ratcliff  Next week, I'll do a long list of photographers. If you want to be included, just tell me in the comments you want to be included in the photographers category.+Jason Joseph  is one of the great photographers that helps moderate Trey's photographer's community.  He has some amazing work and I understand that there will be some prints on sale next week. News from around the Google Plusverse !Google ends its #ifihadglass  campaignYou can read about it in TechCrunch but something tells me that +Derek Ross  and +Trey Ratcliff  were not too impressed by this posthttp://techcrunch.com/2013/02/28/youdidntgetglass-google-has-closed-registrations-for-their-ifihadglass-pre-order-ploy/The judge from the UK Samsung vs Apple case in the news, post by +Mike Elgan https://plus.google.com/+MikeElgan/posts/iYNgzVNKEWf+Randy Hilarski and +Anabell araúz  a husband and wife team are number 1 and number 2 in Panama in terms of having the most followers. 2013-03-01 19:57:422301593396
Euro Maestro42,940Weekly roundup and the Who's Who of Google Plus !#sharedcircles    #top500    #ff    #euromaestrocircles    #euromaestro    #weeklyreview  Find out where you are on CircleCount  http://www.circlecount.com/euromaestrowhoswho/The top gplussers in Europehttp://www.circlecount.com/cont-eu/euromaestrowhoswho/+Ali Adelstein Euro Maestro +Rinus Bakker  Mike Shaw +Paco Barranco  The top gplussers in Canadahttp://www.circlecount.com/ca/euromaestrowhoswho/+Amanda Blain  +Denis Labelle  +Robert Armstrong  Darryl Van GaalRon CliffordThe top gplussers in Chinahttp://www.circlecount.com/cn/euromaestrowhoswho/+变态辣椒  +William Long  The top gplussers in Finlandhttp://www.circlecount.com/fi/euromaestrowhoswho/Mikko LagerstedtMikko Tyllinen+Jaana Nyström  The top gplussers in France+Euro Maestro  +Morgan Abbou  David Guetta The top gplussers in Germanyhttp://www.circlecount.com/de/euromaestrowhoswho/+Ali Adelstein  +Patrick Graber  Phillip SteuerCarston Knobloch+jan schellenberger  The top gplussers in Indiahttp://www.circlecount.com/in/euromaestrowhoswho/Kirthika MGayatri VantilluShailja Sharma+Rahul Roy  Sunidhi KapoorThe top gplussers in the UKhttp://www.circlecount.com/gb/euromaestrowhoswho/+Mike Shaw   Alison ThurstonEmma WatsonKate Savage+April Summers  The top rapper+Soulja Boy The top gplussers in the UShttp://www.circlecount.com/us/euromaestrowhoswho/+Marques Brownlee  +Rosa Golijan  +Carter Gibson  +Wil Wheaton  +Nixie Pixel  The top 25 in the World1  Marques Brownlee  55k follow  1000 Engage  100 Edge  199 coms  249 shares  1323 likes2  Amanda Blain  2517k follow  1000 Engage  77 Edge  156 coms  183 shares  861 likes3  Rosa Golijan  857k follow  1000 Engage  83 Edge  143 coms  113 shares  675 likes4  Ali Adelstein  23k follow  1000 Engage  100 Edge  128 coms  152 shares  518 likes5  Euro Maestro  42k follow  1000 Engage  99 Edge  174 coms  96 shares  232 likes6  Neila Rey  34k follow  1000 Engage  100 Edge  223 coms  292 shares  1225 likes7  Rinus Bakker  53k follow  1000 Engage  100 Edge  284 coms  237 shares  1043 likes8  Malaika Ali  33k follow  1000 Engage  100 Edge  147 coms  231 shares  696 likes9  Mike Shaw  1862k follow  1000 Engage  78 Edge  146 coms  110 shares  1125 likes10  nicinhagil gil  51k follow  1000 Engage  99 Edge  150 coms  103 shares  210 2013-02-22 23:43:58130691760
AyJay Schibig13,588ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2013-01-10 07:15:50257003
AyJay Schibig12,717ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2012-12-21 06:26:433277010
AyJay Schibig12,080ECLECTIC CIRCLEFeel free to add  and re-share. this  Eclectic Circle of  G Plussers! #circleoftheday   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlesharingforthepeopleplc   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleday   #publiccirclesproject   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  #sharedpublicircles   #circle   #circles   #circlemeup  #awesomepeople   #awesomecircle   #circleme   #sharedpoint   #sharewithyou 2012-12-12 04:23:1442210216
Zbynek Kysela1,918BEST SHARED CIRCLE - Share, share, share!===================================HOW TO BE PART OF IT: 1) Add this circle to your circles -> Add circle2) Share added circle with option "include yourself in shared circle". Done. You're welcome :) ZbynekMy entire social presence:*****************************http://xeeme.com/bouchac*****************************2012-12-07 20:33:1441920625
Kurt Smith14,400Thought Provokers Circle Share - Who's Made You Think Lately?Who's Made You Think Lately? Are they in this circle? For me, +Dede Craig King had me really going last Monday, +Lacerant Plainer always gets me thinking, and just a few days ago it was +Randy Hilarski.Here's latest round of the Thought Provokers Circle. This is an #awesomesauce  circle of great plussers who will make you think (we're all trying anyway). The cool thing about this circle is that you had to be recommended by someone else to get in.Add & Reshare so others can discover these awesome people to follow. Current members please update your circle. If you'd like to join in, please suggest 3-5 people and tell why they make you think. #circleshare   #circles   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharepubliccircle   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles  2012-12-04 15:53:26287653061
Brunner Nathan325Some people that comment and follow back.Don't forget to give a share and a plus one.#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing #publiccircle #circles2012-11-29 18:03:5327516419
Tim Vunse884Här är min egen cirkel, "Webbfolk". Jag följer tusentals personer och har ingen möjlighet att sortera alla på något perfekt vis. I denna grupp har helt enkelt alla svenskar med intresse för webben, integritet på nätet, eller teknik i allmänhet, hamnat.Har ni fler? Pinga mig!2012-11-07 19:52:12369213
Kurt Smith6,542Thought Provokers Circle Share -- Plussers Who 'Make You Go Hmm...'Next round of the Thought Provokers Circle. An amazing circle of great plussers who will make you think, well maybe. Here's some of the people and wisdom inside:"And a few of us that make you go "HUH???" from +Bearman Cartoons. " Ummmm.... I suddenly feel like I'm back in grade school again and the entire class is giving me the look... You're going to get your arse kicked at recess!!!! said +Frank Garufi Jr.. Check out and discover some new people - I've met +Dede Craig King, +Susanne Ramharter, +MommyLovesTech.Add & Reshare so others can discover these awesome people to follow. Current members please update your circle. If you'd like to join in, please suggest 3-5 people and why they make you think.#circles   #circle   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  +Full Circle +Circles +CIRCLES on Google+ 2012-10-31 14:11:37275922881
Nils Tschampel1,066The Cream of the Crop of June 2012What's this?On +CircleCount  everyday some very interesting persons are choosen and recommended. These are persons without hunders of thousands of followers but with a lot of interesting content. You won't find silent people here leading the rankings, but interesting people that are worth to be followed.You can find the Cream of the Crop daily here:http://www.circlecount.com/daily/Past Cream of the Crop circles:May 2012: http://goo.gl/4Tq43April 2012: http://goo.gl/NvbKjMarch 2012: http://goo.gl/3auLoFebruary 2012: http://goo.gl/TWYpKJanuary 2012: http://goo.gl/HBdHbDecember 2011: http://goo.gl/RBCpgNovember 2011: http://goo.gl/x6TJkOctober 2011: http://goo.gl/2xVn92012-07-08 22:33:42297371847
Lamar Jamieson0Quite an interesting circle. You will find here a great variety of people. From artists, writers and photographers to business people. Please add & share!2012-07-04 12:30:44190717
Susanne Ramharter12,084Circle recommendation for new Google+ UsersIf you are wondering about what's the big deal about Google+ because your stream is empty then look no further. This is my crazy, mixed-up, circle of great people. You will find professors, authors, artists, class clowns, serious people, spiritual people, social media types, business people and some are here because they are just so nice.For TIPS TO GET PEOPLE TO CIRCLE YOU you may want to check:https://plus.google.com/u/0/111635150542674847021/posts/Q6c3ikBhdT3+Shared Circles Shared a Circle with You , +Best Shared Circle,  #circleshare   #circles  2012-06-21 18:24:2918933830
Mimmi Dahlström1,413Ny - uppdaterad Stockholmscirkel.Den växer sakta men säkert. Ping +Svenska Cirklar 2012-06-09 22:14:42772501
Susanne Ramharter8,399Friday is for sharing circles - here are my hand picked Top Engagers this is my 'go to' circle - it is hand picked and, if I had to limit my contacts to just one circle of 500, though I would certainly miss many people - this group would have absolute priority in my personal circle of 500.This group is international, smart, funny, and most of all, extremely nice and friendly, always ready to help someone new, speak words of encouragement, provide food for thought or just intelligent jokes. (very few cat pictures - but, occasionally....)Check them out, I can honestly recommend every single one!feel free to share, or recommend people that are your favorites2012-04-27 15:19:1512724316
Mike Shaw1,146,786Circle Share TwoThis was a circle made up of G+ members that YOU recommended in a thread I asked for a while ago, enjoy the great collection you came up with )2012-04-17 13:39:414987552170
Samuel Estenlund250I decided today is the circle sharing day.Here's my uncaterogized following circle! All kinds of everything is in here!2012-04-13 13:15:11245044
Susanne Ramharter5,750Friday Favorite Engagers Circleyou know how they say your limit for friendships (or following) is around 150 people? Well, here is my start on those 150 people on Google+.These are people that I engage with most often because:they are smart, funny, engaged in causes, artistic, intelligent, just plain nice, or any combination thereof.So please, feel free to check them out. Next to some of the big names you will find others not so well known but all worth watching . (well, I couldn't say 'interacting with', could I - prepositions and so...)+CircleCount2012-03-30 20:28:539620316
Ola Hesselroth0Har saknat någon som delar en cirkel med IT profiler i Sverige. Därför delar jag nu min cirkel med profiler som jag funnit intressanta så här långt på G+. Är det så att ni saknar någon som ni tycker ska vara med så är ni mer än välkomna att lägga till de eller er själva. Enda kravet är att ha någon form av IT intresse eller påverkan på branschen i Sverige.2012-03-11 22:56:3782001
Daniel Karlsson3,186En aktiv, inspirerande och levande gemenskap!Upplever du Google Plus som en tom spökstad? Det finns en inspirerande och i allra högsta grad levande gemenskap här. Om du följer några aktiva plussare så upptäcker du snabbt det. Har du få eller inaktiva personer i dina cirklar är det självklart att det ser tomt ut. Se den här cirkeln som en grundplåt för att få fart på flödet. "Spökcirkeln."Fyll i din profil och posta några egna offentliga inlägg som visar vad du är intresserad av är också ett bra råd. Klicka på +1-knappen samt skriv kommentarer på andras intressanta inlägg. Ge dig in i konversationerna även om du inte känner folket sedan tidigare. Våga ställ frågor. De flesta av oss är snälla! :) Varmt välkommen! Hoppas du kommer att trivas med oss!Fler namn?Det är alldeles klart att det saknas namn som borde vara med i den här cirkeln. Jag hoppas på ännu fler plusambassadörer. Kom gärna med fler rekommendationer.Lägg gärna till fler råd till nykomlingarna i kommentarerna. Tack för all hjälp! #Spökcirkel #Nybörjare #Nykomling #Tomt_i_flödet2012-03-02 17:06:201419919
Mike Shaw721,375Your Recommendations CircleI have been putting this circle together from people that you recommend and I said that when it hit 500 I would share it again, its not all photography based and each member at the time of being added had less than 30,000 followers.Admissions to the circle are now closed but I hope you enjoy the mix of people that are here, thank you to all that recommended and there are a few that I have included as well.2012-02-22 18:33:0050012676137
emma marie andersson1,516Min påbörjade pp-cirkel. Dessa har jag lagt i en Piratparticirkel - men det är inte enbart PP-aktivister och medlemmar, utan även sådana som uttryckt sitt intresse av att följa samtal och diskussioner som förs av och med partiet. Det är säkert fler på G+ som skulle vilja vara med i den här cirkeln, så hojta till i så fall (eller motsatsen, om du inte är sugen på att följa längre). Tänkte att jag delar ut cirkeln så fler kan direktposta till intresserade. Vill gärna tipsa om Piratpartiets egna sida också som du hittar här: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/102145081044653505672/2012-02-17 17:32:25791925
Scott Ellis25My Bitcoiners circle. It belongs in the database (link below). Please comment if you want to be added/removed.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ao1OX3UN25EvdHRWR3lwWXQ0a0RhWnFuWml5RnJHdkE&hl=en_US#gid=0Scott Ellis shared a circle with you.2011-10-22 15:05:4952512

