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+ - Why National Internet IDs Won't Work->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Have you heard? All of our security problems will be solved. How? Each and every citizen will be issued with a unique, secure online identity, so that the originator of any and all transactions, connections and requests can be readily and easily identified. Really?

At least according to the newly proposed “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” and Obama’s Cyber Zsar, Howard Schmidt.

Sounds too good to be true, right? And like so many other simple ideas, that at first seem to make perfect sense, it really is too good to be true.

Sure, this tactic will hinder some hackers. Your Granny, your seven year-old, and your dog will find it next to impossible to bypass this. But then again, they aren’t really able to do much harm anyway. Whether any serious criminal or foreign entity will be negatively impacted is highly doubtful.... Why? Because hackers don’t play by the rules. They will use and abuse other peoples’ connections, devices and identities against their owners’ will, permission, and knowledge...."

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+ - Free-to-air TV to smartphones survives copyright c->

Submitted by Joob
Joob (2565221) writes "Federal Court of Australia holds: Optus "TV Now" service does not infringe copyright in AFL and NRL broadcasts on free to air TV.

The service lets users record then watch free to air TV from smartphones, PCs or tablets. If your device of choice is an Apple, you can watch "near live" broadcasts within a few minutes of the actual broadcast.

Whether this is a win for cloud providers remains to be seen. An appeal is on the cards, given the $153 million paid by Telstra for exclusive rights to broadcast AFL games over the internet and mobile devices...not to mention the $1.25billion AFL exclusive media rights deal for the 2012 season."

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+ - Videotaping Law Enforcement Validated by Federal J->

Submitted by jkyrlach
jkyrlach (1076609) writes "The abuse of the innocent citizen trying merely to document their encounters with law enforcement via videotape have been a frequent topic of /. discussions. Legal precedent may finally be developing to clearly establish the rights of citizenry to monitor their police force with an important victory for freedom that transpired last week in a federal court in Oregon."
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