Cox Is Liable For Pirating Subscribers, Ordered to Pay $25 Million
TorrentFreakDec 17
Internet provider Cox Communications is responsible for the copyright infringements of its subscribers, a Virginia federal jury has ruled. The ISP is guilty of willful contributory copyright infringement and must pay music publisher BMG $25 million in damages.

Today marks the end of a crucial case that will define how U.S. Internet providers deal with online piracy in the future.<
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"Unauthorized Code" in Juniper Firewalls Decrypts Encrypted VPN Traffic
Ars TechnicaDec 17

Congress Slips Cisa Into a Budget Bill That's Sure to Pass
WiredDec 17

A Secret Catalogue of Government Gear for Spying on Your Cellphone
The InterceptDec 17

Congress Drops All Pretense: Quietly Turns CISA Into a Full On Surveillance Bill
TechdirtDec 16
Remember CISA? The "Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act"? It's getting much, much worse, with Congress and the administration looking to ram it through -- in the process, dropping any pretense that it's not a surveillance bill.

As you may recall, Congress and the White House have been pushing for a "cybersecurity" bill, for a few years now, that has never actually been a cybersecurity bill. Senator Ron Wyden was one of the on
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Politically Correct School Bans Huckleberry Finn -- The Mark Twain Classic That Critiqued Slavery -- For Use of The "N" Word
The Daily SheepleDec 16
Wow. Just when you began to wonder how the politically correct agenda could get any more pathetic than calling Star Wars racist because Darth Vader is black, its purveyors go and aspire.

That's right. History is being rewritten left and right to avoid hurting anyone's feelings in this country.

Now a school in Philadelphia recently announced
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Student Gets 6 Month Suspension For Saying Black Women Are "Not Hot"
InfowarsDec 15
A student was suspended from college for six months for saying that black women are "not hot," while another individual who commented that white people have "small dicks" and are always f**king their cousins" was not punished.

Colorado College took the action against Thaddeus Pryor after he was publicly shamed and outed for making the remarks on the social-media app Yik Yak.

Pryor responded to someone else who posted the hashtag "#blackwomenmatter" by saying, "They
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Driver Leaves Scene of Accident, Gets Turned in by Her Car
TechdirtDec 10
It's no secret today's vehicles collect tons of data. Or, at least, it shouldn't be a secret. It certainly isn't well-known, despite even some of the latest comers to the tech scene -- legislators -- having questioned automakers about their handling of driver data.

More than one insurance compa
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Lucasfilm Uses DMCA to Kill Star Wars Toy Picture
TorrentFreakDec 10

Eric Schmidt Suggests Building a 'Spell Checker' For Online Harassment and Other Bad Things Online
TechdirtDec 09
Google's executive chairperson Eric Schmidt has an opinion piece in the NY Times, in which he advocates partly for an internet that is more widely available and enabling greater freedom of expression... but also one where there are "spell-checker" like tools to identify bad stuff online like harassment and ISIS videos:
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Comey Calls on Tech Companies Offering End-to-End Encryption to Reconsider “Their Business Model”
The InterceptDec 09

French Law Enforcement 'Wishlist' Includes Banning Open Wifi, Tor Connections and Encrypted Communications
TechdirtDec 07
More bad news for French citizens. Not only were they recently attacked by terrorists, but now their government is using these attacks against them to strip away civil liberties and shift more power to police and intelligence agencies.

A document viewed by Le Monde contains several very concerning suggestions
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After Illegally Censoring Websites For Five Years On Bogus Copyright Charges, US Gov't Quietly 'Returns' Two Domains
TechdirtDec 04
One of the craziest stories of outright censorship by the US government isn't getting any attention at all. Five years ago, ICE -- Immigrations and Customs Enforcement -- a part of the Department of Homeland Security, illegally seized a group of domain names, claiming that they were violating copyright law. As we noted soon after this, the affidavit tha... (more)

Scope of FBI Data Collection Revealed For First Time After Gag Order Removed
Police State DailyDec 02
Requiring no approval by a judge, so-called “National Security Letters” are a type of administrative subpoena issued by the federal government for “national security” purposes.

