Dec 092013
 

Via:  http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/telstras-data-vacuum-20131205-2yucb.html

 

How Australia’s telephone and Web 2.0 use is tracked:  In bulk and filtered later.

Welcome to the world of the special projects group.

Jul 172013
 

Via:  au.businessinsider.com/us-domestic-propaganda-officially-aired-2013-7

 

Welcome to many happy hours of positive opinion ready for domestic U.S. consumption.

Enjoy your counterprogramming.

Jun 162013
 

Via:  www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/prism-revelations-home-office-warns-airlines-not-to-fly-nsa-whistleblower-edward-snowden-to-britain-8658633.html

 

“Carriers should deny boarding. This individual is highly likely to be refused entry to the UK.”

Strange how the UK gov can be so fixated of this issue with Mr Snowden’s photograph, passport number and date of birth…

after its years of uncontrolled immigration paperwork and many working “students”.

 

May 142013
 

Via:  www.information-age.com/technology/mobile-and-networking/123457043/ee-and-ipsos-mori-face-privacy-backlash-over-mobile-data-analysis

 

An anonymised mobile phone usage data package came with a nice bit of info:  your location down to ~100 metres.

The data was all anonymised, aggregated-  just dont think too much about the 100m part.

Dec 162012
 

Via:  www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/tweeters-could-be-military-targets-20121213-2bcjq.html

 

Could using social media or blog comments about any military operation make you a legal military target?
The Geneva Convention protecting civilians could be removed if a power feels uploading, downloading or sharing is part of the fight. How long before “knowingly providing material support or resources to an entity that has been designated as Foreign Terrorist Organizations under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act.” becomes just “providing material support or resources to an entity that has been designated”"

May 302012
 

North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) working with U.S. Northern Command’s (Northcom) Operations Division will form the Northern Command Joint Cyber Center (JCC).  They will work with the Homeland Security Department….

www.blacklistednews.com/NORAD%2C_Northcom_launch_joint_cyber_division/19656/0/0/0/Y/M.html

 

Also see news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57439734-83/fbi-quietly-forms-secretive-net-surveillance-unit/

The new Domestic Communications Assistance Center will work on electronic surveillance technologies, including intercepting Internet, wireless, and VoIP communications for the FBI.  CALEA is getting a web 2.0 update :)

 

 

 

 

Apr 272012
 

Via:  www.lawgazette.co.uk/in-practice/practice-points/all-power-gchq

 

New options to collect websites visited and communications data sent in real time.  No more warrants.

A legal setting for what was once hidden.

Apr 232012
 

Via:  www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2012-04-19/vanden-brook-locker-propaganda/54419654/1

and www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/04/usa-today-pentagon/

 

If a reporter questions the cost and role of US propaganda campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan – they faced a strange set of new webpages,  Wikipedia edits, Twitter accounts and forum posts.  Information operations are not just for tame international press pools its seems :)

 

Apr 202012
 

Via:  computerworlduk.com/news/public-sector/3352378/european-parliament-agrees-send-airline-passenger-data-us/

 

Hand over the data or no visa-free travel for you….

The data will be kept for 6 months, then get depersonalised.  After 5 years it will be moved to a dormant database.

15 years later it will be anonymised.

Apr 172012
 

Via:  www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2130346/Blogger-used-letter-term-councillor-Twitter-facing-jail-offensive-tweet.html

 

Rethink what you post or face the legal reality of  ”grossly offensive and menacing”.

i.e. no swearing on twitter in the UK.