After Dallas Shootings, Police Arrest People for Criticizing Cops on Facebook and Twitter

After Dallas Shootings, Police Arrest People for Criticizing Cops on Facebook and Twitter:






but when vulnerable members of society are being threatened online they couldn’t give less of a shit 

this is what i was talking about a few days ago. now it’s a crime to criticize power. what’s next, getting the door kicked in cause you reblogged a post from a thought criminal?

also, did you know that the protesters who shut down i-94 were charged with “third degree rioting.” is that gonna be the new thing now when people protest without a permit?

Third degree rioting? The actual fuck?

I’m waiting for the day when my attempts to find other local radicals will get me charged with “conspiracy to conspire.”

Where are the anti-sjws who always talk about “defending freedom of speech?

Indian sexual assault survivors break taboos by using Snapchat filters to tell their stories

Indian sexual assault survivors break taboos by using Snapchat filters to tell their stories:

Instead of a traditional interview format, the two survivors spoke directly to the camera through a selfie stick. They also chose their own filters to disguise their identity as they spoke of their harrowing experiences. Both opted for a fire-breathing dragon filter. Omar says that this helped the women feel more empowered as the masking and video recording unfolded in front of their eyes.

Here’s All The Data Pokemon Go Is Collecting From Your Phone

Here's All The Data Pokemon Go Is Collecting From Your Phone:




Like most apps that work with the GPS in your smartphone, Pokemon Go can tell a lot of things about you based on your movement as you play: Where you go, when you went there, how you got there, how long you stayed, and who else was there. And, like many developers who build those apps, Niantic keeps that information.

According to the Pokemon Go privacy policy, Niantic may collect — among other things — your email address, IP address, the web page you were using before logging into Pokemon Go, your user name, and your location. And if you use your Google account for sign-in, unless you specifically revoke it, Niantic has access to your entire Google account. That means Niantic has read and write access to your email, Google Drive docs, and more. (It also means that if the Niantic servers are hacked, whoever hacked the servers would potentially have access to your entire Google account. And you can bet the game’s extreme popularity has made it a target for hackers. Given the number of children playing the game, that’s a scary thought.) You can check what kind of access Niantic has to your Google account here.

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cool time to never play pokemon go with my google account again

i was bitching about this earlier. this is such bullshit moral panic garbage.

yeah. ok. this game and about a billion other apps on your phone are collecting vast amounts of your personal data.

the only way to ensure proper ‘privacy’ in this respect is to *not have a smartphone*.

internet privacy is a privilege very few of us have access too. this kind of, ‘zomg! panic!’ about data collection just blames ppl for not being ‘smart’ enough to prevent privacy violations.

why is the call for action for individuals to try and stand up to a multimillion dollar corporation and not, as would actually be useful, focusing on the corporation and the entire internet/web culture that thrives on violating privacy.

systematically stripping us of privacy is literally how most of the major tech companies make their money. this is literally all that google and facebook are. data collecting machines to sell advertising.

this issue is a broad, systemic one that is also reflected in our institutions like government.

bc. really. tell me. how are each of us supposed to overcome the collective power of all the major tech companies and governments so that we can feel like we have privacy online?

the answer is: we can’t.

i’m tired of patronizing articles like this that largely run on the premise that most ppl are too fucking stupid to understand that our privacy is being violated by pretty much every single tech company in existence. and most governments.

you know how many fucking articles and shit there is about this stuff? we know. we *know*.

and now, i’m not advocating for some kind of fatalism where we just give up on privacy, but we need to switch the focus from making this a personal issue to a systemic one and create strategies to create an entirely different tech culture. instead of one that literally functions on privacy violations.

Minneapolis police abuse copyright law to censor their controversial shoot-first recruiting video


Less than a week after one of its officers shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop, leaving him to die in front of his child and girlfriend (and the world on livestream) the Minneapolis Police Department has perjured itself in issuing a copyright takedown notice to Youtube in order to suppress a controversial recruiting video that depicted the jobs of MPD officers as being a firearms-heavy shoot-em-up.