Used since the late 1970s, the use of the Letters was vastly expanded following the authorization of the Patriot Act in 2001, and will continue to be issued in their present form under the newly adopted Freedom Act – whic
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Maryland: Speed Camera Tickets Stationary Bus
TheNewspaperDec 02

Life in The Electronic Concentration Camp: The Surveillance State Is Alive and Well
The Rutherford InstituteDec 01
“Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order [...] and the like.” ― William O. Douglas, Supreme Court Justice

Bottle up the champagne, pack away the noisemakers, and toss out the party hats.

There is no cause for celebration.

We have secured no major victories against tyrann
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The Mathematical Paradox That Destroys The Argument For NSA Surveillance
Police State DailyNov 30
In the wake of the NSA “Ending” Its Bulk Phone Surveillance Program But Not Really, the reality of the effectiveness of the agency must be scrutinized.

For the sake of argument, let us say one out of every million people is a terrorist (an overestimate). Let us also imagine there exists a ma
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Aussie Police Join In 'Sovereign Citizens' Fearmongering Campaign
ABC NewsNov 30
One 73-year-old retired dentist who claims the state has no authority over him has them shivering in their boots. - Chris

France Seeks to Outlaw Conspiracy Theories
Thierry MeyssanNov 30

Cox ISP Has No DMCA Safe Harbor Protection, Judge Rules
TorrentFreakNov 25

Undercover Agents Fathered Children With Women After Infiltrating Activist Groups
The Anti-MediaNov 24
United Kingdom -- Seven British women have won substantial damages and an extraordinary apology from the Metropolitan Police after being deceived into forming relationships with undercover police officers.

The unprecedented apology and admittance of "abusive, deceitful, manipulative and wrong behaviour" by the Met comes four years after the women launched legal action against the force.

Since the exposure of undercover police officer Mark Kennedy in 2
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WeAreChange Blocked in France Because of New Censorship Law
WeAreChangeNov 24

In this video Luke Rudkowski breaks down the latest news of him confirming with 20 separate individuals in France that is blocked in that country. We go over new laws that have emerged in France from the Paris attack and how the whole war on terror is a sham.

Pew Research Poll: 40% of Millennials Want to Restrict Free Speech
The Daily SheepleNov 23
Pew Research recently surveyed a broad selection of Americans on the subject of offensive speech, and their findings do not bode well for the future of America. The respondents were asked if the government should step in to prevent speech that is offensive toward minorities, to which 28% of Americans agreed. Mind you, this wasn't about speech that calle... (more)

France Responds to Paris Attacks by Rushing Through Internet Censorship Law
TechdirtNov 23
The attacks in Paris were a horrible and tragic event -- and you can understand why people are angry and scared about it. But, as always, when politicians are angry and scared following a high-profile tragedy, they tend to legislate in dangerous ways. It appears that France is no exception. It has pushed through some kneejerk legislation that includes a plan to censor the internet. Specifically the Minister of the Interior will be given the power to block any website that is deemed to be "pr... (more)

Snowden Leak Reveals Obama Government Ordered NSA, CIA to Spy On Venezuela Oil Firm
Common DreamsNov 20

Dutch Police Seize Control of Facebook Page Over Anti-Migrant Comments
InfowarsNov 20

Redflex CEO Confirms Photo Enforcement On The Decline
TheNewspaperNov 20

After Endless Demonization of Encryption, Police Find Paris Attackers Coordinated Via Unencrypted SMS
TechdirtNov 19
In the wake of the tragic events in Paris last week encryption has continued to be a useful bogeyman for those with a voracious appetite for surveillance expansion. Like clockwork, numerous reports were quickly circulated suggesting that the terrorists used incredibly sophisticated encryption techniques, despite no evidence by investigators that this... (more)

Univ. of Vermont Holds Privilege Retreat For Students Who 'Self-Identify as White'
Campus ReformNov 19

'Got a French Flag On Your Facebook Profile Picture? Congratulations On Your Corporate White Supremacy'
The IndependentNov 17

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