Archive for 2011/01/23
Wikileaks has published only 1% of the diplomatic cables. This small amount of information has achieved the following: 1. Lifted the “veil of secrecy” on international relations. 2. Shown how leaders and diplomats lie to everyone. 3. Shaken U. S. diplomacy.Posted: 2011/01/23 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy
Blast From The Past. John Gilmore, Cypherpunk & EFF co-founder: ‘The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around itPosted: 2011/01/23 in Education / Awareness
From: Julian Assange
Date: Sat, 16 Dec 2006 19:05:34 +1100
Subject: [WL] John Gilmore
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I’ve sent a version of Hanna’s Ellsberg letter to John Gilmore.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Julian Assange
> Date: 16 December 2006 19:00:14 GMT+11:00
> To: gnu[at]eff.org, gnu[at]toad.com
> Subject: document leaking
> Dear J,
> Are you interested in helping us build/support/get support for
> this: http://www.wikileaks.org
[Ellsberg letter omitted.]
> From: "Danny O'Brien" <danny[a t]eff.org> > Date: 8 January 2007 21:09:09 GMT+00:00 > To: Julian Assange <me[a t]iq.org> > Subject: Re: [E-SPCH] Julian Assange: Wikileaks needs you. > Reply-To: danny[a t]eff.org > > Julian - > > Danny O'Brien from EFF here. Is there anything specific we can help > out > with? Our key competence is legal assistance within the United States, > but there may be other contacts and resources we can throw your way. > > Best, > > d. > > > On Jan 7, 2007, at 5:28 PM, John Gilmore wrote: >> >>> EFF should consider helping -- they need all kinds of help. >>> >>> John http://cryptome.org/wikileaks/wikileaks-leak2.htm
Millionaire civil liberties activist John Gilmore, with support from civil liberties and press freedom groups, is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a court ruling that allows the government to keep secret the rule that requires airlines to make passengers show identification, calling the hidden rule a secret law inimical to democracy.
Blast from the past: John Gilmore’s open relay
John Gilmore (born 1957) is one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Cypherpunks mailing list, and Cygnus Solutions. He created the alt.* hierarchy in Usenet and is a major contributor to the GNU project. As the fifth employee of Sun Microsystems and founder of Cygnus Support, he accumulated sufficient wealth to take an early retirement and pursue other interests. He is a frequent contributor to free software, and worked on several GNU projects. Outside of the GNU project he founded the FreeS/WAN project, an implementation of IPsec, to promote the encryption of Internet traffic. He sponsored the EFF‘s Deep Crack DES cracker, the Micropolis city building game based on SimCity, and he is a proponent of opportunistic encryption. He owns the domain toad.com which is one of the 100 oldest active .com domains. It was registered on August 18, 1987. He runs the mail server at toad.com as an open mail relay. Gilmore is co-author with Bill Croft of the 1985 Bootstrap Protocol (RFC 951), which evolved into DHCP, the primary way to obtain an IP address upon joining an Ethernet or wireless network. An outspoken civil libertarian, Gilmore has sued the FAA, Department of Justice, and others. He argued the unconstitutionality of secret law regarding travel security policies in Gilmore v. Gonzales. Gilmore is also a philanthropist, and has given financial support to, among others, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Marijuana Policy Project, Erowid, MAPS, and various organizations seeking to end the war on drugs. Gilmore has received the Free Software Foundation‘s Advancement of Free Software 2009 award.
A famous quote of John Gilmore about Internet censorship: “The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.”
“The Net has made more kinds of culture accessible to more people than any medium since the printing press,” says David Touretzky, a Carnegie Mellon computer science professor who testified in the high-profile case regardingDeCSS, a program that enabled the viewing of DVDs on computers running Linux-based operating systems. It’s also broadened the cultural mix, says John Gilmore, a co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and one of the earliest employees of Sun Microsystems. The Net, he argued in a lengthy e-mail, has made art more freewheeling than ever before by “rolling back some of the censorship we’ve seen in video, radio, books and art; creating easy and free instant written conversations with anybody no matter where they are in the world; employing hundreds of thousands of graphic artists whose previous prospects included being penniless or drawing ads; and making it so cheap for individuals to share information that even the greedhead record companies, which make something for 50 cents, sell it for $16, and keep 99 percent of the money deserved by the musicians, are afraid they can’t make a living.”
Jaron Lanier: Wikileaks grew out of a forum hosted by John Gilmore, one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I almost became one of the founders of EFF as well. I was at the founding meeting, a meal in San Francisco’s Mission District with John, John Perry Barlow, and Mitch Kapor. What kept me out of EFF was a sudden feeling – at that very meal – that something was going wrong.
There was a fascination with using encryption to make hackers potentially as powerful as governments, and that disturbed me. I could feel the surge of ego: We hackers could change history. But if there’s one lesson of history, it is that seeking power doesn’t change the world. You need to change yourself along with the world. Civil disobedience is a spiritual discipline as much as anything else.
*=since this information has been removed from Cryptome and Google’s cache – and information wants to be free or something like that – the full list has been copied here for your convenience:
Original location: http://cryptome.quintessenz.org/mirror/cp-who.htm
Current location: http://web.archive.org/web/20100625024638/http://jya.com/cp-who.htm
a little more than 2-1/2 years after it started the app craze for mobile devices, beginning with its iPhone.
A Southampton-based solicitors firm, Lawdit, has predicted that next week could signal the beginning of the end of “speculative invoicing“, a tactic used by dubious law firms to threaten and make money out of broadband ISP customers whom are “suspected” of unlawful copyright infringement (P2P File Sharing) activity.
The firms typically track alleged piracy by monitoring the IP addresses of internet users, which is assigned to your computer each time you go online and made public on P2P networks. This is not an effective way of determining a person’s true identity because, at best, it will only reveal the connection owner (i.e. could be a shared network or business).
An IP can also easily be faked, hijacked, redirected and generally abused or used in ways that the systems employed by such trackers cannot detect. Furthermore the data itself can end up being unreliable due to natural discrepancies or errors (dates, times etc.) between an ISPs log files and that of the law firms.
A Pirate Bay insider has just confirmed to TorrentFreak that the major record labels have good reason to be afraid, very afraidPosted: 2011/01/23 in Education / Awareness, File Sharing, Future Developments?, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
“The music industry can’t even imagine what we’re planning to roll out in the coming months. For years they’ve complained bitterly about piracy, but if they ever had a reason to be scared it is now,” TorrentFreak was told. “It will be a special surprise for IFPI’s 78th birthday, and we’re thinking of organizing a huge festival in Rome where IFPI was founded.”
This idea of Metallica or some rock n’ roll singer being rich, that’s not necessarily going to happen anymore. Because, as we enter into a new age, maybe art will be free. Maybe the students are right. They should be able to download music and movies. I’m going to be shot for saying this. But who said art has to cost money? And therefore, who says artists have to make money?
In the old days, 200 years ago, if you were a composer, the only way you could make money was to travel with the orchestra and be the conductor, because then you’d be paid as a musician. There was no recording. There were no record royalties. So I would say, “Try to disconnect the idea of cinema with the idea of making a living and money.” Because there are ways around it.
The first indications of a national uprising in Tunisia came when Anonymous activists began organising protests, using the net as their primary communications vehicle.
Algeria, another North African Maghreb state, is the next target as Anonymous online activists demand to see the right to freedom of speech respected, and a democratic government installed.
John Morton, head of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to disrupt the “virtual flea market that has become a seamy side of the Internet.”