Archive for the ‘internet’ Category

BTC – Popular Science, an online tech magazine, reveals the panoramic divide facing the National Strategies for Identity in Cyberspace proposal which held its first privacy centric workshop at MIT Cambridge Monday and Tuesday of this week.

The Point/Counterpoint column exhibits the polarities in debate discussions reflected in some of the work groups and their findings.

IN FAVOR: We Need a System of Internet IDs by Becky Ferreira
“It’ll save us money and provide secure (yet optional) ways to do our online banking, healthcare, and taxes.”

OPPOSED: Internet IDs Are a Terrible Idea by Bryan Gardiner
“Internet IDs will be ineffective, risky, and won’t address the root of our real problems with online security.”

Summary releases and updates can be found at and the NIST website. Other workshops and seminars are scheduled Monday, Tuesday of next week and throughout the Summer.

SEE ALSO: NSTIC as a National ID [or How NSTIC is not A National ID] by Aaron Titus

This was a neat comment on CNet’s Privacy Inc. following a story about Marsha Blackburn’s duality on net regulation c/o Mickey White.

“Why does Marsha Want Congress to Regulate the Internet? Why not just say NO FEDERAL branch (the FCC and congress and the federal courts included) has any authority to decide or rule on any aspect concerning the Internet? 

BUT Marsha Blackburn did Vote FOR: Patriot Act Reauthorization, Electronic Surveillance, Funding the REAL ID Act (National ID), Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, Thought Crimes “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act, Warrantless Searches, Employee Verification Program, Body Imaging Screening, Patriot Act extension; and only NOW she is worried about free speech, privacy, and government take over of the internet. ” 

Stop by and drop off your 2 cents anytime, Mickey.

BTC – Thanks to Freedom’s Phoenix.

SEE ALSO: Rasmussen Poll shows 60%Reject Government ID for Online Security [NSTIC]

Digital ID News: The US isn’t ready for NSTIC & It’s all in the implementation

REAL ID UPDATE: Border states Texas, New Mexico and other southwestern states are actively increasing public discourse on terms of immigration policy and whether or not federal legislation will perform or deliver terms of relief promised to put limits on undocumented migrants seeking work.  North Carolina seems to be reinforcing terms to reduce federal spending on Real ID; while a Youngstown, NC legislator seeks to move legislation prohibitive of federalizing local drivers licenses.  A Real ID compliant discourse is stirring Nevada two years after the state passed a local resolution requesting that the federal law be repealed.   States are expected to be federally compliant with the law by May 11th, 2011.  More opinion here and here.

D.I.Y. Accountability: Send a message to Google and Facebook: Protect Our Privacy!

Here’s second life for news that matters:

US Bill Would Prohibit Internet ‘kill Switch’

Decentralizing the Internet So Big Brother Can’t Find You

FBI pushes for surveillance backdoors in Web 2.0 tools

Patriot Act Extension Lands on Obama’s Desk

SENDING OUT AN S.O.S….Clinton delivers speech to support nonviolent dissent on the web, as Ray McGovern arrested, brutalized. Analysis of the content of Clinton’s speech here.

DISCUSSION: The Internet and Social Media: Tools of Freedom or Tools of Oppression?

TSA agents admit to stealing $160,000 from bags at JFK Airport

HBGary -Anonymous- WIKILEAKS : @arstechnica @ggreenwald

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