netwit 2.01

Are you happy that your online life is an open book?


Are you happy that your online life is an open book?


Terence Blacker, Belfast Telegraph, 29 June 2011

…Computers are presenting us with a cybernetic version of ourselves, reflecting back what it sees as our preferences and biases. As Bryan Appleyard has written: “Inside our bubbles and loops, we are watched and examined like lab rats with credit cards.



My view is that each generation learns to deal with its own new technology. People jumped on the first trains without thinking about the dangers. Paradoxically, another newish media reported events and led to greater care with safety. So a kind of steady state will eventually be reached, where the benefits and dis-benefits of accessing the web are weighed more carefully. Even taught in schools.

Whereas knowing the workings of a printing press, telegraph or telephone were not at the forefront of peoples mind’s when they were introduced – just they were handy things to have – in the case of the internet and web, it pays to be knowledgeable rather than ignorant. The reasons for this are frequently stated, as here.

Societies have always had conflicting pulls which people have had either to learn to negotiate or they have become victims of. If you become too Luddite and paranoid you don’t get the advantage; if you are gun-ho and naive, your liable to be manipulated, organised, controlled even more than you already are.



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June 30, 2011 Posted by | cyberspace, Internet, You Loop | | Leave a comment

Wikileaks: The diplomatic cables release and media reactions



Wikileaks: The diplomatic cables release and media reactions


By Zac Whittaker, ZDNet, 20 June 2011


Part 2 of a series



June 21, 2011 Posted by | WikiLeaks | Leave a comment

Wikileaks: A brief history, pre-2010



Wikileaks: A brief history, pre-2010


By Zack Whittaker, ZDnet, 20 June 2011


Part 1 of a series



June 21, 2011 Posted by | WikiLeaks | Leave a comment

Cameras installed near Julian Assange’s Norfolk bail home



Cameras installed near Julian Assange’s Norfolk bail home


BBC News UK, 16 June 2001


–Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange claim automatic number plate recognition cameras have been installed outside his bail address in Norfolk.


Telegraph, 19th June 2011


Is Big Brother spying on WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange? No, it’s a speed camera


June 17, 2011 Posted by | Julian Assange, WikiLeaks | Leave a comment

DDoS: coming to a network near you



DDoS: coming to a network near you


Richard Stiennon, Forbes, 15 June 2011



June 17, 2011 Posted by | DDOS, Denial of Service, WikiLeaks | , , | Leave a comment

Facebook Watch: Privacy Group Files FTC Complaint Over Facial Recognition



Facebook Watch: Privacy Group Files FTC Complaint Over Facial Recognition


By D J Pangburn, death+taxes, 14 June 2011


–Wikileaks’ Julian Assange has called Facebook “the most appalling spy machine that has ever been created.” Now the social media giant has installed facial recognition feature on the site. Here’s how to disable it.



June 17, 2011 Posted by | FaceBook, Julian Assange, WikiLeaks | , | Leave a comment

Why Julian Assange of Wikileaks Loves Bitcoin



Why Julian Assange of Wikileaks Loves Bitcoin


By Paul Quintaro, Benzinga, 15 June 2011



June 16, 2011 Posted by | Bitcoin, fiat currency, P2P | , , , | Leave a comment

WikiLeak’s Assange Behind 100s of Hackers? Arrest of 3 in Spain Tip of Iceberg



WikiLeak’s Assange Behind 100s of Hackers? Arrest of 3 in Spain Tip of Iceberg


By Eric Hanson, Hollywood Today, 12 June 2011


…The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks.

The effort includes secretive projects to create independent cellphone networks inside foreign countries, as well as one operation out of a spy novel in a fifth-floor shop on L Street in Washington, where a group of young entrepreneurs who look as if they could be in a garage band are fitting deceptively innocent-looking hardware into a prototype “Internet in a suitcase.”

Financed with a $2 million State Department grant, the suitcase could be secreted across a border and quickly set up to allow wireless communication over a wide area with a link to the global Internet, according to the NY Times, who use WikiLeaks info.



….Spanish police since October have analyzed more than 2 million chat registration lines and Web pages used by the hacker group before reaching its leadership in Spain



June 14, 2011 Posted by | Anonymous, WikiLeaks | Leave a comment

Secrecy and What Daniel Ellsberg Has Taught the Government


Secrecy and What Daniel Ellsberg Has Taught the Government


John Glaser, Antiwar.com, 10 June 2011

On June 23, 1971, in an interview with CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite, you said, ”I think the lesson is that the people of this country can’t afford to let the President run the country by himself, even foreign affairs, without the help of Congress, without the help of the public. I think we cannot let the officials of the Executive Branch determine for us what it is that the public needs to know about how well and how they are discharging their functions.” How concerned are you that elected officials haven’t learned those lessons?




June 12, 2011 Posted by | Daniel Ellsberg | Leave a comment