Archive for January 21, 2012

Monitor Real Time Anonymous Attacks

World Technology

Site lists major outbreaks of virtual attack around the world.

The closing of Megaupload in Thursday’s afternoon (19) initiated a real virtual war. Hours after the incident, the Anonymous hacker group announced a series of attacks on government agencies in the world everything. And you can monitor in real time which are the places where they are happening.

This is the proposed site Real-Time Web Monitor, which monitors traffic conditions on the network. In addition, the field list still the slowest connection with localities and cities where the traffic is congested. The top shows an overview of the map and, by moving the mouse, you can drill down into a specific region of the planet.

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New Google Users Will Have To Register On Google +

World Technology

From now on, whenever you create a new Google account, you will be required to enter in the new social network of the company.

Google has no measured effort to leverage the success of Google +, the latest social network of the company. Proof of this is the new signup page that requires new users of the web giant’s services to register also in Plus. The registration screen, now available in Google Malaysia, requires you to create a email.

In addition to the register in the social network, who want to use services of representative Mountain View also earn a Gmail, even if you don’t want to.Contrary to what was allowed until then is no longer possible to create a Google account using e-mail from third parties. When you choose a user name, this will be your e-mail.

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Liebe CSU

... Kaffee bei mir?

Lieber Herr Sinner,

ich bin tief beeindruckt von so viel Medienkompetenz. Auch die rhetorische Umsetzung ist sehr gelungen. Na ja, bis auf den 3D-Vergleich vielleicht, das passiert eher so visuell. Aber ich weiß schon, was Sie sagen wollten. Jedenfalls schön, dass die CSU sich jetzt auch mal um uns kümmert.

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Der österreichische Frühling «

sRomy says:

bei aller freud über den ausgang des protests, es sei angemerkt, dass sich im grunde JEDER orf angestellte (direkt angestellte) mitarbeiter des orfs ob seiner weissen weste und grad-schiefen optik gedanken machen sollte

und was ein herr a. wolf, d. bornemann ect auf twitter und co ablassen, laestt (in mir) auch keine sympathie erwecken

der ORF war NOCH NIE unabhängig, und wäre er dies je, würden wohl nur mehr wenige der aktuellen “empörten” (is grad en vogue oder  ? ) noch dort beschäftigt sein

und eine derart miese hohes haus blabla moderatorin ala turnherr und kA wie die neue alte schnepfe heisst (*schnaaaaaarch) möcht ich gern sehen nach der angestrebten unabhängigkeit, … kann man dann wohl so in der gegend Bandion-Ortner-Lade suchen 

soviel dazu also, Nico weg Ja Ole Nice aber biiiiiite kommt nicht mit österreichischer frühling oder unabhängigkeit, das stinkt ja schon nach schwerem FAIL MAAAAAN!

Jan 20, Gerhard Rettenegger

Der österreichische Frühling

Die “Berliner Zeitung” nennt den Protest von mehr als 1300 ORF-Redakteurinnen und -Redakteuren gegen die Bestellung des ehemaligen Stiftungsrates Nikolaus Pelinka zum Büroleiter von ORF-Generaldirektor Alexander Wrabetz “österreichischen Frühling”. In Anlehnung an den arabischen Frühling – das Synonym für den Sturz der Diktatoren in Tunesien, Algerien und Ägypten vor genau einem Jahr. Die Analogie ist fragwürdig, weil beim Protest der ORF Journalisten niemand verletzt oder getötet wurde. Andererseits ist sie auch wieder gerechtfertigt: Wie in den arabischen Ländern hat das Web 2.0 beim Widerstand der Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter im öffentlichen Rundfunk eine gewichtige Rolle gespielt.

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Panopticon «Flaschenpost

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Der Filmemacher Tim Weskamp drehte den Kurzfilm Panopticon, der einen Tag in einem – nicht allzu fernen – totalüberwachten Deutschland zeigt. Der 22-jährige Düsseldorfer drehte bereits mehrere Filme, die als Praxisübung für das Studium an der Filmschule gelten. Sein Debutfilm 60° Kochwäsche gewann auf dem Film-Festival “Düsseldorf ist ARTig” einen Förderpreis. Den Nachfolger Panopticon gibt es kostenlos im Internet zu sehen. Das Making Off zeigt das sehr professionell arbeitende Team bei den Dreharbeiten.

Tim Weskamp | Mit freundlicher Genehmigung von Tim Weskamp

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What’s it about? «STOPP INDECT

What is INDECT?

INDECT stands for “INtelligent information system supporting observation, searching and DEteCTion for security of citizens in urban environment”. It is a research project of the European Union launched in 2009 and planned to be finished in 2013.

