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Rick Falkvinge has been shared in 45 public circles

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Allan watson26,270Active users on Google+. Circle ShareIf you received a notification, please reshare to your #circlesIf you’d like to be added to the next circle share: • +1 this circle • Share this circle to PUBLIC • Include me in your circles • Comment on this post#Atlas #World #Washington #DC #National #Geographic #issue #Population #December #ebcom #Encyclopædia #Britannica #Chicago #Encyclopædia #Britannica #Inc #to #b #National #Geographic #Atlas #World #th #ed #Washington #Brief #No #February #includes2015-04-23 06:59:594045616
Tourej Ansari44,306In this circle are people included, who has already shared an own public #circle with interesting profiles.Please add me to your circles and share this circle! #Phoenix   #Arizona  2015-04-08 06:01:54191011
Robert Best2,685Google+ Relevance CircleWhat people of "relevance" do we have in common? Care to share?This big shared circle contains my most "relevant" circles according to G+. It also only contains people/profiles who post publicly (Either occasionally or prolifically).Do you recognize others in the list? (I think the probability is high)As far as I know, the visual beside the "Add people" button below shows you the 8 people from this circle who are most "relevant" to you. Also, if you click that add people button, the list inside is ordered by "relevance".Some people in this circle I know very well... others I haven't met at all (Besides interfacing with what they share publicly on G+) I'm curious, what circles do we share of high relevance? Give a few people shout outs! Let's have a random chat.You were likely notified of this post... I normally don't share to any of my specific circles, so as to avoid sending out unwanted notifications... But since I have you and your attention here... HELLO! Have we talked before? Why do you think I have you circled? What's of relevance for you? (Besides people on G+) If we do know each other... Have we been in touch lately? If not, let's please catch up!2015-03-03 01:03:39455111
John Hannah8,729Circle share with new friendsHi friends follow this circle1 - Include me in your circles2 - Share the circle (Publicly)3 - Add +1 to the post.4 - Leave a comment if you like.I will thankful if you plus and share this circle!#circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #Ohio  #circlesharing #fullcircleshare #topsharedcircle  #circleoftheday  #sharedcircle   #topsharedcircle  #socialmedia #SEO #socialmediamarketing #wisata #WisataIndonesia #Travel #IndonesiaOnly #Liburan #TOUR #Indonesia #Bali #WisataBandung #Paket #Pulau #FotoKita #PROMO #Pantai #Jogja #Bandung #Yogyakarta #WisataLombok #BOGOR #Jakarta 2014-12-26 10:57:45494241839
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 15:35:535007011
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 11:10:21462167590
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 03:55:49462215769
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 04:06:184977113
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 18:48:0335517785167
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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2014-12-02 21:17:07 (12 comments, 6 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 48. Part two of three in our bitcoin special. Bitcoin is a currency built on a new technology - so-called blockchain technology - that can outcompete far more institutions than central banks. Fact is, the blockchain technology has potential to outcompete entire central governments.

Part one is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdQoGxWFzLE

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Full transcript at the facebook Liberties Report page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/899376983413521

http://youtu.be/CnuRtfFko8Y

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2014-12-14 10:36:05 (2 comments, 18 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

At least 26 people who had nothing to hide were tortured by the CIA. New column on Privacy News.

Twenty-six innocent people have been tortured by the CIA. These were people who had literally nothing to hide, but they had something to fear anyway. Civil liberties are either applied to everybody without exception, or will be reliable for nobody.

This shows in a very brutal way that it doesn’t matter if you think you’re white as snow and have nothing to hide whatsoever. The saying “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” is false, dishonest, and misleading. It’s always, always, always somebody else who determines if you have something to hide or not. And they’re never using the same criteria as you are.

Here, 26 people who believed in “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” were rewarded with torture. A ten-year-long torture, even. Does that mean that if you don’tsafeguard your pr... more »

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2015-04-26 22:58:52 (1 comments, 15 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Farmers who are unable to repair their tractors because copyright monopoly: Never a "side effect", but core intention of the law. New column on TorrentFreak.

This week, there have been stories about farmers who can’t legally repair their John Deere tractors, as copyright monopoly legislation prohibits tampering with computer code in something you own. This has been described as an “unexpected side effect” of the copyright monopoly legislation in general and the DMCA/EUCD in particular.

That’s wrong. It’s not a side effect and it’s not unexpected. That is exactly what those laws intended to accomplish. Being locked out of your own possessions is not a side effect – it was the central point of the legislation and its core purpose.

As usual, the geeks who understood the deeper repercussions of this cried murder over the legislation at the time,and were summ... more »

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2015-04-26 22:58:52 (1 comments, 15 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Farmers who are unable to repair their tractors because copyright monopoly: Never a "side effect", but core intention of the law. New column on TorrentFreak.

This week, there have been stories about farmers who can’t legally repair their John Deere tractors, as copyright monopoly legislation prohibits tampering with computer code in something you own. This has been described as an “unexpected side effect” of the copyright monopoly legislation in general and the DMCA/EUCD in particular.

That’s wrong. It’s not a side effect and it’s not unexpected. That is exactly what those laws intended to accomplish. Being locked out of your own possessions is not a side effect – it was the central point of the legislation and its core purpose.

As usual, the geeks who understood the deeper repercussions of this cried murder over the legislation at the time,and were summ... more »

Farmers who are unable to repair their tractors because copyright monopoly: Never a "side effect", but core intention of the law. New column on TorrentFreak.

This week, there have been stories about farmers who can’t legally repair their John Deere tractors, as copyright monopoly legislation prohibits tampering with computer code in something you own. This has been described as an “unexpected side effect” of the copyright monopoly legislation in general and the DMCA/EUCD in particular.

That’s wrong. It’s not a side effect and it’s not unexpected. That is exactly what those laws intended to accomplish. Being locked out of your own possessions is not a side effect – it was the central point of the legislation and its core purpose.

As usual, the geeks who understood the deeper repercussions of this cried murder over the legislation at the time, and were summarily ignored by policymakers. Perhaps only now, when it becomes clear that it’s not just geek toys that are affected but everything in our everyday life, will more people become aware of how the copyright monopoly limits property rights.

The cartoon industry – copyright industry – realized that they needed to attack the core concept of the ability to hold property in order to prop up their crumbling copyright monopoly, and pushed for legislation that turned out as something called the DMCA in the US and the EUCD/InfoSoc in Europe. It “fixes” the conceptual problem with DRM by simply making it illegal to tinker with your own property when the original manufacturer, who sold the object to you, doesn’t want it tinkered with even after it’s been sold to you.

John Deere claiming that farmers aren’t allowed to tinker with their tractors and other farming equipment is not an “unfortunate side effect” of copyright monopoly legislation. It was the core idea, all the time, to prevent owners of property to exercise their normal property rights. That was the only possible way the copyright monopoly was even slightly maintainable into a digital environment.

One has to ask whether it was, and continue to be, worth that price.

http://torrentfreak.com/farmers-unable-to-repair-tractors-because-copyright-never-a-side-effect-but-core-intention-of-law-150426/___

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2015-04-15 10:51:41 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

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2015-04-15 10:40:29 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

In NZ, Copyright industry threatening ISPs over un-geoblocking. New column on Privacy News.

News are trickling out from Down Under – from NZ to be precise, not Australia – that the copyright industry is threatening to sue Internet Service Providers who offer geoblock circumvention, a typical feature of VPNs that ISPs had offered directly.

The concept of geoblocking is complete nonsense in the first place, of course. Yes, you can segment a market by natural boundaries in order to run a better business. But those border lines are supposed to be internal to your business, not imposed onto the rest of society. You have no right intruding on the property of others to enforce your arbitrary division. When you do so anyway, and try to get that right legislated, it shows your business is hopelessly broken from the ground up, and that you’re trying to assert a level of control thatwas n... more »

In NZ, Copyright industry threatening ISPs over un-geoblocking. New column on Privacy News.

News are trickling out from Down Under – from NZ to be precise, not Australia – that the copyright industry is threatening to sue Internet Service Providers who offer geoblock circumvention, a typical feature of VPNs that ISPs had offered directly.

The concept of geoblocking is complete nonsense in the first place, of course. Yes, you can segment a market by natural boundaries in order to run a better business. But those border lines are supposed to be internal to your business, not imposed onto the rest of society. You have no right intruding on the property of others to enforce your arbitrary division. When you do so anyway, and try to get that right legislated, it shows your business is hopelessly broken from the ground up, and that you’re trying to assert a level of control that was never yours to assert in the first place.

