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Privacy

British Court Rules Against Blogger Anonymity 238

An anonymous reader writes "In a dangerous judgment for British bloggers and whistleblowers, a British court has ruled (absurdly) that because blogging itself is a public activity, bloggers have 'no reasonable expectation of privacy' regarding their identities, and newspapers are allowed to publish their identities if they can find them by fair or foul means. A British police detective who recently won the Orwell Prize for his excellent political writing used his blog to write highly critical accounts of police activities and unethical behavior, making very powerful enemies in the process. A well-funded newspaper with powerful connections quickly heard of his blog and decided it was absolutely vital to expose his identity using an investigative journalist. Like any good newspaper, the blogger anonymized the people and the locations in all the cases he discussed on his blog, but the newspaper alleges these were not sufficiently anonymized and complains that they could work out the identities, though British newspapers don't complain that they are allowed to publish the identities of men who are falsely accused of rape and cleared in court. The newspaper also helpfully contacted the blogger's employer, and his job is now threatened."
The Internet

Submission + - Congressman Considers Ending Online Advertising

SpicyBrownMustard writes: US Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) is contemplating the introduction of legislation that would essentially put an end to online advertising as we know it today, requiring advertisers to allow website users to "opt-in" before seeing any ads that use or create cookies for optimization or targeting purposes. "If Congress is leaning in that direction, it would mark a big shift in sentiment from last year, when some leading policymakers said that ISP-based targeting should require opt-in consent, but that cookie-based targeting requires only opt-out consent." This would result in a catastrophic shift in the only currently viable online economic model, destroying the ability of millions of small independent websites to survive.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - New Tool: Cracks all WEP APs in the Neighborhood->

dark_bane writes: Just when we thought WEP cracking couldn't be made easier, someone has come up with the idea to automate the entire process of WEP key cracking. This time, he wants to crack all APs within your wifi card's range in just one command! A tool that WiFi leechers and script kiddies will surely drool over with more than security professionals would. Check out the Darknet post: http://www.darknet.org.uk/2009/06/wepbuster-wireless-security-assessment-tool-wep-cracking/
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Businesses

Submission + - Swedish Koenigsegg is buying Saab->

OutputLogic writes: "Amid worldwide economic recession and declining market share, Saab Automobile AB has another shot at survival. Koenigsegg Group AB agreed to a preliminary deal to buy the troubled company from General Motors Corp. Koenigsegg is a little-known Swedish boutique sports-car maker. It has only 45 full time staff empolyees and sold 18 cars last year,which is 97,982 less than SAAB did."
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United States

Submission + - CIA invests in open source->

angry tapir writes: "The company in charge of providing technology to the U.S. intelligence community has invested in an open-source firm to provide enterprise-search technology to the CIA and other intelligence agencies. In-Q-Tel is investing in Lucid Imagination, which provides support, maintenance, training and add-on software for the Apache Software Foundation's Lucene and Solr search projects. Lucene is an information retrieval library that can be used for full-text indexing and search. Solr is an enterprise-search server based on Lucene."
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The Internet

Submission + - Microsoft sues Vancouver family over Click Fraud

dakohli writes: "Microsoft is suing two family based businesses who allegedly committed click fraud in order to wear down their competitors advertising budgets and raise the profile of thei own search results: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2009/06/16/bc-microsoft-cliick-fraud-lawsuit-vancouver.html Microsoft claims they are out 1.5 Million but are suing for $750K. No word on criminal charges yet."
Media

Submission + - British court rules against whistleblower bloggers->

An anonymous reader writes: In a dangerous judgment for British bloggers and whistleblowers, a British court has ruled absurdly that simply because blogging itself is a public activity, bloggers have "no reasonable expectation of privacy" regarding their identities, and newspapers are allowed to publish their identities if they can find them by fair or foul means. A British police detective who recently won the Orwell Prize for his excellent political writing used his blog to write highly critical accounts of police activities and unethical behavior, making very powerful enemies in the process. A well-funded newspaper with powerful connections quickly heard of his blog and decided it was absolutely vital to expose his identity using an investigative journalist. Like any good newspaper, the blogger anonymized the people and the locations in all the cases he discussed on his blog, but the newspaper alleges these were not sufficiently anonymized and complains that they could work out the identities, though British newspapers don't complain that they are allowed to publish the identities of men who are falsely accused of rape and cleared in court. The newspaper also helpfully contacted the blogger's employer, and his job is now threatened.
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Biotech

