Posts Tagged ‘surveilance’

American girl with LED sweatshirt arrested

September 24, 2008

One year ago, a 19-year-old MIT engineering student named Star Simpson got dressed to go pick up a friend at Boston’s Logan airport. She pulled a hoodie out of her closet, a wearable tech design she’d made with a light-up LED-circuit on the chest. In her hand was a small pink rose she’d crafted from hardened clay, a gift for her friend.

A few hours later at the airport, after an airport employee mistook her sweatshirt for a bomb and the rose for an explosive implement, Star found herself surrounded by 40 armed police who believed she was a suicide bomber. She was arrested for “possessing a hoax device,” and an unprecedented media frenzy ensued.

Source: BoingBoing.tv

1984 from the year 1954

July 8, 2008

On google videos you can find a film adaption of 1984 from the year 1954.

Save the EU from a three-strikes copyright rule

July 6, 2008

Back-room dealings in the European Parliament have resulted in a “three strikes” rule being included in a new telecoms bill — the rule would force ISPs to kick people who’ve been thrice accused of copyright infringement off the Internet.

If this bill passes, then Europeans’ access to the network that delivers freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, access to medicine, family, civic engagement, banking, government services, and the whole sweep of human online endeavor would last only so long as they avoided three unsubstantiated accusations of downloading music or video or software without permission.

Worse still, the bill is set to be voted upon on July 7 — that’s this Monday.

The Open Rights Group has instructions for contacting your MEP. If you live in the EU and you care about your future as a citizen of the information society, call right away and make sure your MEP knows that this matters to you.

Join the action and contact you Member of the European Parliament and tell them about the dangers of the new bill!

There is a video called Steal Legislation: Act Now which expresses the urgency to act,

Source: BoingBoing

The cost of security…

February 7, 2008

Nice visualisation of the cost of security…

Security vs Privacy
Source: Netzpolitik.org

Security vs Privacy II
Source: Netzpolitik.org