Tax Dollars At Work – Good News For A Change

scalesThe US House of representatives passed the Email Privacy Act.  Finally the Congress passes a bill that actually protects the public from warrantless search and seizure of email records.   What makes this vote special is that it was unanimous – 419-to 0!  When does that ever happen?  Rarely, but considering this bill would protect our representatives too, maybe not all that surprising.

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IRS Strikes Again – IP PIN Epic Fail

irs-logoWe wrote last year about how the IRS and their Get Transcript service was instrumental in helping identity thieves file fraudulent tax returns for big refunds.  The problem was that the IRS used static user identity information that was available elsewhere online.  They promised to fix this security problem, but have not.  This year, many users of the IP PIN  system that was supposed to harden security ...

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Why The Government Can’t Be Trusted with Back Doors

backdoorHow would you feel if, in order to gain access to a known terrorist’s house, the government passed a law that required every lock manufacturer to create a master key that would unlock every locked door anywhere?  What if the police promised that they would only use the key on the one house?  What if they promised to keep the key safe and secure so it could never get into the hands ...

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What is Security In A Box?

linux-logoAt the November meeting of Penguins Unbound, the local Linux Users Group, I was introduced to a group of people from CryptoPartyMN.  These guys and gals are serious about anonymity on the web.  On of the resources they discussed was a great website called Security in a Box.  If you would like to learn how to be more secure in your online communications, this is certainly a ...

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Is Hacktivism A Good Thing?

hacktivistHacktivism is an electronic form of civil disobedience.  These cyber-attacks are instigated for reasons that are political, economic, or based in civil rights, liberty, freedom, or social justice.  In nearly every case, these attacks are illegal.  But does that make them a bad thing?

As the saying goes, “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”  Looking back on our own national history, the men who we fondly refer to as “the ...

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Fair Use Reaffirmed by Library of Congress

DMCAThere has been a running battle on the subject of copyright in the digital age, between content creators and their customers, the content consumers.  The doctrine of Fair Use has protected consumers who engage in making copies of protected works for their own use or for backup purposes.  The content creators and the companies and lawyers that serve them have been trying to reduce or restrict the doctrine of fair use.

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