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2014-10-06 18:36:08 (35 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 40. The United Kingdom considers banning nonviolent dissent, has already banned privacy, and considers leaving the European Convention on Human Rights. Things are going in the completely wrong direction.

Presented by +Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/866681626683057

Liberties Report - week 40, 2014

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2014-10-03 10:47:10 (15 comments, 27 reshares, 135 +1s)Open 

The FBI doesn't have a moral leg to stand on criticizing Google and Apple over phone encryption. New column on Privacy News.

The FBI keeps hammering at Google and Apple, saying that encrypting cellphones by default helps all kinds of criminals. Frankly, this is disgusting. Of the FBI, that is. They don’t have a single moral leg to stand on.

The FBI’s furious strawman objections at Google and Apple basically boil down to “If you don’t keep that master key to the super-private devices you sell, we can’t force you to help us with walking straight into those super-private devices at our leisure and read whatever we like.”

Yes, that objection is true. But it’s not an undesired side effect. It’s the whole damn point in the first place.

It doesn’t matter if encryption of your private data “helps kidnappers”, which the FBIdesperately claims. I... more »

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2014-10-03 10:47:10 (15 comments, 27 reshares, 135 +1s)Open 

The FBI doesn't have a moral leg to stand on criticizing Google and Apple over phone encryption. New column on Privacy News.

The FBI keeps hammering at Google and Apple, saying that encrypting cellphones by default helps all kinds of criminals. Frankly, this is disgusting. Of the FBI, that is. They don’t have a single moral leg to stand on.

The FBI’s furious strawman objections at Google and Apple basically boil down to “If you don’t keep that master key to the super-private devices you sell, we can’t force you to help us with walking straight into those super-private devices at our leisure and read whatever we like.”

Yes, that objection is true. But it’s not an undesired side effect. It’s the whole damn point in the first place.

It doesn’t matter if encryption of your private data “helps kidnappers”, which the FBIdesperately claims. I... more »

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2014-11-25 19:57:43 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 47. The first bitcoin special episode of three: why bitcoin matters much more than its exchange rate, why it's effectively a language rather than a currency, and why it's beyond legal or illegal.

Presented by +Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript on the facebook Liberties Report page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/895580607126492

http://youtu.be/zdQoGxWFzLE

Liberties Report for week 47. The first bitcoin special episode of three: why bitcoin matters much more than its exchange rate, why it's effectively a language rather than a currency, and why it's beyond legal or illegal.

Presented by +Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript on the facebook Liberties Report page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/895580607126492

http://youtu.be/zdQoGxWFzLE___

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2014-11-22 12:02:56 (1 comments, 12 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

WhatsApp encryption shows value of metadata. New column on Privacy news.

WhatsApp starts encrypting all conversations end-to-end. Would Facebook really allow WhatsApp to throw away the business value in a 19-billion acquisition? Of course it wouldn’t. This demonstrates that the snoop value was in the metadata all along: the knowledge of who talks to whom, when, how, and how often. Not in the actual words communicated.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/11/whatsapp-encryption-shows-value-of-metadata/

WhatsApp encryption shows value of metadata. New column on Privacy news.

WhatsApp starts encrypting all conversations end-to-end. Would Facebook really allow WhatsApp to throw away the business value in a 19-billion acquisition? Of course it wouldn’t. This demonstrates that the snoop value was in the metadata all along: the knowledge of who talks to whom, when, how, and how often. Not in the actual words communicated.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/11/whatsapp-encryption-shows-value-of-metadata/___

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2014-11-20 06:25:57 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Swarmops approaching launch. Want to be part of it? Fund it, maybe? New article.

Swarmops is approaching launch. This is the back-end software that allowed the Swedish Pirate Party to beat its competition using less than one percent of their budget, but now generalized for any organization’s use – business or nonprofit. It’s also the only software in existence to do bitcoin-native automated accounting and cashflow. Do you want to be part of it? Fund it maybe?

http://falkvinge.net/2014/11/20/swarmops-getting-ready-for-general-use-want-to-be-part-of-it-fund-it-maybe/

Swarmops approaching launch. Want to be part of it? Fund it, maybe? New article.

Swarmops is approaching launch. This is the back-end software that allowed the Swedish Pirate Party to beat its competition using less than one percent of their budget, but now generalized for any organization’s use – business or nonprofit. It’s also the only software in existence to do bitcoin-native automated accounting and cashflow. Do you want to be part of it? Fund it maybe?

http://falkvinge.net/2014/11/20/swarmops-getting-ready-for-general-use-want-to-be-part-of-it-fund-it-maybe/___

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2014-11-18 19:12:25 (1 comments, 9 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 46. The UK and Iran both announce the introduction of the same kind of web censorship, the Swedish government insists on the illegal mass surveillance we know as data retention, and Finland steams ahead for bitcoin businesses.

Presented by Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript available at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/891831150834771

http://youtu.be/GcfaKM9iihY

Liberties Report for week 46. The UK and Iran both announce the introduction of the same kind of web censorship, the Swedish government insists on the illegal mass surveillance we know as data retention, and Finland steams ahead for bitcoin businesses.

Presented by Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript available at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/891831150834771

http://youtu.be/GcfaKM9iihY___

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2014-11-16 22:53:18 (5 comments, 8 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

The copyright monopoly wars are about to repeat, but much worse. New column on TorrentFreak.

