Internet privacy

Face of the day

Before and after elevator girl

Before and after elevator girl

Today’s face of the day is the face captured by a technology called BriefCam which helped catch the Boston Marathon bombers.Thanks to this video search engine technology hours of footage can be condensed into minutes, enabling the good guys to catch the bad guys faster. People like Nicky Hager after a hard day pawing through other people’s hacked correspondence, will no doubt decry this technology as being controversial and ‘ shocking ‘ because it is taking away people’s privacy. I say, if you are in a public place expect to be under surveillance for both your protection and the protection of others. The crime solving capacity of this technology is exciting.

Films like “Minority Report” are no longer considered futuristic: video surveillance methods portrayed in this 2003 film are already in use. In fact, such methods have already helped in catching criminals and terrorists, albeit being controversial.

One of the most innovative technologies in this field was developed by Israeli company BriefCam, which helped in catching the Boston Marathon bombers. Using tracking algorithms, BriefCam enables users to track events caught on tape much more quickly, thus maximizing the potential of video surveillance.

A search engine for videos.

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Face of the day

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Nicky Hager

Today’s face of the day is the author / journalist who used material stolen from a blogger/ journalist to write a book then was outraged when his ‘ journalistic ‘ privacy was ignored when the Police used a legally obtained warrant to search his home. They were looking for evidence of the identity of the Hacker that he did business with in order to illegally obtain a blogger/journalist’s private correspondence with confidential sources as well as his personal correspondence in order to sell a book and make money.

This is a guy with more cheek than a fat man’s bottom.

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Vance gets apology, Fairfax boss happy journo sources and comms protected…hmmm

Andrea Vance has received an apology today from Parliamentary Services.

Big deal, so what…but what is interesting is this comment from Fairfax boss Sinead Boucher:

Fairfax group executive editor Sinead Boucher said she welcomed the apology as a the resolution of privacy complaint Vance made over the incident.

“I am happy that this complaint has been resolved to Andrea’s satisfaction, and in a way that recognises the importance of journalists protecting their communications and the confidentiality of their sources.”

Fairfax didn’t give two hoots about my privacy, nor my sources, nor my communications.  They aided and abetted a criminal hacker and their journalists still go on and on about it. Read more »

The problem with ‘ safe havens ‘

The Tor Project- Screen Shot

The Tor Project- Screen Shot

When Kim Dotcom provided a Cyber ‘ warehouse ‘ for people to upload stuff it was a great idea that could be used legitimately. Of course it could also be used for illegitimate purposes and the most popular downloads which made his business the most money tended to be the illegitimate ones.His argument was that he was not responsible for pedophiles sharing child porn on his site or hackers uploading hacked information or movies or books etc that they had no rights to as he just provided the ‘ warehouse ‘ to store their criminal goods. A similar problem exists at The Tor Project which on the face of it sounds like a legitimate idea.

The Tor network provides a safe haven from surveillance, censorship, and computer network exploitation for millions of people who live in repressive regimes, including human rights activists in countries such as Iran, Syria, and Russia.

People like that do need protection and so this sounds like a great idea. One slight problem though, it sounds like a great idea to hackers and other criminals as well who of course also use the network. As a result of the illegitimate use, the network are now under attack, a cyber attack. According to one of the commenters on the site is is because…

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David Cunliffe – “New Zealanders should be entitled to a right of privacy”…except Cameron Slater

Has David Cunliffe realised the irony of him exclaiming that New Zealanders “should be entitled to a right of privacy”?

Everyone except me and the people I communicate with…all on the whim of a criminal hacker.

The media and the opposition parties gleefully climbed into it…and now the sanctimonious hypocrites are all crying about spying and privacy.

Well they are part of the problem and certainly not part of the solution.

Labour leader David Cunliffe said the Prime Minister may not be fit for office if he has misled New Zealanders about the extent of mass surveillance they had been subjected to from its spying agencies.

This morning in Mangere, Mr Cunliffe told reporters that if evidence emerged that Mr Key had mislead the public, it was “extremely serious”.

“I would be extremely upset if the pledges that have been made to New Zealand around our freedom from mass surveillance prove to be false.   Read more »

And here was me thinking Hager would just bug me

David Farrar and I started a little personal meme when we toured the country in 2008 in the Blogmobile.

We would tell outrageous jokes and then finished them by saying “Sh*t, I hope that doesn’t come out in Nicky Hager’s next book, surely he is bugging us”.

Don;t believe me, go ask David. It is a joke we have continued to this day whenever we meet, or go out for dinner or  are in groups of like minded individuals.

