Jacob Appelbaum’s 29C3 keynote on the out-of-control surveillance state


Jacob Appelbaum’s keynote from 29C3 — last December’s Chaos Communications Congress in Hamburg — is a riveting hour on surveillance, freedom, and the wild, criminal lawlessness of the NSA and other spy agencies. Jacob’s factual, methodical laying out of the growth of American surveillance is brilliant, terrifying and enraging, and it left me wanting to rush to a barricade. Jacob’s insights into how we are coping with the surveillance state and why that needs to change are terrific. Someone make a transcript of this, please.

Anonymous perspectiv and action in Turkey


Anonymous #Operation RedHack

Solidarity with R3DH4CK

RED! Filmi Türkçe (English Subtitled)

The R3dH4ckT34m will be treated as a terror organisation

(English Subs) Redhack on Halk TV – Occupy Gezi & The Current State


This video has a clear image of what’s really happening  in Occupy Gezi

(This will be a 3 part series) This was made with the help of the author of this blog: http://redhackenglish.tumblr.com/ (I translated the first 12 minutes, the rest is 80% her work with some proof reading/tweaks by me). This Interview from Turkish Hacker group, Redhack, starts by explaining some of the background regarding the Occupy Gezi movement, and then proceeds to go into great detail regarding the Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government and its shortcomings.

In this series Redhack will deal with issues like censorship, oppression, increasingly authoritarian rule, the selling of the nation’s natural resources, the diminishing state of the Arts, environmentalism, women’s rights, elections, and a myriad of other issues that most Turkish and International viewers will be under-informed about.

I have disabled comments as to avoid pointless debates, if you want to learn more about the issues discussed I’m sure a bit of digging around online will help you find answers. I want this to be purely educational, so just watch, and I hope you learn something. For international audiences, this can be a chance for you to understand just what is happening in Turkey, and you will no doubt be able to draw some parallels to the state of your own governments.

and how their increasingly oppressive and authoritarian mentality has caused a build up of unrest which exploded on May 31st, and is still spreading like wildfire across the nation.

I apologize in advance for any translation errors, but based on my proof-reading there should not be anything grossly mis-translated, if you spot anything that might be misinformative please send me a PM and I will try to add annotations to fix this.

Anonymous Call to Action: #Nov5th 2013 — the Lion Sleeps No More


Source : http://occupywallst.org/

Two years ago last weekend Adbusters published the original OWS blog post, and the first operational OWS campaign site was set up on reddit.com. Two years ago we began a campaign to announce that the people of the world were directly entering the global political narrative and that we have no intention of ever leaving. We are still here – battered & scarred we may be, but ‘Occupy!’ is still a vibrant global call for an exploited humanity. The time is ripe for revolution.

Greetings world. We are anonymous. We are the people.

Governments of the world: take this message as your last will and testament. The game is officially over. Social media has given birth to something new. Now it’s time to set the record straight. This video is intended as that spark that gets delivered straight into the hearts and minds of the world. This video is an idea – a shared idea – so listen very carefully and make sure you are sitting down.

On the 5th of November 2013, Anonymous call for a day of global civil disobedience. This time we target all government facilities across the globe. Calling all free thinkers: the time for civil disobedience is now. This time it also seems unions from around the world are supporting this action. The lion sleeps no more. Ask yourself this: where will you be when we make history? November 5th, 2013. Worldwide. Now it’s a vendetta. Now it’s personal. Now it’s time to occupy everywhere. It’s time to throw everything we have at November 5th. It’s time to relight the flame of protest until our demands are met. Now it’s time for our brothers and sisters of the awakening to take to the streets. Austerity means war.

Here’s to the dreamers, the one’s that stand for human freedom, the Occupiers, the people that change things. It’s about solidarity, but more than that, it’s about the people, the people we meet, the people of the world standing together for a common goal. Concerned by numerous ecological and social problems, we stand united. As long as there are young and idealist people that share the views of ultimate human freedom, there will always be hope for the world.

We are anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. On November 5th, 2013: EXPECT US.