The copyright monopoly war wasn't the war, it was the tutorial mission. The internet generation is using technology to assert its values and its place in society, and the old industrial generation is pushing back hard against irrelevance. Things are about to get much worse.

Politicians are clueless about the Internet because they don’t care about the Internet. They care about energy, healthcare, defense, education, and taxes, because they only understand the problems that defined the structures of the two previous generations – the structures now in power have simply retained their original definition, and those are the structures that put today’s politicians in power. Those structures are incapable of adapting to irrelevance.

Enter bitcoin.

Now fortoday... more »

The copyright monopoly wars are about to repeat, but much worse. New column on TorrentFreak.

The copyright monopoly war wasn't the war, it was the tutorial mission. The internet generation is using technology to assert its values and its place in society, and the old industrial generation is pushing back hard against irrelevance. Things are about to get much worse.

Politicians are clueless about the Internet because they don’t care about the Internet. They care about energy, healthcare, defense, education, and taxes, because they only understand the problems that defined the structures of the two previous generations – the structures now in power have simply retained their original definition, and those are the structures that put today’s politicians in power. Those structures are incapable of adapting to irrelevance.

Enter bitcoin.

Now for today’s million dollar question: do you think politicians care about the authority of the central bank and the core controllability of funds, finances, and taxation?

http://torrentfreak.com/copyright-monopoly-wars-repeat-much-worse-141116/___

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2014-11-14 19:22:50 (4 comments, 9 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

If you still think terrorist laws are used responsibly, here's your chance to reconsider. New column on Privacy News.

Terrorist laws are ridiculous. They are unnecessary, disproportionate, and ineffective – and in practice, they’re only used to abuse the law in both spirit and letter. The latest example of a high-schooler being charged with terrorism for silly restroom scribbles takes the cake.

For the past decade, the trigger word “terrorism” has been used to erode our privacy in all sorts of ways: our privacy of territory, of correspondence, of data, of body, of location. It’s kind of how “communism” was used in the 1950s. Or “jazz music” before then, for that matter. It’s as ridiculous now as it was then.

Do these restroom scribbles look like terrorism to you? Are they the same thing as airliners exploding, bombs going off in shopping mallsor wanton violence?... more »

If you still think terrorist laws are used responsibly, here's your chance to reconsider. New column on Privacy News.

Terrorist laws are ridiculous. They are unnecessary, disproportionate, and ineffective – and in practice, they’re only used to abuse the law in both spirit and letter. The latest example of a high-schooler being charged with terrorism for silly restroom scribbles takes the cake.

For the past decade, the trigger word “terrorism” has been used to erode our privacy in all sorts of ways: our privacy of territory, of correspondence, of data, of body, of location. It’s kind of how “communism” was used in the 1950s. Or “jazz music” before then, for that matter. It’s as ridiculous now as it was then.

Do these restroom scribbles look like terrorism to you? Are they the same thing as airliners exploding, bombs going off in shopping malls or wanton violence? No, of course they’re not. This doesn’t even qualify as art. It’s basically just some random teenager vandalism with a cheap Sharpie, as can be trivially observed.

This didn’t stop school officials and then law enforcement officials from going collectively insane and calling this an act of terrorism.

So this silly bathroom scribble by a minor is now an act of terrorism. And the person is going to be charged as an adult for it. For an act of terrorism. Does that sound reasonable to you, or does it sound more like completely out-of-this-world insane? So far out it doesn’t even reflect sunlight?

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/11/if-you-still-think-terrorist-laws-are-used-responsibly-heres-your-chance-to-reconsider/___

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2014-11-11 23:06:05 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 45. This week saw the Fifth of November as well as the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. These are quite connected. When the Wall fell, Europe rejoiced that the Eastern Bloc would become as free as the West and its citizens' privacy respected. It was never supposed to become the other way around.

Presented by +Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/888278371190049

Liberties Report - week 45, 2014

Liberties Report for week 45. This week saw the Fifth of November as well as the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. These are quite connected. When the Wall fell, Europe rejoiced that the Eastern Bloc would become as free as the West and its citizens' privacy respected. It was never supposed to become the other way around.

Presented by +Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/888278371190049

Liberties Report - week 45, 2014___

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2014-11-07 16:59:38 (0 comments, 11 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Remember, remember: Reflections on this year's Fifth of November. New column on Privacy News.

As this Fifth of November gathered more people than ever, demanding an end to surveillance and censorship and calling for civil liberties such as freedom of speech to be restored, it is adequate to reflect a bit, just as V originally did.

Unfortunately, most people still haven’t woken up to what’s happening in the world at this point. Our guaranteed privacy has been erased, our civil liberties abolished in all but name. And yet, most people haven’t taken notice because their days drudge on. Ominously, Berlin families in the winter of 1932 were still going skating in the park as they always had – all the rumors of bad things happening were elsewhere, not in the here and now, not interrupting the familiar.

And as if that’s not enough, all of it is recorded withthe expre... more »

Remember, remember: Reflections on this year's Fifth of November. New column on Privacy News.

As this Fifth of November gathered more people than ever, demanding an end to surveillance and censorship and calling for civil liberties such as freedom of speech to be restored, it is adequate to reflect a bit, just as V originally did.

Unfortunately, most people still haven’t woken up to what’s happening in the world at this point. Our guaranteed privacy has been erased, our civil liberties abolished in all but name. And yet, most people haven’t taken notice because their days drudge on. Ominously, Berlin families in the winter of 1932 were still going skating in the park as they always had – all the rumors of bad things happening were elsewhere, not in the here and now, not interrupting the familiar.

And as if that’s not enough, all of it is recorded with the express purpose of using our own conversations against us at some indeterminate point in the future, possibly under a different set of rules altogether. So even under the illusion of free speech, people are strongly encouraged to hold their tongue.

It is in this environment that people are increasingly choosing to not be obedient, but instead speak out about injustices. Entrepreneurs building technology that circumvents and subverts governmental command-and-control, people who penetrate the government and extract scathing evidence of wrongdoing, people who would rather take up arms as a last resort to defend themselves against assault from a repressive regime than sit down silently in obedience. These people used to be called industrialists, journalists, and freedom fighters. Today, they are called criminals, hackers (in a bad sense), and terrorists, scandalized by the mouthpiece media. For Your Protection.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/11/remember-remember-reflections-on-this-fifth-of-november/___

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2014-11-04 20:28:37 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 44, 2014. Despite Europe's dire lessons from one decade with Data Retention, Australia is now introducing the same concept. Today's mass surveillance doesn't just go slightly beyond what the East German Stasi had - it's many orders of magnitude worse.

Presented by +Private Internet Access  VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/883717658312787

http://youtu.be/ZiiRmxUi52o

Liberties Report for week 44, 2014. Despite Europe's dire lessons from one decade with Data Retention, Australia is now introducing the same concept. Today's mass surveillance doesn't just go slightly beyond what the East German Stasi had - it's many orders of magnitude worse.

Presented by +Private Internet Access  VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/883717658312787

http://youtu.be/ZiiRmxUi52o___

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2014-10-31 14:07:58 (4 comments, 7 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

People are unwittingly turning their homes into "Big Brother" houses. New column on Privacy News.

With the advent of cheap home-surveillance cameras, combined with an absence of understanding of information hygiene, millions of people are unwittingly turning their homes into Big Brother houses.

"It’s not the camera that provides this feed to your phone. The camera is not capable of that, unless you programmed it with your phone number, which you didn’t. It’s a company that accesses your camera and sends these images from your camera to your phone. Who at that company can also watch your camera’s video feed?", I ask.

At this point you can usually see people’s faces go blank as they’re confronted with something they didn’t consider. Some start to pale a little – you can see them mentally rewinding and replaying everything thathappened in vie... more »

People are unwittingly turning their homes into "Big Brother" houses. New column on Privacy News.

With the advent of cheap home-surveillance cameras, combined with an absence of understanding of information hygiene, millions of people are unwittingly turning their homes into Big Brother houses.

"It’s not the camera that provides this feed to your phone. The camera is not capable of that, unless you programmed it with your phone number, which you didn’t. It’s a company that accesses your camera and sends these images from your camera to your phone. Who at that company can also watch your camera’s video feed?", I ask.

At this point you can usually see people’s faces go blank as they’re confronted with something they didn’t consider. Some start to pale a little – you can see them mentally rewinding and replaying everything that happened in view of that camera.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/10/people-are-unwittingly-turning-their-homes-into-big-brother-houses/___

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2014-10-29 01:15:19 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 43. The UK presents yet another piece of alarming legislation, but this time, it is a textbook example of a bait-and-switch law that we all need to recognize wherever they appear. Sidechains present an enormous opportunity for financial disruption, and US militarized police kill yet more innocent civilians. Now with 15% more Battlestar Galactica quotes.

Presented by +Private Internet Access  VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/879920612025825

http://youtu.be/wqJTnbf20_8

Liberties Report for week 43. The UK presents yet another piece of alarming legislation, but this time, it is a textbook example of a bait-and-switch law that we all need to recognize wherever they appear. Sidechains present an enormous opportunity for financial disruption, and US militarized police kill yet more innocent civilians. Now with 15% more Battlestar Galactica quotes.

