Facebook’s privacy update may protect you from government spying.

With a new encryption option announced Monday, Facebook will allow users to opt in for encrypted PGP (“Pretty Good Privacy”) messages from the social network, meaning government agencies won’t be able to read password-reset emails or any other sensitive information Facebook sends to your inbox. Setting it up is easy.

I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information. They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be.
—  Apple CEO Tim Cook

By signing this bill into law, Congress and the White House have legitimized, indeed cemented, the practice of invading privacy under the dubious auspices of the ‘War on Terror’. Although the media and privacy proponents herald the bill as a 'step in the right direct’ it is anything but. Instead of letting the provisos of the USA PATRIOT Act which facilitated the last decade of fourth amendment infringement simply expire, the USA FREEDOM Act serves to legally acknowledge and sanction those very policies while only proscribing insubstantial procedures in how the mass surveillance is conducted.

Spying on American citizens is an aberration from Constitutional guarantees. The so-called 'freedom’ Act is nothing more than retroactive legalization of these past secret policies. Rather than mass surveillance expiring with the PATRIOT Act’s language, the FREEDOM Act substantiates, permanently codifies, unwarranted data collection with eager support from all three branches of Federal government.

Instead of freeing us from the yoke of tyranny, the bill permanently establishes the NSA’s position as Big Brother.

After reports of fans stalking Lee and his dad to the point where Lee had to hide between an advertising sign, and sneaking photographs of Lee eating dinner with his dad and family friends during his China trip, this post is necessary. PLEASE SHARE if you think Lee shows love and respect for his fans and deserves the same in return! 

anonymous asked:

Why hasn't Alice appeared in any of your videos?

When Henry was born in 2010, nerdfighteria was a delightfully insular place. We were a big community, but it felt to me at least like we also flew under the radar in the larger culture. We got to do cool stuff like the Project for Awesome, but nobody was writing pieces in magazines or newspapers about us.

By the time Alice was born, that had changed. I want my kids to be able to make their own decisions about how public or private they wish their lives to be. There’s no one right way to be a family, and there’s no one right way to share your life with an audience, so I want to be clear that I’m not judging anyone else’s decisions. But for us, for now, the choice is to let them be kids who have their own lives and identities that aren’t too wrapped up in what their parents do.

The other thing, to be frank, is that a few people have made threats against not just me but also my family, and I do feel a responsibility to protect my kids from that as best I can.

Plus, she’s just too cute. She would break the Internet.

“Vindication for Edward Snowden” give me a break.

This is yet another feel-good title piece of legislation which ultimately changes nothing about the nature of mass surveillance. Only the nuanced procedure. Instead of the *NSA* holding all of your bulk data, the companies will do it themselves and will be expected to submit all documents pursuant to a FISA court order. These courts and their decisions, mind you you, are classified.

Nothing substantive has changed at all. The fourth amendment still remains at risk.

Remember when Mark Zuckerberg declared that the age of privacy was over?

Well, that was before he spent $100 million on 750 acres of Kauai North Shore plantation and beachfront, the majority of which will sit undeveloped in order to provide a buffer between his private retreat and the public who might want to pry into his life.

That’s in addition to the four houses he bought around his home in Silicon Valley, which sit empty, providing an exclusion zone that protects him against prying eyes.

Then there was the time he flipped out because his sister screwed up her (deliberately over-complicated and difficult-to-understand) Facebook privacy settings and shared a photo of a private family moment.

When Mark Zuckerberg (or Eric Schmidt) declares privacy to be dead, they’re not making an observation, they’re making a wish. What they mean is, “If your privacy was dead, I would be richer.”

The best use for Facebook is to teach people why they should leave Facebook.
If we make a rule that says, “Doxxing/abuse/harassment/threats/shaming is okay when the target did something really bad,” then everyone gets to interpret “really bad” for themselves. There are people online who earnestly believe that I am a threat to their livelihood and to the continued functioning of our society. Many MRAs also believe that feminists pose a serious and imminent threat to their physical safety.

I cannot overstate the importance of pointing out that they really believe this. They’re not just saying it to get some sort of Points online. They’re not lying. (At least, not all of them.) They believe this as truly and completely as I believe that inequality exists and must be fixed, that there is no god, that I love my friends and family.

Think about your strongest convictions and how real, how powerful your belief in them is. Now, imagine that someone believes with an equal conviction that I am (or you are) a terrible person who poses a threat to them and to everything they love and care about. Imagine that we have all spent years cheerfully promoting the idea that “Doxxing/abuse/harassment/threats/shaming is okay when the target did something really bad.”

Now try to reason this person out of threatening me or you with death or worse. Try to convince them that if they obtain access to our silly Amazon purchases or private emails, they shouldn’t post them online. Try to convince them that if they have information that could destroy our lives if made public, they should keep it to themselves.

This is why I don’t feel safe in online spaces that promote doxxing, abuse, harassment, threats, or shaming against anyone, no matter how much I fucking despise the person they’re doing it to.
The Bill of Rights isn’t for the prom queen. The Bill of Rights isn’t for the high school quarterback. The Bill of Rights is for the least among us. The Bill of Rights is for minorities. The Bill of Rights is for those who have minority opinions. The Bill of Rights is for those who are oddballs. Those who aren’t accepted. Those who have unconventional thinking.
—  Rand Paul
Over the last 16 months, as I’ve debated this issue around the world, every single time somebody has said to me, “I don’t really worry about invasions of privacy because I don’t have anything to hide.” I always say the same thing to them. I get out a pen, I write down my email address. I say, “Here’s my email address. What I want you to do when you get home is email me the passwords to all of your email accounts, not just the nice, respectable work one in your name, but all of them, because I want to be able to just troll through what it is you’re doing online, read what I want to read and publish whatever I find interesting. After all, if you’re not a bad person, if you’re doing nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide.” Not a single person has taken me up on that offer.
—  Glenn Greenwald in Why privacy matters - TED Talk