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February 19 2014


January 17 2014


"The Surveillance Games"

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January 07 2014


India's Surveillance State

India is currently implementing some of the scariest surveillance schemes in the world. This lecture will shed light on India's surveillance industry, its UID scheme which aims at the collection of all biometric data and on various controversial surveillance schemes, such as the Central Monitoring System (CMS). When it comes to surveillance, the most mainstream argument is that the majority of India's population lives below the poverty line and that surveillance is an elitist issue - and not a "real" issue which affects the masses. Given that the majority of India's population has mobile phones and that the Indian government is currently implementing the Central Monitoring System (CMS) which aims at intercepting all telecommunications (and Internet communications), surveillance does not appear to be an elitist issue. Given that the UID scheme aims at collecting the biometric data of all citizens residing in India and that most BPL cash programmes require UID registration, surveillance appears to be an issue which (unfortunately) affects the 1.2 billion people currently living in India. And this is to say the least. As part of the Privacy Project, the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS) in Bangalore, India, is investigating surveillance within the country. The project is funded by Privacy International and aims to map out various forms of surveillance in India, ranging from drones, CCTV cameras and GPS tracking equipment to phone and Internet monitoring gear. This lecture aims to present the research that Maria Xynou has undertaken at the CIS so far, which includes data on the various surveillance technology companies operating in India and the type of spy gear they sell to Indian law enforcement agencies. This research also includes the presentation of India's various controversial surveillance schemes, with an emphasis on the Central Monitoring System (CMS) which unlawfully enables the interception of all telecommunications and Internet communications. India is currently implementing the world's largest biometric data collection and interception of communications schemes. The aim of this lecture is to present India's scary mass surveillance and to discuss its implications on the right to privacy and other human rights. http://events.ccc.de/congress/2013/Fahrplan/events/5552.html Day: 2013-12-29 Start time: 11:30 Duration: 01:00 Room: Saal G Track: Ethics, Society & Politics Language: en

January 02 2014


Hardtalk: Thomas Drake

Stephen Sackur talks to Thomas Drake, a former senior executive at the highly-secretive National Security Agency in the US. His life changed when he decided to become a whistle-blower and leak to the media his concerns about the way in which the NSA was developing its surveillance strategy inside the United States. He became the subject of a long-running investigation which threatened to see him locked up for much of the rest of his life. His home was raided, his computers analysed, and he became a key figure in a wider Obama Administration drive to crackdown on leakers within the national security system. For Thomas Drake that meant years of anguish and uncertainty; but did he deserve it? http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/ht/all

December 28 2013


Glenn Greenwald's must-watch 30C3 keynote - Boing Boing

Yesterday in Hamburg, Glenn Greenwald gave an astounding, must-watch keynote address to the gathered hackers at the 30th Chaos Communications Congress, or 30C3 (Greenwald starts at 4:36). Greenwald excoriated the press for failing to hold the world's leaders to account, describing what he did with the Snoweden leaks as challenge to the journalistic status quo as well as the political status quo. This is a leaping-off point for an extended riff on the active cooperation between the press and the national security apparatus, an arrangement calculated to give the appearance of oversight on surveillance activities without any such oversight (for example, BBC reporter expressed shock when he said that the role of the press should be to root out lies from senior spies, saying that generals and senior officials would ever lie to the public). Greenwald draws a connection between private companies and spying, expressing hope that Internet giants will finally understand that their profitability is endangered by their collaboration with spies. He describes these companies as having "unparalleled power" to curb state spying. He exhorted the hackers at 30C3 to do their best to make the Internet as secure for its users as possible, saying that without their contributions, all is lost. He urges them to strike back at Silicon Valley intelligence collaborators like Palantir, who pose as hip and technie to attract bright young people to help with their mission to attack privacy. The whole speech is important; it praises Chelsea Manning, Wikileaks, and Daniel Ellsberg, as well as other brave whistelblowers, and said that the Snowden project built on their work. He said that the heavy-handed attacks on whistleblowers by the US government have only revealed the state's corruption and inspired more insiders to go public. Notably, Greenwald revealed that the NSA and GCHQ are spying on in-flight Internet service, something that had not been revealed to date. The audio is already on Soundcloud, and I've extracted the audio as an MP3 and put it on the Internet Archive (MP3). http://boingboing.net/2013/12/28/glenn-greenwalds-must-watch.html

December 26 2013


The Final Straw 2013/11/17: Leslie James Pickering on surveillance and radical history|A-Infos Radio Project