Presented by +Private Internet Access  VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/879920612025825

http://youtu.be/wqJTnbf20_8___

2014-10-26 14:06:47 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Good morning folks, I just wanted to make sure you haven't missed there's a whole lot of development going on in generalizing the Swedish Pirate Party software for general use? It was absolutely instrumental in allowing us to succeed on less than 1% of the competition's budget, and the software is public domain. Test it at http://dev.swarmops.com/ or join the Swarmops Developers group here on Facebook?

Developers, pilot installations, and feedback are always welcome!

Dev group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/swarmops.developers/
Github: https://github.com/Swarmops/Swarmops

Good morning folks, I just wanted to make sure you haven't missed there's a whole lot of development going on in generalizing the Swedish Pirate Party software for general use? It was absolutely instrumental in allowing us to succeed on less than 1% of the competition's budget, and the software is public domain. Test it at http://dev.swarmops.com/ or join the Swarmops Developers group here on Facebook?

Developers, pilot installations, and feedback are always welcome!

Dev group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/swarmops.developers/
Github: https://github.com/Swarmops/Swarmops___

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2014-10-24 12:59:32 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Why anonymity is paramount: Every other right begins with the right to seek information unhindered. New column on Privacy News.

It’s not just our superficial rights that are under assault. It’s the very foundation for all our other rights – the right to seek information freely, without being physically hindered, and without fear of reprisal or repercussions. Without that single right, all the other ones fall like dominoes. This is why anonymity is not a luxury, but a precondition for democracy as we know it.

If you can’t seek information unhindered, you’re not allowed to think freely.
If you can’t think freely, you can’t speak or vote freely.
If you can’t speak freely, you can’t share opinions or assemble freely.

Enter anonymity.

Anonymity is not just a right in itself – the right to send a message to anybody else withoutrevealing your iden... more »

Why anonymity is paramount: Every other right begins with the right to seek information unhindered. New column on Privacy News.

It’s not just our superficial rights that are under assault. It’s the very foundation for all our other rights – the right to seek information freely, without being physically hindered, and without fear of reprisal or repercussions. Without that single right, all the other ones fall like dominoes. This is why anonymity is not a luxury, but a precondition for democracy as we know it.

If you can’t seek information unhindered, you’re not allowed to think freely.
If you can’t think freely, you can’t speak or vote freely.
If you can’t speak freely, you can’t share opinions or assemble freely.

Enter anonymity.

Anonymity is not just a right in itself – the right to send a message to anybody else without revealing your identity. It is also a safeguard against taking away the right to free speech and free thought. It is a safeguard against poking holes in all of the above rights.

The right to anonymity is the last line of defense.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/10/why-anonymity-is-paramount-every-other-right-begins-with-the-right-to-seek-information-unhindered/___

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2014-10-21 05:21:07 (3 comments, 10 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 42, 2014. The UK now introduces the concept of 'online terrorism', which has no component of actual violence to it - merely speech. Free speech is dying, and the terrorist card is getting ridiculous. Also, horror stories from the European Parliament and Arizona. Our legislators, who should be our first line of defense for liberty, has instead become its adversaries.

Presented by +Private Internet Access  VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/875603375790882

http://youtu.be/0Sp86ecrtIY

Liberties Report for week 42, 2014. The UK now introduces the concept of 'online terrorism', which has no component of actual violence to it - merely speech. Free speech is dying, and the terrorist card is getting ridiculous. Also, horror stories from the European Parliament and Arizona. Our legislators, who should be our first line of defense for liberty, has instead become its adversaries.

Presented by +Private Internet Access  VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/875603375790882

http://youtu.be/0Sp86ecrtIY___

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2014-10-19 21:01:09 (2 comments, 11 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Illegal copying has always created jobs, growth, and prosperity. New column on TorrentFreak.

Throughout history, those who have copied the most have also always been the most prosperous, and for that reason. Bans on copying, like the copyright and patent monopolies, are just plain industrial protectionism.

Let’s look at a particularly horrible criminal from that time, Samuel Slater. In the UK, he was even known as “Slater the Traitor”. His crime was to memorize the drawings of a British textile mill, move to New York, and copy the whole of the British textile mill from memory – something very illegal. For this criminal act, building the so-called Slater Mill, he was hailed as “the father of the American Industrial Revolution” by those who would later displace the dominance of the UK – namely the United States. This copy-criminal also has a whole town named afterhim.
... more »

Illegal copying has always created jobs, growth, and prosperity. New column on TorrentFreak.

Throughout history, those who have copied the most have also always been the most prosperous, and for that reason. Bans on copying, like the copyright and patent monopolies, are just plain industrial protectionism.

Let’s look at a particularly horrible criminal from that time, Samuel Slater. In the UK, he was even known as “Slater the Traitor”. His crime was to memorize the drawings of a British textile mill, move to New York, and copy the whole of the British textile mill from memory – something very illegal. For this criminal act, building the so-called Slater Mill, he was hailed as “the father of the American Industrial Revolution” by those who would later displace the dominance of the UK – namely the United States. This copy-criminal also has a whole town named after him.

Copying brings jobs and prosperity. Copying has always brought jobs and prosperity. It is those who don’t want to compete who try to legislate a right to rest on their laurels and outlaw copying. It never works.

Nobody ever took the lead by voluntarily walking behind somebody else, after all. The rest of us copy, share, and innovate, and we wait for nobody who tries to legislate their way to competitiveness.

http://torrentfreak.com/illegal-copying-has-always-created-jobs-growth-and-prosperity-141019/___

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2014-10-17 08:56:59 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

"Defense in Depth" applies to individuals online too. New column on Privacy News.

In the military, in space engineering, and in software development, there is a principle called “Defense in Depth”. This principle should be applied in more contexts, particularly with regard to privacy. Instead, many people today put all their trust into one single magic-bullet security solution, and then get surprised when it fails.

Components fail. Services fail. Even for just a millisecond, which can be enough. This is why defense in depth must be applied to people’s privacy online as well.

What you need isn’t encrypted disks, encrypted communications, encrypted boot, encrypted home folder, or anonymized connectivity. You need all of it. Preferably several times encrypted. My data is encrypted three times in different layers, just because I know one layer could failwithout... more »

"Defense in Depth" applies to individuals online too. New column on Privacy News.

In the military, in space engineering, and in software development, there is a principle called “Defense in Depth”. This principle should be applied in more contexts, particularly with regard to privacy. Instead, many people today put all their trust into one single magic-bullet security solution, and then get surprised when it fails.

Components fail. Services fail. Even for just a millisecond, which can be enough. This is why defense in depth must be applied to people’s privacy online as well.

What you need isn’t encrypted disks, encrypted communications, encrypted boot, encrypted home folder, or anonymized connectivity. You need all of it. Preferably several times encrypted. My data is encrypted three times in different layers, just because I know one layer could fail without warning or notice. The typical example a decade ago would be that a VPN connection could fail temporarily for whatever reason, and a Windows XP box would just take it down, discover it still had connectivity (without the VPN), and silently continue doing whatever it was doing without even notifying the user that the user was now completely exposed. Oops. Fortunately, technology has advanced in that area, but similar problems remain with all services. That’s why you need secondary layers of protection. And tertiary. Defense in depth.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/10/defense-in-depth-applies-to-individuals-online-too/___

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2014-10-13 19:06:08 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Liberties report for week 41, 2014. On the Nobel Peace Prize, the Power of Narrative, and oppositional media: "Online haters" and "cyberbullying" have been good words to mention when lobbying for increased surveillance and crackdowns on the net. But who's been pushing for this, when you look a bit closer?

Presented by +Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript available at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/871267322891154

http://youtu.be/WK1sP6RsAVs

Liberties report for week 41, 2014. On the Nobel Peace Prize, the Power of Narrative, and oppositional media: "Online haters" and "cyberbullying" have been good words to mention when lobbying for increased surveillance and crackdowns on the net. But who's been pushing for this, when you look a bit closer?

Presented by +Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript available at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/871267322891154

http://youtu.be/WK1sP6RsAVs___

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2014-10-08 15:57:39 (0 comments, 9 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

If you have a moral right to own a safe, you also have a moral right to encrypt. New column on Privacy News.

Politicians and law enforcement are still on scare campaigns against encryption. Such campaigns are morally corrupt. You have as much moral right to defend your data, as you have to defend your territory. You are in the moral right when you buy a safe, and you are in the moral right when you encrypt your data and correspondence.

If you have a moral right to own a safe, and therefore a moral right to privacy of territory (even in the face of legal adversaries), then you also have a moral right to encryption, which brings privacy of data and correspondence.

Of course you have a moral right to own a safe, and this translates directly to privacies of data and correspondence. Encryption is not just proper. It’s the morally correct thing to do and to defend.more »

If you have a moral right to own a safe, you also have a moral right to encrypt. New column on Privacy News.

Politicians and law enforcement are still on scare campaigns against encryption. Such campaigns are morally corrupt. You have as much moral right to defend your data, as you have to defend your territory. You are in the moral right when you buy a safe, and you are in the moral right when you encrypt your data and correspondence.