Anonymous infiltrates PRISM, intercepts Obama’s Skype


Anonymous – Message on PRISM & Edward Snowden

INTERNET — Anonymous hackers claimed to have infiltrated PRISM’s network infrastructure after gaining access to the graphical user interface which was intended only for use by federal agents in cases of terrorism.

Prism

Prism

Because the PRISM system has access to a log of all Internet phone calls (voIP via Skype, Google, etc.) and video chats, Anonymous vigilante intelligence researchers quickly unearthed evidence of high-level collusion between corporate executives and government officials.

“We have access to President Obama’s Skype,” said a spokesperson for Anonymous, “and we’re only afraid it’s too absurd to be true.”

Anonymous will not comment on details of the leak until the information has been confirmed and verified.

The Information Awareness Office logo

The Information Awareness Office logo

This time, Anonymous is seeking input from government sources so that their final release will be seen by the public as an even-handed nonpartisan attempt at uncovering the truth. “We want to know the government’s point of view simply because it will help us build a more complete view of what’s really going on.

Even clever lies, denials, and evasion help us in our pursuit of truth.  We won’t release the information until we’ve run it all over with several officials and received a frank appraisal of its context.”

Following the news on Thursday that both the FBI and the National Security Agency have been secretly mining data from nine Silicon Valley giants for years, there has been an incredibly heated debate both for and against the classified program dubbed “PRISM.”

To add more fuel to the fire, there are now even more classified documents being leaked to the masses, courtesy of the global hacktivist community, Anonymous.

As of Friday morning, the group has published 13 documents and presentations from various U.S. government agencies. Topics of said documents range from NetOps strategies at the U.S. Department of Defense to a timeline of data removal requests.

Anonymous also published a memo, address to “Citizens of the World,” as a preface to the leaked documents.

Julian Assange: A Call to Cryptographic Arms


Julian Assange: A Call to assange

Excerpted from Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet, by Julian Assange with Jacob Appelbaum, Andy Müller-Maguhn and Jérémie Zimmermann. OR Books, New York, 2012, 186 pages, Paper.
Pages 1-7.

INTRODUCTION: A CALL TO CRYPTOGRAPHIC ARMS

This book is not a manifesto. There is not time for that. This book is a warning.

The world is not sliding, but galloping into a new transnational dystopia. This development has not been properly recognized outside of national security circles. It has been hidden by secrecy, complexity and scale. The internet, our greatest tool of emancipation, has been transformed into the most dangerous facilitator of totalitarianism we have ever seen. The internet is a threat to human civilization.

These transformations have come about silently, because those who know what is going on work in the global surveillance industry and have no incentives to speak out. Left to its own trajectory, within a few years, global civilization will be a postmodern surveillance dystopia, from which escape for all but the most skilled individuals will be impossible. In fact, we may already be there.

While many writers have considered what the internet means for global civilization, they are wrong. They are wrong because they do not have the sense of perspective that direct experience brings. They are wrong because they have never met the enemy.

No description of the world survives first contact with the enemy.

We have met the enemy.

Over the last six years WikiLeaks has had conflicts with nearly every powerful state. We know the new surveillance state from an insider’s perspective, because we have plumbed its secrets. We know it from a combatant’s perspective, because we have had to protect our people, our finances and our sources from it. We know it from a global perspective, because we have people, assets and information in nearly every country. We know it from the perspective of time, because we have been fighting this phenomenon for years and have seen it double and spread, again and again. It is an invasive parasite, growing fat off societies that merge with the internet. It is rolling over the planet, infecting all states and peoples before it.

What is to be done?

Once upon a time in a place that was neither here nor there, we, the constructors and citizens of the young internet discussed the future of our new world.

We saw that the relationships between all people would be mediated by our new world, and that the nature of states, which are defined by how people exchange information, economic value, and force, would also change.

We saw that the merger between existing state structures and the internet created an opening to change the nature of states.

First, recall that states are systems through which coercive force flows. Factions within a state may compete for support, leading to democratic surface phenomena, but the underpinnings of states are the systematic application, and avoidance, of violence. Land ownership, property, rents, dividends, taxation, court fines, censorship, copyrights and trademarks are all enforced by the threatened application of state violence.

