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VICE in North Korea w/ Dennis Rodman & Harlem Globetrotters

In LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS on June 15, 2013 at 9:10 PM

 

06/14/2013

U.S. relations with North Korea have been strained to the breaking point by the country’s disturbing nuclear-weapons threats, backed by “supreme leader” Kim Jong-un’s anti-American rhetoric. Fortunately, Kim shares one of his late father’s passions: American basketball. With that in mind, and through official and backdoor channels, VICE organized an unlikely, highly publicized trip to North Korea, hoping to thaw out relations through some hoops diplomacy. With NBA great Dennis Rodman and a trio of exuberant Harlem Globetrotters in tow, VICE traveled to the capital of Pyongyang for a surreal tour of the city, a basketball clinic with under-18 players, an exhibition game witnessed by Kim and 10,000 adoring fans, and – most surprising – a first-ever meeting between the baby-faced leader and an American delegation.

Watch_Dogs: New Video Game Hacks Straight Into US Surveillance Storm

In LEAKSOURCE ORIGINAL NEWS on June 15, 2013 at 4:11 AM

 

06/12/2013

A video game with a protagonist who controls the world around him by hacking into systems is generating growing buzz, for its eerie parallels with the current storm about US surveillance.

Games typically use weapons ranging from guns and swords to zappers to special powers to defeat enemies, overcome obstacles or simply score points, and hundreds are on display at the E3 gaming industry conference in Los Angeles.

But in “Watch_Dogs“, the player-controlled anti-hero can access everything from the cellphone conversations and medical records of passers-by to computers which control traffic lights, to advance through the game.

“We knew we had a relevant topic,” Canadian Ubisoft developer Dominic Guay told AFP, recalling how he arrived ahead of the gaming mega-gathering this week, and checked into his hotel.

“I turned on CNN, and the first sentence I heard was ‘invasion of privacy’, switched channel and on Fox they were like, ‘surveillance’, and I said to my creative director, ‘Those are all our key words.'”

Ubisoft, the French company behind top gaming titles including “Assassin’s Creed” and “Prince of Persia: Sands of Time”, showed off “Watch_Dogs” on Monday, at a pre-E3 press conference in a downtown LA hotel.

Set in Chicago, the game centers on Aiden Pearce, who uses his smartphone to access the city’s Central Operating System, which controls everything from power grids and traffic management technology to bank accounts and phone networks.

 

That kind of hacking evokes the stunning recent revelations about electronic surveillance by US authorities, revealed by ex-government contractor and whistle-blower Edward Snowden, who is in hiding in Hong Kong.

Under the classified PRISM program, the US National Security Agency (NSA) has gathered call log records for millions of American phone subscribers and targeted the Internet data of foreign web users.

The debate was also fueled by the April Boston marathon attacks, which killed three people and injured over 260, with New York mayor Michael Bloomberg notably saying people will have to get used to more cameras than in the “olden days”.

Guay said technology is now making it possible to foresee a world not unlike that in British writer George Orwell’s classic novel “1984”, in which Big Brother watches and controls everything.

See also: Promo Site for New Video Game “Watch_Dogs” Reveals World of Cyber Surveillance

Orwell “had an extreme view of that dystopian world at that time,” he said. “I think we’re seeing a time where the technology has caught up to his views. where the technology would enable his dystopian world to exist.

“Happily … most of us live in democracies that are not going there … but it’s scary to think that a government that would be as ruthless and evil as the one in ‘1984’ would theoretically have the means to reproduce that system.”

In “Watch_Dogs”, Pearce starts off seeking revenge for a loved one, but as he finds out more about the city, through hacking into its systems and inhabitants, he becomes a “vigilante”, according to Montreal-based Guay.

“Most of the hacks that we have in the game are based on stuff that’s happened in the real world. We just happened to give them all to a single player,” he said in the sidelines of the E3 conference.

He added: “It’s actually happening as we speak. It makes a more efficient city right? But it also creates the vulnerabilities we have in our game,” he said, insisting the game makes no value judgment on the complex and sensitive issue.

“We’re not trying to be moralistic about it. But we’re hoping that players, when they’ve finished the game, maybe start a conversation. They can form an opinion about it,” he added.

“Watch_Dogs” will be released in November, including versions for play on on Sony’s next-generation PlayStation 4 (PS4) and Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles.

Sony Computer Entertainment of America chief Jack Tretton said the game “reflects mainstream entertainment and what’s culturally relevant — I think it’s a game based on what people are seeing out there in modern culture.

“I think it’s less of a statement on our industry and more of a statement on a cultural situation what could create a good storyline,” he told AFP.

