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twitter.com/thevisalian:

    "Well, let me give an example. When I’m driving, I sometimes turn on the radio and I find very often that what I’m listening to is a discussion of sports. These are telephone conversations. People call in and have long and intricate discussions, and it’s plain that quite a high degree of thought and analysis is going into that. People know a tremendous amount. They know all sorts of complicated details and enter into far-reaching discussion about whether the coach made the right decision yesterday and so on. These are ordinary people, not professionals, who are applying their intelligence and analytic skills in these areas and accumulating quite a lot of knowledge and, for all I know, understanding. On the other hand, when I hear people talk about, say, international affairs or domestic problems, it’s at a level of superficiality that’s beyond belief."
    Noam Chomsky, on people and seeing sports as an important factor rather than world issues, in a interview with Alternet.org.  (via assangistan)

    (Source: alternet.org, via assangistan)

    — 6 days ago with 239 notes

    brucesterling:

    unamusedsloth:

    Unnecessary Explosions.

    *Hmmm, that’s a genre of GIF I hadn’t seen before

    — 2 weeks ago with 170769 notes
    Matthew Green (A few thoughts on cryptographic engineering) | What's the matter with PGP? →

    privacyandtechnology:

    From the text:

    "Last Thursday, Yahoo announced their plans to support end-to-end encryption using a fork of Google’s end-to-end email extension. This is a Big Deal. With providers like Google and Yahoo onboard, email encryption is bound to get a big kick in the ass. This is something email badly needs. So great work by Google and Yahoo! Which is why following complaint is going to seem awfully ungrateful. I realize this and I couldn’t feel worse about it. As transparent and user-friendly as the new email extensions are, they’re fundamentally just re-implementations of OpenPGP — and non- legacy-compatible ones, too. The problem with this is that, for all the good PGP has done in the past, it’s a model of email encryption that’s fundamentally broken. It’s time for PGP to die."

    (Source: security.nl)

    — 3 weeks ago with 12 notes
    "We will drown in sensors before we ever build a true internet of things" →

    imadeit-davidjanes:

    Stacey Higginbotham. I will note we could go a far way if (1) everyone who tracks data makes it easy to download programmatically, (2) the data is semantically marked.

    As sensors get cheaper, and as we’re better able to gather and aggregate data through middlemen such as IFTTT or platforms from Apple or Google, the number of sensors should increase exponentially. That’s not because we really need five different sensors tracking different aspects of our movement, or five different automotive sensors telling us our miles per gallon. Rather, it’s because there are no standards, no real data marketplaces and no real reason yet for all the companies in these different elements of each ecosystem to work together.

    — 3 weeks ago with 1 note

    Tune in on Wednesday, August 20th to watch John Legend perform LIVE from the Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles, California. Catch a new LIVE concert from Live Nation, on Yahoo Live daily, 365 days a year.

    — 1 month ago

    karisfieldnotes:

    coolthingsswd:

    Ode to Apollo 11 and the joy of discovery

    Beautiful

    — 1 month ago with 26056 notes
    futurejournalismproject:

Report: US Surveillance Harming Journalism, Law and Society
Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union released a report this week outlining the effect the US surveillance state is having on journalism, law and society. In particular, the two groups interviewed “50 journalists covering intelligence, national security, and law enforcement for outlets including the New York Times, the Associated Press, ABC, and NPR.”
Via Human Rights Watch:

[The report] documents how national security journalists and lawyers are adopting elaborate steps or otherwise modifying their practices to keep communications, sources, and other confidential information secure in light of revelations of unprecedented US government surveillance of electronic communications and transactions. The report finds that government surveillance and secrecy are undermining press freedom, the public’s right to information, and the right to counsel, all human rights essential to a healthy democracy…
…Surveillance has magnified existing concerns among journalists and their sources over the administration’s crackdown on leaks. The crackdown includes new restrictions on contact between intelligence officials and the media, an increase in leak prosecutions, and the Insider Threat Program, which requires federal officials to report one another for “suspicious” behavior that might betray an intention to leak information.
Journalists interviewed for the report said that surveillance intimidates sources, making them more hesitant to discuss even unclassified issues of public concern. The sources fear they could lose their security clearances, be fired, or – in the worst case – come under criminal investigation.
"People are increasingly scared to talk about anything," observed one Pulitzer Prize winner, including unclassified matters that are of legitimate public concern.

The report, With Liberty to Monitor All: How Large-Scale US Surveillance is Harming Journalism, Law, and American Democracy, can be downloaded here (PDF). The online Executive Summary is here.
Meantime, via The New York Times: “An internal investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency has found that its officers improperly penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee in preparing its report on the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program.”
Image: Anonymous quote from a journalist interviewed for the report. Via Human Rights Watch.

    futurejournalismproject:

    Report: US Surveillance Harming Journalism, Law and Society

    Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union released a report this week outlining the effect the US surveillance state is having on journalism, law and society. In particular, the two groups interviewed “50 journalists covering intelligence, national security, and law enforcement for outlets including the New York Times, the Associated Press, ABC, and NPR.”

    Via Human Rights Watch:

    [The report] documents how national security journalists and lawyers are adopting elaborate steps or otherwise modifying their practices to keep communications, sources, and other confidential information secure in light of revelations of unprecedented US government surveillance of electronic communications and transactions. The report finds that government surveillance and secrecy are undermining press freedom, the public’s right to information, and the right to counsel, all human rights essential to a healthy democracy…

    …Surveillance has magnified existing concerns among journalists and their sources over the administration’s crackdown on leaks. The crackdown includes new restrictions on contact between intelligence officials and the media, an increase in leak prosecutions, and the Insider Threat Program, which requires federal officials to report one another for “suspicious” behavior that might betray an intention to leak information.

    Journalists interviewed for the report said that surveillance intimidates sources, making them more hesitant to discuss even unclassified issues of public concern. The sources fear they could lose their security clearances, be fired, or – in the worst case – come under criminal investigation.

    "People are increasingly scared to talk about anything," observed one Pulitzer Prize winner, including unclassified matters that are of legitimate public concern.

    The report, With Liberty to Monitor All: How Large-Scale US Surveillance is Harming Journalism, Law, and American Democracy, can be downloaded here (PDF). The online Executive Summary is here.

    Meantime, via The New York Times: “An internal investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency has found that its officers improperly penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee in preparing its report on the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program.”

    Image: Anonymous quote from a journalist interviewed for the report. Via Human Rights Watch.

    — 1 month ago with 88 notes