The point is, of course, that it doesn’t work in the first place. The Internet wasn’t built with national boundaries in mind, so an approximation is all you get. Approximations may be fine for a lot of measurement applications, but never for enforcement of something.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/04/in-nz-copyright-industry-threatening-isps-over-un-geoblocking/___

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2015-04-09 15:26:28 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Wiretapping today just doesn't mean what the word meant in the 1990s, so don't fall for that lie. New column on Privacy News.

Many legislators and surveillance hawks are framing an extensive real-time bulk wiretapping of the Internet as “just an adaptation to new technology”, and try to pretend it doesn’t mean anything different today than it did in the analog world. That’s not just disingenuous, it’s a complete fabrication and an outright lie. Wiretapping today is a far worse intrusion than it was in the analog world; it’s so much worse it’s not even the same animal.

To go a little Miranda, everything you say, do, and think today can and will be used against you 20 and 40 years from today, when values have shifted in a way you can’t predict today.

Don’t fall for the lie of Internet wiretapping just being a “modernization” of wiretappingthat’s always existed... more »

Wiretapping today just doesn't mean what the word meant in the 1990s, so don't fall for that lie. New column on Privacy News.

Many legislators and surveillance hawks are framing an extensive real-time bulk wiretapping of the Internet as “just an adaptation to new technology”, and try to pretend it doesn’t mean anything different today than it did in the analog world. That’s not just disingenuous, it’s a complete fabrication and an outright lie. Wiretapping today is a far worse intrusion than it was in the analog world; it’s so much worse it’s not even the same animal.

To go a little Miranda, everything you say, do, and think today can and will be used against you 20 and 40 years from today, when values have shifted in a way you can’t predict today.

Don’t fall for the lie of Internet wiretapping just being a “modernization” of wiretapping that’s always existed. It’s something far, far worse. It’s the closest thing we’ve ever come to mind reading – and surveillance hawks are pushing hard, lying, and scheming to introduce a blanket, indiscriminate version of it.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/04/wiretapping-today-just-doesnt-mean-what-the-word-meant-in-the-1990s/___

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2015-03-30 20:25:57 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 13. Last week's major event was the tragic crash of the Germanwings flight in the Alps, caused by the reinforced cockpit doors that were part of the War on Terror. Ironically, one of the few measures that actually increased security now claimed another 150 victims. Overall, it becomes clearer and clearer that the War on Terror is the perfect Orwellian Perpetual War; there can be no peacetime, and it was always about controlling the masses. It is turning into a War on Cash and a War on Truth.

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Liberties Report for week 13. Last week's major event was the tragic crash of the Germanwings flight in the Alps, caused by the reinforced cockpit doors that were part of the War on Terror. Ironically, one of the few measures that actually increased security now claimed another 150 victims. Overall, it becomes clearer and clearer that the War on Terror is the perfect Orwellian Perpetual War; there can be no peacetime, and it was always about controlling the masses. It is turning into a War on Cash and a War on Truth.

Presented by Private Internet Access VPN:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC6TMBsV35c___

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2015-03-30 18:09:48 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Swarmwise just released in Czech!

The first translation of Swarmwise is officially here – and it’s in Czech! As of 20:00 on March 30, the electronic format of the book is downloadable in a multitude of formats. This is the first translation of Swarmwise to hit the release bar; there are several more in the pipeline.

Swarmwise is a leadership handbook about how to accomplish real change in the world on a shoestring budget (or more commonly, no budget at all). It gives the reader guidance and feet-on-ground leadership lessons from the point of launching a movement or community-based startup right up until the point where it goes international.

Today, as of right now, the Czech translation is available as PDF, EPUB, and XHTML. Creative Commons, just like the original.

There’s an enormous work that has gone into this translation. I’m particularlyimpress... more »

Swarmwise just released in Czech!

The first translation of Swarmwise is officially here – and it’s in Czech! As of 20:00 on March 30, the electronic format of the book is downloadable in a multitude of formats. This is the first translation of Swarmwise to hit the release bar; there are several more in the pipeline.

Swarmwise is a leadership handbook about how to accomplish real change in the world on a shoestring budget (or more commonly, no budget at all). It gives the reader guidance and feet-on-ground leadership lessons from the point of launching a movement or community-based startup right up until the point where it goes international.

Today, as of right now, the Czech translation is available as PDF, EPUB, and XHTML. Creative Commons, just like the original.

There’s an enormous work that has gone into this translation. I’m particularly impressed by how the Czech translators — Martin Doucha, Adam Zábranský, and Pavel Císař — have gone to great lengths to replicate the look and feel of the original book in English, while still adapting it to Czech publishing standards.

http://falkvinge.net/2015/03/30/swarmwise-released-in-czech/___

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2015-03-30 17:07:36 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Once again, the Old World doesn't understand that unrestriction is just a VPN away. New column on Privacy News.

Four pieces of news in the past week show just how little the lawmakers and courts continue to understand of the Internet: Australia introduced Data Retention, Spain ordered The Pirate Bay censored, and Denmark ordered another eleven sites blocked. The old guard actually seems to think that the net can be controlled, or that it has chokepoints that can be controlled. They don’t understand that everybody’s an equal on the Net and that providers aren’t anything like phone companies.

What AU lawmakers don’t get is that insisting on your rights and evading the pre-emptive wiretapping of suspects-to-be is just a VPN connection away.

This is not circumventing the law or acting like a criminal. On the contrary, it’s just a tangible non-acknowledgementof a comm... more »

Once again, the Old World doesn't understand that unrestriction is just a VPN away. New column on Privacy News.

Four pieces of news in the past week show just how little the lawmakers and courts continue to understand of the Internet: Australia introduced Data Retention, Spain ordered The Pirate Bay censored, and Denmark ordered another eleven sites blocked. The old guard actually seems to think that the net can be controlled, or that it has chokepoints that can be controlled. They don’t understand that everybody’s an equal on the Net and that providers aren’t anything like phone companies.

What AU lawmakers don’t get is that insisting on your rights and evading the pre-emptive wiretapping of suspects-to-be is just a VPN connection away.

This is not circumventing the law or acting like a criminal. On the contrary, it’s just a tangible non-acknowledgement of a command to submit your liberties at the door. Noncompliance with such nonsense is absolutely key; lawmakers and courts will take all liberties they can get away with taking at the moment. Technical means to retain your privacy, exercising analog-equivalent rights, are absolutely paramount.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/03/once-again-the-old-world-doesnt-understand-that-unrestriction-is-just-a-vpn-away/___

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2015-03-30 09:00:08 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Once you accept file-sharing is here to stay, you can focus on all its positive effects. New column on TorrentFreak.

When I grew up, file-sharing was already rampant. But we didn't have any Internet. We had a so-called Sneakernet. And it was actually quite comparable in sharing efficiency - not just over large distances.

People started sharing files with each other – text, games, music – as soon as there was a storage medium you could copy. Originally, this meant the compact cassette which was used for music and programs for the first home computers. Cassette decks at the time had a convenient copy mechanism where you’d insert an original in one slot, a blank tape in another slot, and press a prominent “copy” button to get an analog replica – not perfect, if it was music, but if it was a digital computer file, it would be readable and usable. The one-push copywas even a ... more »

Once you accept file-sharing is here to stay, you can focus on all its positive effects. New column on TorrentFreak.

When I grew up, file-sharing was already rampant. But we didn't have any Internet. We had a so-called Sneakernet. And it was actually quite comparable in sharing efficiency - not just over large distances.

People started sharing files with each other – text, games, music – as soon as there was a storage medium you could copy. Originally, this meant the compact cassette which was used for music and programs for the first home computers. Cassette decks at the time had a convenient copy mechanism where you’d insert an original in one slot, a blank tape in another slot, and press a prominent “copy” button to get an analog replica – not perfect, if it was music, but if it was a digital computer file, it would be readable and usable. The one-push copy was even a sales point.

Today, the storage of an ordinary mobile phone can effectively store all music except the most narrow. And with fourth-generation Bluetooth, it can wirelessly – and tracelessly! – share all of it to all mobile phones in a 50-meter range. Subway cars, cafés, even cars at red light stops become torrent swarms without somebody acting – or even noticing. The notion of being able to stop, control, or contain this files under “what’s the weather like on your planet?”. Moore’s Law further suggests that in a decade or so, an ordinary mobile phone will also have capacity to store most TV and movies ever made.

But more importantly, it means that every human being has 24/7 access to humanity’s collective knowledge and culture, and that every human being is able to add to that pool. That’s the equivalent of when the first public libraries opened in 1850, but on an enormously larger scale. Even though the copyright industry is trying again and again to burn this Library of Alexandria, it’s worth more than pause to consider what a huge leap ahead for humanity this really is.

http://torrentfreak.com/once-you-accept-file-sharing-is-here-to-stay-you-can-focus-on-all-the-positive-things-150329/___

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2015-03-24 11:04:28 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Tax authority demands customer data from bitcoin exchange: demands trackability of all customers' past, present, and future. New column on Privacy News.

