okTurtles, DNSChain, and Unblock.us.org form a software stack that is being sold as a panacea to online surveillance and DNS censorship. This hyperbolic marketing is disingenuous if not dangerous. I would like to outline exactly what each piece of software does and how they relate to the field as a whole. (more…)Continue Reading →
Characterizations of the intellectual property chapter of the TPP ranges from “SOPA on steroids” to “DMCA++“. As someone who is building a blacklist resistant infrastructure, I needed to know the details so I treated it like a patent application and rewrote it. Updated 2014-12-16: it’s actually much worse than I thought. (more…)Continue Reading →
After hearing about my background in political psychology, I was recently asked what we can do to make people care about what the NSA abuses. I cannot remember the lame answer I offered, but I have been turning the question over in my mind for the past two weeks. (more…)Continue Reading →
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 domain names without due process. The rate has been increasing exponentially with a total of 87 in 2010, 350 in 2011, 758 in mid-2012, to 1,700 in mid-2013. Last month, nearly 5,000 domains were seized via a single court order. We desperately need to start tracking DNS based chilling effects on free speech rights. (more…)Continue Reading →
Tired of the sudo-racist attacks on Al Jazeera, I created this button nearly 2 years ago. Editable files and whatnot are below the fold.