Lawyer claims innocence

Confessed, convicted murderer and terrorist Omar Khadr’s lawyer is arguing that his client didn’t actually commit a crime.

This report aired on The Source November 15 2013.

Ezra Levant

Human rights abuses and torture in China

Ezra Levant discusses Chinese authoritarianism with a Chinese national who was tortured because he was a Falun Gong practitioner.

This report aired on The Source November 14 2013.

Ezra Levant

Manhattan Toy Winkel Teethers

It is odd to rate the ‘educational’ value of this toy. It won’t make your kid do calculus. But our baby started playing with this toy when he was about 12 weeks old. He was born 6 weeks premature, but because of his interest in this toy he developed two-handed play (an early developmental milestone) […]

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Manhattan Toy Winkel Teethers

It is odd to rate the ‘educational’ value of this toy. It won’t make your kid do calculus. But our baby started playing with this toy when he was about 12 weeks old. He was born 6 weeks premature, but because of his interest in this toy he developed two-handed play (an early developmental milestone) […]

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Super Easy Way To Set Up An Automated Sales System

Let me show you what you need in order to set up your own automated sales system whatever niche your business might be in. Having things automated leaves you with more time to focus on the important things such as relationship building content creation. First of all this is what you need: A domain name […]

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Events of Interest: Panel Discussion on Surveillance and Foreign Intelligence-Gathering (Nov. 19)

Georgetown Law’s Center on National Security and the Law and National Security Law Society are hosting a panel discussion, “Surveillance and Foreign Intelligence Gathering in the United States: The Current State of Play.” The keynote address will be from Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), and the panel will include: Jameel Jaffer – Director, American Civil Liberties [...]
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Tech companies respond to reports of NSA tracking switched-off mobile phones | Privacy International

Tech companies respond to reports of NSA tracking switched-off mobile phones | Privacy International

Based on a single line in a Washington Post article, Privacy International has been investigating whether it is possible to track cell phones when they have been turned off. Three of the 8 companies they contacted have responded.

In general they said that when the phone is powered down that there is no radio activity, BUT that might not be the case if the phone had been infected with malware.

It is important to remember that the power button is not really a power switch at all. It is a logical button that tells the phone software that you want to turn the phone off. The phone can then clean up a few loose ends and power down… or not. It could also just behave as though it were shutting down.

They don’t cite any examples of this either in the lab or in the wild, but it certainly seems plausible.

If you really need privacy, you have two options (after turning the phone “off”):

1) If you can remove the phone’s battery, then doing so should ensure that the phone is not communicating.

2) If you can’t remove the battery (hello iPhone) then you need to put the phone in a faraday cage. You can use a few tightly wrapped layers of aluminum foil, or buy a pouch like this one.

Lance Cottrell is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Anonymizer. Follow me on Facebook and Google+.


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The Vibrant Marketing of POTS – Not

These pictures, taken from yesterday’s Sunday stack of newspaper ads, show just one POTS-related marketing pitch in the entire pile of offerings.

POTS1 POTS2

Just one.

Why?

Well, companies don’t market products and services that aren’t being purchased. In this regard, Americans now communicate more over the Internet than over the old-fashioned, public switched telephone network.  This trend will not abate.  By the end of this year, industry estimates show that only 25% of American households will be subscribed to incumbent-provided public-switched telephone services.  A decade ago, that number was over 90%.

Technology and competition made this happen. VOIP and smartphones – among other Internet-based communications substitutes – have simply eviscerated the plain old telephone system.

Americans will not be returning to the FDR-era copper technology of the traditional telephone any time soon.

It’s time the FCC recognize this and step into the 21st Century, nimbly helping the market meet evolving consumer demand, and protecting consumers only where true harm exists.

Media Freedom

World Privacy Forum: Data Brokers and the Federal Government: A New Front in the Battle for Privacy Opens

The World Privacy Forum has issued a new report, written by Bob Gellman and Pam Dixon, “Data Brokers and the Federal Government: A New Front in the Battle for Privacy Opens.” Here’s an excerpt from the report about privacy: This report focuses on government use of commercial data brokers, the implications for that usage, and [...]
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