Tag Archives: privacy

Was East Germany a Template for the NSA’s America?


I have long been a fan of Chris Hedges’ take on current politics.  I have commented elsewhere (http://tinyurl.com/mzw6ofv) on my reservations about government interest in data mining but I was beginning to feel Cassandra of Greek mythology.  Few seemed interested … Continue reading

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Privacy In the Age of Data Mining


From the book: “1984” by George Orwell (June, 1949).  A book of science fantasy whose time has come only 60 years after publication.  We thought, long ago, that the world of Winston Smith was a vision of a world that … Continue reading

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Federal Security Clearance Madness: Overkill or prudence?


Many years ago I was a contract technical writer/editor at CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.  I contributed to Space Program Summaries and Technical Reports.  I new how to write about technical things, edit reports, and put together reports.  In those days … Continue reading

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Abracadabra: CISPA!


There is a steady pressure, piston-like, that is slowly eroding privacy, simply because those exerting it think that they can.  The risks, according to one person are:  “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, … Continue reading

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NSA Selects Utah for “Total Information Awareness” (TIA) Site


Long ago there was a program called “Total Information Awareness” supported by Adm John Poindexter.  Schematically it was conceived as the ultimate intelligence program that would unite all intelligence sources (telephone, video, wire transfer, fingerprint, income tax, and more) in … Continue reading

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For Privacy but Using Facebook? Do you Eben have a Chance?


In Which Eben Moglen Like, Legit Yells at Me for Having Facebook By Adrianne Jeffries 12/13/11 2:26pm (flickr.com/andwat) Yesterday afternoon, this reporter was scrambling to finish reporting a forward-looking story about how banks are exploring the possibility of using social media data to … Continue reading

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Privacy: You, too, can become an Informer


I use an antivirus program because I don’t like nasty people infecting my computer.   I use Tor (a program that bounces my searches around among many other sites) to obscure my activities so other malefactors who might just nosy … Continue reading

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