If you have a moral right to own a safe, and therefore a moral right to privacy of territory (even in the face of legal adversaries), then you also have a moral right to encryption, which brings privacy of data and correspondence.

Of course you have a moral right to own a safe, and this translates directly to privacies of data and correspondence. Encryption is not just proper. It’s the morally correct thing to do and to defend.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/10/if-you-have-a-moral-right-to-own-a-safe-you-also-have-a-moral-right-to-encrypt/___

2014-10-08 00:00:23 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

"When you're letting the Disney Corp write law, you shouldn't be surprised at the resulting utter Mickey Mouse legislation." (on the copyright monopoly, of course)

"When you're letting the Disney Corp write law, you shouldn't be surprised at the resulting utter Mickey Mouse legislation." (on the copyright monopoly, of course)___

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2014-10-06 18:36:08 (35 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 40. The United Kingdom considers banning nonviolent dissent, has already banned privacy, and considers leaving the European Convention on Human Rights. Things are going in the completely wrong direction.

Presented by +Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/866681626683057

Liberties Report - week 40, 2014

Liberties Report for week 40. The United Kingdom considers banning nonviolent dissent, has already banned privacy, and considers leaving the European Convention on Human Rights. Things are going in the completely wrong direction.

Presented by +Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn

Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/866681626683057

Liberties Report - week 40, 2014___

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2014-10-05 20:28:58 (0 comments, 10 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Why are we letting critical infrastructure get regulated by a cartoon industry? New column on TorrentFreak.

We're letting a cartoon industry regulate the internet - the single most important infrastructure we have, which builds growth, jobs, civil liberties, and all future entrepreneurship. Why hasn't this been called out for its absurdity?

The net is clearly and by far the most critical piece of infrastructure existing today. Not only does it build all future jobs, growth, economy, and entrepreneurship; we also exercise all our civil liberties, civic duties, and spend a lot of our social activities on this infrastructure. It’s more important than any other piece of infrastructure in society. We can do without the phone network, without cable TV, even without paved roads when we have the net.

So why are we letting this infrastructure get regulated by ac... more »

Why are we letting critical infrastructure get regulated by a cartoon industry? New column on TorrentFreak.

We're letting a cartoon industry regulate the internet - the single most important infrastructure we have, which builds growth, jobs, civil liberties, and all future entrepreneurship. Why hasn't this been called out for its absurdity?

The net is clearly and by far the most critical piece of infrastructure existing today. Not only does it build all future jobs, growth, economy, and entrepreneurship; we also exercise all our civil liberties, civic duties, and spend a lot of our social activities on this infrastructure. It’s more important than any other piece of infrastructure in society. We can do without the phone network, without cable TV, even without paved roads when we have the net.

So why are we letting this infrastructure get regulated by a cartoon industry?

The industries inhibited by the copyright monopoly are contributing more to the economy by almost a factor of twelve-to-one compared to the copyright industry. In other words, for every job lost in the copyright industry, twelve more are created. (Even formal studies agree that more than one job in technology is created for every job lost in the copyright industry.)

It’s more than time we saw the cartoon industry for the cartoon industry they are, and kick them out of making policy for critical infrastructure.

http://torrentfreak.com/letting-critical-infrastructure-get-regulated-cartoon-industry-141005/___

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2014-10-03 10:47:10 (15 comments, 27 reshares, 135 +1s)Open 

The FBI doesn't have a moral leg to stand on criticizing Google and Apple over phone encryption. New column on Privacy News.

The FBI keeps hammering at Google and Apple, saying that encrypting cellphones by default helps all kinds of criminals. Frankly, this is disgusting. Of the FBI, that is. They don’t have a single moral leg to stand on.

The FBI’s furious strawman objections at Google and Apple basically boil down to “If you don’t keep that master key to the super-private devices you sell, we can’t force you to help us with walking straight into those super-private devices at our leisure and read whatever we like.”

Yes, that objection is true. But it’s not an undesired side effect. It’s the whole damn point in the first place.

It doesn’t matter if encryption of your private data “helps kidnappers”, which the FBIdesperately claims. I... more »

The FBI doesn't have a moral leg to stand on criticizing Google and Apple over phone encryption. New column on Privacy News.

The FBI keeps hammering at Google and Apple, saying that encrypting cellphones by default helps all kinds of criminals. Frankly, this is disgusting. Of the FBI, that is. They don’t have a single moral leg to stand on.

The FBI’s furious strawman objections at Google and Apple basically boil down to “If you don’t keep that master key to the super-private devices you sell, we can’t force you to help us with walking straight into those super-private devices at our leisure and read whatever we like.”

Yes, that objection is true. But it’s not an undesired side effect. It’s the whole damn point in the first place.

It doesn’t matter if encryption of your private data “helps kidnappers”, which the FBI desperately claims. It’s doubtful, but it’s also completely irrelevant. It doesn’t matter if it helps whomever horrible. Law enforcement just doesn’t get a master key to your house to walk in at their leisure, period. They need a search warrant. And even with a warrant, you’re under no obligation whatsoever to open the door for them; they have a legal right to try to break down your door, but absolutely no fictive right to succeed in breaking in. If they can’t bust down the door (or open a safe), even when it’s legal to do so, tough luck. That’s not your problem, nor should it be.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/10/fbi-doesnt-have-a-moral-leg-criticizing-google-apple-over-phone-encryption/___

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2014-09-29 18:16:11 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 39. With new Australian "terror laws" on the horizon, Western laws are changing to abolish rule of law itself.

Presented by +Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn/

Full transcript at the Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/862353433782543

Liberties Report - week 39, 2014

Liberties Report for week 39. With new Australian "terror laws" on the horizon, Western laws are changing to abolish rule of law itself.

Presented by +Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn/

Full transcript at the Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/862353433782543

Liberties Report - week 39, 2014___

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2014-09-25 14:57:11 (6 comments, 13 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

20 years later, mass crypto pioneers vindicated by Google and Apple. New column on Privacy News.

With Apple and Google both announcing default encryption for phones, we’ve hit a landmark pivot point. It used to be that encryption was a novelty for geeks. Now, big players are starting to take responsibility for the privacy of the less knowledgeable.

Some in law enforcement are furious. No wonder. Law hasn’t kept up with technology: Today, a phone is the most private thing an individual owns – far more private than, say, a diary was. The diary has extensive legal protection. A phone has had none at all. Police have been able to rummage through it at will, even without a search warrant. Law enforcement has mistaken their ability to violate privacy on a massive scale for a right to do so. There is no such thing.

After all, the police do not have the keys to yourhouse... more »

20 years later, mass crypto pioneers vindicated by Google and Apple. New column on Privacy News.

With Apple and Google both announcing default encryption for phones, we’ve hit a landmark pivot point. It used to be that encryption was a novelty for geeks. Now, big players are starting to take responsibility for the privacy of the less knowledgeable.

Some in law enforcement are furious. No wonder. Law hasn’t kept up with technology: Today, a phone is the most private thing an individual owns – far more private than, say, a diary was. The diary has extensive legal protection. A phone has had none at all. Police have been able to rummage through it at will, even without a search warrant. Law enforcement has mistaken their ability to violate privacy on a massive scale for a right to do so. There is no such thing.

After all, the police do not have the keys to your house, even if they have a search warrant. There is no reason they should have any keys to your phone, either. Or to your other correspondence and data. That’s the difference between a police state and a constitutional state – in the latter, the police don’t get everything they point at, and for good reason.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/09/20-years-later-mass-crypto-pioneers-vindicated-by-google-and-apple/___

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2014-09-24 17:06:23 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 38. With Scotland's independence referendum on one hand, and Apple and Google both announcing that they'll default to encrypting all phones in the future on the other, trust in the nation-state governments is eroding fast.

Presented by Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn/

Full transcript at the Liberties Report page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/859665684051318

Liberties Report - Week 38, 2014

Liberties Report for week 38. With Scotland's independence referendum on one hand, and Apple and Google both announcing that they'll default to encrypting all phones in the future on the other, trust in the nation-state governments is eroding fast.

Presented by Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn/

Full transcript at the Liberties Report page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/859665684051318

Liberties Report - Week 38, 2014___

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2014-09-23 14:07:51 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

"The Letter" is still the best story to explain why the copyright monopoly must be reduced. This week's column on TorrentFreak.

People are still getting distracted by the silly question of "how somebody will get paid" if the copyright monopoly is reduced. It's irrelevant, it's a red herring. What this debate is about is bringing vital civil liberties along from the analog environment into the digital - and that requires allowing file-sharing all out.

All of the letter's characteristics, which all embed vital civil liberties, have been lost in the transition to digital at the insistence of the copyright industry – so that they, as a third-party, can prevent people from sending letters with a content they just don’t like to see sent, for business reasons of theirs.

No industry gets to dismantle civil liberties with the poor excusetha... more »

"The Letter" is still the best story to explain why the copyright monopoly must be reduced. This week's column on TorrentFreak.

People are still getting distracted by the silly question of "how somebody will get paid" if the copyright monopoly is reduced. It's irrelevant, it's a red herring. What this debate is about is bringing vital civil liberties along from the analog environment into the digital - and that requires allowing file-sharing all out.

