I was watching CNN this morning and the inevitable wall-to-wall “shoppers go crazy on Black Friday” stories. Pope Francis’s invocation against the Western economic promotion of “unbridled consumerism” two days ago seemed remarkably well timed. But as I watched video of people camped out on sidewalks in the freezing cold this year and mobs violently [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday November 28, 2013 2:09 pm|
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday November 28, 2013 10:23 am|
In an effort both to increase my online privacy and reduce my dependence on companies that give themselves and others access to my computer, I finally decided it was time to install a Linux-based operating system like Ubuntu as my primary OS. The decision came when the graphics card in my Mac laptop made it [...]
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday August 22, 2013 3:38 pm|
I was on MSNBC yesterday with Tamron Hall discussing the sentencing of Bradley Manning (prior to the announcement that henceforth she would like to be called Chelsea).
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday August 22, 2013 2:16 pm|
Almost immediately after the Grayson hearing on NSA surveillance was announced, however, Richard Clarke withdrew. So imagine nobody’s surprise when it was announced yesterday that Clarke would be joining Peter Swire and sockpuppet afficionado Cass Sunstein on President Obama’s new NSA review panel.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday August 16, 2013 2:42 pm|
The Google/Microsoft war grows uglier. This time, Google is refusing to allow Microsoft to have access to the YouTube API key for an app on Windows phones.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday August 15, 2013 1:32 pm|
In the Princess Bride, the Dread Pirate Roberts is not one person, but a series of people who pass the name to a chosen successor. Likewise, there’s no way to know if the person interviewed by Forbes’ Andy Greenberg is the one and only Dread Pirate Roberts, who runs the Bitcoin-based illegal drug trafficking site, Silk Road. In fact, the non-centralized, distributed nature of the Silk Road has been a key to its success as a dark web black market site — or at least their ability to elude DEA investigators.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday August 9, 2013 12:22 pm|
What the Feds are seeking may be much more far-reaching than individual passwords. They may be seeking to prevent email services from operating in any way that could not be responsive to government requests — i.e. to require storage in such a way as to always be snoopable.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday August 8, 2013 12:18 pm|
The FISA court has granted the Justice Department its fourth extension to respond to the request by Google and Microsoft to lift the gag order preventing them from revealing details of their work with the government.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday August 7, 2013 2:20 pm|
If Bezos intends to wring those revenues out of online advertising — the only growing segment of the Post’s revenue stream — he’s going to come up against the Google monopoly.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday August 7, 2013 11:55 am|
The EFF has a short video that deserves to be widely distributed, explaining in an easy to understand way what is being contemplated in the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. People deserve to know what rights and privileges they’ll be losing before it’s too late for them to do anything about it.