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Bruce Schneier – Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World.

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Bruce Schneier, an American cryptographer, computer security and privacy specialist explains in the simplest terms why our privacy and security are NOT separate choices but are one choice. And more importantly why we should ALL care about it and want to collectively do more to ensure our rights and freedoms, including privacy.

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June 19, 2015 at 9:33 am

Internet Surveillance Will NOT Keep You Safe.

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Since 9/11 governments all over the world have enacted varying degrees of legislation that allows for the surveillance of their citizens’ Internet activities.

Large global Internet companies gather massive amounts of personal data every day. This information is NOT being destroyed when it’s no longer needed.

It’s being stored and MINED for INFORMATION that can and most likely will be SOLD.

INFORMATION that CAN be used against you.

Be on the watch.


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September 25, 2012 at 9:25 am

The Long, Slow Death of a Hijacked Democracy

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From it’s flash point beginnings on September 11, 2011, the attack on the American people that took place over a decade ago continues it’s forward assault on the democracy a ways it’s leader Osama Bin Laden could only have dreamed of.

As most Americans mourn and remember those lost that beautiful day in September, many deep within the industrial, military complex and global dark ops organizations and corporations celebrate 9-11 as their birthday.

Trading Freedom

Since that fateful day in September, the American and indeed most western democracies have spent TRILLION$ of public funds on questionable efforts to fortify our threatened democracies. Expanded surveillance both external but also a greatly expanded internal surveillance programs have become all too commonplace. Citizens are regularly subjected to public gropings and massive doses of x-rays in exchange for their safety. While global leaders meet regularly to ensure everyone is on the same security and economic page.

But this massive push for security doesn’t end at America’s borders. Recently the Canadian government tabled legislation, aptly named, Lawful Access, that would allow the government to “nominate” individuals to spy on Canadians Internet traffic, email, VOIP calls at anytime, WITHOUT A WARRANT! And this type of legislation is being pushed onto American trading partners as a precondition to trade.

Just a small review of what the American people have gained since the first attack on their republic took place:

And these programs continue to sponsor some of the most vile activities started under George W. Bush and continued and strengthened under Barack Obama:

  • Warrant-less Domestic Spying
  • Indefinite Detention (including American and Canadian citizens)
  • Torture
  • Guantanamo Bay
  • and more…

Trading Terror

The assault on the western democracies continues with the hijacking of international trade negotiations by large multinational corporate interests, who along with their massive lobbying efforts and equally massive wallets have corrupted the legitimate process of trade negotiations into a way to use public funds against taxpayers to protect and entrench their business models.

These negotiations were and/or are being held in private. Well out of sight of the citizens their participants are sworn to represent. The privacy as we have come to learn is necessary because of the vast number of corporate interests at the table and their purportedly valuable business information that can apparently be shared with government officials but their customers.

The REAL Reality

The reality is these corporations want legislative and physical access to the very same domestic surveillance systems created to protect taxpayers from terrorist acts to use as an extension of their businesses to further maintain their bottom lines. Sure they claims that millions of jobs are at stake and that whole industries will be wiped of the face of the earth if governments don’t criminalize sharing and force telecommunication companies to police the marketplace for “possible” violations of their intellectual property. And the sad reality is that many governments around the world have been convinced with trillions of U.S. BAILOUT dollars to hand over their reigns of  public policing to private interests.

They’re only trade agreements you say. True, but many if not ALL of the participants in these so-called trade agreement have NO legal requirement to bring these trade agreements before their respective legislative houses or people for open and public review. And that’s exactly why they have been hijacked by  global corporations. That’s why we’re seeing an unprecedented growth and acceleration in “global” trade talks.

Once the secret trade agreements are complete, legislators must now enact laws that support these secret agreements, regardless of their current laws and in recent examples with the top secret Trans-Pacific Trade negotiations have had to agree to previously agreed to portions of the overall agreement just to get a seat at the table. As was the case with the Canadian government. It doesn’t matter that some, possibly the majority of the items previously agreed to may not fit with Canada’s current laws or constitutional guarantees. Inclusion into the negotiations requires participants to agree to change their laws and/or constitutional guarantees to align with whatever has been agreed to in the trade deal.

