Top 10 Technology Stories of the Week – April 07th to April 14th, 2012
This Internet provider pledges to put your privacy first. Always…, List of Corporations supporting CISPA…, CISPA Ignorance Is Astounding…, Worse than SOPA…, The TSA gets $4,000,000,000 more than space exploration in 2012 budget…, U.S. tries to silence MegaUpload lawyers…, The countless attacks on Chinese websites…, Say ‘hello’ to CISPA…, Tell Obama And Dodd: No Backroom Dealing…, A California judge has blocked an attempt to prosecute alleged downloaders of copyrighted material…
1. This Internet provider pledges to put your privacy first. Always.
Nicholas Merrill is planning to revolutionize online privacy with a concept as simple as it is ingenious: a telecommunications provider designed from its inception to shield its customers from surveillance.
2. List of Corporations supporting CISPA
We recently wrote about how HR 3523, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act — or CISPA — is an incredibly bad bill that would basically make it much, much easier for the government to spy on all sorts of private communications. The bill already has over 100 sponsors, some of whom were on the right side of SOPA, but seem to have gone astray here.
4. Worse than SOPA: New bill CISPA could even shut Wikileaks
Barely after the collective Internet breathed a sigh of relief over the shelving of SOPA and PIPA, the US Congress is back with CISPA – a bill that could have even more far reaching consequences on online privacy and the freedom of the Internet.
5. Reddit, the TSA gets $4,000,000,000 more than space exploration in 2012 budget. Demand that we fund more in the agency that inspires the human spirit, and not in the agency that degrades it, and sign this petition to increase NASA’s budget.
Currently, NASA’s budget barely surpasses 0.5 percent of the Federal budget, and has seen a steady decline in the proportions of its funding, now reaching all-time lows. The cultural mindset brought on by NASA has allowed us to reap the benefits of economic growth, creating an influx of people wanting to become scientists and engineers.
6. U.S. tries to silence MegaUpload lawyers on issue of user data
The courtroom of U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady is expected to be packed with lawyers representing the many parties with some kind of stake in what happens to the billions of files stored on MegaUpload’s 1,100 servers. Expected to appear are attorneys representing consumers, MegaUpload, the six major Hollywood studios, the U.S. government and MegaUpload’s hosting service.
7. The countless attacks on Chinese websites were apparently just a warm up. Anonymous wants to take down the Internet censorship system in China known as the Great Firewall.
Last week, I wrote about how the hacktivist group Anonymous has a new Chinese branch,Anonymous China, which has been very active since it launched its Twitter account on March 30, 2012. The group has hacked and defaced hundreds of Chinese government, company, and other general websites to the point whereChina even acknowledged the attacks.
8. Say ‘hello’ to CISPA, it will remind you of SOPA | The latest bill that would give law enforcement new powers over the Internet bears a striking resemblance to the last bill that did that. And the one before that
You may not have heard of it yet because it’s been flying under the radar. It’s a lot like PIPA, which was a lot SOPA (I’m sure you heard of those). Actually, some people are calling it “worse than SOPA,” and it’s sponsored by a congressman who thinks the death penalty should be considered for Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking military information to Wikileaks
Thanks for urging President Obama to reject Hollywood’s backroom deals. Will you ask your friends to join the cause?
10. A California judge has blocked an attempt to prosecute alleged downloaders of copyrighted material in a move which is being championed as a win for American users of the Internet
A California judge has blocked an attempt to prosecute alleged downloaders of copyrighted material in a move which is being championed as a win for American users of the Internet.