The Swedish Tax Authority has demanded the full customer transaction history, specifically including customers' wallet addresses, from the small Swedish bitcoin exchange BTC-X. This demand comes without any individual suspicion of crime, or indeed any suspicion of crime at all, even in general. As this would enable trackability of everybody's financial past, present, and future, BTC-X is taking the Tax Authority to court over their demands.

Various authorities have long mistaken a right to demand tracking data in individual cases on concrete suspicion of a serious and committed crime for a right to throw a dragnet over tons of private data to see what sticks. However, the latest move by the Swedish Tax Authority is a... more »

Tax authority demands customer data from bitcoin exchange: demands trackability of all customers' past, present, and future. New column on Privacy News.

The Swedish Tax Authority has demanded the full customer transaction history, specifically including customers' wallet addresses, from the small Swedish bitcoin exchange BTC-X. This demand comes without any individual suspicion of crime, or indeed any suspicion of crime at all, even in general. As this would enable trackability of everybody's financial past, present, and future, BTC-X is taking the Tax Authority to court over their demands.

Various authorities have long mistaken a right to demand tracking data in individual cases on concrete suspicion of a serious and committed crime for a right to throw a dragnet over tons of private data to see what sticks. However, the latest move by the Swedish Tax Authority is a new level of audacity - and a new level of mass violations of privacy.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/03/tax-authority-demands-customer-data-from-bitcoin-exchange-demands-trackability-of-everybodys-past-present-and-future/___

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2015-03-23 21:04:20 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 12. France, political extremism, and the power of narrative.

There are three recent rulings in France regarding freedom of speech - one where a comedian satirizing Charlie Hebdo was found guilty of criminal speech, a second where France ruled that French courts may rule that Facebook must allow more freedom of speech, and a third where France creates wholesale censorship of websites, allegedly on the basis of
extremism. So is France for or against more freedom of speech? Neither. It's fighting to retain the Power of Narrative - the power to tell the story. The events surrounding the printing press 500 years ago are replaying verbatim once again.

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Liberties Report for week 12. France, political extremism, and the power of narrative.

There are three recent rulings in France regarding freedom of speech - one where a comedian satirizing Charlie Hebdo was found guilty of criminal speech, a second where France ruled that French courts may rule that Facebook must allow more freedom of speech, and a third where France creates wholesale censorship of websites, allegedly on the basis of
extremism. So is France for or against more freedom of speech? Neither. It's fighting to retain the Power of Narrative - the power to tell the story. The events surrounding the printing press 500 years ago are replaying verbatim once again.

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

http://youtu.be/ROPqu5ymwYE___

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2015-03-16 20:53:02 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 11. Data retention, the judiciary, and the executive.

The battle lines for your liberty are becoming clearer. Data retention (or as it should have been called, "pre-emptive wiretapping of not-yet-suspects") was annulled and vacated by a court in the Netherlands this week, and the Paraguayan parliament refused to legalize it. It's becoming clearer who's gunning for your privacy and who's defending it: countries with a strong and independent judiciary are starting to come out on top.

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https://youtu.be/g_-XUtoyZuY

Liberties Report for week 11. Data retention, the judiciary, and the executive.

The battle lines for your liberty are becoming clearer. Data retention (or as it should have been called, "pre-emptive wiretapping of not-yet-suspects") was annulled and vacated by a court in the Netherlands this week, and the Paraguayan parliament refused to legalize it. It's becoming clearer who's gunning for your privacy and who's defending it: countries with a strong and independent judiciary are starting to come out on top.

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2015-03-16 13:20:04 (3 comments, 11 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

FCC's Net Neutrality: The word "Lawful" has really become newspeak for "Evil". New column on Privacy News.

Apparently, the FCC’s version of net neutrality really does contain a gaping hole for anything copyright-monopoly-related. The little qualifier “lawful” in the sentence that “all lawful traffic must be treated equally” turned out to mean that ISPs may now be required to police the net for copyright monopoly infringements, acting as police, prosecutor, judge, and executioner – often in complex cases, denying citizens any and all due process. This is starting to become a pattern.

It’s become more and more apparent, that the word “lawful” in any policy matters has become synonymous with “evil”. Any and every time something is described as “lawful”, it could just as well have been described as “despicable”, “unjust”,“corrupt”, or “violating human ri... more »

FCC's Net Neutrality: The word "Lawful" has really become newspeak for "Evil". New column on Privacy News.

Apparently, the FCC’s version of net neutrality really does contain a gaping hole for anything copyright-monopoly-related. The little qualifier “lawful” in the sentence that “all lawful traffic must be treated equally” turned out to mean that ISPs may now be required to police the net for copyright monopoly infringements, acting as police, prosecutor, judge, and executioner – often in complex cases, denying citizens any and all due process. This is starting to become a pattern.

It’s become more and more apparent, that the word “lawful” in any policy matters has become synonymous with “evil”. Any and every time something is described as “lawful”, it could just as well have been described as “despicable”, “unjust”, “corrupt”, or “violating human rights”.

The reason is simple: if you presented something good and desirable, you would never point out that it were lawful in the first place, regardless of whether it were or not. “Lawful” has become a justification for anything and everything in society that is being shoved down the throat of the net generation against their will.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/03/fcc-net-neutrality-lawful-has-really-become-newspeak-for-evil/___

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2015-03-12 16:12:20 (9 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

French court says Freedom of Speech may trump Facebook's censorship. New column on Privacy News.

A French court has ruled that a challenge to Facebook’s terms of service under French law may go ahead in a French court. A man had had his account suspended for publishing French nude art on Facebook, and sued Facebook for violations of Freedom of Speech. A French court will now rule whether the man’s fundamental rights were unlawfully limited by Facebook.

Frédéric Durand-Baissas, a teacher in France, posted a famous 19th-century painting by Gustave Courbet named “The Origins of the World” on his Facebook account. The painting portrays a female reproductive organ, celebrating birth and origin – in addition to being a piece of great importance to the community of art historians. Facebook, in accordance with its noncompromising stance on any and all nudity, promptlyblocked mon... more »

French court says Freedom of Speech may trump Facebook's censorship. New column on Privacy News.

A French court has ruled that a challenge to Facebook’s terms of service under French law may go ahead in a French court. A man had had his account suspended for publishing French nude art on Facebook, and sued Facebook for violations of Freedom of Speech. A French court will now rule whether the man’s fundamental rights were unlawfully limited by Facebook.

Frédéric Durand-Baissas, a teacher in France, posted a famous 19th-century painting by Gustave Courbet named “The Origins of the World” on his Facebook account. The painting portrays a female reproductive organ, celebrating birth and origin – in addition to being a piece of great importance to the community of art historians. Facebook, in accordance with its noncompromising stance on any and all nudity, promptly blocked monseiur Durand-Baissas’ Facebook account.

The Frenchman decided to challenge this in court and argued that his freedom of speech had been unlawfully limited, and that French law should apply. Arguably, when he does post in France with a company that does business in France, that’s not an unreasonable position.

At the end of the day, this about the fact that the public square, where freedom of speech used to be enforced, has moved in under the terms-and-services umbrella with a private corporation, where they enforce their own arbitrary limits of what may be expressed and not. That means our fundamental rights have effectively moved into the hands of private interests. I welcome a challenge to this doctrine and an enforcement of freedom of speech, once a public discussion forum – like Facebook – has grown large enough to be a de-facto public location, if not the de-facto public location.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/03/french-court-says-french-freedom-of-speech-may-trump-facebooks-censorship/___

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2015-03-10 21:07:36 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 10. Venezuela, toilet paper, and interest rates: The geopolitical financial situation appears increasingly fragile after decades of mismanagement. Borrowing against future growth only works until the growth stops, at which point governments will try to save themselves first. How would the surveillance machine of nightmares be used in that scenario?

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Liberties Report for week 10. Venezuela, toilet paper, and interest rates: The geopolitical financial situation appears increasingly fragile after decades of mismanagement. Borrowing against future growth only works until the growth stops, at which point governments will try to save themselves first. How would the surveillance machine of nightmares be used in that scenario?

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http://youtu.be/gj_Tjknd75o___

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2015-03-03 14:55:42 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

"Linkage": Understanding the combination of electronic tracks you leave behind. New column on Privacy News.

In the movie Citizenfour, Jake Appelbaum is seen briefly giving a security primer to activists. He’s talking about linkage: what happens when you supply two pieces of identity at the same time, and how that means they’re forever linked. Identity doesn’t have to be an ID card; it could be a subway card or a cellphone.