Most of the time we are not even aware of how close to violence we are, because we all grant concessions to avoid it. Like sailors smelling the breeze, we rarely contemplate how our surface world is propped up from below by darkness.

In the new space of the internet what would be the mediator of coercive force?

Does it even make sense to ask this question? In this otherworldly space, this seemingly platonic realm of ideas and information flow, could there be a notion of coercive force? A force that could modify historical records, tap phones, separate people, transform complexity into rubble, and erect walls, like an occupying army?

The platonic nature of the internet, ideas and information flows, is debased by its physical origins. Its foundations are fiber optic cable lines stretching across the ocean floors, satellites spinning above our heads, computer servers housed in buildings in cities from New York to Nairobi. Like the soldier who slew Archimedes with a mere sword, so too could an armed militia take control of the peak development of Western civilization, our platonic realm.

The new world of the internet, abstracted from the old world of brute atoms, longed for independence. But states and their friends moved to control our new world — by controlling its physical underpinnings. The state, like an army around an oil well, or a customs agent extracting bribes at the border, would soon learn to leverage its control of physical space to gain control over our platonic realm. It would prevent the independence we had dreamed of, and then, squatting on fiber optic lines and around satellite ground stations, it would go on to mass intercept the information flow of our new world — its very essence even as every human, economic, and political relationship embraced it. The state would leech into the veins and arteries of our new societies, gobbling up every relationship expressed or communicated, every web page read, every message sent and every thought googled, and then store this knowledge, billions of interceptions a day, undreamed of power, in vast top secret warehouses, forever. It would go on to mine and mine again this treasure, the collective private intellectual output of humanity, with ever more sophisticated search and pattern finding algorithms, enriching the treasure and maximizing the power imbalance between interceptors and the world of interceptees. And then the state would reflect what it had learned back into the physical world, to start wars, to target drones, to manipulate UN committees and trade deals, and to do favors for its vast connected network of industries, insiders and cronies.

But we discovered something. Our one hope against total domination. A hope that with courage, insight and solidarity we could use to resist. A strange property of the physical universe that we live in.

The universe believes in encryption.

It is easier to encrypt information than it is to decrypt it.

We saw we could use this strange property to create the laws of a new world. To abstract away our new platonic realm from its base underpinnings of satellites, undersea cables and their controllers. To fortify our space behind a cryptographic veil. To create new lands barred to those who control physical reality, because to follow us into them would require infinite resources.

And in this manner to declare independence.

Scientists in the Manhattan Project discovered that the universe permitted the construction of a nuclear bomb. This was not an obvious conclusion. Perhaps nuclear weapons were not within the laws of physics. However, the universe believes in atomic bombs and nuclear reactors. They are a phenomenon the universe blesses, like salt, sea or stars.

Similarly, the universe, our physical universe, has that property that makes it possible for an individual or a group of individuals to reliably, automatically, even without knowing, encipher something, so that all the resources and all the political will of the strongest superpower on earth may not decipher it. And the paths of encipherment between people can mesh together to create regions free from the coercive force of the outer state. Free from mass interception. Free from state control.

In this way, people can oppose their will to that of a fully mobilized superpower and win. Encryption is an embodiment of the laws of physics, and it does not listen to the bluster of states, even transnational surveillance dystopias.

It isn’t obvious that the world had to work this way. But somehow the universe smiles on encryption.

Cryptography is the ultimate form of non-violent direct action. While nuclear weapons states can exert unlimited violence over even millions of individuals, strong cryptography means that a state, even by exercising unlimited violence, cannot violate the intent of individuals to keep secrets from them.

Strong cryptography can resist an unlimited application of violence. No amount of coercive force will ever solve a math problem.

But could we take this strange fact about the world and build it up to be a basic emancipatory building block for the independence of mankind in the platonic realm of the internet? And as societies merged with the internet could that liberty then be reflected back into physical reality to redefine the state?

Recall that states are the systems which determine where and how coercive force is consistently applied.

The question of how much coercive force can seep into the platonic realm of the internet from the physical world is answered by cryptography and the cypherpunks’ ideals.

