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In Technology Wars, Using the Patent as a Sword – NYTimes.com

Posted by conzymaris on October 9, 2012

Alongside the impressive technological advances of the last two decades, they argue, a pall has descended: the marketplace for new ideas has been corrupted by software patents used as destructive weapons.

via In Technology Wars, Using the Patent as a Sword – NYTimes.com.

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Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government | Video on TED.com

Posted by conzymaris on October 1, 2012

The open-source world has learned to deal with a flood of new, oftentimes divergent, ideas using hosting services like GitHub — so why can’t governments? In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.

via Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government | Video on TED.com.

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As We May Think – Vannevar Bush – The Atlantic

Posted by conzymaris on September 27, 2012

As Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, Dr. Vannevar Bush has coordinated the activities of some six thousand leading American scientists in the application of science to warfare. In this significant article he holds up an incentive for scientists when the fighting has ceased. He urges that men of science should then turn to the massive task of making more accessible our bewildering store of knowledge. For years inventions have extended man’s physical powers rather than the powers of his mind. Trip hammers that multiply the fists, microscopes that sharpen the eye, and engines of destruction and detection are new results, but not the end results, of modern science.

via As We May Think – Vannevar Bush – The Atlantic.

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BBC News – Apple loses German patent court case

Posted by conzymaris on September 25, 2012

A German court has dismissed Apple’s allegation that Motorola and Samsung infringed some of its multi-touch patents.

via BBC News – Apple loses German patent court case.

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A brief history of trolls and the dismal failure of The Telegraphs campaign – Blog – ABC Technology and Games Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Posted by conzymaris on September 19, 2012

A brief history of trolls and the dismal failure of The Telegraphs campaign – Blog – ABC Technology and Games Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Shady Companies With Ties to Israel Wiretap the U.S. for the NSA | Threat Level | Wired.com

Posted by conzymaris on August 16, 2012

Designed to house about 4,000 earphone-clad intercept operators, analysts and other specialists, many of them employed by private contractors, it will have a 2,800-square-foot fitness center open 24/7, 47 conference rooms and VTCs, and “22 caves,” according to an NSA brochure from the event. No television news cameras were allowed within two miles of the ceremony.

via Shady Companies With Ties to Israel Wiretap the U.S. for the NSA | Threat Level | Wired.com.

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Wikileaks uncovers TrapWire surveillance

Posted by Ron Fabre on August 15, 2012

“In short, TrapWire is surveillance software used by both private industry and the U.S. government and its allies oversees, allowing both public and private sector users to help in counter-terrorism and anti-crime efforts.  The software uses algorithms and data from a variety of surveillance sources — including CCTV and human-input from spotted suspicious behavior — to, in essence, predict potentially criminal activity.”

via ZDNet.

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The Terrifying Background of the Man Who Ran a CIA Assassination Unit – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic

Posted by conzymaris on July 23, 2012

It was one of the biggest secrets of the post-9/11 era: soon after the attacks, President Bush gave the CIA permission to create a top secret assassination unit to find and kill Al Qaeda operatives. The program was kept from Congress for seven years. And when Leon Panetta told legislators about it in 2009, he revealed that the CIA had hired the private security firm Blackwater to help run it. “The move was historic,” says Evan Wright, the two-time National Magazine Award-winning journalist who wrote Generation Kill. “It seems to have marked the first time the U.S. government outsourced a covert assassination service to private enterprise.”

via The Terrifying Background of the Man Who Ran a CIA Assassination Unit – Conor Friedersdorf – The Atlantic.

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NSA: It Would Violate Your Privacy to Say If We Spied on You | Danger Room | Wired.com

Posted by conzymaris on June 19, 2012

The surveillance experts at the National Security Agency won’t tell two powerful United States Senators how many Americans have had their communications picked up by the agency as part of its sweeping new counterterrorism powers. The reason: it would violate your privacy to say so.

via NSA: It Would Violate Your Privacy to Say If We Spied on You | Danger Room | Wired.com.

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Open standards? You’ll know one when you see one, says Microsoft – Public Sector IT

Posted by conzymaris on June 7, 2012

You can’t define an open standard, said Microsoft’s policy director in an interview with Computer Weekly. But you know one when you see one.That has become the essence of Microsoft’s opposition to the UK government’s open standards policy, according to Steve Mutkoski, worldwide policy director of international government affairs at Microsoft. You can’t put your finger on it. And what’n’ever it is, it ain’t what the open standards movement says it is.

via Open standards? You’ll know one when you see one, says Microsoft – Public Sector IT.

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