Yes, You Are Being Manipulated by Your Government

governments manipulate The truth that government agents are influencing people online has been visible for some time to those who were looking. For example, in 2011, we got proof that military contractors and the US Air Force were doing this. (See here and here.) There were other facts as well, including the publicly-stated wishes of Cass Sunstein. Most people didn’t see those stories, of course, and those who mentioned them were thought …

Free Services Are for Suckers

free services internet Just a few weeks ago, it was revealed that the FBI will be going through a huge stack of emails they stole from a free service, to find some peaceful people they can publicly prosecute. The service was called Tor Mail…and their advertising slogan was Free Anonymous Email. Supposedly, this system was ironclad and immune from government attacks. And, presumably, the operators would do this very hard thing, forever, and …

Cryptohippie Responds to the NSA’s Attack on Encryption

cryptohippie Editor’s Note: The founder of FreemansPerspective.com, Paul Rosenberg, has spent many years trying to protect Internet users from unjustified surveillance by groups like the NSA. He is part of the team at Cryptohippie, who offer something called a Virtual Private Network (VPN). It’s a service that helps its users avoid tracking by the snoops. However, it’s just come to light that many such “protection” services have been compromised themselves. Lest …

The NSA’s Secret War Against Online Privacy Seekers

surveillance privacy If you haven’t seen this yet, I’m sorry to drop it on you: On September 5th, Glenn Greenwald and others revealed the extent of the NSA’s destruction of privacy – not just the privacy of people who are oblivious to the situation, but that of privacy seekers as well. You can find the story here or here, and commentary by a legitimate expert here. Here’s What Was Revealed The biggest …

Digital Diversification: How to Do It

digitaldiversification2 Thank God for Edward Snowden. I used to warn people about surveillance and the death of privacy, but most of them found it hard to believe me; it was just too far out of the mainstream. Not so anymore. Just as the diversification of investments has become crucial, so has digital diversification. Not only are the Western nations (especially the US and UK) abusing every piece of data they can …

Will Disney Soon Be Able to Break into Computers… Legally?

break into computer And we thought Hollywood was over the edge when they were suing 14-year-old girls for downloading Madonna songs. Ha! That was nothing! Something called The IP Commission Report (subtitled A Report Of The Commission On The Theft Of American Intellectual Property) just crossed my desk. This new and very impressively produced report, authored by seven sets of hyper-impressive credentials, informs Congress that they should change US laws to go far, …

Personal and Online Privacy: If you have nothing to hide, why do you care?

Personal and Online Privacy: If you have nothing to hide, why do you care? We’ve all heard the insulting, tyrannical cliché about privacy: If you have nothing to hide, why do you care? The comeback, if not that it would fall on deaf ears, should be this: Because I value myself. The real value of privacy is not because it allows us to hide things, it’s that privacy allows us to develop independently – according to our own natures. In other words, privacy is …