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Edward Snowden: The secretive life of America’s most wanted man

Jacob Appelbaum calls for political action with Anonymous!
February 20, 2012, 10:36 pm
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Vernetzt euch! –

Interaktive Informationskanäle als Alternative zu den Konzernmedien

Viele Menschen sind sich nicht der Gefahr bewusst, dass in den Konzernmedien immer seltener valide Aussagen über den Zustand der Welt veröffentlicht werden. Journalisten streikenPropagdanda, PR und Neusprech sind an die Stelle von seriösem Journalismus getreten, mit verheerenden Ausirkungen auf den Informationsfluss.

Wir müssen die Menschen, die sich dessen nicht bewusst sind aufrütteln und ihnen Wege aus ihrer fehlerhaften Informationsbeschaffung aufzeigen. Greift in die Archive, verlinkt gute Artikel, informiert euer Umfeld und druckt bzw. kopiert Artikel, um sie dann zu verteilen. Besonders an die, die selbst keine Internetaktivisten sind. Dies muss generationsübergreifend geschehen. Deshalb:

#VERNETZT EUCH! (einige von vielen facebook-Kanälen)













Blogs und alternative Nachrichtenmagazine ohne Gewinnorientierung , offene Diskussionsplattformen: (international – übersetzte Artikel aus aller Welt) (auf Englisch) (Tägliche Zusammenstellung von Artikeln anderer Blogs) (Satire) (sehr guter News-Feed) (leider keine Diskussion möglich) (Gute Artikel, aber zensiert neuerdings Kommentare, daher nur noch sehr eingeschränkt zu empfehlen) (auf Englisch) (leider keine Diskussion möglich) (leider keine Diskussion möglich) (Nachrichten über Lateinamerika) (Von Konstantin Wecker) (leider keine Diskussion möglich) (Ein wiki, dass Begriffe nach sozialen Kriterien definiert) (Musikalisches) (Blog über die spanische 15-m – auf englisch) (auf Englisch)

Weitere Kanäle bitte in den Kommentaren eintragen. Danke.

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Der Journalistenstreik – Was der Ausfall des Journalismus für jeden von uns bedeutet

Dear Congress, It’s No Longer OK To Not Know How The Internet Works
December 18, 2011, 5:42 pm
Filed under: Decentralization, DNS, freedombox, globalchange, ipv6, linux | Tags: , , ,

Send mail to the congress here

I remember fondly the days when we were all tickled pink by our elected officials’ struggle to understand how the internet works. Whether it was George W. Bush referring to “the internets” or Senator Ted Stevens describing said internets as “a series of tubes,” we would sit back and chortle at our well-meaning but horribly uninformed representatives, confident that the right people would eventually steer them back on course. Well I have news for members of Congress: Those days are over.

• See also: What Are Our Free Speech Fail-safes If SOPA Passes?

PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo.

We get it. You think you can be cute and old-fashioned by openly admitting that you don’t know what a DNS server is. You relish the opportunity to put on a half-cocked smile and ask to skip over the techno-jargon, conveniently masking your ignorance by making yourselves seem better aligned with the average American joe or jane — the “non-nerds” among us. But to anyone of moderate intelligence that tuned in to yesterday’s Congressional mark-up of SOPA, the legislation that seeks to fundamentally change how the internet works, you kind of just looked like a bunch of jack-asses.

Some background: Since its introduction, SOPA and its Senate twin PROTECT-IP have been staunchly condemned by countless engineers, technologists and lawyers intimately familiar with the inner functioning of the internet. Completely beside the fact that these bills as they currently stand would stifle free speech and potentially cripple legitimate businesses by giving corporations extrajudicial censorial powers, they have found an even more insidious threat: The method of DNS filtering proposed to block supposed infringing sites opens up enormous security holes that threaten the stability of the internet itself.

The only problem: Key members of the House Judiciary Committee still don’t understand how the internet works, and worse yet, it’s not clear whether they even want to.

It’s of course perfectly standard for members of Congress to not be exceptionally proficient in technological matters. But for some committee members, the issue did not stop at mere ignorance. Rather, it seemed there was in many cases an outright refusal to understand what is undoubtedly a complex issue dealing with highly-sensitive technologies.