The Price of the Great Slumber

Our world has changed a great deal since 9-11. Some for the better, much of the worse. While small governments around the world try to dig themselves out from underneath the massive, mountains of debt much of which they accumulated compliments of large US financial institutions. We are being witness too the largest transfer of public funds to private wealth never before seen in human history and a great deal of this wealth is being used to further corrupt of public institutions and governance systems turning them into extensions or branch offices for many of the corporations and financial institutions that have wreaked havoc on our global economy and domestic social programs.

If 9-11 was a wake up call it’s time for citizens of the world to shake of the slumber of manufactured safety and begin the long and painful process of regaining control of our governments, democracies and self-destinies. Sure it’s not going to be as easy as hiding behind your Facebook page or reality television show but the price of not waking up with be higher than any generation has paid since our grandparents fought and died for many of the freedoms and constitutional guarantees we are so quick to give up in exchange for cheap Chinese electronics, highly enriched fructose and glucose processed food, 500 satellite channels and a false sense of very expensive, droned, security in our hijacked democracies.


Written by mattliving

September 11, 2012 at 9:28 am

Dr. Michael Geist Completely Annihilates ACTA on ALL Levels

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Dr. Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law, completely annihilates the substance of ACTA and exposes it for what it truly is – a private treaty amongst the richest nations on the planet and their media cabals.

As I’ve stated before, ACTA negotiations were hijacked by the movie and music cartels as a way to avoid most participating countries legislative bodies. After failing in all but a few countries to get their draconian copyright laws passed they then saw the opening to hijack the ACTA negotiation. Originally negotiated as a treaty to prevent melamine contaminated, counterfeit toothpaste from killing people, movie and music cartels and their lobbyists’ quickly realized how much they stood to gain and literally bought their way to the table through their various “domestically supported” politicians.

What followed was years of private negotiations, not on preventing counterfeit goods from killing people but a coordinated attack on the rights and freedoms of media consumers. An all out war has been declared by the world media cabal and they want nothing less then complete and absolute control over anything created, published or transmitted digitally. Essentially they want to become THE GATEKEEPERS of all content that moves on the Internet whether they own it or not.

Dr. Geist seriously understates just how bad ACTA is on ALL levels. In fact ACTA seems like a treaty that we would have seen in the McCarthy era.

Written by mattliving

March 5, 2012 at 10:48 am

New “Lawful” Access Legislation Requires ISP Disclosure WITHOUT Court Oversight.

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The Toronto Star: The push for new Internet surveillance capabilities – dubbed the “lawful access” initiative – dates back to 1999, when government officials began crafting proposals to institute new surveillance technologies within Canadian networks that would include additional legal powers to access surveillance and subscriber information. Over the past decade, lawful access has stalled despite public consultations, bills that have died on the order paper, and even a promise from former public safety minister Stockwell Day to avoid mandatory disclosure of personal information without court oversight.

Last June, current Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan tabled the latest lawful access legislative package. Much like its predecessors, the bill establishes new surveillance requirements for Internet service providers. In an about-face from the Day commitment however, it also features mandatory disclosure of customer information, including name, address, IP address, and email address upon request and without court oversight.

Lawful access has long faced at least two significant barriers. The first involves ISP costs associated with installing new equipment and responding to disclosure requests. The government has attempted to address those concerns by promising to help pay the bills. It plans to provide some funding for new equipment and, in a little noticed provision, has opened the door to paying ISPs for providing customer name and address information to law enforcement authorities.

The second barrier involves lingering questions about the need for lawful access. Critics have pointed to the fact that Canadian law enforcement has successfully used the Internet in hundreds of investigations, including a high-profile Toronto terrorism case. Moreover, the law already grants ISPs the options to disclose customer’s names and address information.

bspcomment I do not understand how the government seems to think that individual connections to the Internet which are made in our homes and well behind the long standing and legally accepted demarcation barrier with other telecommunications providers are not PRIVATE connections. We have to push back hard on this absolutely bizarre Tory notion that incorrectly promoted the idea that Canadians accept no privacy while using the Internet.