The danger to privacy doesn’t primarily lie in whey you identify yourself using one method – MAC address (your network card’s unique address), IP address, credit card, login, IMEI (your phone’s unique identity), et cetera. The danger lies in when two of those are linked together.

It’s not the tracks you leave behind. It’s the combination of different tracks you leave behind, and the intersections of those tracks.
https://www.pri... more »

"Linkage": Understanding the combination of electronic tracks you leave behind. New column on Privacy News.

In the movie Citizenfour, Jake Appelbaum is seen briefly giving a security primer to activists. He’s talking about linkage: what happens when you supply two pieces of identity at the same time, and how that means they’re forever linked. Identity doesn’t have to be an ID card; it could be a subway card or a cellphone.

The danger to privacy doesn’t primarily lie in whey you identify yourself using one method – MAC address (your network card’s unique address), IP address, credit card, login, IMEI (your phone’s unique identity), et cetera. The danger lies in when two of those are linked together.

It’s not the tracks you leave behind. It’s the combination of different tracks you leave behind, and the intersections of those tracks.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/03/linkage-understanding-the-combination-of-electronic-tracks-you-leave-behind/___

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2015-03-03 07:18:57 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Why I've chosen to go with Private Internet Access. New column for transparency.

Some people have noticed I’m writing for a VPN service, and having my regular commentary on liberties presented by that VPN service: by Private Internet Access​ VPN. Seeing my previous stance on advertising, I think it merits some explanation why I’m choosing to associate with a service brand.

When I was posting once a day, this blog had one million visits a month. If you monetize that on advertising, it becomes quite a decent income – on the order of $3,000 a month, or frankly, enough to pay food and board for anywhere outside of San Francisco, Tokyo, or Hong Kong. Putting it in real terms, keeping my motives straight came with a price tag of several thousand US dollars a month, money that I chose to leave on the table.

You’ll notice that TorrentFreak ran an article onwhich VPN... more »

Why I've chosen to go with Private Internet Access. New column for transparency.

Some people have noticed I’m writing for a VPN service, and having my regular commentary on liberties presented by that VPN service: by Private Internet Access​ VPN. Seeing my previous stance on advertising, I think it merits some explanation why I’m choosing to associate with a service brand.

When I was posting once a day, this blog had one million visits a month. If you monetize that on advertising, it becomes quite a decent income – on the order of $3,000 a month, or frankly, enough to pay food and board for anywhere outside of San Francisco, Tokyo, or Hong Kong. Putting it in real terms, keeping my motives straight came with a price tag of several thousand US dollars a month, money that I chose to leave on the table.

You’ll notice that TorrentFreak ran an article on which VPN services to trust in a “2015 edition” review yesterday. Private Internet Access is the first service listed. While I’d recommend reading all of it, I’m choosing a few highlights:

"We do not log, period. This includes, but is not limited to, any traffic data, DNS data or meta (session) data. Privacy IS our policy. … We do not log and therefore are unable to provide information about any users of our service. We have not, to date, been served with a valid court order that has required us to provide something we do not have. … We do not attempt to filter, monitor, censor or interfere in our users’ activity in any way, shape or form. BitTorrent is, by definition, allowed."

Feel free to compare this stance to your current ISP. Do read it again if you like.

So to answer the initial question, why do I associate with a service brand? Because I think good people deserve recognition, and they deserve to be the measuring stick for the industry as a whole. This is the kind of attitude – both Bahnhof’s and Private Internet Access’s – that the rest of the Internet industry should aspire to, and needs to aspire to.

https://falkvinge.net/2015/03/03/why-ive-chosen-to-go-with-private-internet-access/___

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2015-03-02 21:07:30 (7 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 9. So the FCC approved Net Neutrality. That's fantastic, or could be fantastic.

But we don't know the details yet, and there are at least two valid concerns. First, there are qualifiers for net neutrality to apply - the infamous "lawful" word - which may turn this into net neutrality's very opposite, with ISPs being forced to police the net. Second, this is still the same FCC that tried to ban "indecency" from the net as recently as 2012. We shouldn't count our chickens just quite yet.

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Liberties Report for week 9. So the FCC approved Net Neutrality. That's fantastic, or could be fantastic.

But we don't know the details yet, and there are at least two valid concerns. First, there are qualifiers for net neutrality to apply - the infamous "lawful" word - which may turn this into net neutrality's very opposite, with ISPs being forced to police the net. Second, this is still the same FCC that tried to ban "indecency" from the net as recently as 2012. We shouldn't count our chickens just quite yet.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1dOUdwwxOA___

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2015-03-01 22:03:06 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Copyright monopoly fraudsters need to go to jail with heavy damages. New column on TorrentFreak.

It shouldn't even be controversial. If you're lying about holding a copyright monopoly to something, you're infringing on that work's distribution, and should suffer the same penalties as any other infringer does today.

The Swedish Pirate Party had a very clear policy on crimes like this: if you lied about holding an exclusive right to something, the same penalty that would have applied to an infringer of that exclusive right would instead apply to you. This is only fair, after all: you are infringing on the distribution of a creative work by dishonest means.

The irony is that at the same time as the copyright industry opposes such penalties vehemently, arguing that they can make “innocent mistakes” in sending out nastygrams, threats, and lawsuits tosin... more »

Copyright monopoly fraudsters need to go to jail with heavy damages. New column on TorrentFreak.

It shouldn't even be controversial. If you're lying about holding a copyright monopoly to something, you're infringing on that work's distribution, and should suffer the same penalties as any other infringer does today.

The Swedish Pirate Party had a very clear policy on crimes like this: if you lied about holding an exclusive right to something, the same penalty that would have applied to an infringer of that exclusive right would instead apply to you. This is only fair, after all: you are infringing on the distribution of a creative work by dishonest means.

The irony is that at the same time as the copyright industry opposes such penalties vehemently, arguing that they can make “innocent mistakes” in sending out nastygrams, threats, and lawsuits to single mothers, they are also arguing that the situation with distribution monopolies is always crystal clear and unmistakable to everybody else who deserve nothing but the worst. They can’t have it both ways here.

http://torrentfreak.com/copyright-monopoly-fraudsters-need-go-jail-heavy-damages-150301/___

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2015-02-24 13:53:19 (7 comments, 8 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Superfish, Lenovo, Gemalto show the need for Defense-in-Depth and End-to-End-encryption. New column on Privacy News.

Last week, two significant events further demonstrated the necessity for defense in depth and for end-to-end encryption. It was revealed that surveillance agencies had broken into the mobile network and stolen all cryptokeys, and that the computer maker Lenovo was wiretapping all secure communications of its users in order to insert advertising into it. These are two deep betrayals that force us to re-think what level of security is good enough.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/02/superfish-lenovo-gemalto-show-need-for-defense-in-depth-end-to-end-security-and-more/

Superfish, Lenovo, Gemalto show the need for Defense-in-Depth and End-to-End-encryption. New column on Privacy News.

Last week, two significant events further demonstrated the necessity for defense in depth and for end-to-end encryption. It was revealed that surveillance agencies had broken into the mobile network and stolen all cryptokeys, and that the computer maker Lenovo was wiretapping all secure communications of its users in order to insert advertising into it. These are two deep betrayals that force us to re-think what level of security is good enough.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/02/superfish-lenovo-gemalto-show-need-for-defense-in-depth-end-to-end-security-and-more/___

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2015-02-23 22:43:26 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 8. What a week it's been!

NSA and GCHQ are reported to have stolen billions of cryptokeys and pretty much broken into mobile telephony worldwide, and Lenovo is found to have shipped computers where they would eavesdrop on all communications that happened on their brand of computers - even secure communications like that with a bank - and leave those computers wide open to scammers and malware. Both of these events show the increasing and pervasive need for encryption.

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Liberties Report for week 8. What a week it's been!

NSA and GCHQ are reported to have stolen billions of cryptokeys and pretty much broken into mobile telephony worldwide, and Lenovo is found to have shipped computers where they would eavesdrop on all communications that happened on their brand of computers - even secure communications like that with a bank - and leave those computers wide open to scammers and malware. Both of these events show the increasing and pervasive need for encryption.

Presented by Private Internet Access VPN:
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http://youtu.be/h5aq-Lz61Sc___

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2015-02-16 21:27:25 (2 comments, 9 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 7. Net Neutrality is coming to a boss fight in the USA.

The US has fallen to 40th place in household bandwidth, because the cable and telco industries have been allowed to set the agenda. It's in their strategic interest to prevent the net's utility for as long as they can get away with it. Net neutrality is one important aspect of that; unless you want to see a Disneyified net (in the bad sense), now may be a good time to call the US Congress.

