FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

Why do we stay on Facebook? It's complicated

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A protester wears a mask with the face of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, in between men wearing angry face emoji masks, during a protest against Facebook in London in April 2018.

Justice Department demands user information on Trump inauguration protesters

This in from The Hill. The Justice Department is embroiled in a fight with Dreamhost (a West Coast large web hosting provider) over the private information of as many as 1.3 million people who were engaged on a website to plan protests of Trump's inauguration. On the face of it this appears to be a terrible invasion of privacy.  Protesting is not a crime, though it appears the Justice Department is working on that. Note that due to the completely irritating self-playing video you need to click on the title here to actually see the video in all its ad-laden glory.

Note that this suit seeks the IP addresses of everyone who has visited the http://www.disruptj20.org website. This very well may include you if you were interested in the protests at the Trump inauguration. A hearing on this is scheduled for Aug. 18 in Superior Court in Washington DC.

Facebook is abusive - it's time to get a divorce

The Register is one of my favorite IT blogs. In an editorial today they have, I think, nailed PART of the reason I believe we should just start saying no to Facebook - there are others, but the question is, how much of your soul are you willing to let Facebook own?

It seemed innocuous, almost trivial: What are you doing? Who are you seeing? What are your favourite things? Sharing the trivia of life and was fun.

But only because we were yet to understand that everything we entered was recorded by Facebook, all of it analysed, all of it compared against everyone else sharing all of their personal trivialities. Too late we realised that everything we shared was more useful to Facebook than it was to our friends. So while we revelled in the joy of finding new friends, Facebook got the deeper satisfaction of building a complete portrait of an individual, inside and out.

The Internet Archive is building a Canadian copy to protect itself from Trump

The Internet Archive, a digital library nonprofit that preserves billions of webpages for the historical record, is building a backup archive in Canada after the election of Donald Trump. Today, it began collecting donations for the Internet Archive of Canada, intended to create a copy of the archive outside the United States.

FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails

A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the U.S. government's hacking powers failed Wednesday, despite concerns the changes would jeopardize the privacy rights of innocent Americans and risk possible abuse by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

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