All of the letter's characteristics, which all embed vital civil liberties, have been lost in the transition to digital at the insistence of the copyright industry – so that they, as a third-party, can prevent people from sending letters with a content they just don’t like to see sent, for business reasons of theirs.

No industry gets to dismantle civil liberties with the poor excuse that they can’t make money otherwise.

http://torrentfreak.com/letter-copyright-monopoly-140921/___

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2014-09-18 17:47:48 (1 comments, 8 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

With the copyright industry disliking VPNs in public, you know they're doing good. New column on Privacy News.

A lot of news popped up about VPNs this week, all of them concerning how the copyright industry doesn’t like them. That’s when you know VPNs are serving a good purpose in society.

In the words of Galadriel, the world has changed. It used to be that the copyright industry could set different rules, different prices, different distributions for every country. They still pretend this is how the world works.

It’s not that pirates mind paying for good services – every pirate knows that, it’s just the copyright industry who don’t. I’m paying subscriber number #110 (one hundred and ten) to Pandora (the music player), for example, out of today’s over 150 million. See there? Pirates are early adopters, too, when it comes to services that providevalue.
... more »

With the copyright industry disliking VPNs in public, you know they're doing good. New column on Privacy News.

A lot of news popped up about VPNs this week, all of them concerning how the copyright industry doesn’t like them. That’s when you know VPNs are serving a good purpose in society.

In the words of Galadriel, the world has changed. It used to be that the copyright industry could set different rules, different prices, different distributions for every country. They still pretend this is how the world works.

It’s not that pirates mind paying for good services – every pirate knows that, it’s just the copyright industry who don’t. I’m paying subscriber number #110 (one hundred and ten) to Pandora (the music player), for example, out of today’s over 150 million. See there? Pirates are early adopters, too, when it comes to services that provide value.

The copyright industry is starting to look displeased at VPN services, which is a technical measure that can guarantee civil liberties. That’s a sign they’re fulfilling an important function in society.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/09/with-the-copyright-industry-disliking-vpns-in-public-you-know-theyre-doing-good/___

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2014-09-15 19:04:09 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report, week 37. This week has been all about Net Neutrality, and asking the U.S. FCC to tell telcos and cable companies to not obstruct the net's utility. But telcos and cable companies will never ever ALLOW the net's utility - it's against their strategic interest and fundamental business model. You might as well ask a rock to make you a sandwich.

Presented by Private Internet Access VPN:
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Full transcript at the Liberties Report Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/855171587834061

Liberties Report - week 37, 2014

Liberties Report, week 37. This week has been all about Net Neutrality, and asking the U.S. FCC to tell telcos and cable companies to not obstruct the net's utility. But telcos and cable companies will never ever ALLOW the net's utility - it's against their strategic interest and fundamental business model. You might as well ask a rock to make you a sandwich.

Presented by Private Internet Access VPN:
http://tinyurl.com/librep-piavpn/

Full transcript at the Liberties Report Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/855171587834061

Liberties Report - week 37, 2014___

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2014-09-11 08:22:21 (4 comments, 8 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

New catastrophic privacy leak highlights how nudes are nothing. New column on Privacy News.

A criminal group has obtained personal details for one of Sweden’s largest anonymous forums. Done to scare, intimidate, and out political opponents discussing under protection of anonymity, the collateral damage is immeasurable.

People were never fired for having private photos exposed. However, people have been fired, evicted, and divorced for having private opinions exposed – and still are. This highlights the asymmetry of which privacy leaks are reported on widely (nude photos) and which ones aren’t (anonymity breaches). It’s disheartening to see the strong focus of oldmedia on anything remotely sexual, combined with the total lack of interest for things that build (or threaten) the foundations of society.

Imagine if every throwaway account on Reddit was suddenlydoxed a... more »

New catastrophic privacy leak highlights how nudes are nothing. New column on Privacy News.

A criminal group has obtained personal details for one of Sweden’s largest anonymous forums. Done to scare, intimidate, and out political opponents discussing under protection of anonymity, the collateral damage is immeasurable.

People were never fired for having private photos exposed. However, people have been fired, evicted, and divorced for having private opinions exposed – and still are. This highlights the asymmetry of which privacy leaks are reported on widely (nude photos) and which ones aren’t (anonymity breaches). It’s disheartening to see the strong focus of oldmedia on anything remotely sexual, combined with the total lack of interest for things that build (or threaten) the foundations of society.

Imagine if every throwaway account on Reddit was suddenly doxed and identified. Just /r/offmychest would be a disaster. Not to mention /r/abusevictims. This is the local equivalent in Sweden, and it just happened.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/09/new-catastrophic-privacy-leak-highlights-how-nudes-are-nothing/___

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2014-09-08 19:56:15 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report, week 36. The European Central Bank ventures further into negative-interest territory, and the US Dollar is barely hanging together. Bitcoin looks like the sanctuary on the horizon.

See Liberties Report for a full transcipt here: https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/851832121501341

Liberties Report - week 36, 2014

Presented by +Private Internet Access .

Liberties Report, week 36. The European Central Bank ventures further into negative-interest territory, and the US Dollar is barely hanging together. Bitcoin looks like the sanctuary on the horizon.

See Liberties Report for a full transcipt here: https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/851832121501341

Liberties Report - week 36, 2014

Presented by +Private Internet Access .___

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2014-09-03 21:27:55 (1 comments, 10 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

The Fappening - Who was at fault? Everybody, especially the NSA. New column on Privacy News.

It’s now been 48 hours since the biggest leak of private nude photos of celebrities in history, an event dubbed “The Fappening”. Details are starting to appear about what had happened. At the same time, some are demanding blood and wanting to know “whose fault” this was. It’s more complex than that.

Victim-blaming, even partially, is not something you should ever do lightly. At the same time, lack of basic security practices does have real-world implications. If you’re reckless with the PIN number to your ATM card, the fault is placed squarely on your shoulders and yours alone if somebody uses your ATM card with your PIN – even if the theft is solidly illegal, and a police report can be filed, it’s still considered your fault that it happened. We need to come to asimilar understan... more »

The Fappening - Who was at fault? Everybody, especially the NSA. New column on Privacy News.

It’s now been 48 hours since the biggest leak of private nude photos of celebrities in history, an event dubbed “The Fappening”. Details are starting to appear about what had happened. At the same time, some are demanding blood and wanting to know “whose fault” this was. It’s more complex than that.

Victim-blaming, even partially, is not something you should ever do lightly. At the same time, lack of basic security practices does have real-world implications. If you’re reckless with the PIN number to your ATM card, the fault is placed squarely on your shoulders and yours alone if somebody uses your ATM card with your PIN – even if the theft is solidly illegal, and a police report can be filed, it’s still considered your fault that it happened. We need to come to a similar understanding with sloppy protection of private data, while at the same time holding corporations liable who don’t take responsibility for private data entrusted to them.

Information hygiene – awareness of how you store and transmit your data – is not something that can be ignored anymore. It’s mandatory. In some areas, it’s literally a survival skill. At the same time, media keeps ignoring these fundamentals of security: at the end of the day, it’s remarkably disheartening that a catastrophic privacy leak only gets the media attention it deserves if somebody is masturbating to it.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/09/the-fappening-who-was-at-fault-everybody-especially-the-nsa/___

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2014-08-31 18:26:27 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 35. The UK is now threatening to revoke passport for British jihadists. But terrorism is not measurably dangerous, as much as it is useful for policymakers: Hear the story of how the United States has tied its hands having to keep funding terrorism in order to maintain its own geopolitical dominance.

Liberties Report - Week 35, 2014

Presented by Private Internet Access.

Liberties Report for week 35. The UK is now threatening to revoke passport for British jihadists. But terrorism is not measurably dangerous, as much as it is useful for policymakers: Hear the story of how the United States has tied its hands having to keep funding terrorism in order to maintain its own geopolitical dominance.

Liberties Report - Week 35, 2014

Presented by Private Internet Access.___

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2014-08-28 15:07:30 (0 comments, 12 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Privacy, like vaccination, is primarily a collective benefit - not an individual one. New column on Privacy News.

Privacy isn’t there for the purpose of protecting people who want to do wrong. Privacy is a more than a random civil right: it is a safeguard in a democratic society, a crucial safety valve against unjust laws that shouldn’t be able to be enforced. As such, it is not an individual benefit as much as it is a collective one: a mechanism that benefits everybody, even those who don’t use it.

If we had had today's surveillance in place 50 years ago, homosexuality would still be illegal. As would marriages between people of different shades of skin. It was only because of privacy that these laws could be questioned, debated, and changed.
htt... more »

Privacy, like vaccination, is primarily a collective benefit - not an individual one. New column on Privacy News.

Privacy isn’t there for the purpose of protecting people who want to do wrong. Privacy is a more than a random civil right: it is a safeguard in a democratic society, a crucial safety valve against unjust laws that shouldn’t be able to be enforced. As such, it is not an individual benefit as much as it is a collective one: a mechanism that benefits everybody, even those who don’t use it.

