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Journal Entry: Sat Apr 7, 2012, 4:05 PM
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I just recieved an email from someone whom obviously has their head up their own arse and can only notice one possible privacy violation at a time. I was asked to support a move to block the remergence of the SOPA bill, I think the sender (quite obviously american) is not shall we say up to current speed on current events unfolding worldwide as to the freedoms of information transfer and corporate as well as governmental moves to stamp this out totally. My own country for instance - our government wants to pass a law that gives them unconditional rights to monitor not just our web habits but our phone calls, text messages, emails and how we use copyrighted material legally or illegally, all in the paranoid hope of catching "terrorists" and "paedophile rings" I'd venture to guess that said terror and child pornography rings already bypass these monitoring methods using virtual private networks (VPN) and similarly encrypted datastreams so its really just a further step to reduce our already stunted civil liberty.

In the UK (where I live [exist more like it]) when Labour was in power and proposed such a bill it was universally deplored as such an affront to civil liberty by all opposition parties yet now with our current coalition government (abortion on grand scale) they are proposing the exact same bill.

With such as the corporate dinosaurs in the states proposing shit like this, the government trying it too in the UK it won't be long before the whole world will be a China style big brother society but with the increased adoption of certain technologies by the population as a whole it will be Big Brother with GPS.

This is NOT a rant. Its a statement of fact.


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Gekiganfan Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Big brother is here.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Shuch is way of corporate monster. Head for the hills, Luke, time to grab your walking stucj and backpack for some good ole survival training, not to mention some really awesome sight seeing. One day when money is no longer a thing of value, we will all return to nature.
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
Not to engender the X-files, spook spy Mulder ramblings, but this storm was coming. The moment multiple generations became increasing reliant on the net for social, financial, entertainment, and knowledge needs. Now the internet is just like mail and phone comm was decades prior, a battleground for the big dogs to have their eyes and ears on, it simply won't be the frontier that it once was. The U.S. seems determined to spiral into an ever increasing Corporatocracy that it's people are in agreement over it's negative implications but divided on how and where to stop it.

The U.S.'s National Security Agency is building a 2 billion USD facility to monitor, store and analyze everything typed, stored or discussed on the net. [link] It's not setup to intercept incoming overseas communications but snoop domestically through various major hubs throughout the country. A sign of things to come?
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archangel72367 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It's not paranoia if they are really out to get you. Keep an eye on the election this year in America. If Obama (despite really low opinion polls) gets re-elected, things will continue to spiral downward as far as Civil Liberties. Sad thing is the Republicans are the ones that started the ball rolling (intending to or not) after 9/11. True this is just here in the states, but "those that believe in biblical prophecy" have also been saying this has the nature of the roots of the Mark of the Beast. Where no one will be able to do anything without accepting the mark etc. Realistically who cares either way as it still looks bleak on the information horizon.
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Wolvenmoon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you do not have a cap on how much bandwidth you can use a month, start running a Tor relay.
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karanua Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The point of this journal is that I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO. Whatever happened to freedom of speech?
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Wolvenmoon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If they think they can get away with it, they will do it.

They being anyone.

But if they know that if they try it they will end up worse off than when they start, they won't risk it.

TOR ups the ante. Passive mass surveillance doesn't work with TOR.
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karanua Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TOR isn't as good as its described, I had a brief flirtation with the onion ring several years back and to be honest it was far better just to drill a vpn between endpoints than piss around with anon hosts that could be full of junk, message headers work just the same in tor as everywhere else the only difference with the onion ring is that the only people they can latch a trace to would be the last host to serve up your packets.
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Wolvenmoon Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh, VPNs are flagrantly insecure. Tor obfuscates the originator and receiver of traffic and the only attacks on it when it is being used are operator/end user mistakes and timing attacks where all of the exit nodes are monitored and a specific user is monitored to correlate the exit node's recipient of a packet and the end user's recipient of an encrypted packet.

All you have to do to track a VPN user is attack the VPN server and install traffic monitoring software, which is not very difficult. TOR relay nodes would have to be compromised in great numbers to effectively track end users.

There are a few caveats, but I've done research papers on TOR. If you want to evade detection, TOR is effective in obfuscating the source of traffic by listening at the destination, and the destination by listening at the source. The only attack on Onion routing is by listening at both the source and the destination simultaneously, in which case, you're probably already SOL.

That is, unless the destination is on Tor as well. ;)
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karanua Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The real point here isn't the obfuscation technologies in existance and their relative merits and demerits but the point - why do we need to resort to such methods anyway? Keep the internet out of the grubby hands of the politicians most of which are in the pockets of large corporations and 90% plus of said politicians calling for the invasion to privacy legislation are computer illiterate.
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Wolvenmoon Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
@why, Americans have never bothered to fully eliminate corporations from our political process, and the U.S.A. rules the Internet (much to the chagrin of other more nanny-esque states in the far East). These corporations have no interest in regulating the Internet to stop piracy, but in regulating it to aid their own dominance over it.

@politicians, it's always been a case of the rich owning their politicians. It used to be that corporations bought their own senators by buying off state legislatures. Then federal senators started getting elected directly.

@the dorks calling for invasion to privacy legislation.
I have trouble applying Hanlon's razor here (Ignorance before malice) and I try to live by it. I think a lot of them know exactly what kind of police state they're ushering in.

Also, Horseshoe theory. Both extremes of the political spectrum mirror each other, like the sides of a horseshoe. America is incredibly polarized at the moment. People don't realize how alike their goals are. Case in point: "I don't want the government making my health decisions for me", abortions+birth control as moral issues deserving of legislation and opinions on banning a certain type of frying oil for being a carcinogen+cause of heart attacks.
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AlxFX Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
sweden already passed such a law
damn shamefull to be part of such a society imo..
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WDWParksGal Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
Got a similar eMail. It is Big Brother allegedly looking out for our "best" interests since we are all too stupid to look out for ourselves. It just plain scares me to see civil rights slipping away. :paranoid:
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Maphisto86 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
The internet tends to be somewhat American centered but what can you do? The US of A is still the world's only remaining superpower so that influence is felt all over (even if it is somewhat on the wane). It is surreal how governments all over the developed world began pushing these draconian laws nearly at the same time and the interests behind them keep formulating new ones to take the places of legislation that is defeated.
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LoneStranger Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Actually I got a similar e-mail, it seems the US president (at this point he's the president of the nation, not the american president) is trying to bring either SOPA or PIPA back as an "important security tool" or something equally useless. I'm not surprised that other governments are trying other things to do basically the same thing in the name of national security.

We really need to clean house with the governments of the world basically, vote them all out and get new (corrupt) people in.
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msgtfrank Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student General Artist
As i have stated before in my life. the people here and in the UK wont stand for it and will take their governments back if we have to
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