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Google Wants Internet “Driver License”… WTF

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Google Wants Internet “Driver License” Includes Various Digital Scenarios and Tests to Browse Web
TheRundownLive
July 17, 2015
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Kristan T. Harris | The Rundown Live

What if you needed a license to log-in and use the Internet? The idea is not to far-fetched and could be right around the corner depending on the outcome of the TPP. Dr Carr-Gregg has collaborated with Google to create an internet “drivers license”, which he believes is a defining example of “technology companies starting to recognize their responsibilities”.

The test for the license puts young people in random digital scenarios and tests their internet surfing skills on what they would believe, what they’d click and how they would behave. This will give you a form of “digital citizenship”.

digital drivers license

The  “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” has been testing a similar program.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation quickly responded pointing out concerns surrounding the NSTIC’s program.

According to the EFF website, “The White House recently released a draft of a troubling plan titled “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” (NSTIC). In previous iterations, the project was known as the “National Strategy for Secure Online Transactions” and emphasized, reasonably, the private sector’s development of technologies to secure sensitive online transactions. But the recent shift to “Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” reflects a radical — and concerning — expansion of the project’s scope.

The draft NSTIC now calls for pervasive, authenticated digital IDs and makes scant mention of the unprecedented threat such a scheme would pose to privacy and free speech online. And while the draft NSTIC “does not advocate for the establishment of a national identification card” (p. 6), it’s far from clear that it won’t take us dangerously far down that road. Because the draft NSTIC is vague about many basic points, the White House must proceed with caution and avoid rushing past the risks that lay ahead. Here are some of our concerns.

Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

Google does not care about you, your privacy, your family, or your safety. They exist to make money. They are NOT a benign helpful utility, they sold you out a long time ago. Everything you do on the web is open for bidding like a cattle rancher’s auction. All your movements, clicks, actions, subs, and more are sold on the open market. They sold you out.

Source link:

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/23/google-eavesdropping-tool-installed-computers-without-permission

Quoted from the source:

“Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations held in front of a computer.  First spotted by open source developers, the Chromium browser – the open source basis for Google’s Chrome – began remotely installing audio-snooping code that was capable of listening to users.  It was designed to support Chrome’s new “OK, Google” hotword detection – which makes the computer respond when you talk to it – but was installed, and, some users have claimed, it is activated on computers without their permission.  “Without consent, Google’s code had downloaded a black box of code that – according to itself – had turned on the microphone and was actively listening to your room,” said Rick Falkvinge, the Pirate party founder, in a blog post. “Which means that your computer had been stealth configured to send what was being said in your room to somebody else, to a private company in another country, without your consent or knowledge, an audio transmission triggered by … an unknown and unverifiable set of conditions.”

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Judge: IP-Address Doesn’t Identify a Movie Pirate

Source link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/10/us-food-agriculture-glyphosate-idUSKBN0N029H20150410

The filmmakers behind the action movie “Manny” have filed hundreds of lawsuits against BitTorrent pirates this year, but not all have been successful. In a prominent ruling Florida District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro refused to issue a subpoena, arguing that IP-address evidence is not enough to show who has downloaded a pirated movie.

ip-addressWhile relatively underreported, many U.S. district courts are still swamped with lawsuits against alleged film pirates.

One of the newcomers this year are the makers of the action movie Manny. Over the past few months “Manny Film” has filed 215 lawsuits across several districts.

Like all copyright holders, the makers of the film rely on IP-addresses as evidence. They then ask the courts to grant a subpoena, forcing Internet providers to hand over the personal details of the associated account holders.

In most cases the courts sign off on these requests, but in Florida this isn’t as straightforward.

When District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro was assigned a Manny Film case she asked the company to explain how an IP-address can pinpoint the actual person who downloaded a pirated film. In addition, she asked them to show that geolocation tools are good enough to prove that the alleged pirate resides in the Court’s district.

In a detailed reply the filmmakers argued that IP-addresses can identify the defendant and that a refusal to grant a subpoena would set a “dangerous precedent.” Manny Film further stated that “all other courts” disagreed with the notion that an IP-address is not a person.

This last remark didn’t go down well with Judge Ungaro. In an order handed down this week she cites various cases where courts ruled that IP-addresses don’t always identify the alleged offenders.

“Due to the risk of ‘false positives,’ an allegation that an IP address is registered to an individual is not sufficient in and of itself to support a claim that the individual is guilty of infringement,” wrote the Judge citing a 2012 case, one of many examples.”

Return to Civilization – The problem with the automobile is architectural

Return to Civilization – The problem with the automobile is architectural