Submission + - Monsanto backed bill could outlaw organic farming 1

scubamage writes: Congresswoman Rosa Delauro (D-CT) has introduced legislation which could potentially destroy both small and organic farming as we know it. The bill, HR 875, forces pesticides, herbicides, and any new chemicals developed to be used by all farmers in the name of "food safety and sanitation." It would also seek to outlaw seed banking, enforce mandatory GPS tracking of all livestock, and to create a new governing body to oversee food safety without any oversight. This includes warrantless searches of all food production facilities. Further, it would require such intense record keeping that it could quite literally strangle many small farmers out of business. It is also interesting to note that Ms. Delauro is married to Stanley Greenberg — a political strategist whose clients include none other than Monsanto: the world's largest producer of herbicides, pesticides, and genetically modified food products.
Announcements

Submission + - Germany planning 400 billion euro solar center->

mrwolf007 writes: Several large german companies are planning the worlds largest solar center. At an estimated cost of 400 billion euros the center is supposed to provide 15% of the electricity for Europe. The center will be built in Africa and use parabolic mirrors to heat a special oil which in turn powers large turbines. The center is planned to be operational in 10 years. Original article (in german).
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Announcements

Submission + - 2007 Sets Out To Be Warmest Year On Record

s31523 writes: "People around the world are gawking at record high temperatures as the year 2007 rings in. The UK's Met Office is saying that 2007 is going to be the warmest year on record, and this news has some yelling global warming and some yelling natural temperature cycling. With growing concern over melting polar ice and increased atmospheric greenhouse gases many people are on the side of those yelling global warming."
Security

Submission + - Social Networking Sites in the Crosshairs?

An anonymous reader writes: From Technewsworld: Social engineering tactics — scams that depend on user-interaction to execute an attack against them — rose dramatically in 2006. "Social networking sites are goldmines of information, and a social engineers dream. You don't even have to go dumpster diving anymore," Chris Boyd, director of malware research for FaceTime Security Labs said. "The payoff is almost always financial — even if they're stealing login data, they're only doing it to spam Web sites that install adware, such as the recent MySpace worm," Boyd explained. "The impact on these sites can be gigantic. For example, the only real safeguard against the MySpace worm attack was to not use the service. You can't get a bigger impact than that.
Security

Submission + - Patch Issued for OpenOffice.org WMF Vulnerability

narramissic writes: ITworld is reporting that a patch has been issued for a vulnerability in the OpenOffice.org productivity suite that was first reported in October. Secunia has rated the vulnerability as "highly critical," while Red Hat rated it as merely "important" because a user would have to open a malicious file.
United States

Submission + - Bush claims mail can be opened without warrant

don_combatant writes: "President Bush is claiming new powers to search US Mail without a warrant as a result of the postal overhaul bill he signed into law on December 20th.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/ 2003508676_mail04.html

According to white house spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore "In certain circumstances — such as with the proverbial 'ticking bomb' — the Constitution does not require warrants for reasonable searches."

Really? I guess we view warrantless search of US mail "reasonable" now?

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized." Amendment 4, US Constitution."
Patents

Submission + - Petition against software patents (UK gov site)

greenechidna writes: One of the U.K. government websites has a facility to create petitions to the Prime Minister. One of the petitions is "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to make software patents clearly unenforcible".
The deadline to sign up by is 20th February 2007. Petitioners must be either a U.K. resident or a british citizen. At the moment, there are 790 petitioners. I know this topic has aroused a fair amount of interest in the past on Slashdot so please add your name to the list if you meet the criteria.

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