If you're in the USA, you can use the caller tool at https://www.battleforthenet.com/?pia=1 to do so.

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Liberties Report for week 7. Net Neutrality is coming to a boss fight in the USA.

The US has fallen to 40th place in household bandwidth, because the cable and telco industries have been allowed to set the agenda. It's in their strategic interest to prevent the net's utility for as long as they can get away with it. Net neutrality is one important aspect of that; unless you want to see a Disneyified net (in the bad sense), now may be a good time to call the US Congress.

If you're in the USA, you can use the caller tool at https://www.battleforthenet.com/?pia=1 to do so.

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http://youtu.be/l8S0EQSI9EQ___

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2015-02-16 14:10:41 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Understanding Net Neutrality: What if your kitchen appliances only worked with one power company? New column on Privacy News.

In the US, the regulation on Net Neutrality is coming to a showdown on February 26. For such a boring name, it has enormous implications, and well beyond the internet. Imagine that your electric kitchen appliances only worked with one particular power company? That’s what you get without net neutrality – or grid neutrality, as it would be in that case.

To understand why the absence of neutrality is bad, let’s look at the example with electricity. If your power company did vertical bundling, you’d have to buy everything that ran on electricity from them. They’d provide kitchen appliances, lamps, electric engines, everything that ran on electricity, and quite often remind you about how innovative they were, providing you with this great selection.
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Understanding Net Neutrality: What if your kitchen appliances only worked with one power company? New column on Privacy News.

In the US, the regulation on Net Neutrality is coming to a showdown on February 26. For such a boring name, it has enormous implications, and well beyond the internet. Imagine that your electric kitchen appliances only worked with one particular power company? That’s what you get without net neutrality – or grid neutrality, as it would be in that case.

To understand why the absence of neutrality is bad, let’s look at the example with electricity. If your power company did vertical bundling, you’d have to buy everything that ran on electricity from them. They’d provide kitchen appliances, lamps, electric engines, everything that ran on electricity, and quite often remind you about how innovative they were, providing you with this great selection.

The lock-in effects would be enormous. If you wanted to change your power company, you’d have to replace every piece of powered hardware.

This is the situation that Team Cable & Telco is salivating over. They see the potential for lock-in by giving preferential access to their preferred services, creating an artificial Walled Garden, and locking out or degrading competing services on the Internet. But this doesn’t just go against the entire concept of the Internet – that everybody’s an equal online; it also creates an enormous economic harm to all of society, and it puts Team Cable & Telco in a gatekeeper position to determine who gets access to market at all.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/02/understanding-net-neutrality-what-if-your-kitchen-appliances-only-worked-with-one-power-company/___

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2015-02-15 22:08:26 (5 comments, 17 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

The war over control of the net is a war over the information advantage. New column on TorrentFreak.

Throughout history, you can observe that many groups have fought over the information advantage - to know more about other people than those others know in return. Whoever has held the information advantage has usually risen to power.

It’s easy to observe that governments have had this role. “Our satellite imagery shows X, Y, and Z on the ground in Farawaystan.” You can’t really dispute it, you have to take that government at their word, simply because you don’t have any expensive satellite network of your own. It’s quite outside of your budget range. Or rather, you had to take them at their word: you don’t anymore. All of a sudden, you have distant acquaintances on the ground in Farawaystan who are confirming or disproving the statement, and usually doing so withinminutes.
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The war over control of the net is a war over the information advantage. New column on TorrentFreak.

Throughout history, you can observe that many groups have fought over the information advantage - to know more about other people than those others know in return. Whoever has held the information advantage has usually risen to power.

It’s easy to observe that governments have had this role. “Our satellite imagery shows X, Y, and Z on the ground in Farawaystan.” You can’t really dispute it, you have to take that government at their word, simply because you don’t have any expensive satellite network of your own. It’s quite outside of your budget range. Or rather, you had to take them at their word: you don’t anymore. All of a sudden, you have distant acquaintances on the ground in Farawaystan who are confirming or disproving the statement, and usually doing so within minutes.

Putting it another way: the net generation, the global net generation, has taken the information advantage from the world’s governments, using nothing but their everyday presence and practically no resources at all. And those dethroned governments are absolutely furious about it, and are turning to poisoning the newswell and destroying the net’s utility value by introducing mass surveillance and forcing the network operators’ dirty collaboration in a last-ditch attempt to regain that information advantage – knowing what everybody’s saying, thinking, planning, discussing.

http://torrentfreak.com/the-war-over-control-of-the-net-is-a-war-over-information-advantage-150215/___

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2015-02-11 23:05:09 (0 comments, 7 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Copyright monopolist claims that legal, non-infringing use of your own property, without asking unnecessary permission anyway, is like AGGRAVATED RAPE. New article.

In a fuming blog article, David Newhoff claims that non-infringing, legal uses of copyrighted works – that is, of people’s own property – are like “aggravated rape” when made without unneeded consent of the monopoly holder. Newhoff tries to scold the crucial concept of “fair use” in copyright monopoly doctrine, the concept which explicitly says that some usages are not covered by the monopoly and therefore not up to the monopoly holder, and ends saying that if you don’t grant permission and can’t set limits, it’s “aggravated rape”. Just when you think copyright monopoly zealots can’t sink any lower, they surprise you with one of the few creativities they’ve ever shown.
https://falkvinge.net/201... more »

Copyright monopolist claims that legal, non-infringing use of your own property, without asking unnecessary permission anyway, is like AGGRAVATED RAPE. New article.

In a fuming blog article, David Newhoff claims that non-infringing, legal uses of copyrighted works – that is, of people’s own property – are like “aggravated rape” when made without unneeded consent of the monopoly holder. Newhoff tries to scold the crucial concept of “fair use” in copyright monopoly doctrine, the concept which explicitly says that some usages are not covered by the monopoly and therefore not up to the monopoly holder, and ends saying that if you don’t grant permission and can’t set limits, it’s “aggravated rape”. Just when you think copyright monopoly zealots can’t sink any lower, they surprise you with one of the few creativities they’ve ever shown.

https://falkvinge.net/2015/02/11/copyright-monopolist-claims-legal-non-infringing-uses-of-your-own-property-without-asking-unnecessary-permission-anyway-is-like-aggravated-rape/___

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2015-02-10 21:07:01 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 6. Last week, we heard new calls from officials for 'governmental master encryption keys' that would decrypt anything and everything.

The officials who call for such a device make it clear that "they're not engineers", just in case that wasn't very obvious already. But they don't have to learn engineering to find out why a golden master key can't possibly work, they can look at somebody else who tried to create golden secret keys and failed with spectactular fireworks: the copyright industry.

From CSS to AACS to HDCP, every secret 'golden key' scheme has been broken in a few months at most.

Those officials are not alone, though. They have good company in legislators who have called for infinite-free-energy solutions, and who claimed that such a device can't be technically hard, either.
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Liberties Report for week 6. Last week, we heard new calls from officials for 'governmental master encryption keys' that would decrypt anything and everything.

The officials who call for such a device make it clear that "they're not engineers", just in case that wasn't very obvious already. But they don't have to learn engineering to find out why a golden master key can't possibly work, they can look at somebody else who tried to create golden secret keys and failed with spectactular fireworks: the copyright industry.

From CSS to AACS to HDCP, every secret 'golden key' scheme has been broken in a few months at most.

Those officials are not alone, though. They have good company in legislators who have called for infinite-free-energy solutions, and who claimed that such a device can't be technically hard, either.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KrdFQY9x2k___

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2015-02-10 19:10:25 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

"In this way, our surveillance will become legal": Don't count your chickens over the GCHQ verdict last week. New column on Privacy News at +Private Internet Access .

Last week, there was a verdict in a UK court saying that the GCHQ had indeed broken the law with its bulk surveillance. While many privacy advocates rejoiced, so did the GCHQ, saying the verdict confirms that their activity is legal. How can this be? Don’t count your chickens quite yet.

The FRA had been wiretapping satellites since 1976. They justify this with pointing at a law saying that anybody may listen to radio waves, which makes sense when you’re looking at radio waves from a TV signals or CW radio perspective. But the law just said radio waves in general, which obviously includes directional radio links, such as between satellites and ground stations.

This conflicts sharplywith... more »

"In this way, our surveillance will become legal": Don't count your chickens over the GCHQ verdict last week. New column on Privacy News at +Private Internet Access .

Last week, there was a verdict in a UK court saying that the GCHQ had indeed broken the law with its bulk surveillance. While many privacy advocates rejoiced, so did the GCHQ, saying the verdict confirms that their activity is legal. How can this be? Don’t count your chickens quite yet.