If we had had today's surveillance in place 50 years ago, homosexuality would still be illegal. As would marriages between people of different shades of skin. It was only because of privacy that these laws could be questioned, debated, and changed.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/08/privacy-like-vaccination-is-primarily-a-collective-benefit-not-an-individual-one/___

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2014-08-24 16:41:31 (1 comments, 8 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 34. How control of the newsflow has always been key to regimes' way of maintaining power - examples from Ferguson, the Middle Ages, and the copyright industry.

Liberties Report - Week 34, 2014

Liberties Report for week 34. How control of the newsflow has always been key to regimes' way of maintaining power - examples from Ferguson, the Middle Ages, and the copyright industry.

Liberties Report - Week 34, 2014___

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2014-08-21 16:40:35 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The "Yo" app demonstrates how metadata is private data. New column on Privacy News.

An app that sends “Yo!” to your friends. That’s all it does. Hacked up in eight hours, in the top-five apps, valued at 10 million dollars. What’s interesting is that it totally shreds the spy agencies’ “it’s just metadata” argument.

With “Yo”, there is no conversation. Everything it sends is “Yo”. Nothing more, nothing less. Therefore, any communication using this app is literally all metadata, and yet, is obviously part of a private correspondence of some sort.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/08/the-yo-app-demonstrates-how-metadata-is-private-data/

The "Yo" app demonstrates how metadata is private data. New column on Privacy News.

An app that sends “Yo!” to your friends. That’s all it does. Hacked up in eight hours, in the top-five apps, valued at 10 million dollars. What’s interesting is that it totally shreds the spy agencies’ “it’s just metadata” argument.

With “Yo”, there is no conversation. Everything it sends is “Yo”. Nothing more, nothing less. Therefore, any communication using this app is literally all metadata, and yet, is obviously part of a private correspondence of some sort.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/08/the-yo-app-demonstrates-how-metadata-is-private-data/___

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2014-08-17 21:27:42 (0 comments, 10 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 32. How police attacks on reporters in Ferguson are part of a larger pattern, with parallels in the US, UK, and Germany.

Liberties Report - Week 32, 2014

Presented by Private Internet Access.

For a full transcript, see the Liberties Report page at https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/840882219262998.

Liberties Report for week 32. How police attacks on reporters in Ferguson are part of a larger pattern, with parallels in the US, UK, and Germany.

Liberties Report - Week 32, 2014

Presented by Private Internet Access.

For a full transcript, see the Liberties Report page at https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/840882219262998.___

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2014-08-13 17:09:27 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Why a "right to be forgotten" is really, REALLY bad for privacy. New column on Privacy News.

The European Court of Justice has famously ruled that Google must abide by a new “Right To Be Forgotten” and stop showing links to stories on request from the people the stories concern. This is not good for privacy; it’s disastrous.

One of the primary functions of the modern nation-state government is to settle disputes between its citizens. [...] Such disputes between citizens have always been material – they have concerned transfer of wealth, property, or resources in various ways. But for the first time, Alice has gone to the government and demanded that Bob forgets something bad about her.

The government agreed in this dispute, and by doing so, it gave itself a vastly greater power than determining who owns what: it has now taken itself the right todetermi... more »

Why a "right to be forgotten" is really, REALLY bad for privacy. New column on Privacy News.

The European Court of Justice has famously ruled that Google must abide by a new “Right To Be Forgotten” and stop showing links to stories on request from the people the stories concern. This is not good for privacy; it’s disastrous.

One of the primary functions of the modern nation-state government is to settle disputes between its citizens. [...] Such disputes between citizens have always been material – they have concerned transfer of wealth, property, or resources in various ways. But for the first time, Alice has gone to the government and demanded that Bob forgets something bad about her.

The government agreed in this dispute, and by doing so, it gave itself a vastly greater power than determining who owns what: it has now taken itself the right to determine who thinks what.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/08/why-a-right-to-be-forgotten-is-really-really-bad-for-privacy/___

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2014-08-11 12:11:40 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 31, 2014. How the copyright industry, prison industry, and pharma industry are counterindicators of the public interest.

Liberties Report - Week 31, 2014

Liberties Report for week 31, 2014. How the copyright industry, prison industry, and pharma industry are counterindicators of the public interest.

Liberties Report - Week 31, 2014___

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2014-08-06 16:03:55 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Privacy and the Electric Monk. New column on Privacy News.

Many believe several contradictory things about privacy. If we could figure out why this is, we could solve a lot of problems with governments disrespecting fundamental civil liberties, and worse, getting away with it.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/08/privacy-and-the-electric-monk/

Privacy and the Electric Monk. New column on Privacy News.

Many believe several contradictory things about privacy. If we could figure out why this is, we could solve a lot of problems with governments disrespecting fundamental civil liberties, and worse, getting away with it.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/08/privacy-and-the-electric-monk/___

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2014-08-05 21:31:05 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Why the proposed New York bitcoin regulations are absolute, total bullshit. New article.

New York’s Department of Financial Services has presented draft regulations for bitcoin trade that are an absolute heap of bullshit, and that’s even before going into what the proposal actually says. The propsed regulations require a so-called “BitLicense” in order to trade in bitcoin with residents of New York and with everybody else in the world. The problem is, that’s an absolute joke from a legal standpoint, completely ignoring the very concept of a jurisdiction.

I see it as a way to try to deliberately fragment the bitcoin trade into unworkability. If every single patch of land publishes their own requirements for bitcoin trade, and asserts that their requirements apply everywhere, we’ll have an impossible patchwork of 246 legal frameworks that all bitcoin companies mustfollow, ful... more »

Why the proposed New York bitcoin regulations are absolute, total bullshit. New article.

New York’s Department of Financial Services has presented draft regulations for bitcoin trade that are an absolute heap of bullshit, and that’s even before going into what the proposal actually says. The propsed regulations require a so-called “BitLicense” in order to trade in bitcoin with residents of New York and with everybody else in the world. The problem is, that’s an absolute joke from a legal standpoint, completely ignoring the very concept of a jurisdiction.

I see it as a way to try to deliberately fragment the bitcoin trade into unworkability. If every single patch of land publishes their own requirements for bitcoin trade, and asserts that their requirements apply everywhere, we’ll have an impossible patchwork of 246 legal frameworks that all bitcoin companies must follow, full of multiple contradictions everywhere. It’s nothing short of a deliberate sabotage.

http://falkvinge.net/2014/08/05/why-the-proposed-nyc-bitcoin-regulations-are-absolute-total-bullshit/___

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2014-08-04 12:04:28 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 30, 2014. One artist ditches her publisher, while another calls for mutilation (!) of culture-sharers. Meanwhile, the US pushes its laws onto the world in at least three ways.

Liberties Report - Week 30, 2014

Liberties Report for week 30, 2014. One artist ditches her publisher, while another calls for mutilation (!) of culture-sharers. Meanwhile, the US pushes its laws onto the world in at least three ways.

Liberties Report - Week 30, 2014___

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2014-08-03 22:04:34 (2 comments, 9 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

The copyright monopoly should be dead and buried already. New column on TorrentFreak.

People sometimes ask how the artists will get paid if - no, when - the copyright monopoly is abolished. This question is not based on facts.

http://torrentfreak.com/copyright-monopoly-dead-buried-already-140803/

The copyright monopoly should be dead and buried already. New column on TorrentFreak.

People sometimes ask how the artists will get paid if - no, when - the copyright monopoly is abolished. This question is not based on facts.

http://torrentfreak.com/copyright-monopoly-dead-buried-already-140803/___

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2014-07-31 06:40:56 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

When Privacy of Information Transport was attacked 70 years ago. new column on Privacy News.

The privacy of how you receive information is just as sensitive, and just as fragile, as the information itself. This may seem counterintuitive, but there are several examples to prove it. Let’s learn a little from history.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/07/when-privacy-of-information-transport-was-attacked-70-years-ago/

When Privacy of Information Transport was attacked 70 years ago. new column on Privacy News.

The privacy of how you receive information is just as sensitive, and just as fragile, as the information itself. This may seem counterintuitive, but there are several examples to prove it. Let’s learn a little from history.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/07/when-privacy-of-information-transport-was-attacked-70-years-ago/___

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2014-07-27 19:12:41 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for July 26, 2014. Ecuador bans bitcoin, Bank of England pushes for new savings confiscations, and coffee is terrorism.

(For full transcript, see the Liberties Report page.)

Liberties Report - July 26, 2014

Liberties Report for July 26, 2014. Ecuador bans bitcoin, Bank of England pushes for new savings confiscations, and coffee is terrorism.

(For full transcript, see the Liberties Report page.)

Liberties Report - July 26, 2014___

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2014-07-24 00:52:40 (0 comments, 10 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

First rule of Censorship Club is, you don't talk about Censorship Club. New column on Privacy News.

So it’s happened again. Every time law enforcement anywhere gets the ability to censor websites, it always gets applied overbroadly, way beyond the original prescribed scope, and each and every time somebody exposes that, the same law enforcement uses their censorship powers to cover up the neglect in their own transgressions.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/07/first-rule-of-censorship-club-is-you-dont-talk-about-censorship-club/

First rule of Censorship Club is, you don't talk about Censorship Club. New column on Privacy News.

