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U.S. v. Auernheimer (Weev) Appeal Reply Brief: ICC-IDs Are Not “Passwords”

In Archive, AT&T, Internet, Weev on December 24, 2013 at 9:39 PM


Tor Ekeland:

On December 24, 2013, counsel for Andrew Auernheimer filed the following Amended Reply Brief with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  Appellant Auernheimer had previously filed an oversize Reply Brief in response to the government’s oversize Opposition Brief, but was ordered by the Third Circuit to cut the Reply Brief down to within the word limit permitted under the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (FRAP).  The Third Circuit allowed the government to keep their Opposition Brief roughly twice the length permitted by the FRAP.  All briefing on the appeal is now fully submitted.  Auernheimer has requested oral argument and we are waiting to hear from the Court as to whether this will be granted.


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A Christmas Message From Edward Snowden (VIDEO)

In Archive, NSA, Snowden, Surveillance on December 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM


Whistleblower Edward Snowden, who revealed the mass surveillance programmes organised by the US and other governments, gives this year’s The Alternative Christmas Message on Channel 4.

Six months ago, Snowden, a computer analyst turned whistleblower, brought to global attention top-secret National Security Agency (NSA) documents leading to revelations about widespread United States surveillance on phone and internet communications.

In his first TV interview since arriving in Moscow, Snowden lays out his vision for why privacy matters and why he believes mass indiscriminate surveillance by governments of their people is wrong.

He says: “Great Britain’s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information. The types of collection in the book – microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go. Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person.

“A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves an unrecorded, unanalysed thought. And that’s a problem because privacy matters, privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.”

He acknowledges the growing pressure facing the White House over its bulk collection programmes from world leaders, the US courts and even its own advisors and ends his message on an optimistic note: “The conversation occurring today will determine the amount of trust we can place both in the technology that surrounds us and the government that regulates it. Together we can find a better balance, end mass surveillance and remind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel asking is always cheaper than spying.”

Go Away Cameron: How to Bypass UK’s “Porn” Filter

In Archive, Britain, Censorship, Internet, UK on December 24, 2013 at 11:50 AM



A Google Chrome internet extension has been published aimed at circumventing a porn filter imposed by the UK government. The new filter has come under fire because it also blocks access to sites that provide advice on sex education and porn addiction. Some tech and civil liberties sites also appear to be blocked by the filter, according to Peter Hansteen, as well as legitimate file-sharing services and news websites like TorrentFreak.

Go Away Cameron is a new Google Chrome extension adapted from Singapore’s “Go Away MDA,” which allowed Singaporean users to circumvent blocked content such The Pirate Bay.

The creator, Singapore-based computer science graduate @nubela, said that he did not have a list of the banned sites, the add-on simply picks up the government block and bypasses it.

“I don’t have, nor will I ever have, an exhaustive list of UK banned sites. What I can do is to merely detect whether the website returns you an error message saying the UK blocked it. (This is when the extension kicks in),” he wrote on the browser extension’s download page. “This will work anywhere, and with any websites that are blocked by firewall, universities, workplaces, nanny filters, or well, censorship.”

“I strongly disagree with a censored internet, especially one that is implemented on a government-basis, opt-out or not,” he told The Register.

The new filters are designed to protect users from various types of supposedly inappropriate content, from porn to drug abuse, suicide-related content, and extremist political material (which apparently includes the popular U.K. political blog Guido Fawkes). So while the filters may commonly be referred to as a porn blocker, they’re actually in place to restrict access to a wide range of content.

So far, U.K. anti-censorship campaigns have been less vocal than the parenting groups supporting the new content filters. While there is plenty of anti-filter buzz on social media, there is not a great deal of serious action among mainstream politicians—unsurprising, considering the fact that the filters are being marketed as a service to protect children from hardcore porn. It’s difficult to speak out in favor of public access to pornography, even when the real arguments against the content filters are more to do with freedom of information.

h/t DailyDot

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