Understanding Snowden

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…)

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A 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 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…)

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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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