When the security issue was brought up, Rep. Mel Watt of North Carolina seemed particularly comfortable about his own lack of understanding. Grinningly admitting “I’m not a nerd” before the committee, he nevertheless went on to dismiss without facts or justification the very evidence he didn’t understand and then downplay the need for a panel of experts. Rep. Maxine Waters of California followed up by saying that any discussion of security concerns is “wasting time” and that the bill should move forward without question, busted internets be damned. Source:

Neelie Kroes launched No Disconnect Strategy with Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg
December 13, 2011, 12:46 am
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via techliberation mailing list ( information in german and )


This is no joke or commedy !!


Today EU-Commissioner Neelie Kroes launched an initiative to help net dissidents abroad together with the lobbyist Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg, a former German defense minister,

Digital Agenda: Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg invited by Kroes to promote internet freedom globally source

Video of the press conference

Media coverage in Germany was pretty strong as the controversial former minister zu Guttenberg still polarises the public in the aftermath of his phd forgery scandal, and his inappropriate late resignation. funding sources are undisclosed. For this project zu Guttenberg just receives travel refunds according to the EU spokesperson. Officially, according to Kroes spokesperson Ryan Heath CSIS is not behind the project, was however listed as his affiliation at the European Commission press conference. We had recently a discussion on accepting funds from defense industries, I would add that alleged ties may endanger dissidents who use these tools.

“The “No Disconnect strategy” will assist people in four ways: Developing and providing technological tools to enhance privacy and security of people living in non-democratic regimes when using ICT. Educating and raising awareness of activists about the opportunities and risks of ICT. In particular assisting activists to make best use of tools such as social networks and blogs while raising awareness of surveillance risks when communicating via ICT.Gathering high quality intelligence about what is happening “on the ground” in order to monitor the level of surveillance and censorship at a given time, in a given place. Cooperation. Developing a practical way to ensure that all stakeholders can share information on their activity and promote multilateral action and building cross-regional cooperation to protect human rights.”




An Invitation to Mr. Guttenberg from telecomix


Digitale Konditoren torten Ex-Verteidigungsminister Guttenberg



Paul Vixie Explains How PROTECT IP Will Break The Internet
August 26, 2011, 12:21 pm
Filed under: Big Brother, Decentralization, DNS, globalchange, ipv6, linux, society | Tags: , , ,



from the not-cool-folks dept

It’s pretty difficult to question Paul Vixie’s credibility when it comes to core internet infrastructure. Creator of a variety of key Unix and internet software, he’s still most known for his work on BIND, “the most widely used DNS software on the internet.” So you would think that when he and a few other core internet technologists spoke up about why PROTECT IP wouldbreak fundamental parts of the internet, people would pay attention. Tragically, PROTECT IP supporters, like the MPAA, appear to be totally clueless in arguing against Vixie. Their response is basically “it’s fine to break the internet to evil rogue sites.”

That, of course, is missing the point. It’s not that anyone’s worried about breaking the internet for those sites. It’s that it will break fundamental parts of the internet for everyone else as well. And… it will do this in a way that won’t make a dent in online infringement. Afterdawn sat down with Vixie who gave a clear and concise explanation of why PROTECT IP is a problem. The biggest issue is how it will impact DNSSEC, which adds encrypted signatures to DNS records to make sure that the IP address you’re getting is authentic. You want that. Without that, there are significant security risks. But PROTECT IP ignores that.

Explained simply, for DNSSEC to work, it needs to be able to route around errors. But the way PROTECT IP is written, routing around errors will break the law:

Say your browser, when it’s trying to decide whether some web site is or is not your bank’s web site, sees the modifications or hears no response. It has to be able to try some other mechanism like a proxy or a VPN as a backup solution rather than just giving up (or just accepting the modification and saying “who cares?”). Using a proxy or VPN as a backup solution would, under PROTECT IP, break the law.And, of course, none of these DNS efforts will actually stop infringement. As the Afterdawn article notes: “Bypassing DNS filtering is trivially easy. All you need to do is configure your computer to use DNS servers outside the US which won’t be affected by the law.”

And while supporters of PROTECT IP insist that there’s nothing to worry about because it only impacts those “foreign websites,” that’s misleading in the extreme. PROTECT IP will impact a ton of US-based technology companies. First, if we have a less secure internet, that’s going to be a problem for obvious reasons. Additionally, the way the law works is that it puts a direct burden on US companies to figure out ways to block sites declared rogue (you know, like the Internet Archive and 50 Cent’s personal website), or face liability. This will increase both compliance and legal costs.

PdF 2011 | Eben Moglen: The alternate net we need, and how we can build it ourselves
June 18, 2011, 2:34 am
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