In an interview, Ali Soufan, the former FBI agent who was a key figure in the arrest of the mastermind behind al-Qaida's 9/11 attacks, discusses Islamic State's massively successful social media strategy and serious errors made in the war against terror. Interview Conducted By Britta Sandberg more...
Another day, another hack attempt on a major online business. This time it’s eBay, which announced this morning that it will be asking users of the online marketplace and auction site to change their passwords following an attack on its system by cyber criminals. [More]
Forward: Readers of The Plain Truth know about my theory concerning Microsoft, Google and other "overnight success" businesses, where college kids make billions overnight with flawed products. For example, Microsoft Windows never works, crashes every day. My theory is that these businesses are really "shell" companies for the USA and the CIA to spy on everyone! Google, (Government Ooggling) is a great example of this theory. This recent news story adds some more fuel to my theory... (Bob Barney- The Plain Truth)
A federal judge has ordered that whether Google is spying for National Security Agency or not, you have no right to know.
"The NSA need not disclose 'the organization or any function of the National Security Agency, [or] any information with respect to the activities thereof,'" U.S. District Judged Richard Leon has ordered.
"Once the agency, through affidavits, has created 'as complete a public record as is possible' and explained 'in as much detail as is possible the basis for its claim,' … 'the court is not to conduct a detailed inquiry to decide whether it agrees with the agency's opinions,'" he said.
A group of anonymous developers have concocted a clever antidote to Government domain seizures. MAFIAA Fire is a Firefox add-on that automatically redirects a user to a website's alternative domain name if the original domain was seized.
MAFIAA Fire exploits the fact that when a domain is seized, although it appears that the Government has taken control of the entire website, they have really only gained control over the domain name. The Government redirects the domain name to a Government IP address and website rather than the IP address containing the original website. When a user types in a seized domain name, such as rapgodfathers.com (seized last November), their browser is not directed to the original website, it is directed to a site containing the famous DHS/ICE seal.
If a user types in the IP address or an alternative domain name for the site, the website content would still be accessible. The problem is that users don't know the IP address or alternative domain name, they only know the original domain name.
On Friday, a Minnesota jury found that a blogger must pay $60,000 in damages because of statements he published in his blog about a public figure who was subsequently fired from his job. Internet publishers and free speech advocates should pay close attention to this case if it is appealed because the blogger was found liable even though the jury did not find that the blogger's statements were false.
This decision is the latest example of the law's apparent struggle to apply basic constitutional protections to internet publishers. If the Minnesota ruling holds up, it will mean that bloggers will have to worry they will be forced to pay for true statements that they publish that cause a person damages.
It is unfortunate that Righthaven and the companies it "buys" the copyrighted property from are willing to financially wreck a person, often for mere carelessness as they are attempting to add to the public conversation.
Today, the Media Bloggers Association ("MBA") filed its Reply Brief in the Righthaven, LLC v. Hyatt case. The MBA is opposing Righthaven's attempt to convince the Nevada District Court to award it $150,000 in damages, the domain name for blogger Bill Hyatt's website (1ce.org) and attorneys' fees.
Hyatt was sued by Righthaven last October after he allegedly copied a Las Vegas Review-Journal column titled "FX's Manly Man Shows Hold Outsider Appeal." When Hyatt did not respond to the lawsuit, he was defaulted by the court clerk's office.
A default is basically the equivalent of an admission of all liability by the defendant. If the default is not set aside, the Court will skip the trial on the merits of the copyright claim and proceed directly to a determination of the damages against Hyatt.
In October, 2010 copyright infringement extortionist, Righthaven, received its first judgment to date among their 238 lawsuits against websites and blogs; the case was dismissed on "fair-use" grounds. The defendant re-posted the first 8 sentences of a 30-sentence article originally published by Righthaven's partner Las Vegas Review-Journal. U.S. District Judge, Larry Hicks, who granted the motion, explained his decision:
'The court finds that this use weighs in favor of a fair use of the copyrighted material,' Hicks wrote in his ruling, citing case law stating 'copying only as much as necessary in a greater work (story) to provide relevant factual information weighs in favor of fair use.'
Although this decision is potentially great news for all blogs and sites who aggregate information, Righthaven announced this week that it will appeal the decision. Steve Green of the Las Vegas Sunquoted Righthaven lawyers as saying, “Righthaven strenuously maintains the court erred in dismissing Mr. Nelson from this case by finding his infringing conduct was protected by the defense of fair use.”
However, Green reported that the dismissal of the case has caused "Righthaven to alter its litigation strategy to limit its lawsuits to entire stories, photos and graphics — rather than partial stories — that were reproduced without authorization." Yet, even lawsuits against websites that posted full articles are looking as though they may also be dismissed.
These days, no popular movement goes without an Internet presence of some kind, whether it's organizing on Facebook or spreading the word through Twitter. And as we've seen in Egypt, that means that your Internet connection can be the first to go. Whether you're trying to check in with your family, contact your friends, or simply spread the word, here are a few ways to build some basic network connectivity when you can't rely on your cellular or landline Internet connections.
When it comes to fighting copyright theft in the news industry — the piracy of stories, editorials, columns, photos and videos — there are watchdogs and there are attack dogs.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal and its copyright enforcement partner, a Las Vegas startup called Righthaven LLC, are squarely in the attack-dog category.
