Paul Ciano https://paulciano.org Technophile, Contemplative, Raging Geek Mon, 23 Oct 2017 23:53:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9 Opsec and #blacklivesmatter: How Trump Is Motivating Activists to Learn and Practice Digital Security https://boingboing.net/2017/06/09/opsec-is-a-team-sport.html Wed, 05 Jul 2017 11:00:00 +0000 https://paulciano.org/?p=14192 Cory Doctorow: Networks are an important organizing tool, but they’re also a COINTELPRO dream: all the surveillance targets, neatly arrayed on a social graph, with their information cascades on display, pointing big arrows at the most effective activists, whose communications and movements are laid bare by the technologies they trust to help them reach and … Continue reading Opsec and #blacklivesmatter: How Trump Is Motivating Activists to Learn and Practice Digital Security

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Cory Doctorow:

Networks are an important organizing tool, but they’re also a COINTELPRO dream: all the surveillance targets, neatly arrayed on a social graph, with their information cascades on display, pointing big arrows at the most effective activists, whose communications and movements are laid bare by the technologies they trust to help them reach and mobilize their comrades.

The question can’t be, “How do we organize without technology?” Because the answer is, “You can’t.” The answer has to be, “How do we adapt technology so that the liberty-enhancing parts are intact, while the liberty-removing parts are excised? Leaving technology behind won’t stop the state from using technology to track you — it just stops you from getting the benefits of networks for organizing and mobilizing.

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How Purism avoids Vault 7 leaked threats “Dark Matter” https://puri.sm/posts/how-purism-avoids-vault-7-dark-matter/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000 https://paulciano.org/?p=14167 Todd Weaver, Purism: What these threats continue to showcase is that EFI/UEFI is an ideal low-level backdoor to control a user’s device without their knowledge, and the leaked documents shows how widespread these threats are against any user running a EFI/UEFI BIOS. Purism is working hard to make its products immune against these threats by … Continue reading How Purism avoids Vault 7 leaked threats “Dark Matter”

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Todd Weaver, Purism:

What these threats continue to showcase is that EFI/UEFI is an ideal low-level backdoor to control a user’s device without their knowledge, and the leaked documents shows how widespread these threats are against any user running a EFI/UEFI BIOS.

Purism is working hard to make its products immune against these threats by designing its devices to be able to run coreboot instead EFI/UEFI. Purism also utilizes PureOS (a GNU/Linux based distribution that does not contain any mystery binaries), so the entire source code stack can be audited.

These documents continue to reinforce the fact that security is a game of depth, and the deeper you go with releasing free software where the source code can be audited, the better.

Yup.

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Early Macintosh Emulation Comes to the Archive https://blog.archive.org/2017/04/16/early-macintosh-emulation-comes-to-the-archive/ Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000 https://paulciano.org/?p=14144 The Internet Archive: After offering in-browser emulation of console games, arcade machines, and a range of other home computers, the Internet Archive can now emulate the early models of the Apple Macintosh, the black-and-white, mouse driven computer that radically shifted the future of home computing in 1984.

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The Internet Archive:

After offering in-browser emulation of console games, arcade machines, and a range of other home computers, the Internet Archive can now emulate the early models of the Apple Macintosh, the black-and-white, mouse driven computer that radically shifted the future of home computing in 1984.

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Hanover Police Department Obtains FAA Authorization to Fly Surveillance Drone https://privacysos.org/blog/hanover-police-department-obtains-faa-authorization-fly-surveillance-drone/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000 https://paulciano.org/?p=14164 Kade Crockford, Privacy SOS: The small town of Hanover, Massachusetts, population ~13,000, has become the first in the state to obtain a license from the FAA to fly a drone. According to media reports, the police and fire department plan to use it. I’m curious to learn why the Hanover police department wants a drone, … Continue reading Hanover Police Department Obtains FAA Authorization to Fly Surveillance Drone

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Kade Crockford, Privacy SOS:

The small town of Hanover, Massachusetts, population ~13,000, has become the first in the state to obtain a license from the FAA to fly a drone. According to media reports, the police and fire department plan to use it.

I’m curious to learn why the Hanover police department wants a drone, and how it plans to deploy it. Do the cops have a privacy policy describing what will happen to data produced by the drone? Will they get warrants before using it?

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Somebody Is Making A Documentary About GoldenEye 007 http://www.cinemablend.com/games/1649379/somebody-is-making-a-documentary-about-goldeneye-007 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000 https://paulciano.org/?p=14149 CINEMABLEND: One of the classic first-person shooter games that literally popularized FPS titles on home consoles back in the 1990s, will be getting its own documentary. That’s right, somebody is actually making a documentary about Rare’s GoldenEye 007. I’m going to watch the hell out of this.

