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Patents

Submission + - Apple Patents Crowdsourced P2P Mobile Banking (techcrunch.com)

psema4 writes: Techcrunch has a story today on an Apple Patent application "that ventures a little farther afield than most, and describes a mobile banking concept that is truly innovative, which could essentially turn iTunes into a micro-lending bank."

What's particularly interesting (and depressing!) is that standards bodies working on developing protocols in this space can't discuss the patent online without serious risk.

Canada

Submission + - In the new Canada, the web browses you (nationalpost.com)

psema4 writes: "FTA: "This fall, legislatures in both Canada and the U.S. are set to vote on bills that would force private Internet service providers (ISPs) to store information about their customers, in order to allow the government to spy on its citizens."

The most disturbing part to my mind is that, in Canada "The so-called 'lawful access' legislation would force ISPs to disclose customer information to the government on demand and without obtaining a warrant."

The "West" is increasingly becoming the very thing our forefathers fought to protect us from — for our own safety, of course."

Privacy

Submission + - Pirate Party to protect citizens from Big Brother (pirateparty.ca)

psema4 writes: "From the press release: "If given a majority government, the Conservatives are promising to ram through a bill that would provide unprecedented systematic interception and monitoring of Canadians’ personal communications. In short, Canada will soon join the growing list of countries subject to invasion of privacy and internet censorship. Therefore, the Pirate Party is preparing to extend the services presently offered to residents of repressive regimes to protect the people affected by the aspiring dictator right here at home."

For every paid account opened, the Pirate Party of Canada will provide a free VPN account to a citizen of a nation with censored internet.

For background on the "Lawful Access" situation in Canada, see Canadian police state legislation needs closer examination.

Disclaimer: I am a member and the Clerk of the Pirate Party of Canada."

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