It was always considered a joke…that is until this latest book.

Who would have ever thought that NZ politics would be dragged into a nasty political conspiracy based off of News of the World hacking tactics of a private citizen?

Who would have thought that Nicky Hager would condemn legal and warranted spying by the state but write a book off of the result of illegal spying against a private citizen, and claim strangely that this was all justified?

And who would have thought the left wing would stoop so low as to break the law to achieve a political goal? It should really be no surprise though since most of the complaints to Police about breaches of electoral law are about the left , and to date not a single prosecution has arisen from those complaints.

What we are witnessing though is a concerted political conspiracy to defeat a government, not through better policy, or even election bribes, rather through criminal acts.

The framing of the releases, the manipulation of the media, the gloating and fore-warning by the political left of new hits to come all points to a politically inspired attack the likes of that never seen before.

Mike Williams said yesterday that this was like Watergate, it is an accusation the left have tried to stand up since this began, but it is an accusation that fails until you look at the real scandal here.

There is no doubt now that this is a political hit job. The selective releases, the one-sided narrative, all about things that were neither illegal nor wrong.

There are no releases of emails from disgruntled Labour MPs, or Facebook messages, or files. There are no releases of details of my charity work, donations of time and money to causes such as ADRA or YES. No releases of my disucssions regarding the campaign over Marriage Equality, where I worked with a cross party team to ensure that the legislation passed. No releases of my discussions with Green or NZ First MPs.

It has all been about trying to silence my friends and trying to destroy the government.   Read more »

Face of the day

Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless

Lawless by name and lawless by nature, Lucy Lawless has given us permission to spy and nark on those linked to the Green and and  Labour party as well as Internet Mana.

She is all for it because apparently it is good for our democracy.

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How to complain to the Privacy Commissioner

Nicky Hager’s associates hacked my emails. He decided that it was his right to publish my emails.

He claims this is an honourable journalistic enterprise.

He is wrong.

He has written a book, he is making money from that book and has stated he wanted to attack me and the National party.

A book is not a journalistic enterprise, David Fisher has already paved the way in this respect with his High Court loss. Nicky Hager should have remembered that along with his lefty lawyer Steven Price. That case has not be appealed and stands as an important precedent.

Secondly in writing a book for money, and stating the reasons he wrote the book, he has established that there is malice involved. Any pretence of attempting to use journalists privileged has fallen by the wayside.

Worse still, since we are talking about journalists ethics, is that Nicky Hager failed to contact a single person he has written about in his book. Not one. He wrote the book and he published personal and private email conversations without so much as asking permission from other parties, or indeed the owner of the emails. Even I had the courtesy of speaking to [removed pending court decision] and offering him a right of reply, I even posted his right of reply unaltered, I recorded those conversations as well so they cannot be denied. I even rang Len Brown before we published.

Nicky Hager didn’t do any of those things.

Here is the thing though…he is threatening to dump more emails. You have to wonder why? Surely he put the best ones in the rather thin 140 page book?

Nicky Hager has brought News of the World style hacking to New Zealand, rather ironic don’t you think?

Hacking emails, breaching people’s privacy all for profit.

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Face of the day

Today I want to make a point about Facebook and privacy. It is a lesson I tried to teach my students. If you do not use the privacy options available to you anyone at all can access your private photos. Weirdos, prospective employers and any one at all who has access to the internet.

When researching this post I found many examples of foolish teens who had photos of themselves doing gang signs, drinking, doing drugs etc. However that was just too easy.

So I decided to play guess who instead. GUESS WHO is the face of the day from their posts on their facebook page. It is a person heavily involved in politics. That is all I am prepared to reveal. To make it really hard I will not include any photos of their face.

I am not a facebook friend of this person but I was able to view a few personal photos of theirs when viewing their profile which I personally would not want the general public to view if I was them. ( none of which I have included )

 

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Is the face of the day a Lesbian?

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What is the Internet Party position on Facebook

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We all know the Internet Party is for more privacy on the Internet.  In fact, they want the GCSB dealt to, because they look closely into several dozen people a year (with a search warrant).

So you’d think they might have a position on this

FACEBOOK has been forced to defend a “creepy” new feature that allows it to activate your smartphone’s microphone and listen in.

The announcement of the feature has sparked an online backlash, with users mobilising in an effort to get the social media giant to kill off the development.

In what objectors have described as a “Big Brother move”, the feature turns on the phone’s mic and picks up on what is happening, such as music or a TV playing in the background.   Read more »