Technolotics #44 – Flying Naked

Listen: Episode 44
Watch: Youtube

Notes

News from the world of Yaaar

Owner-Free File System takes aim at copyright

What was the name of the previous effort at this? – we covered this in an early technolotics show
System creates situation (using encryption) whereby copyrighted data can be claimed by two copyright owners.
Since two copyright owners is not allowed, neither owns the data.
Legal validity of approach untested and unlikely to hold water.

Pirate Party launches darknet

A heavily encrypted commerical Virtual Private Network at a cost of €5 per month.
Purports to offer, secure and most importantly anonymous communications.

BPI show how wonderful they are by banning a 12 year old from the charts merely for signing to a label that doesn’t support sueing file-sharers.

Links

Arstechnica
Pirate Party Commercial Darknet
Wired article
12 year old singer songwriter screwed by British Phonographic Industry

NSA Wiretapping Unconstitutional

Judge rules government’s warrantless wiretapping program violates the rights to free speech and privacy.
Appeal to Supreme court almost certain.
Experts believe Supreme Court likely to rule that state secrets privilege overrules the Constitution as they have done in the past.

Links

CNN Story
Expert interpretations on Wired

Iranian Presidents Blog is real

broken and entertaining engrish first post is a lengthy and heavily propagandist autobiography
‘The last year of my high school, I prepared myself for university admission test-conquer. And later on that year, I took the test. Although I had nose bleeding during the test, but I became 132nd student among over 400 thousand participants.’
Seems part of a campaign (including recent BBC interview ) to reach a wider international audience.
Iran uses one of the most sophisticated internet censorship systems in the world making the blog one of the few websites an Iranian can legally read.
Amusingly Ahmadinejad also refers to the ‘unecessary’ referendum which ensured a democratic rise to the theotratic Mullahcracy

The Iranian presidents power is limited in the extreme – with all bills passed by the Majles parliament are open to veto by a a variety of bodies composed primarily or exclusively of religious leaders – as are electoral candidates

Links

BBC News Story
English translaton

US Planned Lebanon attack with Israel

Journalist Seymour Hersh (the first to write about abuses in Abu Ghraib) alledges in the New Yorker that the two nations planned the attack as long ago as spring
These were not merely strategic talks – but Israels obtaining official permission to attack
The aim of the attack may have been to reduce the threat posed by Hezbolla in the wake of an American attack on Iran
The NSA and Pentagon deny the allegations

Links

Guardian Story

How copyright screws up education

Anyone whose attended 3rd level education in recent years will likely have had run ins with problems related to onorous copyright restrictions

in my case it was clas notes for advanced neuroscience courses – which lacked all illustrations – making them meaningless!

A year long study by Berkman Center for Internet and Society – has found problems

unclear rules, DRM locking up content, difficulties obtaining rights, undue caution by publishers

Links

Boing Boing Story

Pretty soon we’ll have to fly naked

How airport security has become an irrational nightmare
End of a week of false alarms and overblown threats and growing skepticism as to the legitimacy of these threats.
Evidence non-existent or tenuous for UK bomb threat, 1 year of surveillance had turned up nothing, torture of prisoner produces “a plan by terrorists to cause untold death and destruction.”
Only solution is to send luggage in an unmanned plane and strip and drug passengers during flights so that can’t get up to mischief.

Links

Toronto Star Story
False security threats extracted during torture
British aviation bans all hand-luggage
Craig Murray; The UK Terror plot: what’s really going on?

Media Pimp

Gareth

America in Colour

Francis

Bill Biggarts final exposure

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