 

 

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June 14th 2013

In DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE on June 15, 2013 at 3:14 AM

NSA FILES

Edward Snowden’s Worst Fear Has Not Been Realised – ThankfullyGlenn Greenwald Via Guardian

Glenn Greenwald: On Prism, Partisanship and PropagandaGuardian

Leaked: NSA’s Talking Points Defending Domestic Surveillance – Mike Masnick Via TechDirt

UNCLASSIFIED Report on the “President’s Surveillance Program” (2009) – LeakSource

Facebook Releases Data, Including All National Security Requests

Microsoft’s U.S. Law Enforcement and National Security Requests for Last Half of 2012

NSA Chief Lies to Congress – Stephen Lendman

The Real War On RealityPeter Ludlow Via NYTimes

The Deeper Meaning of Mass Spying in AmericaJames Petras Via DissidentVoice

Ron Paul TWP #16 – Big Brother (AUDIO) (VIDEO)

Rep. Alan Grayson on the NSA: American as Apple Spy (VIDEO)

Rep. Alan Grayson‘s Mind Your Own Business Act

Rep. Alan GraysonUncle Sam = Big Brother?

Encrypted e-mail: How much annoyance will you tolerate to keep the NSA away?ArsTechnica

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CBS News confirms Sharyl Attkisson’s computer hacked

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WIKILEAKS

(VIDEO) Julian Assange ISEA 2013 Special Keynote Speech

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SYRIA

Syrian Rebels Pledge Loyalty to Al-QaedaUSAToday

Syria Calls US Claims of Chemical Weapons Use “Lies Based on Fabricated Information”SANA

US to Leave Air Defense Weapons in Jordan Along Syrian BorderRT

US Shoots Down Syria No Fly Zone Idea (VIDEO) – AFP

Ron PaulObama Signals Start of US War in Syria – RonPaulInstitute

(VIDEORon Paul Talks About Obama’s Syria Claims – RonPaulInstitute

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OCCUPY GEZI

Turkey PM Erdogan to Delay Istanbul Park ProjectAl Jazeera

Twitter refuses to share the data of its users detained in Occupy Gezi protests – Hurriyet

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FILE-SHARING NEWS

Hadopi: 600 € fine and fifteen-day suspension for a subscriber – PCINPact

Off-line confinement: France bans first ever internet user from web surfing – RT

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G8

Meet the G8 “Yarnbombers” – Guardian

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GREECE

Killing the Messenger: Official Greek Government PolicyStephen Lendman

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BRAZIL

Brazil “awakens” as protests over bus fare increase are met with violenceTreeHugger

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CHINA

Gold Buying Panic In China: 10,000 People Wait In Line For Their Chance to Own Precious Metals (Stunning Pictures)Mac Slavo Via SHTFPlan

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RUSSIA

Death of Yuri Gagarin Demystified 40 Years OnRT

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GAMING NEWS

E3: Microsoft Used PCs To Show Their Games Off NOT Dev Kits Like SonyGamingBlend

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June 15th 2013

In DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE on June 15, 2013 at 12:03 AM

NSA FILES

Secret to PRISM Program: Even Bigger Data SeizureAP

NSA admits listening to U.S. phone calls without warrantsDeclan McCullagh Via CNET

U.S. surveillance architecture includes collection of revealing Internet, phone metadataBarton Gellman Via WashingtonPost

Senators skip classified briefing on NSA snooping to catch flights homeTheHill

The NSA Leaks Are Forcing More Transparency on Both Companies and GovernmentTrevor Timm Via FreedomOfThePress

Google opts out of FISA disclosure deal made by Facebook and Microsoft, calls it ‘a step back for users;’ Twitter agreesTheVerge

Cost to Store All US Phonecalls for a Year in the Cloud to Datamine: $27M, 4k sqft, $2M/year in power (Google Doc) – Brewster Kahle

(VIDEO) Juice Rap NewsWHISTLEBLOWER feat. MC Ed Snowden

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Military jury convicts Army officer of possessing and sharing classified documents about CambodiaAP

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WIKILEAKS

#Sun4Assange TWEETSTORM 06/16/2013 9AM PST

Australia Abandons AssangeGreenLeft

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GUANTANAMO

Amid Gitmo Strike, Ex-Detainee Tells of Force-FeedAP

Guantanamo Prisoners Singing Akon’s ‘Locked Up’ While Being Force Fed Is Surprisingly RelevantMichael Kelley Via BusinessInsider

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WTF NEWS

New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft: Putin Stole My Super Bowl RingNYPost

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