Showing posts with label encryption. Show all posts
Showing posts with label encryption. Show all posts

Nov 11, 2018


Debt ceiling will be set to record high of $22 trillion

fromWashingtonExaminer: The federal government is set to reinstate its borrowing limit to a record $22 trillion but it won’t provide enough money to fund the government past summer.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Privacy vs. security: Why the widespread use of encryption is essential to national security

fromCNSNews: Government may not like it but privacy and security go hand in hand. The widespread use of strong encryption both guarantees individuals’ right to privacy while hardening society against waves of data breaches.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

FLORIDA: Rick Scott files suit accusing Dem officials of 'trying to steal the election' after his narrow Senate victory, while a mystery ballot box is found two DAYS after the vote... then Trump wades in

fromTheDailyMail: Florida Governor and Senator elect Rick Scott announced he was suing Broward County and Palm Beach County elections officials alleging 'rampant fraud'.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

8 ways in which Jeff Sessions sucked

fromReason: The former attorney general's worst hits -- and they were bad.
Police State America

A badge of shame: the government’s war on America’s military veterans

fromRutherfordInstitute: In recent years, military veterans have been increasingly targeted for surveillance, censorship, involuntary commitment, labeled as extremists and stripped of their 2nd Amendment rights.
Defense Versus The War Machine      The Government is Not Us

It's time for Congress to acknowledge the collapse of pot prohibition

fromReason: Two-thirds of the states have now legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

September 5, 2018


‘Five Eyes’ governments call on tech giants to build encryption backdoors — or else

fromTechCrunch: This kind of backdoor access would allow each government access to encrypted call and message data on their citizens. 
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Why civility in politics won't be getting better

fromTownhall: Politicians at Senator McCain’s funeral were bemoaning the loss of civility in politics, and Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing this week for the Supreme Court surely promises to prove that. 
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

California bill passes PG&E fire liability on to customers

fromABC30: "What we voted on last night was to allow PG&E, if they are negligent and can't afford to pay that liability, we will pass that cost onto ratepayers, make them pay for it," Hill said, referring to PG&E customers.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Tariffs on steel, aluminum, and lumber blamed for spiking home construction prices

fromReason: Around the nation, construction costs for new homes are up by about 60 percent this year.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Criminalizing childhood: school safety measures aren’t making the schools any safer

fromRutherfordInstitute: In communities across the country, children and adolescents spend the majority of their waking hours in schools that have increasingly come to resemble places of detention more than places of learning.
Regulation Nation    Police State America

The ideological blindness at the heart of media bias

fromNationalReview: Over the Labor Day weekend, NBC’s Chuck Todd published a much-discussed call to arms for American journalists. Decrying an “artificially stoked” hatred of the press, he calls for a “more aggressive” media.
Media Bias on Parade

Ed Snowden Thinks A Global iPhone Attack Will Happen This Year As A Result Of The FBI's Battle With Apple

by Jason Lederman. A grim prediction in the wake the FBI's battle with Apple. In the wake of the FBI's legal battle with Apple, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has made a bold prediction. Snowden wrote in a pair of tweets today that he believes iPhones around the world will be globally compromised by August, due to the FBI's "refusal ... MORE

The Crypto Wars Are About Power, Not Terrorism

by Andrea Castillo.        The FBI may have been able to unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s work-related iPhone without conscripting Apple as an unwilling hacker, but that has not slowed down the government’s broader war on encrypted technologies one bit. It didn’t take long for another tragic terrorist attack, this one in Belgium, ... MORE

Senate’s Encryption Bill Would Destroy Cybersecurity

by Scott Shackford.   Privacy under assault. The Senate Intelligence Committee's draft legislation to require tech companies assist federal authorities in bypassing the security of their products and software could have well been titled the "Shut Up and Do What You're Damn Well Told, Nerdlinger, Act of 2016." Actually, it very nearly is. The short     ... MORE

