Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Evil Wednesday Roundup

The man behind Ed Snowden’s favourite email encryption system is going broke. Donate here to keep the project alive.

Cory Doctorow writes in the Guardian: Go digital by all means, but don't bring the venture capitalists in to do it. “The argument that license payers should have to pay to access the material their license fees already paid for because that will allow the BBC to buy more material that license payers can pay more to access is so stupid it’s a wonder that the people who espouse it don’t turn to ash on the spot.”

Anyone who makes you choose between privacy and security wants you to have neither. An excellent piece from the ORG on the real impact of surveillance. “Mass surveillance isn’t the security blanket that politicians are holding it up to be.  For many people, surveillance makes them less safe.”

Cop who switched off his dashboard cam in order to make illegal threats will keep his job.

Macedonia’s government accused of mass, politically oriented surveillance.

Police interrogation techniques generate false memories of committing crimes.  The study had to be terminated because some subjects couldn’t be convince they hadn’t committed the false crimes.

Another news article asking whether privacy loss is inevitable. This time, it’s about smart devices. The media seem to want us all to roll over and accept the death of privacy as a done deal.

Twitter reports a 40% rise in the number of requests from governments for user data since July 2014. There were requests from around the world for the details of 7144 accounts and 52% of those were fulfilled. There were also lots of demands from government for content to be removed from Twitter.

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