This week Bursts spoke to Leslie James Pickering about a range of different subjects. Mr. Pickering worked for the North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office (NAELFPO), acting to spread the message and communiques of the ELF, from 1997 to 2002. Obviously, he experienced heavy state oppression during that period of time. And recently, it's become apparent that the state hasn't forgotten him. Leslie James Pickering is no longer allowed to enter Canada (despite no relevant arrests in the last decade and a half) and has found that he's got a "Mail Cover" via the Post Office where his mail is photocopied and tracked by an as yet unidentified Law Enforcement Agency. He's also had friends on the West Coast contacted by the Buffalo (NY) FBI Office and asked if Leslie has enemies or do direct action and business contacts of Leslie's have been subpoenaed to Grand Juries around Burning Books Radical Bookstore. Leslie is an owner of that radical bookstore in Buffalo, which carries books, zines and hosts political events and via which, according to the FBI, Leslie is "stirring up the youth." We spend most of the hour talking about government surveillance in his case in particular and in general in the U.S. and also about the prosecution of Jeremy Hammond. Leslie shares some thoughts on parts the forgotten history of radical resistance in the U.S. In particular, he talks about his recent book on the Evan Mecham Eco Terrorist International Conspiracy (EMETIC), a predecessor to the ELF, as well as his earlier book on a radical, white, working class radical named Sam Melville who bombed government and capital centers in New York and inspired the Weather Underground. Melville, who's the focus of Pickering's book "Mad Bomber Melville", went on to organize at Attica before and die during the Attica Prison uprising in 1971. In Pickering's view, the importance of recognizing and learning from radical history allows us to better strategize for current and future struggles. Lastly, we briefly touch on the story of Martin Sostres, who's ideological journey brought him from Nation of Islam through Black Nationalism to Anarchism. Sostre was framed up on drug charges in order to silence his organizing and shut down his bookstore in Buffalo, NY, in 1967 and served 10 years before having his case overturned. Martin Sostre now lives in New York City. There was a 1974 documentary about his case called "Frame-Up!: The Imprisonment of Martin Sostre" (Pacific Street Films). The film HAS been available for streaming at christiebooks.com, alongside MANY other films in many languages. http://lesliejamespickering.com where you can find news of, updates on and writings/speeches by L.J. Pickering http://burningbooksbuffalo.com/ Episode playlist can be found here: http://www.ashevillefm.org/node/8055 This episode will stream from 11/18/2013 through the 24th, podcasting at radio4all.net, later posted at thefinalstrawradio.noblogs.org alongside other interview archives. You can direct questions and suggestions to us at thefinalstrawradio(a T)riseup( do T) net

December 18 2013


Ranga Yogeshwar über digitale Überwachung - Jung & Naiv: Folge 99

Politik für Desinteressierte. Ungekürzt, unbeschnitten. Folge 99 mit Ranga Yogeshwar, Wissenschaftsjournalist, Physiker und Moderator. Abonniert den Youtube-... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0K2TwPT-eo

Ranga Yogeshwar über digitale Überwachung - Jung & Naiv: Folge 99 - YouTube

Politik für Desinteressierte. Ungekürzt, unbeschnitten. Folge 99 mit Ranga Yogeshwar, Wissenschaftsjournalist, Physiker und Moderator. Abonniert den Youtube-... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0K2TwPT-eo

October 03 2013


Day of the Drones - Books and Authors - Browse - Big Ideas - ABC TV

This panel examines the moral legitimacy of using drones as killing machines as well as for the surveillance of private citizens. http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2013/09/30/3856807.htm

October 02 2013


Your Digital Trail: Private Company Access : All Tech Considered : NPR

Data we voluntarily provide online —€” such as on dating websites — may not stay with that site. While not always obvious, websites commonly allow other companies to track user behavior. http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2013/10/01/227776072/your-digital-trail-private-company-access

August 26 2013


Aug 25, 2013 — William Beutler & Simon Owens

August 20 2013


SFFaudio Podcast 145: Little Brother

The SFFaudio Podcast #145 – Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. Jesse, Tamahome, Professor Eric S. Rabkin and Jenny discuss Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.

March 12 2012


Cory Doctorow's Podcast: Censorship is inseparable from surveillance

Here's a podcast of my last Guardian column, Censorship is inseparable from surveillance: There was a time when you could censor without spying. When Britain banned the publication of James Joyce's Ulysses in the 1920s and 1930s, the ban took the form on a prohibition on the sale of copies of the books. Theoretically, this entailed opening some imported parcels, and it certainly imposed a constraint on publishers and booksellers. It was undoubtedly awful. But we've got it worse today. Jump forward 80 years. Imagine that you want to ban www.jamesjoycesulysses.com due to a copyright claim from the Joyce estate. Thanks to the Digital Economy Act and the provision it makes for a national British copyright firewall, we're headed for a system where entertainment companies can specify URLs that have "infringing" websites, and a national censorwall will block everyone in the country from visiting those sites. In order to stop you from visiting www.jamesjoycesulysses.com, the national censorwall must intercept all your outgoing internet requests and examine them to determine whether they are for the banned website. That's the difference between the old days of censorship and our new digital censorship world. Today, censorship is inseparable from surveillance. Huffduffed from http://craphound.com/?p=3921

February 23 2012


Tony Benn: The Security Services

Political veteran Tony Benn shares private recordings from history's frontline. Bumbling spooks can't manage surveillance. Benn finds that his actions are being monitored by security forces, and his son Joshua is perturbed by events. Originally broadcast 8th Sep 1995 23:45-23:59 (Radio 4).

December 28 2011


Rush de l'interview de Fabrice Epelboin par Thibault Lefevre pour France Inter


Un monde sous surveillance - France Inter 27dec2011

May 19 2011


Background Briefing - 15 May 2011 - Digital revolutionaries under surveillance

In Egypt democracy activists called themselves the Facebook revolutionaries, but in China there are fears the social networking sites will be used to spy on dissidents. For governments, social media represent easy access to their citizens, for good or ill. But for digital entrepreneurs, including the odd Russian billionaire, there must be money in it, if they could only find a way. No-one knows where it will go next. Reporter: Stan Correy http://www.abc.net.au/rn/backgroundbriefing/stories/2011/3212869.htm

February 22 2011


Marketplace Tech Report from American Public Media

A school district in Anaheim, California is the latest to distribute GPS devices to habitually truant students. But what role does a private company in Texas have in monitoring the students?

December 17 2010



We spy on the new culture of surveillance. Kurt Andersen talks to technologist and philosopher Jaron Lanier about why we have to watch the watchers. An artist meticulously tracks government spy satellites crossing the night sky. A computer scientist explains what goes into building a facial recognition system. And sitting silently in her car, a photographer secretly snaps pictures of strangers in their homes. From http://www.studio360.org/episodes/2010/12/17
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