Apple Engineers Say They’d Rather Quit Than Help FBI

by Maya Kosoff.   Individual liberty still valued in some quarters. The public battle between Apple and the federal government has taken a defiant new turn, as some Apple engineers say they would refuse to help the federal government break into their company’s devices. Engineers at the company have already talked about who would have to help   ... MORE

Apple Says U.S Founders Would Be Appalled By DOJ Order

by Kevin Johnson and Elizabeth Weise.    Apple Inc. charged Tuesday that a court order forcing the tech giant to assist the federal government in unlocking the iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook was based on non-existent authority asserted by the Justice Department. "According to the government, short of kidnapping ... MORE

Obama And The Justice Dept. May Be Losing The P.R. Battle Over Encryption, But Watch The Larger War

by Scott Shackford.   Nobody believes it’s ‘just one phone.’   The government fight to access your private digital data has another front brewing. The Department of Justice wants to be able to listen in on conversations on WhatsApp, an encrypted messaging and phone service owned by Facebook. Everybody who knows anything about       ... MORE

VIDEO: John Oliver - Encryption (from HBO)

Demand Congress Back Down On Privacy Intrusion

by Ron Paul.     The FBI tells us that its demand for a back door into the iPhone is all about fighting terrorism, and that it is essential to break in just this one time to find out more about the San Bernardino attack last December. But the truth is they had long sought a way to break Apple’s iPhone encryption and, like 9/11 and the Patriot Act, a mass   ... MORE

VIDEO: Apple Vs The FBI - Congressional Hearings

Katie Kieffer: Apple Is On Your Side

Somebody has to protect individual liberty.    Obama’s order for Apple to let him hack your iPhone is not about fighting terror—it’s about iPhone dominion. This is the equivalent of gun control except in the tech sector. Terrorism is one of the top two issues concerning Americans, including Millennials. You deserve to know why and how Obama’s ... MORE

Yoni Heisler: Apple Takes On The FBI In Congress: Nine Things You May Have Missed From Yesterday’s Hearing

by Yoni Heisler. The policy debate sparked by Apple’s legal battle with the FBI has galvanized the tech world and has understandably attracted worldwide attention. At the core, Apple’s battle with the FBI centers on how we should strike a balance between user privacy and the interests of national security. Yesterday, both Apple and the FBI appeared  ... MORE

New York Judge Rules The FBI Cannot Force Apple To Unlock The iPhone Used In A Brooklyn Drug Case

Contradictory ruling to that in San Bernardino.   The U.S. Justice Department cannot force Apple to provide the FBI with access to locked iPhone data in a routine Brooklyn drug case, a New York judge says. U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein made the ruling on Monday. The decision follows a California magistrate judge's order requiring  ... MORE

Andrew Napolitano: Apple's Involuntary Servitude

Liberty and safety are not in equipoise.     There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all.”   -Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016).   After the San Bernardino massacre on Dec. 2, 2015, the FBI lawfully acquired the cellphone of one of the killers and     ... MORE

The FBI's Big Farce To Get Inside Your Phone

by Joshua Kopstein.     “The most important tech case in a decade.” Earlier this week, the U.S. government dropped a bombshell in its ongoing crusade against strong encryption: A court order demanding that Apple help the Federal Bureau of Investigation bypass the security features of an iPhone recovered from Syed Rizwan Farook, who, along with his ... MORE

The Apple-FBI Fight Isn’t About Privacy Vs. Security

by Brian Barrett.      Do not be misled. Throughout the ongoing fight between Apple and the FBI over custom access to an iPhone used by one of the two terrorists who killed 14 people in San Bernardino, the government has framed the argument as a simple trade-off: You must surrender a little privacy if you want more security. The scales don't balance quite ... MORE

VIDEO: Apple Is The Patriot

Anybody Believe The FBI Isn’t Out To Defeat Encryption?

by Scott Shackford.  FBI Director James Comey starts his defense of their effort to force Apple to help them break into the iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist and killer Syed Farook with a sentence that is that is extremely hard to take seriously: "The San Bernardino litigation isn't about trying to set a precedent or send any kind of message."       ... MORE