So it’s happened again. Every time law enforcement anywhere gets the ability to censor websites, it always gets applied overbroadly, way beyond the original prescribed scope, and each and every time somebody exposes that, the same law enforcement uses their censorship powers to cover up the neglect in their own transgressions.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/07/first-rule-of-censorship-club-is-you-dont-talk-about-censorship-club/___

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2014-07-21 00:32:56 (3 comments, 13 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report, July 19. The NSA is passing around your nudes, Apple devices have backdoors, and the GCHQ is rigging online polls. (This episode was delayed a day because of snags with the production workflow - learning still in progress.)

http://youtu.be/51Dr-9Ih8nU


Full transcript:

Good evening, and welcome to Liberties Report July 19. This week's liberty discussions have revolved around the United States' spy agency NSA, and the fact that its employees see intercepted nude and sexual private photos as a fringe benefit of the job, passing private intercepted photos around between colleagues. This is according to a seven-hour interview with Edward Snowden by The Guardian.

Anybody who says they have nothing to hide so they have nothing to fear should have pause as facts such as these start appearing. In particular, people who dismiss the spying on... more »

Liberties Report, July 19. The NSA is passing around your nudes, Apple devices have backdoors, and the GCHQ is rigging online polls. (This episode was delayed a day because of snags with the production workflow - learning still in progress.)

http://youtu.be/51Dr-9Ih8nU


Full transcript:

Good evening, and welcome to Liberties Report July 19. This week's liberty discussions have revolved around the United States' spy agency NSA, and the fact that its employees see intercepted nude and sexual private photos as a fringe benefit of the job, passing private intercepted photos around between colleagues. This is according to a seven-hour interview with Edward Snowden by The Guardian.

Anybody who says they have nothing to hide so they have nothing to fear should have pause as facts such as these start appearing. In particular, people who dismiss the spying on civilians with an "it's not like they see me naked" should reconsider their argumentation at this point. While there's obviously nothing wrong with a naked body as such, this is just as obviously still a breach of confidence, integrity, and privacy of civilians.

However, it's also not new. This started becoming known with one of the NSA's many accomplices, the spy agency in the United Kingdom, GCHQ. It turns out that they try to intercept exactly everything that passes London and the UK, and that the GCHQ has a special program in place to intercept civilian webcam chats from Yahoo, a program called OPTIC NERVE, which is indeed some nerve. They routinely intercepted nude and even sexual private video conversations. From their own document about evaluating this program:

"It would appear that a surprising number of people use webcam conversations to show intimate parts of their body to the other person."

NO SHIT, SHERLOCK!? And these are the geniuses we trust with keeping our countries SAFE!?

What is harder to comprehend is why the resulting behavior is such a surprise. You're taking young people and starving them of contact with the world, forbidding them to talk about any aspect of what they do all day, and then give them access to other people's private, sensitive and sexual information, with no oversight whatsoever. What would people who set up these agencies expect would happen? It's easy to compare to a particular European military a couple of years back, which had a submarine problem, as in, a problem with other people's submarines showing up where they shouldn't be, such as run aground halfway up a river far inland the country, officially because of navigation errors.

Some brighthead in charge figured one way of solving this was to give young military recruits access to high-powered telescopes along the coastline, intended to be looking at the boring waterline to search for hostile subs. Instead, they were promptly aimed at topless beaches, which at the time meant all the beaches. This, too, was seen as a fringe benefit of the job, just like at the NSA.

These military crossed the line somewhere when they started using military high-powered cameras to take photos of what they were seeing - which was, arguably, out in the public, compared to private conversations - and started, guess what, handing those photos around between themselves, just like at the NSA.

So the question becomes this: Why did anybody think that people would be completely different just because the technology is different? Did generals somehow expect the hormones of 20-year-olds to vanish with the advent of the Internet? Have they forgotten what the Internet is FOR?

Well, it seems Apple certainly hasn't. A presentation this week by Jonathan Zdziarski shows that all Apple devices have a built-in backdoor, placed there by Apple, which defeats encryption. It's apparently quite resilient against outside attackers; the problem is that Apple themselves don't consider the Police and the spy agencies to be attackers, but readily provides them with means to access Apple phones, according to the presentation.

It should come as no surprise that you can't trust a closed system where the security amounts to "Trust Us". Many have tried similar things in previous generations of industries. In the end, the industries and corporations that can and must be trusted the least are those who merely assert that they can be trusted. We know now that they cooperate willingly with various three- and four-letter government agencies against their customers.

This brings us back to the British spy agency GCHQ, and what they've been up to. It turns out that one of their activities has been to change the outcome of polls conducted online.

What does this mean? Let's compare to the Internet community 4chan, which is kind of where all puberty humor goes to hang out and party. The community is positively huge, and when they decide to vote on something, they can throw any poll or election off by their sheer biomass. For example, Taylor Swift - the singer - once held a poll for which high school she would perform at, and 4chan went in on the poll and made a particular high school win that poll: the Boston Horace Mann School For The Deaf. So, puberty humor.

Now, imagine that same puberty-humor thing being done by government spies, but without any trace of the actual humor. People who evidently lack basic understanding of how a simple webcam is used are taking it on themselves to change the outcome of polls, which are then reported as facts of public opinion.

It's at this point that we recall that the justification for this spying is to prevent terrorism, and to catch people who want to perform acts of mass destruction. I'd be very interested to hear how falsifying public opinion - for that's what this is - in any way, shape, or form contributes to keeping a country safe.

The real implications of this are realized only when you combine this spy agency activity with electronic voting, which many politicians who don't understand the internet seem to think is somehow a good idea. How many remember Diebold voting machines, and all the ways they could be hacked?

Think about that for a minute, and then about what the spy agencies are already known to do. Do note that I'm not accusing the spy agencies of having manipulated any election in the past. I'm merely pointing out that they are doing it in the present.

I'm Rick Falkvinge, and this is Liberties Report. Good night.___

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2014-07-16 22:24:26 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Is Europe fracturing with respect to respect for privacy? New column on Privacy News.

Last decade, all of Europe was marching in lockstep toward surveillance nightmare societies. This decade, that has changed, and some states in Europe are choosing to restore civil rights whereas others press on toward Big Brother and beyond. This is bound for a showdown a few years out.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/07/is-europe-fracturing-with-respect-to-respect-for-privacy/

Is Europe fracturing with respect to respect for privacy? New column on Privacy News.

Last decade, all of Europe was marching in lockstep toward surveillance nightmare societies. This decade, that has changed, and some states in Europe are choosing to restore civil rights whereas others press on toward Big Brother and beyond. This is bound for a showdown a few years out.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/07/is-europe-fracturing-with-respect-to-respect-for-privacy/___

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2014-07-12 16:56:22 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for July 12, 2014. On Data Retention, an ISP who refuses to comply with surveillance laws, and self-censorship.

Liberties Report - July 12, 2014

Liberties Report for July 12, 2014. On Data Retention, an ISP who refuses to comply with surveillance laws, and self-censorship.

Liberties Report - July 12, 2014___

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2014-07-09 14:51:15 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Obsolete privacy laws were written in the age of 24-shot chemical film rolls. New column on Privacy News.

The privacy laws of today are terribly obsolete. They make assumptions about people’s observation-and-documentation capabiilty that are no longer valid, and at the same time, what was once strongly protected is no longer protected at all.

Laws on photography privacy were written with the assumption that it doesn’t hurt if everybody has the power to take a photo anywhere and anytime, storing and perhaps cross-comparing a few of those photos. How do those assumptions change, when reality has changed: a few select corporations, governments, or people now have the power to take photos everywhere and all the time, storing and cross-comparing all of them?
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Obsolete privacy laws were written in the age of 24-shot chemical film rolls. New column on Privacy News.

The privacy laws of today are terribly obsolete. They make assumptions about people’s observation-and-documentation capabiilty that are no longer valid, and at the same time, what was once strongly protected is no longer protected at all.

Laws on photography privacy were written with the assumption that it doesn’t hurt if everybody has the power to take a photo anywhere and anytime, storing and perhaps cross-comparing a few of those photos. How do those assumptions change, when reality has changed: a few select corporations, governments, or people now have the power to take photos everywhere and all the time, storing and cross-comparing all of them?

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/07/obsolete-privacy-laws-were-written-in-age-of-24-shot-chemical-film/___

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2014-07-05 08:21:06 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report: July 5, 2014. Experimenting with a new format for people who prefer video or audio, rather than text.

About censorship in Argentina, the UK and at Google, VCs getting bitcoin to create liquidity in the third world and Kuwait discussing trading oil for bitcoin, and new leaks from the NSA. With Rick Falkvinge. Presented by Private Internet Access.

Liberties Report - July 5, 2014

Liberties Report: July 5, 2014. Experimenting with a new format for people who prefer video or audio, rather than text.

About censorship in Argentina, the UK and at Google, VCs getting bitcoin to create liquidity in the third world and Kuwait discussing trading oil for bitcoin, and new leaks from the NSA. With Rick Falkvinge. Presented by Private Internet Access.

Liberties Report - July 5, 2014___

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