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Americans Elect Internet Vote for President? Consider how it worked in DC 2010

Apart from the various considerations of political ideology, influence and process regarding Americans Elect, there’s the simple matter of technology. Americans Elect plans to use all-internet-voting to nominate a presidential candidate and to broker the selection of the actual president in an Electoral College showdown. Will a binding internet vote be pulled off with accuracy [...]

Dear Senator Kyl, Since You Say There’s No Privacy in Reading…

On Thursday March 10, Republican Senator Jon Kyl explained why he thinks people should stop worrying and love the government for using the Patriot Act to track their reading habits:

How does the law enforcement official know in advance, before he sees the order from the bookseller, that it includes the book? That is, how [...]

For Real Grassroots Peace Demonstrations, Check Out PeaceRally.org

A tip of the pen to qs for directing me to PeaceRally.org, a piece of web infrastructure that allows any ol’ person to declare an anti-war demonstration and allows anyone else to build support for that demonstration by either sharing the information or signing up to attend it personally.

This is a grassrootsier approach to [...]

10 Tactics for Information Activists: Can You Name #11?

Yesterday, I despaired a bit that old social movement tactics didn’t seem to be working any more. New Media Rights and the Tactical Technology Collective have gotten creative, coming out with a list of 10 tactics for turning information into activism:

1. mobilise people 2. witness and record 3. visualise your message 4. amplify personal [...]

Americans Elect Provides 1st Public Statement of its Presidential Goals, Raising Questions

The group formerly known as Unity08 and briefly renamed the Unity12 Task Force has resurfaced as Americans Elect. Until this week, Americans Elect had remained a private Section 527 organization, registered with the IRS and issuing a variety of mission statements. Late this week, however, Americans Elect made its first public declaration of goals:

Americans [...]

Barack Obama Goes 513 Days Without Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight

When President Barack Obama promptly nominated James Clapper to be Dennis Blair’s replacement as Director of National Intelligence, he urged that the Senate work without delay to confirm him:

Not surprisingly, the Senate has voted to confirm Jim for senior positions on four separate occasions — and each time it has done so overwhelmingly. Given [...]

McConnell Solicits Billions for a Booz Allen Cyberwar, White House Not Buying

The United States is fighting a cyberwar today, and we are losing….

The United States must also translate our intent into capabilities. We need to develop an early-warning system to monitor cyberspace, identify intrusions and locate the source of attacks with a trail of evidence that can support diplomatic, military and legal options — and [...]

Total Information Awareness Earmark?

Given its history of spying on the American people, I don’t think that the military deserves the benefit of the doubt on this project. Nor does it deserve funding for the OSINT project. [...]

Congressional Republicans Want to Make All Bloggers Keep User Information for the Government

Whatever else you might say about conservative Republicans in the United States Congress, they certainly have a knack for naming bills. Nobody wanted to vote against “The USA Patriot Act” or “The Protect America Act,” even though they subverted patriotism and failed to protect Americans from threatening spies. Following in this line of ironically named [...]

Quo Vadis, Net Neutrality?

As it currently stands, in free Western countries (sorry, Australia) the Internet works on the basis of Net Neutrality: no matter the source, the content or the destination of information on the Internet, it is delivered at the same speed, without discrimination. Differences in connection speed occur according to an end user’s ability to pay [...]

Heads Up, Everyone! One OFFICIAL Australian Anti-Censorship Website, Registered TM, All Rights Reserved! Don't Surf Elsewhere! Non! Nicht! Nein! Nyet! Nix!

Last Wednesday, I wrote a short note letting people know about the “Clean Feed” plans of the Australian government to install what looks to be a mandatory filter censoring internet access for all Australians. I also linked to a number of websites with information and organizing resources for the upcoming December 13 protests against the [...]