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The Ongoing Pursuit Of Better Broadband Access In Rural Wisconsin

Limited access to reliable, high-speed internet services is an issue facing rural Wisconsin that generates a lot of attention and calls for action, yet may seem to be moving at a crawl. For many Wisconsinites, even for those who could afford it, lower-speed broadband options or lack of access entirely stifles individual economic opportunities and limits business development options for communities.

Cutting the cord - the continuing saga - Over the air and into the house

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I've brought you previous tales of woe on the great cord-cutting experiment out here at Cruiskeen Farm. I thought it was time for an update. 

Am I getting old, or is everything a mess?

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Internet security has always been hard, and requires vigilance. However, whether it's the effect of old age or just that life is getting completely out of hand, the last few months have been nuts.

State of Wisconsin Web Infrastructure Outage -- update

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Update --- the web sites have returned.

I have not seen it reported in the news anywhere, but it appears a large part of the State of Wisconsin web infrastructure has been down all morning, including the state web portal at .  It's not you, it's really down.

My cord-cutting story part 3

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More of the continuing tale of cord-cutting. I've gone through quite a few iterations so far of the software and it looks like the behavior of the video recording has stabilized, at least to a large extent.

Wisconsin/Russia Voter Hacking - So what DID happen?

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On Friday Homeland Security notified the Wisconsin Elections Commission that a Russian entity attempted to hack the Wisconsin voter registration system during the 2016 election. Although DHS announced in July that 21 states had been subject to attempted attacks, it was assumed that Wisconsin was not one of those states, since the Elections Commission had not been notified specifically. It turns out that DHS has been very quiet about details.

Bruce Schneier's Crypto-Gram Sept. 15, 2017

Bruce Schneier

            CRYPTO-GRAM         September 15, 2017          by Bruce Schneier         CTO, IBM Resilient              A free monthly newsletter providing summaries, analyses, insights

Crypto-Gram - Aug. 15, 2017

Bruce Schneier

        CTO, IBM Resilient              A free monthly newsletter providing summaries, analyses, insights, and commentaries on security: computer and otherwise.

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.

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