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Activists Aim To Build A 'Bat-Signal For The Web

http://www.forbes.com

Alexis Ohanian, the 29-year old founder of social news site Reddit, has partnered with the online advocacy group Fight for the Future to create what they’re calling the “Internet Defense League.” Ohanian describes the project, which they plan to officially launch next month, as a “Bat-Signal for the Internet.” Any website owner can sign up on the group’s website to add a bit of code to his or her site–or receive that code by email at the time of a certain campaign–that can be triggered in the case of a political crisis like SOPA, adding an activist call-to-action to all the sites involved, suc

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Entrepreneur starting ISP Dedicated to Anti-Surveillance

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Nick Merrill, who challenged a demand from the FBI for user data, wants to create the world's first Internet provider designed to be surveillance-resistant.v"Calyx will use all legal and technical means available to protect the privacy and integrity of user data," he says.

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Beware the unholy alliance of state and internet - FT.com

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Surveillance means safety. This is the argument wherever and whenever governments seek new powers to monitor their citizens. Proposed legislation in the UK to enable police and intelligence services to access emails, Skype calls and Facebook messages is another such example. It is also another case of the unnecessary and dangerous expansion of state power, in collaboration with companies, into our online – and offline – lives.

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LulzSec Leader Betrays All of Anonymous

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Unemployed 28-year-old New Yorker Hector Xavier Monsegur AKA "Sabu" was the de facto King of Anonymous and the head of LulzSec, easily the most notorious and influential hacker alive today. And he just turned in his people to the FBI.

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SOPA replacement uses child porn as excuse to spy on 99.7 percent

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SOPA replacement uses child porn as excuse to spy on 99.7 percent of Americans SOPA author Lamar Smith pushing bill to make web sites track every user's every move

The SOPA and PIPA bills that went down in flames earlier this year for their unbearable intrusiveness, used content piracy as an excuse to give the government powerful tools with which to censor Internet content.

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Soon the state of Hawaii may be watching every internet site you visit

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Here is a good reason NOT to go to Hawaii. State legislators are considering a new proposal that would require Internet service providers to collect and retain for two years data on every website residents visit.

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Will Google be used to block "Conspiracy Theory" web sites?

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The government wants to use Google to block "Conspiracy Theory" web sites, and we can all be sure if this happens Free Talk Live will shortly be named a "Conspiracy Theory" web site.

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ACTA poses same dangers as SOPA

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New international version of SOPA seeks to create a transnational enforcement agency to make arrests and shut down sites that link to copyrighted material.

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If You Thought SOPA Was Bad, Just Wait Until You Meet ACTA

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When sites like Wikipedia and Reddit banded together for a major blackout January 18th, the impact was felt all the way to Washington D.C. The blackout had lawmakers running from the controversial anti-piracy legislation, SOPA and PIPA, which critics said threatened freedom of speech online.

Unfortunately for free-speech advocates, these pieces of legislation are not the only laws which threaten an open internet.

Few people have heard of ACTA

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Judge rules defendant can be forced to decrypt laptop

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In a case going back to 2010, a Colorado judge has ruled that a woman named as a defendant in a criminal case can be forced to decrypt the contents of her laptop and files. Answering the question of 'what about her fifth amendment right to non-self-incrimination, the judge ruled the fifth amendment does not apply in this case, even though the contents of the protected files could be used to prosecute and convict her.

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