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CINEMABLEND:

One of the classic first-person shooter games that literally popularized FPS titles on home consoles back in the 1990s, will be getting its own documentary. That’s right, somebody is actually making a documentary about Rare’s GoldenEye 007.

I’m going to watch the hell out of this.

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Apple Forces Recyclers to Shred All iPhones and MacBooks https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/apple-recycling-iphones-macbooks Fri, 16 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000 https://paulciano.org/?p=14153 Motherboard: Apple released its Environmental Responsibility Report Wednesday, an annual grandstanding effort that the company uses to position itself as a progressive, environmentally friendly company. Behind the scenes, though, the company undermines attempts to prolong the lifespan of its products. Apple’s new moonshot plan is to make iPhones and computers entirely out of recycled materials … Continue reading Apple Forces Recyclers to Shred All iPhones and MacBooks

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Motherboard:

Apple released its Environmental Responsibility Report Wednesday, an annual grandstanding effort that the company uses to position itself as a progressive, environmentally friendly company. Behind the scenes, though, the company undermines attempts to prolong the lifespan of its products.

Apple’s new moonshot plan is to make iPhones and computers entirely out of recycled materials by putting pressure on the recycling industry to innovate. But documents obtained by Motherboard using Freedom of Information requests show that Apple’s current practices prevent recyclers from doing the most environmentally friendly thing they could do: Salvage phones and computers from the scrap heap.

Apple rejects current industry best practices by forcing the recyclers it works with to shred iPhones and MacBooks so they cannot be repaired or reused—instead, they are turned into tiny shards of metal and glass.

Via Six Colors.

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Cybersecurity for the People: How to Protect Your Privacy at a Protest https://theintercept.com/2017/04/21/cybersecurity-for-the-people-how-to-protect-your-privacy-at-a-protest/ Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000 https://paulciano.org/?p=14159 Micah Lee, Lauren Feeney: Planning on going to a protest? You might not be aware that just by showing up, you can open yourself up to certain privacy risks — police often spy on protesters, and the smartphones they carry, and no matter how peaceful the demonstration, there’s always a chance that you could get … Continue reading Cybersecurity for the People: How to Protect Your Privacy at a Protest

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Micah Lee, Lauren Feeney:

Planning on going to a protest? You might not be aware that just by showing up, you can open yourself up to certain privacy risks — police often spy on protesters, and the smartphones they carry, and no matter how peaceful the demonstration, there’s always a chance that you could get detained or arrested, and your devices could get searched. Watch this video for tips on how to prepare your phone before you go to a protest, how to safely communicate with your friends and document the event, and what to do if you get detained or arrested.

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A Few Advanced Search Tips https://blog.archive.org/2017/04/16/a-few-advanced-search-tips/ Fri, 09 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000 https://paulciano.org/?p=14142 Brewster Kahle: The Internet Archive’s search engine is based on Elastic Search and implemented by Aaron Ximm. Learning how to use the search engine can help using the website, but also using the command line tools for working with the Internet Archive. Here are some tips.

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Brewster Kahle:

The Internet Archive’s search engine is based on Elastic Search and implemented by Aaron Ximm. Learning how to use the search engine can help using the website, but also using the command line tools for working with the Internet Archive. Here are some tips.

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1Blocker Adds Easy Page Element Hiding https://www.macstories.net/news/1blocker-adds-easy-page-element-hiding/ Wed, 07 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000 https://paulciano.org/?p=13980 John Voorhees, MacStories: On iOS, 1Blocker made Federico’s list of ‘Must Have’ apps for 2015 in part because he could create custom rules with CSS overrides to hide individual elements on a webpage. That’s a powerful feature, but the developer of 1Blocker found that too many people didn’t want to be bothered inspecting webpages on … Continue reading 1Blocker Adds Easy Page Element Hiding

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John Voorhees, MacStories:

On iOS, 1Blocker made Federico’s list of ‘Must Have’ apps for 2015 in part because he could create custom rules with CSS overrides to hide individual elements on a webpage. That’s a powerful feature, but the developer of 1Blocker found that too many people didn’t want to be bothered inspecting webpages on a Mac and typing in a blocking rule manually. Other users simply weren’t comfortable with using Safari’s inspector.

1Blocker 1.3 for iOS solves this problem with an extension. From a webpage, all you have to do is tap the share button, pick the 1Blocker action extension, and then ‘Hide Page Element.’ 1Blocker reloads the page in the extension with toolbars on the top and bottom of the screen. Find something you want to hide and tap it. The element is outlined with a red dashed line and glows to indicate what you selected. Tapping the ‘Save’ button gives you a chance to hide another element or return to Safari.

