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Strong Encryption. It’s NOT Just About Phones!

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Strong encryption poses problems for law enforcement, is weakening it worth the risks it presents? It’s…complicated according to John Oliver.

Virtually every secure communication you make over the Internet uses strong encryption. For example, logging in to your bank account, buying stuff on Amazon and even sending randy pics to your spouse. Giving the government a master key in the digital age and expecting that key to remain safe is fucking absurd and down right scary!

Two words… Edward Snowden.


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March 14, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Hacker? Innovator? Savior.

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Banks, car makers, door lock makers, virtually any product that uses technology at it’s core is an unrestricted playground for what the uninformed (I’m looking at you Fox viewers) usually refer to as hackers.

The problem is that pretty much every single one of these products are unbelievably insecure, regardless of what the bank, hotel or website tells you.

Thanks to the US government allowing their surveillance apparatus to continue to use zero day exploits, and software bugs, especially encryption technology to spy on it’s own citizens rather than actually tracking and catching terrorists.

Hackers like this man are NOT the problem. Governments who continue to use gaping security holes in technology or worse planted trojans (Stuxnet) as offensive weapons instead of hardening our technology and increasing our defensive capabilities against such attacks.

In short, hackers like this gentleman are the kinds of people we need to save and protect or cities, countries and planet. No the spooks from the NSA or any other government based security apparatus.

Written by mattliving

November 19, 2015 at 10:25 am

Stealin’ All My Dreams!

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Canada’s Blue Rodeo throws a heaping of well deserved reality at Harper and his sole sucking, dream crushing Conservatives with their new song Stealin’ All My Dreams which is a catalog of all the horrors of the Harper regime, from stifling scientists to strip-mining the CBC to doubling down on tar-sand oil.

Canada’s youth needs to get out and vote. Don’t let your grandfather’s political party continue to sell Canada to the highest bidder.


Written by mattliving

October 2, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Trans-Pacific Partnership is a Corporate Trojan Horse

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Prime Minister Harper finally let slip that Canada’s automotive industry won’t like parts of this so-called trade deal. In fact only 4 of the 29 chapters of the TPP have anything to do with trade. The remainder are largely about establishing corporate rights regardless of sovereign law.

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September 19, 2015 at 2:09 pm

The US strategy to create a new global legal and economic system: TPP, TTIP, TISA.

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If these agreements were purely about “FREE TRADE” they would NOT be SECRET?

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August 26, 2015 at 11:14 am

The Fallen of World War II

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June 5, 2015 at 11:55 am

Proposed Canadian Terrorism Bill Called a Privacy Disaster

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Stephen Harper - No Privacy Shits Given!

CBC: CSIS oversight urged by ex-PMs as Conservatives rush Bill C-51 debate

“Protecting human rights and protecting public safety are complementary objectives, but experience has shown that serious human rights abuses can occur in the name of maintaining national security,” the statement says.

“Given the secrecy around national security activities, abuses can go undetected and without remedy.

“This results not only in devastating personal consequences for the individuals, but a profoundly negative impact on Canada’s reputation as a rights-respecting nation.”

The letter is signed by Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin, Joe Clark, John Turner and 18 others involved in security matters between 1968 and 2014, including:

  • five former Supreme Court justices.
  • seven former Liberal solicitors general and ministers of justice.
  • three past members of the intelligence review committee.
  • two former privacy commissioners.
  • a retired RCMP watchdog.

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Dr. Michael Geist (Professor of Law Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law Faculty of Law):
“Total Information Awareness”: The Disastrous Privacy Consequences of Bill C-51

Roach and Forcese dig further into this issue, concluding that the information sharing provisions are excessive and unbalanced. There is much to digest, but the privacy concerns largely come down to three linked issues:

  • First, the bill permits information sharing across government for an incredibly wide range of purposes, most of which have nothing to do with terrorism (“It is, quite simply, the broadest concept of security that we have ever seen codified into law in Canada.”).
  • Second, the scope of sharing is remarkably broad: 17 government institutions with the prospect of cabinet expansion as well as further disclosure “to any person, for any purpose.”
  • Third, the oversight over public sector privacy has long been viewed as inadequate. In fact, calls for Privacy Act reform date back over three decades. The notion that the law is equipped to deal with this massive expansion in sharing personal information is simply not credible.

Written by mattliving

February 20, 2015 at 12:26 pm

The New Dark Age of Oil Science in Canada

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CBC Canada’s Fifth Estate recently presented a news documentary called Silence of the Labs that explores the massive cuts by the Federal Government of Canada to virtually all forms of science from food inspections to water quality, climate change and the dismissal of more than 2,000 federal scientists and researchers in 2014. The government’s reasoning was simple, if the research did not fit current ideologically, driven program objectives (tar sands) then is was to be cut.

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February 19, 2015 at 12:07 pm

Reset The Net. June 5

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From Wired: A coalition of nearly two-dozen tech companies and civil liberties groups is launching a new fight against mass internet surveillance, hoping to battle the NSA in much the same way online campaigners pushed back on bad piracy legislation in 2012.

The new coalition, organized by Fight for the Future, is planning a Reset the Net day of action on June 5, the anniversary of the date the first Edward Snowden story broke detailing the government’s PRISM program, based on documents leaked by the former NSA contractor.

“Government spies have a weakness: they can hack anybody, but they can’t hack everybody,” the organizers behind the Reset the Net movement say in their video (above). “Folks like the NSA depend on collecting insecure data from tapped fiber. They depend on our mistakes, mistakes we can fix.”

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May 7, 2014 at 7:56 am

Canadian Telcos ILLEGALLY Disclosed Subscriber Data Every 27 Seconds!

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Stephen Harper - No Privacy Shits Given!

Figures released Tuesday by Canada’s privacy watchdog indicate authorities requested that access from nine companies more than 1.19 million times a year, meaning authorities spend in excess of hundreds of thousands of dollars to quietly access Canadians’ personal data.

The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) alone paid $24,211 for data requests between April 2012 and March 31 2013.

The fees are paid to companies that voluntarily co-operate with authorities’ access requests, not for judicially authorized requests for information. ~ Toronto Star

It should be clear to every single Canadian that the Harper Conservative government cares very little if at all about your privacy.

Mr. Harper has implemented parts of his failed C-13 bill and even outlined in the House of Commons at the time the original bill was introduced that his government had already begun discussions with telcos about  possible revenue models (ways they would pay the telcos for your private information).

The BIG problem is, the legislation died on the order desk as a result of massive public push back. But that didn’t stop Mr. Harper, his government officials simply ignored Canadian laws and crafted a very comfortable relationship with telcos only too anxious to create a new stream to pad their already bloated profits while giving Mr. Harper’s Conservatives exclusive and possibly ILLEGAL access to Canadians’ private information.

Written by mattliving

May 1, 2014 at 1:36 pm