The FRA had been wiretapping satellites since 1976. They justify this with pointing at a law saying that anybody may listen to radio waves, which makes sense when you’re looking at radio waves from a TV signals or CW radio perspective. But the law just said radio waves in general, which obviously includes directional radio links, such as between satellites and ground stations.

This conflicts sharply with privacy-against-wiretapping laws, where you have a so-called expectation of privacy when you’re making a phonecall. In short, there’s a multitude of conflicting laws in the area.

So just like with the FRA, GCHQ’s mass surveillance is legal now, even if a court said it didn’t use to be. That doesn’t help much.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/02/in-this-way-our-work-will-become-legal-dont-count-your-chickens-over-the-gchq-verdict-on-surveillance/___

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2015-02-02 16:20:06 (4 comments, 14 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

In memory of the liberties lost in the War on Piracy. New column on TorrentFreak.

In order to prevent us from discussing and sharing interesting things, the copyright industry has successfully eliminated civil liberties online. But it was all down to a wrong and stupid business assumption in the first place.

The copyright industry was absolutely determined to prevent people from discussing and sharing interesting things (which is what file-sharing amounts to), damn the consequences to civil liberties and society at large to hell. If you put it this way – *what kind of measures would it take to physically and legally prevent people from discussing the things they want in private?* – you should arrive at conclusions which make hairs rise on your arms. The measures required would amount to something beyond Orwellian, and that’s exactly what the copyright industrydeman... more »

In memory of the liberties lost in the War on Piracy. New column on TorrentFreak.

In order to prevent us from discussing and sharing interesting things, the copyright industry has successfully eliminated civil liberties online. But it was all down to a wrong and stupid business assumption in the first place.

The copyright industry was absolutely determined to prevent people from discussing and sharing interesting things (which is what file-sharing amounts to), damn the consequences to civil liberties and society at large to hell. If you put it this way – *what kind of measures would it take to physically and legally prevent people from discussing the things they want in private?* – you should arrive at conclusions which make hairs rise on your arms. The measures required would amount to something beyond Orwellian, and that’s exactly what the copyright industry demanded.

So the copyright industry has successfully lobbied for laws that ban people from sharing and discussing interesting things in private, and done so from the sloppiest conceivable of false business assumptions. As a result of this dimwitted business sense combined with diehard foolhardiness, we’re left with nowhere to talk or walk in private.

And these civil liberties – vital, fundamental civil liberties that aren’t passing from our parents to our children – were lost because of a damn dimwitted sloppy business assumption that turned out to be 180 degrees wrong. It’s beyond depressing. It’s enraging.

http://torrentfreak.com/in-memory-of-the-liberties-lost-in-the-war-on-piracy-150202/___

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2015-02-02 16:08:05 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 5. The Pirate Bay returns exactly on schedule, giving us a sober reminder that The Bay is older than both Facebook and Twitter. China gets more aggressive against VPN connections, desperately clinging to protectionism. And in NYC and the UK, everybody's a terrorist with new laws.

Presented by +Private Internet Access VPN:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-FD5U5mH-w

Liberties Report for week 5. The Pirate Bay returns exactly on schedule, giving us a sober reminder that The Bay is older than both Facebook and Twitter. China gets more aggressive against VPN connections, desperately clinging to protectionism. And in NYC and the UK, everybody's a terrorist with new laws.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-FD5U5mH-w___

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2015-01-31 16:08:54 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

The Pirate Bay returns, and China filters VPNs more aggressively. New column on Privacy News.

Two unrelated things coincide: The return of The Pirate Bay on one hand, and China banning VPNs on the other – actually, not banning them per se, but aggressively filtering VPN traffic in their Great Firewall. It’s a complete coincidence that these both happen in the same week but show something important: inertia and vested interests.

It’s important to keep in mind that The Pirate Bay is over a decade old by now. The Pirate Bay is so old, it has itself become part of inertia – which, in part, explains why it keeps coming back.

Let’s phrase that differently: The Pirate Bay is older than both Facebook and Twitter.

In the Chinese case, the inertia doesn’t come in the form of business interests or symbolism, but from a national self-image – that Chineseservices shou... more »

The Pirate Bay returns, and China filters VPNs more aggressively. New column on Privacy News.

Two unrelated things coincide: The return of The Pirate Bay on one hand, and China banning VPNs on the other – actually, not banning them per se, but aggressively filtering VPN traffic in their Great Firewall. It’s a complete coincidence that these both happen in the same week but show something important: inertia and vested interests.

It’s important to keep in mind that The Pirate Bay is over a decade old by now. The Pirate Bay is so old, it has itself become part of inertia – which, in part, explains why it keeps coming back.

Let’s phrase that differently: The Pirate Bay is older than both Facebook and Twitter.

In the Chinese case, the inertia doesn’t come in the form of business interests or symbolism, but from a national self-image – that Chinese services should simply be superior, and given a chance against dominant services, they will.

There’s not much difference between that attitude and the copyright industry’s attitude toward The Pirate Bay, and it goes to explain a lot of the political moves and countermoves with regard to people’s attempts to regulate the Internet right now.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/01/the-pirate-bay-returns-and-china-filters-vpns/___

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2015-01-28 01:32:10 (0 comments, 9 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 4. The UK continues its path to Big Brother. The revived Snooper's Charter was said to have no way of passing in 2013, and yet, it's merely one horrible bill of many. The problem isn't the single bills, the problem is that anything and everything is used as an excuse to reduce and eliminate vital liberties. What's needed is a Greece-style situation where politicians lose their jobs en masse over this. Until then, expect China to keep being a moral example for the West.

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http://youtu.be/HKgXoLQE-s8

Liberties Report for week 4. The UK continues its path to Big Brother. The revived Snooper's Charter was said to have no way of passing in 2013, and yet, it's merely one horrible bill of many. The problem isn't the single bills, the problem is that anything and everything is used as an excuse to reduce and eliminate vital liberties. What's needed is a Greece-style situation where politicians lose their jobs en masse over this. Until then, expect China to keep being a moral example for the West.

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

http://youtu.be/HKgXoLQE-s8___

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2015-01-22 16:47:03 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

New bank account confiscation rules make monetary privacy as important as data privacy. New column on Privacy News.

We’ve learned the hard way over the decades that if you don’t have physical control of your data, it’s not your data. With the new bank account confiscation rules coming in place, this applies to finance, too: if you don’t have physical control of your money, it’s not your money.

So there you have it. The Cyprus confiscations last year, where the Cypriot government simply swooped in and confiscated/stole/appropriated people’s bank savings, have now become a world standard. Pretty much every world leader has praised it as a very convenient way for a government to save itself, it was made a standard at the G20 meeting last November, and it’s now mandated in the EU.

We first learned this, way in the early days of the Internet, when hosting servicessimply disapp... more »

New bank account confiscation rules make monetary privacy as important as data privacy. New column on Privacy News.

We’ve learned the hard way over the decades that if you don’t have physical control of your data, it’s not your data. With the new bank account confiscation rules coming in place, this applies to finance, too: if you don’t have physical control of your money, it’s not your money.

So there you have it. The Cyprus confiscations last year, where the Cypriot government simply swooped in and confiscated/stole/appropriated people’s bank savings, have now become a world standard. Pretty much every world leader has praised it as a very convenient way for a government to save itself, it was made a standard at the G20 meeting last November, and it’s now mandated in the EU.

We first learned this, way in the early days of the Internet, when hosting services simply disappeared in bankruptcies or similar: If you don’t have physical control of your data, it’s not your data. (As the first online mail providers went under, all their users’ mail history went under, too. Same thing with storage services. Same thing with early blogging platforms.)

And so now, this principle has spread to central-bank currencies, too. With the latest revelation of governments planning to seize money from bank accounts pretty much on-demand and at-will, we’re seeing this coming full circle into the privacy sphere – the reason that privacy of finance, data, and correspondence are three equivalent privacies of the seven privacies:

If you don’t have physical control of your money, it’s not your money.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/01/new-bank-rules-make-care-for-financial-privacy-as-important-as-data-privacy/___

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2015-01-21 20:11:30 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 3. David Cameron suggests outlawing encryption in the UK, which was actually done over ten years ago. There's a bank run going on in Greece, and currency wars are heating up. We live in times of change.

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http://youtu.be/g2H4B1dqSYw

Liberties Report for week 3. David Cameron suggests outlawing encryption in the UK, which was actually done over ten years ago. There's a bank run going on in Greece, and currency wars are heating up. We live in times of change.

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

http://youtu.be/g2H4B1dqSYw___

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2015-01-17 12:10:42 (6 comments, 13 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Putin's unreported genius on Ukraine - it's currency warfare. New article.