The video had attracted alarm and criticism by officials and the public, who saw it as indicative of a deep culture of violent, shoot-first policing in the Minneapolis police.

The MPD sent a copyright takedown notice to Youtube claiming, on penalty of perjury, that it believed the video was infringing. The video is clearly a fair use, directly commenting on public affairs, not undermining any revenue stream, and is itself a largely factual work – it was also a work produced at public expense, which, in the USA generally carries the presumption of free public re-use. The fact that the work was reproduced in full does not disqualify it from being a fair use, as a string of recent rulingsin multiple circuits has shown.

Furthermore, a recent federal appeals court decision held that rightsholders have a duty to consider fair use before sending takedown notices.

The video has been reposted to Vimeo. The Wedge Live news site that uploaded the video now has one of Youtube’s notorious Copyright Strikesagainst it, which could eventually cost it the right to publish on the platform.

the-future-now: How to stop Pokémon Go from freezing and…


How to stop Pokémon Go from freezing and crashing

With thousands of people currently inhabiting the augmented reality world of Pokémon Go — people have understandably encountered a few technical difficulties. But some users have discovered a simple fix that can help you if your Pokémon Go keeps crashing or freezing. Go to your settings and into your cellular data options.

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The “Pokemon Go is a huge security risk” POST IS BS


It is another Tumblr scare thing to play on people’s paranoia.


“ In September 2015, it was announced that Niantic is co-developing Pokémon GO with Nintendo and The Pokémon Company for iOS and Android.[20] The following month, Niantic announced Google, Nintendo, and The Pokémon Company would invest $30 million “

GOOGLE IS ON BOARD WITH THIS. Google has security systems in place. 

Also, the info that the post says the app gets? EVERY APP GETS THIS INFO.

Don’t spread this post and dont make people scared to play a game that could help so many people.

Black Code: how spies, cops and crims are making cyberspace unfit for human habitation #3yrsago


I reviewed Ronald Diebert’s new book Black Code in this weekend’s edition of the Globe and Mail. Diebert runs the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto and has been instrumental in several high-profile reports that outed government spying (like Chinese hackers who compromised the Dalai Lama’s computer and turned it into a covert CCTV) and massive criminal hacks (like the Koobface extortion racket). His book is an amazing account of how cops, spies and crooks all treat the Internet as the same kind of thing: a tool for getting information out of people without their knowledge or consent, and how they end up in a kind of emergent conspiracy to erode the net’s security to further their own ends. It’s an absolutely brilliant and important book:

Ronald Deibert’s new book, Black Code, is a gripping and absolutely terrifying blow-by-blow account of the way that companies, governments, cops and crooks have entered into an accidental conspiracy to poison our collective digital water supply in ways small and large, treating the Internet as a way to make a quick and dirty buck or as a snoopy spy’s best friend. The book is so thoroughly disheartening for its first 14 chapters that I found myself growing impatient with it, worrying that it was a mere counsel of despair.

But the final chapter of Black Code is an incandescent call to arms demanding that states and their agents cease their depraved indifference to the unintended consequences of their online war games and join with civil society groups that work to make the networked society into a freer, better place than the world it has overwritten.

Deibert is the founder and director of The Citizen Lab, a unique institution at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. It is one part X-Files hacker clubhouse, one part computer science lab and one part international relations observatory. The Citizen Lab’s researchers have scored a string of international coups: Uncovering GhostNet, the group of Chinese hackers taking over sensitive diplomatic computers around the world and eavesdropping on the private lives of governments; cracking Koobface, a group of Russian petty crooks who extorted millions from random people on the Internet, a few hundred dollars at a time; exposing another Chinese attack directed at the Tibetan government in exile and the Dalai Lama. Each of these exploits is beautifully recounted in Black Code and used to frame a larger, vivid narrative of a network that is global, vital and terribly fragile.

Yes, fragile. The value of the Internet to us as a species is incalculable, but there are plenty of parties for whom the Internet’s value increases when it is selectively broken.

Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace

How to make cyberspace safe for human habitation