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Chilling Effects for Domain Name Seizures

Domain seizures used to be a rare occurrence but US law enforcement has become adept at exploiting a quirk in the Internet’s governance structure that allows them to seize a wide range of domains without due process.  The rate has been increasing exponentially with 87 in 2010, 350 in 2011,  758 in mid 2012, to 1,700 in mid 2013 and in the past month 5,000 domains were seized via a single court order. Unfortunately, the types of legal and political

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TPP IP Chapter Primer

Characterizations of the intellectual property chapter of the TPP ranges from “SOPA on steroids” to “DMCA++“.  As someone who is building a SOPA resistant JS app, I needed to know the details.  After reading it, I can see why everyone is so confused: it’s almost as difficult to parse as a patent application.  So I treated it like a patent application and rewrote it. (more…)

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Warrant Canary #1

Running infrastructure and doing security research makes you paranoid: when you know something that could cause millions or billions of dollars in damages, it’s inevitable that you go a little nuts with the tin-foil.  However, I’ve been toying with some ideas and I think it’s time for me to suit up with some aluminum foil plating and start post warrant canaries. (more…)

Interarchy: A Love Letter

I’ve always thought of Interarchy as the hacker’s FTP client. It has serious street cred, it’s written in Haskell and it started out life as the “Anarchie” FTP client.  However, after becoming a core-contributor to Namecoin, I find myself stopping short of endorsing it as the hacker’s FTP client of choice: Interarchy is not open source. (more…)

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Escaping Callback Hell

JavaScript’s nested callback style is often derided for being unmaintainable due to callback hell. I’ve been to callback hell and back only to find callback hell is just a local nick-name for a well-known circle of programmer hell, one that has little to do with JavaScript’s callbacks. (more…)

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Spooky Trolls

A lot of the objections I hear about Snowden’s disclosures regarding the NSA center around “Who get’s to decide what to make public?” Well, it certainly shouldn’t be any of the top NSA leadership, the White House, or the Congressional committees who “oversee” the NSA.  Whatever wrongs Snowden is guilty of, they pale in comparison to the trampling of our rights to free speech, privacy, and freedom from unfounded persecution. He deserves the medal of freedom. It doesn’t surprise me

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coop.js

Speech.is fundamentally relies on creating a seamless user experience, they cannot know that the website they are visiting is actually tucked away within an iFrame.  The problem with this is that browser vendors do not want users to have their browsing sessions hijacked by websites masquerading as other websites.  Thus communication between parent windows and their child frames are carefully prescribed around what is known as the same-origin policy.  The same origin policy prohibits communication between website addresses of different

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