Elizabeth May Speech on Bill C-51 - April 24th, 2015

Everyone should watch this.

Tune In! Livestream of the Yahoo Trust Unconference

We’re about to kick off our Yahoo Trust Unconference at our offices in San Francisco!

Can’t make it here in person? No problem.

Tune in to the livestream here and tweet any questions or comments you have for our speakers @YahooInc.

Our CISO Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) will kick us off with opening remarks at 0910 AM PT.

Today our participants will hear from industry experts and academics including Frank Chen (Andreesen & Horowitz), Zooko WIlcox-O’Hearn, Elisabeth Morant, Trevor Perrin, Adam Langley and our very own Yan Zhu (@bcrypt) on how we can build products that are safe and trustworthy for every user. Our discussions will focus on cryptography, web standards for security, anonymity protocols, browser security, and product security.

Look forward to seeing you IRL or online!

Blackberry Takes Significant Lead Over Apple and Google
Rob Enderle,

Boy that’s a headline I’ll bet you didn’t think you’d see.MobileBlackBerryApplegoogleAndroidsecurityprivacysmartphone

“Blackberry leads and Apple clearly lags is in security and safety and Google’s actually doing an impressive amount of work on technologies that observe and monitor us which likely should concern us even more (at least Apple isn’t going in that direction).  In the end only Blackberry, and ZTE apparently, according to this Thomas Reuters report are doing what we should prefer and investing heavily in our privacy and safety yet we prefer Apple, who isn’t doing anything is this regard, and Google who apparently is actually investing against us.”

​BC Terror Trial Reveals Gong Show RCMP Investigation

When the RCMP busted two people for attempting to bomb the BC legislature on Canada Day in 2013, few questioned the millions in police resources spent intercepting the terrorist plot.

And when Crown prosecutors first laid out their case against John Nuttall and Amanda Korody at trial beginning February 2, 2015, the alleged Boston bombing copycats still seemed genuinely scary.

But nearly three months into the terrorism trial, about 90 hours of covert police recordings have revealed two sides of the RCMP sting. On one hand you have gotcha footage of a dude assembling what he thinks is a pressure cooker bomb with intent to die a martyr for jihad. On the other hand, the alleged two-person terrorist cell was exceedingly poor, sick, self-medicating, and irrational during their months-long interaction with law enforcement.

The 240-officer investigation contemplated whether Nuttall was “developmentally delayed” or not months before he and his common law spouse were arrested on four terrorism charges. The impoverished Surrey couple’s Rambo-inspired plans varied wildly from minute to minute as police provided groceries, bus tickets, many hotel rooms, clothes, cigarettes, and eventually the inert “C-4” explosives used inside the fake bombs. Both accused were on methadone and welfare at the time.

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Passwords get hacked — a lot. In an effort to move beyond passwords, big companies are embracing biometric technology: the use of fingerprints, iris scans or voice recognition for user identification.

To heighten security, smartphones are being outfitted with biometric features. But, ditching passwords for biometrics may not make the hackers go away.

Biometrics May Ditch The Password, But Not The Hackers

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It’s Getting Hot in Here: ‘How Thirsty is Your Food?’ & ‘Where Does Your Food Come From?’

When it comes to water use, not all plants are created equal.           

(Source: Mother Jones)


Domanik Green’s case is atrocious on a number of levels. First, the school and the police are effectively blaming the student for his school’s own weak security standards. Green said many students knew the password and would use the administrative login to talk across the school’s webcams. Plus, using your last name as a password to protect the computer from a room full of teenagers who exclusively call you by your last name is the height of lazy cybersecurity. Second, Green is facing felony charges seemingly on the hypothetical idea that he was after standardized testing information. The sheriff office’s insistence on “what this teenager might have done” does not qualify for a crime—you can’t arrest people for having the chance to do something illegal and not taking it.

It looks like the digital world is lining up against the Harper government’s Bill C-51.

A group of prominent executives from many of Canada’s tech companies has signed a letter addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, asking him “to scrap this reckless, dangerous and ineffective legislation.”

The bill could harm Canada’s economy by undermining international trust in Canadian businesses and jeopardizing the country’s online presence, the business leaders said in the letter published Wednesday.

“Bill C-51 provides too much leeway for the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) to take unjustified actions against our businesses, including the takedown of websites,” the letter states.

“As it stands, C-51 criminalizes language in excessively broad terms that may place the authors of innocent tweets and the operators of online platforms such as Facebook, and Twitter, along with Canada’s Hootsuite and Slack, at risk of criminal sanction for activities carried out on their sites.”

Among the signatories are the heads of many Canadian tech startups, including Ryan Holmes, founder and CEO of Vancouver-based Hootsuite; Tobi Lutke, CEO of Shopify (which just filed for an IPO); and Tim Bray, principal at Textuality Services and a co-founder of OpenText, Canada’s largest software company.

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