INDECT is the most extensive surveillance project ever planned or established. It is not limited to monitoring the internet. People on the street won’t escape INDECT either. What sounds like weird science fiction could become disturbing reality as soon as 2013. Science fiction was yesterday. INDECT will be tomorrow. INDECT combines all data from forums, social networks (e.g. Facebook) and internet search engines with government databases, communication data and feeds from street surveillance cameras. INDECT will know where we are, what we do, why we do it and what we are going to do next. INDECT will know our friends and our place of work. INDECT will judge whether we are behaving normally or irregularly.


INDECT consists of the following measures:

Internet surveillance using search engines, UseNet, social networks (Facebook, WKW etc.), forums, blogs, P2P networks and individual computer systems
Image and video search using watermarks, as well as automated search algorithms to find depictions of violence and “abnormal behavior”.
Advanced computer linguistic algorithms which are able to bind relations between persons and contexts of conversations into the analysis and interpretation of messages (for example, in chats).

On the streets
“Mobile Urban Observation System”
Drones = flying surveillance cameras (so-called “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs, for example the Quadrocopter)

The UAVs shall be connected “intelligently and autonomously” into a network to co-operate, allowing to both identify suspicious moving objects and trace them in cities automatically through hive patterns.
Surveillance cameras use biometric data from passports to identify persons and create movement profiles.

Data obtained through these measures will be fed into a database, continuously updated and complemented by existing data, for example:
Surveillance camera feeds
Mobile phone location tagging (GSM, GPS)
Face recognition (e.g. biometric data in electronic passports)
Communication monitoring (data retention)

A survey among Polish policemen has shown that the following points may be used as criteria for “abnormal behavior”. You are considered dangerous if you…
On the street
drive too fast
In mass transport
sit on the floor
sit for too long
forget your baggage
In stadiums
throw bottles
run onto the playing field
In airports
forget your baggage
sit for too long

The survey results are used to deduce types of behavior which should be automatically tagged as “suspicious”:
moving in the “wrong” direction
more than X persons meeting together
stealing a car
forgetting luggage
sitting for longer than X minutes
gunfire, explosions

…to make it short, you are suspicious whatever you do. So if you sit on the floor in a bus, stay too long on the bus or forget your luggage, you have to expect security personnel to catch up with you. People who “hang around”, meet with too many others or swear, are just as suspicious.

Based on individual profiles the programs shall learn to identify “dangerous persons” automatically. If someone who is considered “dangerous” is identified by a surveillance system, their data may be requested by the system automatically from the databases. After a quick scan the person is placed into a certain “danger category” and if the danger is deemed to be high enough, police or security forces are alerted.

In 2012 it is planned to test INDECT on visitors of the soccer European Championship in Poland and Ukraine. The goals of this test are the identification of “abnormal behavior” and the filtering of fan chants.

In 2013 the research project is to be finished. INDECT will show results. It will be possible to gather, pool and analyze information on each citizen from all available sources. It will be possible to identify “potentially dangerous” behavior and alert the authorities. The masters of INDECT will try to predict when and where any kind of protest can come up, even before the protesters themselves know it. INDECT is a tool of intimidation and control. It allows to remain in charge without the necessity to pay attention to the people.

INDECT wants to know what we do, before we know it ourselves
INDECT will change our society in a way which exceeds any surveillance measures put into place before
INDECT will define what is “normal”
INDECT is George Orwell’s worst nightmare

Who watches the watchers?

Because of criticism those responsible for the project have decided to introduce a new level of secrecy. An “ethics board” decides from now on what information on the project is made public. The (acknowledged) members of this committee include 4 policemen, 2 researchers of security technology, 1 professor for human-machine interaction, 1 representative of the media industry, 1 law professor, 1 human rights attorney and 1 ethics professor ( You may decide for yourself whether you trust a committee with such a composition to act in an independent and responsible way.
Links to further information

Official EU INDECT web site
INDECT at Wikipedia
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The Blog

Have you been paying attention to all the hubbub online about the proposed U.S. legislation (SOPA/PIPA) that threatens internet freedom? I wrote about it last week over on, but the gist is this: there’s a bill in the U.S. Senate that if passed would put publishing freedom severely at risk, and could shut down entire sites at the whim of media companies. Fight for the Future created this nifty video to sum it up better than I can.

On January 18, 2012, sites all over the internet will be blacking out to protest and try to mobilize more people to speak out against this bill coming up in the Senate next week — S. 968: the Protect IP Act (PIPA) — in an attempt to let U.S. lawmakers know how much opposition there is., Wikipedia, and even VIP I Can Has Cheezburger? will be participating in the blackout to…

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