I Bit the Bullet and Installed Ubuntu

By: 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 [...]

On MSNBC With Tamron Hall Discussing Bradley Manning

By: 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).

Quid Pro Quo, Richard Clarke?

By: 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.

Google Monopolistically Pulls YouTube App From Windows Phone — Again

By: 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.

Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts Speaks

By: 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.

After Lavabit and Silent Circle Shut Down, Is Email Privacy Even Possible?

By: 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.

FISA Court Gives Justice Department Yet Another Extension to Respond to Google and Microsoft Transparency Petitions

By: 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.

Jeff Bezos Letter to Staff Hints at Changes He’ll Make at the Washington Post

By: 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.

How the TPP Threatens the Internet

By: 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.

Will Jeff Bezos Take On the Google Online Advertising Monopoly?

By: Tuesday August 6, 2013 4:31 pm

If Jeff Bezos ever tires of regularly shelling out tens of millions of dollars to subsidize the Washington Post’s losses, he’s going to have to take on the Google online advertising monopoly.

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