Archive for the ‘privacy’ Category

Check out this Google Street View link.

Looks like Google tried to delete this sign for Microsoft Live Maps but failed. It’s a bit unethical that they have no problem blocking ads for competing products but won’t block views into people’s homes.

They should either show the real world or not. My vote is to show it exactly how it is in the real world without any form of censorship.

What’s really odd is that I used to live down the street from here…


Keith Henson has been arrested in Arizona. Keith has been living in Canada for the last few years fighting extradition for (get this) misdemeanor terrorism:

A Silicon Valley figure who fled the country after being convicted in part because of a Usenet joke about Tom Cruise and Scientology has been arrested in Arizona.

Keith Henson, an engineer, writer and futurist, was arrested Friday in Prescott, Ariz., where he has been living for the past few years, and now faces extradition to California. Henson originally fled to Canada after the 2001 conviction.

I met Keith a few years ago at the Hackers conference before he left to live in Canada. The Church of Scientology hired a bunch of heavy hitters to have portions of his usenet posts redacted so his comments were taken out of context.

Supporters have created a “Free Keith Henson” blog, posted a note from his wife, Arel Lucas, and are asking for donations to a legal defense fund. The fund was set up by members of the Extropy Institute, a nonprofit group that has been a gathering point for futurists and technologists since 1991.

Keith believes his sister was murdered by the CoS. Apparently she was found at the bottom of an electrical shaft in a CoS compound electrocuted to death. At the time she was leaving the CoS and trying to recruit others to leave as well. He explicitly noted that she would have had no idea what she was doing as she wasn’t an electrical engineer.

This was from his presentation at the conference a few years ago so I may have a few details incorrect.

One hundred dollars says I get a DMCA takedown notice for this post.

How can you plead the fifth when the FBI is constantly watching everything you’re doing online?

It isn’t a matter of if this will be abused but when.

The FBI appears to have adopted an invasive Internet surveillance technique that collects far more data on innocent Americans than previously has been disclosed.

Instead of recording only what a particular suspect is doing, agents conducting investigations appear to be assembling the activities of thousands of Internet users at a time into massive databases, according to current and former officials. That database can subsequently be queried for names, e-mail addresses or keywords.

Update: If they can do this to us then I want to start monitoring all Internet communications of Congress and the Whitehouse!

AOL CTO Resigns.

Apparently AOL’s CTO has resigned:

NEW YORK (Reuters)—AOL chief technology officer Maureen Govern, who oversaw the division responsible for accidentally releasing search data for more than a half a millions Internet users, has resigned from the company, according to an internal company memorandum.

Maureen. Submit your resume to the Department of Homeland Security. They have plenty of positions open for people willing to violate the privacy and security of hundreds of thousands of innocent Americans.

This is both amazingly shocking and offensive. Looks like our friends at AT&T helped the NSA spy on americans without warrants. If I were an AT&T customer I’d cancel my service right off the bat and probably sell any stock of theirs that I own.

The shocking thing is that this happened in San Francisco. Seems time for a protest.

AT&T built a secret room in its San Francisco switching station that funnels internet traffic data from AT&T Worldnet dialup customers and traffic from AT&T’s massive internet backbone to the NSA, according to a statement from Klein.