As states merge with the internet and the future of our civilization becomes the future of the internet, we must redefine force relations.

If we do not, the universality of the internet will merge global humanity into one giant grid of mass surveillance and mass control.

We must raise an alarm. This book is a watchman’s shout in the night.

On March 20, 2012, while under house arrest in the United Kingdom awaiting extradition, I met with three friends and fellow watchmen on the principle that perhaps in unison our voices can wake up the town. We must communicate what we have learned while there is still a chance for you, the reader, to understand and act on what is happening.

It is time to take up the arms of our new world, to fight for ourselves and for those we love.

Our task is to secure self-determination where we can, to hold back the coming dystopia where we cannot, and if all else fails, to accelerate its self-destruction.

— Julian Assange, London, October 2012

Comments of an article “Google is Everywhere” in the Deep Dark Web


googleTo read the article that generated  this comments you should have Tor working to it see at http://55d44yg2mdfaun5k.onion.to/blog/google.php
With a little trick you can see the page in a normal browser by pointing a at
http://55d44yg2mdfaun5k.tor2web.org/blog/google.php 
Comments

TheGrizzlyBear
Google has a plan. There has been recent debate over internet speeds in the U.S. Service providers have been deliberately slowing the speeds so that they can charge a higher rate at a later date and throw in the word “enhanced internet” all the while fully having the capability to provide those speeds to the consumer.

In comes Google. With the advancement of Google Fibre, internet speeds increase drastically.

While Fibre is still in its infancy, it has forced service providers to step up their game. Google has plans to have Fibre all across the country. The people are clamoring for this. It gives us the opportunity to get out from under the thumb of greedy service providers.

Google’s next plan is to have free and open wifi available to everyone in the country. This too is a problem for greedy service providers. Google is planning a super fast hardwired internet with Fibre and a free high speed wifi network available to all. This has the potential to bring down some major companies. If superior high speed internet can be provided for free to the country, there is no need to have service providers.

With the explosion of smart phone technology and smart TV technology, this also has the chance to bring down the cable TV providers. With a “smart” device and free internet/wifi, netflix and streaming channels will have an explosion in membership and use.

Thus bringing down the cable providers. Why pay $60-$100 a month for a cable service, when the things people want too watch can be downloaded or streamed for a small fee or an APP that can be downloaded and used for free? This also creates a problem for cel-service providers.

With free apps or even a small a fee, users with a smart device can make calls and send messages via free internet/wifi that will be provided by Google. What Google is working on has the capability to free the people from greedy service providers while also endangering companies worth BILLIONS, and the possibility to end thousands of jobs for the people who work for these companies. That is a lot of power.

Recently as well, the FCC has announced that the US government is interested in having a network capable of being provided for the people by the government. Again, in comes Google. Why have the people pay for a network when times are tough, and the best innovation comes from private business.

Google is setting up the fastest network ever seen, and is starting right in the heart land of the country, Kansas. Google, who has the money, know how, and innovative minds to make this happen, is already working on this with Fibre. The government is going to let Google build the Fibre network fully aware of the implications it has on the corporations listed above. It would be a communications monopoly if run by a single entity like Google.

The government will purchase/trade/seize the network and put it under the banner of the government run FCC. Internet will be provided by the government. It will be free and faster than anything else out there by a longshot. Low income homes will receive it as a subsidy.

Eventually the entire country will get it. The citizenry will be happy because they aren’t getting taken to the cleaners by service providers. While the government cant outright censor internet it provides because it would violate the 1st amendment, it can deem content illegal (4chan/b/), and close off other networks i.e. TOR. This will also provide the government with the most massive data mining capabilities ever seen.

Groups like ANON will become extinct, and the instant communication we would rely on in the event of uprisings and revolution could be easily terminated in sectors. Shady happenings on the east coast could be blocked from reaching the rest of the country or world. The possibilities and repercussions of such a network are endless.

The gyst of this is that Google is the bad company we’ve all feared. They are deeply in bed with the government. This is no coincidence. Google has become a research company for the government without the limitations of government red tape funding. It’s being funded privately in the open market, and we are all paying for it. Google, the governments DARPA for the citizens.