In a strategic campaign that is attracting growing interest nationwide in legal and media circles, Righthaven — without warning — has sued at least 86 website owners in federal court in Las Vegas since March for copyright infringement. read the rest
The federal government would have “absolute power” to shut down the
Internet under the terms of a new US Senate bill being pushed by Joe
Lieberman, legislation which would hand President Obama a figurative
“kill switch” to seize control of the world wide web in response to a
Homeland Security directive.
Lieberman has been pushing for government regulation of the Internet
for years under the guise of cybersecurity, but this new bill goes
even further in handing emergency powers over to the feds which could
be used to silence free speech under the pretext of a national
“The legislation says that companies such as broadband providers,
search engines or software firms that the US Government selects “shall
immediately comply with any emergency measure or action developed” by
the Department of Homeland Security. Anyone failing to comply would be
ZDNet’s Declan McCullagh.
The 197-page bill (PDF)
is entitled Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, or PCNAA.
Technology lobbying group TechAmerica warned that the legislation
created “the potential for absolute power,” while the Center for
Democracy and Technology worried that the bill’s emergency powers
“include authority to shut down or limit internet traffic on private
The largest Internet-based corporations are seemingly happy with the
bill, primarily because it contains language that will give them
immunity from civil lawsuits and also reimburse them for any costs
incurred if the Internet is shut down for a period of time.
The Feds are on Facebook. And MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter, too.
U.S. law enforcement agents are following the rest of the Internet
world into popular social-networking services, going undercover with
false online profiles to communicate with suspects and gather private
information, according to an internal Justice Department document that
offers a tantalizing glimpse of issues related to privacy and
Think you know who's behind that "friend" request? Think again. Your
new "friend" just might be the FBI.
Robert David Steele a former clandestine services case officer for the Central Intelligence Agency says Google and the CIA are “in bed” with one another. He made the remarks on the nationally syndicated Alex Jones radio show.
Steele stated “I think that Google has made a very important strategic mistake in dealing with the secret elements of the U.S. government - that is a huge mistake and I’m hoping they’ll work their way out of it and basically cut that relationship off “. Steele says he has confirmed this information with his contacts within the agency. The question this raises is who is controlling information that may be seen as controversial? Is censorship-taking place and how would one go about proving that censorship has taken place?
The Plain Truth has tripled readership now over the summer. A year ago the majority of our readers came from www.racerap.com , our sister site (stock car racing oriented); which is the 6th largest NASCAR racing website in the world with over 8 million hits per month. During the past four months, the trend for The Plain Truth has become one of readers coming from web searches rather than RaceRap. Google and Yahoo lead all search engines, but we support neither! We use Atomz and Lejit. The other day, I received the Lijit weekly stats and it was very telling!
HERE IT IS:
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After complaints about American dominance of the internet
and growing disquiet in some parts of the world, Washington has said it
will relinquish some control over the way the network is run and allow
foreign governments more of a say in the future of the system.
– the official body that ultimately controls the development of the
internet thanks to its oversight of web addresses such as .com, .net
and .org – said today that it was ending its agreement with the US
The deal, part of a contract negotiated with the US
department of commerce, effectively pushes California-based Icann
towards a new status as an international body with greater
representation from companies and governments around the globe.
had previously been operating under the auspices of the American
government, which had control of the net thanks to its initial role in
developing the underlying technologies used for connecting computers
But the fresh focus will give other countries a more
prominent role in determining what takes place online, and even the way
in which it happens – opening the door for a virtual United Nations,
where many officials gather to discuss potential changes to the
Icann chief Rod Beckstrom,
a former Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Washington insider who took
over running the organisation in July, said there had been legitimate
concerns that some countries were developing alternative internets as a
way of routing around American control.
"It's rumoured that there
are multiple experiments going on with countries forking the internet,
various countries have discussed this," he said. "This is a very
significant shift because it takes the wind out of our opponents."
added that the changes would prove powerful when combined with upcoming
plans to allow web users to use addresses with names in Chinese, Arabic
or other alphabets other than Latin. Many countries have lobbied for
the shift in recent years, as the expansion of the web reaches out
deeper into society and business.
While the issue reached
critical mass in emerging economies such as China, it is not the only
country that has lobbied for a change. Earlier this year European
officials said that they did not think it was proper for America to
retain so much control over the global computer network.
Reding, the EU's commissioner for information society and media, said
she was pleased that Washington chose to make the shift.
welcome the US administration's decision to adapt Icann's key role in
internet governance to the reality of the 21st century," she said. "If
effectively and transparently implemented, this reform can find broad
acceptance among civil society, businesses and governments alike."
Nominet - the British organisation that handles the day-to-day running
of .uk domain names - said that Icann had started a trend for companies
with internet influence to appear more open and accountable.
public interest first will also be a focus for the UK internet
community over the coming months as there is growing support for
Nominet to develop more of a public interest role," said Nominet's
chief executive, Lesley Cowley.
The new agreement comes into
force immediately. It replaces the old version which had been in place
since 1998 and was scheduled to expire today.
Beckstrom suggested that bringing more countries to the table was the best way of ensuring the long term future of the internet.
more global, period. The chances of the internet holding together just
went up, the cohesion just went up," he said. "We expect more active
involvement from governments, a higher level of participation from many
governments and we're already hearing about more governments joining
the team… This was, ironically, a power move from the US."
Remember the days when the word Google was not interchangeable with internet?
Or when every site seemed to have a Netscape icon on it? Or when Flash was
still something you cleaned your floor with? Then you were clearly using the
web in the mid to late 1990s when pages were rudimentary affairs containing
lists of links and information.
Thanks to the waybackmachine internet
archive, we're still able to see some of the Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 pioneers
looked in their earliest incarnations.