Putin did not invade Ukraine to invade Ukraine, but as a genius invasion against the U.S. Dollar. Almost all media have missed the high-level geopolitical chess at play and focused so narrowly on the individual moves, that they’re completely missing the big picture. There’s currently a war about what reserve currency the world should use – and the U.S. is poised to lose.

Putin has spent the past 15 years making the world’s largest economy – Europe – completely dependent on Russian energy: oil, natural gas, and uranium. Europe cannot do without Russian energy at this point in time.

Russia needed sanctions from the United States, so its energy supply to Europe couldn’t be denominated in US dollars anymore.

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was not an invasion ofUkraine. It was... more »

Putin's unreported genius on Ukraine - it's currency warfare. New article.

Putin did not invade Ukraine to invade Ukraine, but as a genius invasion against the U.S. Dollar. Almost all media have missed the high-level geopolitical chess at play and focused so narrowly on the individual moves, that they’re completely missing the big picture. There’s currently a war about what reserve currency the world should use – and the U.S. is poised to lose.

Putin has spent the past 15 years making the world’s largest economy – Europe – completely dependent on Russian energy: oil, natural gas, and uranium. Europe cannot do without Russian energy at this point in time.

Russia needed sanctions from the United States, so its energy supply to Europe couldn’t be denominated in US dollars anymore.

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine was not an invasion of Ukraine. It was a trap for the US Dollar, a trap that sprung perfectly.

In effect, Putin has successfully defeated the US Empire by defeating the petrodollar, unless Obama has a last-ditch ace up his sleeve at this point.

http://falkvinge.net/2015/01/17/putins-unreported-genius-on-ukraine-currency-warfare/___

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2015-01-14 22:08:02 (3 comments, 13 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 2. After Charlie Hebdo, everybody and their brother have claimed to defend freedom of speech, while actually saying the exact opposite. Freedom of speech isn't rocket science - it means that stating an opinion is always legal, that there's no legal test for it. And not one Western country meets this simple bar today.

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Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
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http://youtu.be/QE-nLvdz0LI

Liberties Report for week 2. After Charlie Hebdo, everybody and their brother have claimed to defend freedom of speech, while actually saying the exact opposite. Freedom of speech isn't rocket science - it means that stating an opinion is always legal, that there's no legal test for it. And not one Western country meets this simple bar today.

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

Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/930801843604368


http://youtu.be/QE-nLvdz0LI___

2015-01-14 13:45:58 (0 comments, 12 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Hilarious - activists turn tables on surveillance hawks, wiretap them with honeypot open wifi at security conference. New article.

Activists from the Pirate Party’s youth wing have wiretapped high-level political surveillance hawks at Sweden’s top security conference. They set up an open wi-fi access point at the conference and labeled it “Open Guest”, and then just logged the traffic of about a hundred high-ranking surveillance hawks that lobby for more wiretapping who connected through their unencrypted access point. They presented their findings in an op-ed in Swedish this Tuesday.

http://falkvinge.net/2015/01/14/hilarious-activists-turn-tables-on-political-surveillance-hawks-wiretaps-them-with-honeypot-open-wi-fi-at-security-conference/

Hilarious - activists turn tables on surveillance hawks, wiretap them with honeypot open wifi at security conference. New article.

Activists from the Pirate Party’s youth wing have wiretapped high-level political surveillance hawks at Sweden’s top security conference. They set up an open wi-fi access point at the conference and labeled it “Open Guest”, and then just logged the traffic of about a hundred high-ranking surveillance hawks that lobby for more wiretapping who connected through their unencrypted access point. They presented their findings in an op-ed in Swedish this Tuesday.

http://falkvinge.net/2015/01/14/hilarious-activists-turn-tables-on-political-surveillance-hawks-wiretaps-them-with-honeypot-open-wi-fi-at-security-conference/___

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2015-01-11 13:43:09 (0 comments, 8 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Charlie Hebdo: And out come the surveillance services, demanding more budget and powers. New column on Privacy News.

Following the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, everybody and their brother have come out in support of freedom of speech. The problem is, they don’t even know what it is when asked. Meanwhile, the surveillance services waste no time in trying to use the attack to claim more powers.

Let’s get this straight: the surveillance services knew full well who these guys were, and still didn’t manage to prevent the attack. And yet they’re asking for more budget and powers to do a lot more of what didn’t work?

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-and-out-come-the-surveillance-services-demanding-more-budget-powers/

Charlie Hebdo: And out come the surveillance services, demanding more budget and powers. New column on Privacy News.

Following the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, everybody and their brother have come out in support of freedom of speech. The problem is, they don’t even know what it is when asked. Meanwhile, the surveillance services waste no time in trying to use the attack to claim more powers.

Let’s get this straight: the surveillance services knew full well who these guys were, and still didn’t manage to prevent the attack. And yet they’re asking for more budget and powers to do a lot more of what didn’t work?

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-and-out-come-the-surveillance-services-demanding-more-budget-powers/___

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2015-01-04 22:54:44 (2 comments, 8 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Why EFF's "Let's Encrypt" initiative is more important than it seems. new column on Privacy News.

Late 2014, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced a small software utility called "Let's Encrypt", aimed at website administrators. It reduces the time and skill required to encrypt a website from three hours and much Googling to twenty seconds and one command. That initiative is more important than just being another random utility.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/01/why-effs-lets-encrypt-initiative-is-more-important-than-it-seems/

Why EFF's "Let's Encrypt" initiative is more important than it seems. new column on Privacy News.

Late 2014, the Electronic Frontier Foundation announced a small software utility called "Let's Encrypt", aimed at website administrators. It reduces the time and skill required to encrypt a website from three hours and much Googling to twenty seconds and one command. That initiative is more important than just being another random utility.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2015/01/why-effs-lets-encrypt-initiative-is-more-important-than-it-seems/___

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2015-01-04 22:21:30 (2 comments, 14 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

In Europe, pirates are writing the copyright law. New column on TorrentFreak.

Strangely unreported by mainstream media, there is a major revision of the copyright monopoly underway in the European Union. And the person in charge, Julia Reda, is a Pirate Party representative. The tide is turning.

http://torrentfreak.com/in-europe-pirates-are-writing-the-copyright-law-150104/

In Europe, pirates are writing the copyright law. New column on TorrentFreak.

Strangely unreported by mainstream media, there is a major revision of the copyright monopoly underway in the European Union. And the person in charge, Julia Reda, is a Pirate Party representative. The tide is turning.

http://torrentfreak.com/in-europe-pirates-are-writing-the-copyright-law-150104/___

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2015-01-04 21:17:45 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 1. Three things to watch for liberties in 2015: The various copyright monopoly revisions and reforms which impact civil liberties widely, the ongoing developments in cryptocurrency and the blockchain, and the overall world economy - not least the oil price: governments will always save themselves before their citizens.

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Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/925093410841878

http://youtu.be/XrIpdQ_Gerw

Liberties Report for week 1. Three things to watch for liberties in 2015: The various copyright monopoly revisions and reforms which impact civil liberties widely, the ongoing developments in cryptocurrency and the blockchain, and the overall world economy - not least the oil price: governments will always save themselves before their citizens.

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/925093410841878

http://youtu.be/XrIpdQ_Gerw___

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2014-12-29 19:21:32 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Five privacy predictions for 2015. New column on Privacy News.

Predictions: Big Tech will start rolling out a privacy pushback for business reasons, bank account confiscations will take place boosting bitcoin, VPNs will continue to see uptake, people in general still won’t understand the dystopia that’s already here, and at least one mass device with strong privacy will launch.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/12/five-privacy-predictions-for-2015/

Five privacy predictions for 2015. New column on Privacy News.

Predictions: Big Tech will start rolling out a privacy pushback for business reasons, bank account confiscations will take place boosting bitcoin, VPNs will continue to see uptake, people in general still won’t understand the dystopia that’s already here, and at least one mass device with strong privacy will launch.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/12/five-privacy-predictions-for-2015/___

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2014-12-24 02:13:29 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 51. Summing up 2014, there's quite a bit of financial turbulence, and democracies are in decline worldwide. That doesn't set a good stage for 2015. On the plus side, decentralization is speeding up, and we may need it.

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

Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/913666478651238

http://youtu.be/vGXhSeqDE-Q

Liberties Report for week 51. Summing up 2014, there's quite a bit of financial turbulence, and democracies are in decline worldwide. That doesn't set a good stage for 2015. On the plus side, decentralization is speeding up, and we may need it.

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

Full transcript at the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/913666478651238

http://youtu.be/vGXhSeqDE-Q___

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2014-12-20 23:14:33 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Predictions on Privacy for 2014: So how did they score? New column on Privacy News.