It’s encouraging to see these types of tools on mobile devices.

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Changes https://paulciano.org/2017/06/changes/ Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:00:13 +0000 https://paulciano.org/?p=14177 I am at an interesting point in my life. Now, I have the ability and resources to make several substantive transitions. However, these kinds of changes require time and focus. I enjoy running this site. However, at this point, I cannot keep maintaining it with such regularity. The site will continue, but content will not … Continue reading Changes

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I am at an interesting point in my life. Now, I have the ability and resources to make several substantive transitions. However, these kinds of changes require time and focus.

I enjoy running this site. However, at this point, I cannot keep maintaining it with such regularity. The site will continue, but content will not come on a fixed schedule.

The best way to follow the site remains RSS. However, if email is your thing, my newsletter will continue to go out when there is new content.

Best wishes and thanks for following.

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Serious Privacy Risks Lie in the Path of Vehicle Automation https://cdt.org/blog/serious-privacy-risks-lie-in-the-path-of-vehicle-automation/ Sat, 03 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000 https://paulciano.org/?p=13984 CDT: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a new standard – a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) – that details the messaging formats for communications between vehicles for future vehicle automation. While we raise concerns here, make no mistake: increased automation of land vehicles like cars and trucks holds great promise, … Continue reading Serious Privacy Risks Lie in the Path of Vehicle Automation

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CDT:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a new standard – a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) – that details the messaging formats for communications between vehicles for future vehicle automation. While we raise concerns here, make no mistake: increased automation of land vehicles like cars and trucks holds great promise, from drastically reducing injuries and deaths in accidents to streamlining traffic in order to route vehicles in the most efficient ways possible. To do this, our vehicles will be increasingly talking to each other and to other infrastructure on the road such as traffic signals, signage, and lane boundaries in order to keep us safe. At the same time, in the race towards promising applications, we need to be careful that we don’t introduce features that may reduce the trust and freedom we have in our vehicles.

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Accessibility Features in macOS and iOS That Everyone Should Try http://www.macworld.com/article/3178690/ios/accessibility-features-in-macos-and-ios-that-everyone-should-try.html Wed, 31 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000 https://paulciano.org/?p=13976 Jason Snell: If you’re someone who doesn’t have any specific reasons to go there, you may have never explored the Accessibility settings on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. While it’s true that those settings are there primarily for people who have special physical needs to modify how a device’s interface works, the fact is, many … Continue reading Accessibility Features in macOS and iOS That Everyone Should Try

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Jason Snell:

If you’re someone who doesn’t have any specific reasons to go there, you may have never explored the Accessibility settings on your Mac, iPhone, or iPad. While it’s true that those settings are there primarily for people who have special physical needs to modify how a device’s interface works, the fact is, many people who don’t consider themselves in need of any sort of accommodation can find something of value in these settings.

Accessibility has become a place where Apple buries some specific, nitpicky details about how its devices behave–and that’s why you should take a stroll through those settings sometime just to see if they solve problems you didn’t even realize were solvable. Here are some of my favorites:

I am continually impressed by the features that Apple adds here.

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Memorial Day https://paulciano.org/2017/05/memorial-day/ Mon, 29 May 2017 11:00:04 +0000 https://paulciano.org/?p=14131 The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children. – William Harvard

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The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children.

– William Harvard

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EFF to Court: Forcing Someone to Unlock and Decrypt Their Phone Violates the Constitution https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/03/eff-court-forcing-someone-unlock-and-decrypt-their-phone-violates-constitution Sat, 27 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000 https://paulciano.org/?p=13972 EFF: First, the compelled entry of a memorized passcode forces a person to reveal the contents of their mind to investigators—contents that are absolutely privileged by the Fifth Amendment. As far as the Fifth Amendment is concerned, there’s no difference between forcing a person to type their passcode directly into their phone and forcing them … Continue reading EFF to Court: Forcing Someone to Unlock and Decrypt Their Phone Violates the Constitution

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EFF:

First, the compelled entry of a memorized passcode forces a person to reveal the contents of their mind to investigators—contents that are absolutely privileged by the Fifth Amendment. As far as the Fifth Amendment is concerned, there’s no difference between forcing a person to type their passcode directly into their phone and forcing them to say it out loud to an investigator. The trial judge in this case understood that and found that typing in a passcode was a “testimonial act.” So just by forcing the defendant to unlock his phone, the investigators violated his Fifth Amendment right.

Second, the process of decryption itself is testimonial because it involves translating unintelligible, encrypted evidence into a form that can be used and understood by investigators—again relying on the contents of the suspect’s mind.

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