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CryptoParties are free and open for everyone, but especially ​those without prior knowledge, who haven't yet attended one.

CryptoParty is a decentralized movement with events happening all over the world. The goal is to pass on knowledge about protecting yourself in the digital space. This can include encrypted communication, preventing being tracked while browsing the web, and general security advice regarding computers and smartphones.

url: https://www.cryptoparty.in/

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Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers | Ars Technica

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The US Senate today voted to eliminate broadband privacy rules that would have required ISPs to get consumers' explicit consent before selling or sharing Web browsing data and other private information with advertisers and other companies.

url: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/03/senate-votes-to-let-isps-sell-your-web-browsing-history-to-advertisers/

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Online Privacy | Proxy | Disconnect

Disconnect Your personal info should be your own. But today thousands of companies invisibly collect your data on the Internet, including the pages you go to and the searches you do. Often, this personal data is packaged and sold without your permission.

url: https://disconnect.me/

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William Vambenepe — Twitter changes the rules for URLs in tweets: the end of privacy or the end of the 140 character limit?

tags: Twitter, URL, privacy

Twitter has decided that for our good and their own it would be better if any time you click a link in a tweet the request first went to Twitter before being redirected to the intended destination. This blog entry announces the decision, but a lot of the interesting details are hidden in the more technical description of the change sent to the Twitter developers mailing list.

url: http://stage.vambenepe.com/archives/1514

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New Cookie Technologies: Harder to See and Remove, Widely Used to Track You | Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Frontier Foundation But it turns out that the cookie situation is quite a bit trickier today, and sites that want to track users have new technical options that are hard for users to respond to. The traditional "cookie" is an HTTP cookie, invented by Lou Montulli and John Giannandrea at Netscape in 1994. But today many browsers implement a range of things with the same kind of cookie-like tracking behavior -- mechanisms that are far less familiar, harder to notice, and often harder to control.

url: http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/09/new-cookie-technologies-harder-see-and-remove-wide

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After more complaints from a person -- whom i'll keep confidential -- i've added an "post as anonymous feature" to TrickleUp. S/he was right. It should have been there. I just didn't get to it yet.

S/he mentioned that s/he must clear her/his cache and cookies everyday. This is understandable. And i do know it's a pain to request your cookie everyday, so here's the solution. Request it once, you'll get an email with a URL. Bookmark that URL.

And on authentication, yeah i think it's important for a blog. Animosity exists in the world. I would hate to be the host of nasty impersonation. One could easily hurt the reputation of antoher. It's also possible to incite poor relationships.

Other blogging software such as Blogger, LiveJournal, and WordPress already have these features. (I'm not sure about UserLand and MovableType.) They all require a username and password combo. In TrickleUp, i have have that, but i also have a watered down version, called the User Cookie. Here you give me your email address, and i'll give you a cookie that lasts a year.

On Privacy and Biometrics

Here's a response to Celeste's article on biometrics and privacy. My company does research in this area, and i've gone to several lunchtime lectures on the topic. Here's my small opinion.

If you're concerned about privacy, i'd say it's not limited to biometrics. Credit cards are very convenient, but also have a privacy price. If companies like Equifax can get reports, then i assume the government can.

It seems each biometric method -- fingerprint, iris, retina, facial, voice -- has it's own problem. We facial we see that a persons appearance my change over time. Some have high false acceptance and false rejection rates. And in general, if the "super" biometric device can be circumvented, the security system falls.

If i explored this topic more, i'd look into social trust systems. I think another person is the best detector of identities. Like when i get into work, i can have a colleague vouch for me. Of course this won't work in the market.

Response to "I Hate Airport Security"

Here's my response to [Si]dragon's I Hate Airport Security. In summary, he's entitled to his opinion, even if it's just vacuous hot air.

"Dirty looks from the TSA meat-heads..."

Were they really giving you dirty looks or did you just expect them to? You just think they are; it's in your head. Here's a better question: Did they give dirty looks to just you or everyone?? BTW, do you think they really stopped to fully read your shirt? The truth of the matter is there are lots of people that look like you. And contrary to what you believe, i doubt the TSA really cares about you.

The older gentleman in perfectly “normal” everyday-fashion plain-clothes who breezes right through the checkpoint

Wrong. People are selected randomly before they are seen. Stop thinking of just yourself. You're making these statements without justification. Also put your emotions in check, get the facts, and learn why these security measures -- as opposed to others -- are put in place. What sort of expert are you to decide what's safer?

back-pack full of unidentified chemicals

Your property was checked for dangerous compounds, as they swabbed and tested it. Were you too busy observing their glaring looks to see this?

Regarding the matches, my guess is that the seats and everything else on the plane are not flamable.

Regarding the fourth ammendment, this has generally be accepted as applying to our homes in scope. Anything outside of that is fair game, as you are already in public.

Thus, protection of the home is at the apex of Fourth Amendment...

FindLaw: U.S. Constitution: Fourth Amendment: Annotations pg. 1 of 6

I embrace this security, because i care less about my privacy and more about dying. I want everyone on that plane inspected, including all personnel. The El Al airline has had these measures in place for a long time now, and my Israeli American friends appreciate them.

I agree with chickenfat in the spirit of Hanlon's Razor:

Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity. -- Robert J. Hanlon

(reading on... oh that's funny he/she beat me too it.)

I placed a copy of the Fourth Amendment in my check-in luggage

You see, you're anticipating problems. I'd say this is more a cause of problems than a prevention.

Is your blog intended for anything beside complaining? For now it's getting probation status in my book.

Anonymous Voting

I just read a summary of a story on ATC titled Karzai Rivals Dispute Afghan Election. Here's a thought on anonymous voting.

The question is: how do you ensure integrity of an election while permitting anonymity? This may seem like a simple question, but after thinking about how to hold an election over a computer network, i see it's not trivial.

At first you may think to register each voter, and check off their name as they vote. Besides being identified, it's hard to do this for an entire country that doesn't yet have a registry.

Their solution is to stamp the person as he or she votes. Supposedly the stamp will last for days. This will allow anonymous voting. It will also limit a person to voting at most once.

Comments on National ID Card Paper

Here are my comments on Reject the National Id Card by Congressman Dr. Ron Paul.

We already have an id card, our state driver's license (or non-driver id). Do you hear people complaining about infringements of liberty on the state level? No. With regard to databases, we are already listed in two that i can think of IRS and Census, not to mention a good percentage listed in VA, military, and social services.

A National ID Card would just be a cosmetic change. Just a change in name.

It's not like you must carry your license with you every where you go, just if you are driving. It's not like your identity is checked anywhere, just in critical locations, eg. airports.

"History shows that governments inevitably use the power to monitor the actions of people in harmful ways. " I'd like to see an example of this.

"...but she should have never been able to cross our border in the first place!" I strongly agree with this statement.

Regarding the SSN, the University of Maryland had changed their policy of using the SSN as the student id. It's now a different number.

I don't understand why people think of "the government" as one unified entity, separated from the people. Employees in government are also citizens. They're our friends and family.