One year ago, we posted predictions for 2014 developments in the privacy field. As the year draws to a close, it’s time to review them before trying to gaze into the crystal ball for 2015.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/12/predictions-on-privacy-for-2014-how-did-they-score/

Predictions on Privacy for 2014: So how did they score? New column on Privacy News.

One year ago, we posted predictions for 2014 developments in the privacy field. As the year draws to a close, it’s time to review them before trying to gaze into the crystal ball for 2015.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/12/predictions-on-privacy-for-2014-how-did-they-score/___

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2014-12-16 21:10:39 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 50. Last week was all about the CIA Torture Report. However, there are more dark clouds on the horizon: oil prices in freefall suggest we may have turbulent times ahead, not just with regards to governments, but to liberties as well.

Presented by Private Internet Access:
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Full transcript on the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/907136779304208

http://youtu.be/rvmscGLY11I

Liberties Report for week 50. Last week was all about the CIA Torture Report. However, there are more dark clouds on the horizon: oil prices in freefall suggest we may have turbulent times ahead, not just with regards to governments, but to liberties as well.

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

Full transcript on the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/907136779304208

http://youtu.be/rvmscGLY11I___

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2014-12-14 23:16:44 (0 comments, 13 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

"How to learn Absolutely Nothing in Fifteen Years", by the Copyright Industry. New column on TorrentFreak.

The Pirate Bay was shut down this week. Whether or not it resurfaces, that event has already triggered a wave of innovation that will spawn exciting new sharing technologies over the coming years, just like when Napster was shut down fifteen years ago

http://torrentfreak.com/how-to-learn-absolutely-nothing-in-fifteen-years-by-the-copyright-industry-141214/

"How to learn Absolutely Nothing in Fifteen Years", by the Copyright Industry. New column on TorrentFreak.

The Pirate Bay was shut down this week. Whether or not it resurfaces, that event has already triggered a wave of innovation that will spawn exciting new sharing technologies over the coming years, just like when Napster was shut down fifteen years ago

http://torrentfreak.com/how-to-learn-absolutely-nothing-in-fifteen-years-by-the-copyright-industry-141214/___

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2014-12-14 10:36:05 (2 comments, 18 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

At least 26 people who had nothing to hide were tortured by the CIA. New column on Privacy News.

Twenty-six innocent people have been tortured by the CIA. These were people who had literally nothing to hide, but they had something to fear anyway. Civil liberties are either applied to everybody without exception, or will be reliable for nobody.

This shows in a very brutal way that it doesn’t matter if you think you’re white as snow and have nothing to hide whatsoever. The saying “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” is false, dishonest, and misleading. It’s always, always, always somebody else who determines if you have something to hide or not. And they’re never using the same criteria as you are.

Here, 26 people who believed in “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” were rewarded with torture. A ten-year-long torture, even. Does that mean that if you don’tsafeguard your pr... more »

At least 26 people who had nothing to hide were tortured by the CIA. New column on Privacy News.

Twenty-six innocent people have been tortured by the CIA. These were people who had literally nothing to hide, but they had something to fear anyway. Civil liberties are either applied to everybody without exception, or will be reliable for nobody.

This shows in a very brutal way that it doesn’t matter if you think you’re white as snow and have nothing to hide whatsoever. The saying “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” is false, dishonest, and misleading. It’s always, always, always somebody else who determines if you have something to hide or not. And they’re never using the same criteria as you are.

Here, 26 people who believed in “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” were rewarded with torture. A ten-year-long torture, even. Does that mean that if you don’t safeguard your privacy, you risk torture? No, of course it doesn’t.

But what it does mean, is that if you buy into the rhethoric of “rights should not be upheld for people who have something to hide”, you’re buying into the idea of civil liberties being unnecessary – under the illusion they would still somehow apply to you when the time comes, thinking you haven’t done anything wrong. Of course, there are no such guarantees, and if history is a guide, they won’t. Civil liberties are either upheld for the people who deserve it the least, or for nobody at all. There is no gray area on that.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/12/at-least-26-people-who-had-nothing-to-hide-tortured-by-cia/___

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2014-12-09 21:02:45 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 49. Part three in our short bitcoin series. When you realize how much depends on the ledger, and how much power governments will lose as that ledger transitions to blockchain technology - that's when you start realizing the real impact of bitcoin. It's something far more than a better, faster, and cheaper credit card.

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

Full transcript on the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/903281609689725

http://youtu.be/priPSkeWcFA

Liberties Report for week 49. Part three in our short bitcoin series. When you realize how much depends on the ledger, and how much power governments will lose as that ledger transitions to blockchain technology - that's when you start realizing the real impact of bitcoin. It's something far more than a better, faster, and cheaper credit card.

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

Full transcript on the Liberties Report facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/903281609689725

http://youtu.be/priPSkeWcFA___

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2014-12-06 23:38:31 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

You can't have "Consent of the Governed" without privacy. New column on Privacy News.

There are still people questioning why we need privacy in the first place, considering it to be some kind of first-world superficial luxury at the individual level. But privacy is not an individual privilege, it is a fundamental collective right, and for very good reasons: without privacy, every other check and balance in society falls apart.

People involved with today’s real-time surveillance have described it as “basically being able to see thoughts form in real-time in the monitored people”. It used to be that surveillance only monitored conversations, the exchange of ideas. With surveillance of the Internet, and thereby of searches, information lookups, cross-references, and drafts, governments are now able to monitor the formation of ideas – far before they’recommunica... more »

You can't have "Consent of the Governed" without privacy. New column on Privacy News.

There are still people questioning why we need privacy in the first place, considering it to be some kind of first-world superficial luxury at the individual level. But privacy is not an individual privilege, it is a fundamental collective right, and for very good reasons: without privacy, every other check and balance in society falls apart.

People involved with today’s real-time surveillance have described it as “basically being able to see thoughts form in real-time in the monitored people”. It used to be that surveillance only monitored conversations, the exchange of ideas. With surveillance of the Internet, and thereby of searches, information lookups, cross-references, and drafts, governments are now able to monitor the formation of ideas – far before they’re communicated, if they ever are.

That’s why there can’t be surveillance at the idea-formation level; at the Internet level we have today. If there is, there is no consent of the governed – there can’t be. And by extension, there is no democracy, and therefore a society which will most likely end in a rather nasty upheaval.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/12/you-cant-have-consent-of-the-governed-without-privacy/___

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2014-12-02 21:17:07 (12 comments, 6 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Liberties Report for week 48. Part two of three in our bitcoin special. Bitcoin is a currency built on a new technology - so-called blockchain technology - that can outcompete far more institutions than central banks. Fact is, the blockchain technology has potential to outcompete entire central governments.

Part one is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdQoGxWFzLE

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

Full transcript at the facebook Liberties Report page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/899376983413521

http://youtu.be/CnuRtfFko8Y

Liberties Report for week 48. Part two of three in our bitcoin special. Bitcoin is a currency built on a new technology - so-called blockchain technology - that can outcompete far more institutions than central banks. Fact is, the blockchain technology has potential to outcompete entire central governments.

Part one is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdQoGxWFzLE

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

Full transcript at the facebook Liberties Report page:
https://www.facebook.com/libertiesreport/posts/899376983413521

http://youtu.be/CnuRtfFko8Y___

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2014-11-29 22:08:32 (7 comments, 8 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

You never need to justify your need to privacy. New column on Privacy News.

Privacy is not a luxury or a privilege. It is a right. You never need to justify why you need privacy; you have a right to privacy without any justification whatsoever. The rare exceptions are what need to be well justified.

[example conversation]

That response illustrates the nature of both privacy and of Freedom of Speech: They are not conditional of what you use them for, or more importantly, whether somebody else's job (read "law enforcement") would be easier and more convenient if you didn't have them.

It is absolutely paramount that every challenge to privacy is discarded by pointing out that privacy does not <em>need</em> to be justified; it is a human fundamental right, as described in the U.S. Bill of Rights, in the European Convention on Human... more »

You never need to justify your need to privacy. New column on Privacy News.

Privacy is not a luxury or a privilege. It is a right. You never need to justify why you need privacy; you have a right to privacy without any justification whatsoever. The rare exceptions are what need to be well justified.

[example conversation]

That response illustrates the nature of both privacy and of Freedom of Speech: They are not conditional of what you use them for, or more importantly, whether somebody else's job (read "law enforcement") would be easier and more convenient if you didn't have them.

It is absolutely paramount that every challenge to privacy is discarded by pointing out that privacy does not <em>need</em> to be justified; it is a human fundamental right, as described in the U.S. Bill of Rights, in the European Convention on Human Rights, and the United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights, among others. However, invasions to privacy need to be justified in every single case - and well justified, not just "because law enforcement wants to".

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2014/11/you-never-need-to-justify-your-right-to-privacy/___

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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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