There is a huge difference between a lower expectation of privacy while suing the Internet and allowing the government to track and record your movement on the Internet WITHOUT a court order.

And it’s NOT about terrorism folks. Recent revelations from a US Senate subcommittee clearly demonstrate the the sneek and peak provisions in the US Patriot Act were virtually NEVER used in terrorism cases but rather drug enforcement cases.

The Justice Department made 763 requests for “sneak-and-peek” warrants in 2008, but only three of those had to with terrorism investigations, Sen. Russ Feingold told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday.

And law enforcement legislation that does not require court oversight is unconstitutional and WILL ALWAYS be abused by a sitting government. History continues to prove this fact time and time again!

Written by mattliving

October 12, 2009 at 9:11 am

Fight For Competitive Broadband in Canada!

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We hope that you will consider supporting and participating in this campaign. We believe that if the CRTC decision to allow Bell and Telus to decide whether or not to provide competitor access to broadband is not changed, prices for broadband and other next generation telecom services to all customers will spiral upwards, innovation and service will suffer, and business customers will have little or no power to protect their interests. Show Your Support!

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September 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Speak Out on Copyright Canada! While You Still Have Something To Save.

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August 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Shaw Cable Contradicts Previous Testimony At Neutrality Hearings!

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Toronto Star: As the commission weighs the various claims, it would do well to consider testimony it heard a few months ago during the February new media hearings. The issue in those hearings was whether Internet service providers should face a levy to fund new media or be required to prioritize Canadian content. (The CRTC declined to do both in its decision released last month.)

Interestingly, the same telecom and cable companies that will now argue that managing their networks is essential offered a somewhat different take when confronted with the prospect of doing so in the name of supporting Canadian content.

For example, Shaw Communications Inc.’s network-management submission states “traffic management is necessary to ensure that Shaw’s customers continue to have access to fast, reliable and affordable service.” It adds the “traffic shaping process uses deep packet inspection (DPI) technology to identify packets that are associated with P2P file-sharing applications and to slow those packets down, limiting the amount of available capacity P2P traffic consumes.”

Yet, when CEO Jim Shaw was asked about the prospect of identifying traffic during the new media hearings, he told the commission, “we can only tell you how many bits are coming in or out. We don’t know what kind of bit it is. It could be anything from an email to a porno. We don’t know that. We spend no time trying to figure out what bits are going to your house. We just don’t know.” (Unless it’s P2P traffic then they throttle it down)

bspcomment So what’s the story morning glory? (:

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July 7, 2009 at 7:34 am

Canadians Have NO Legitimate Expectation of Privacy

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Search Engine: (Moved to TVO since the brain trust at CBC has cancelled the show) Canadian tech podcast Search Engine, Peter Van Loan, the new Public Safety minister, attempts to explain the Conservative government’s approach to privacy on the internet. (Listen to interview)

“Canadians have no legitimate expectation of privacy when they use the Internet”

bspcomment There you have it. Right from hte mouth of Harper’s lead idiot on the Concersative government’s position on “privacy” vs “security”. At least now we know how the Harper government is going to try and fight this battle using the scary spector of child pornography as a way to get Canadians to lossen up on personal privacy.

The Minister for Public Safety clearly does not have even the simplest grasp on the issue of individual privacy given his galacticly, gifted definition of private information.

We’re not requiring ISPs to give out any personal information without a warrant, just your real name, your home address, your IP address, your home and cell number…

This legislation has NOTHING to do with catching child pornographers. It is about setting a dangerous precedent that will allow the Canadian government to collect information about where you go and what you do online, at anytime WITHOUT ANY COURT OVERSIGHT!

And this government is actually suggesting they may look into allowing Internet voting!? HOLY SHIT!

Written by mattliving

June 30, 2009 at 8:25 am

Creating The Network The World Needs – Lawrence Lessig

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This video is the subject of a DMCA take down notice issued to Dr. Lessig who among other things is a founder of Stanford’s Fair Use Project and a major contributor to the call for responsible and fair copyright reform.

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April 30, 2009 at 12:12 pm