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Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:37:19 -0400 From: tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlLvEp@att.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: About CISPA Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> First SOPA, then PIPA, now CISPA -- read all about it here: : : http://www.zdnet.com/what-is-cispa-and-what-does-it-mean-for-you-faq-7000013965/ : . Cheers, -- tlvp -- Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:20:32 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: email@example.com. Subject: Re: About CISPA Message-ID: <20130415232032.GA1532@telecom.csail.mit.edu> On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 04:37:19PM -0400, tlvp wrote: > First SOPA, then PIPA, now CISPA -- read all about it here: > : : http://www.zdnet.com/what-is-cispa-and-what-does-it-mean-for-you-faq-7000013965/ > : . In the past, I have responded to reports like this by recommending wider adoption of end-to-end encryption, but I'm not sure that's enough anymore. The data CISPA will allow the government to access includes so-called "Traffic" intelligence, i.e., the records of who emailed whom. They have some of it already, but CISPA will allow investigators to access forwarding and other information that wasn't previously available without a warrant. Traffic intelligence can, unfortunately, lead to "guilt by association" problems: if you call a pay phone that's used by a local drug dealer, that doesn't necessarily mean that you bought drugs - but I have seen, first hand, how easily panic can sweep a government and its minions, and how misjudgements can compound each other until ordinary men are caught in a web of inferences that becomes self-sustaining. Bill -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write me directly) "Paranoia strikes deep Into your life it will creep It starts when you're always afraid Step out of line, the men come and take you away" - Buffalo Springfield
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:51:09 -0400 From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: CISPA Amendments passed out of committee Message-ID: <20130415235109.GA10626@telecom.csail.mit.edu> Electronic Frontier Foundation APRIL 12, 2013 | BY MARK M. JAYCOX AND RAINEY REITMAN Wednesday, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence marked up the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), the misguided "cybersecurity" bill that would create a gaping exception to existing privacy law while doing little to address palpable and pressing online security issues. The markup was held entirely behind closed doors - even though the issues being considered will have serious effects on the liberty of Internet users - and was passed out of the committee. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/04/cispa-amendment-and-passed-out-committee-heres-why-new-version-still-threatens -or- http://goo.gl/KfMnZ -- Bill Horne (Remove QRM from my address to write to me directly)
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:48:37 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Criminal courts building begins cellphone ban without a hitch Message-ID: <email@example.com> Criminal courts building begins cellphone ban without a hitch No arrests reported as people entering 26th and California told to stow electronic devices By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune reporter April 16, 2013 A crackdown on cellphones and other electronics that began Monday at the busiest criminal court facility in the country led to lines at storage kiosks and frustrated some visitors but caused no major problems, Cook County sheriff's officials said. Visitors entering at the Leighton Criminal Court Building at 26th Street and California Avenue were met by sheriff's deputies shouting from the top of the main steps that cellphones were not being allowed inside. Signs warning of the ban have been on display for months, including in the parking areas around the courthouse. Inside the lobby security area, those who were not able to stow their smartphones, computer tablets or other electronic devices in their car were directed to two storage kiosks charging $3 each to slip the item in a plastic bag and stash it in a small locker with a sliding door. ... http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cellphone-ban-20130416,0,1313052.story
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:45:36 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Cellphone service disrupted following explosions on marathon course Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cellphone service disrupted following explosions on Boston Marathon course 04/15/2013 By Michael B. Farrell and Erin Ailworth, Globe Staff The heavy volume of mobile phone calls around downtown Boston following explosions at the Boston Marathon has clogged cell service, blocking many from getting through to people at the scene. ... http://www.boston.com/businessupdates/2013/04/15/cellphone-service-disrupted-following-explosions-marathon-course/2joFVShZR5oaDpEYUELckI/story.html Cellphone use heavy, still operating in Boston after reports of shutdowns http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/04/15/cellphone-service-shut-down-in-boston-official-says/ Cellphone service spotty but not 'shut down' in Boston area http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/15/17766270-cellphone-service-spotty-but-not-shut-down-in-boston-area
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:52:33 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Verizon extends cell phone upgrade period to 24 months Message-ID: <email@example.com> Verizon extends cell phone upgrade period to 24 months April 15, 2013 NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon Wireless, the country's largest cellphone carrier, is extending the time it takes to earn a subsidized phone upgrade from 20 months on contract to 24 months. ... http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/04/verizon-extends-cell-phone-upgrade-period-to-24-months-87526.html
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 21:50:18 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Cellphone crackdown nets 300 tickets in North Shore communities Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cellphone crackdown nets 300 tickets in North Shore communities By John P. Huston, Chicago Tribune reporter April 15, 2013 A recent enforcement crackdown on motorists who were using cell phones while driving in five north suburban communities netted nearly 300 violations and more than 200 warnings, according to the agencies. >From April 1-5, police departments in Highland Park, Deerfield, Winnetka, Lake Forest and Waukegan took part in a joint initiative to publicize their local cell phone bans and pull over scofflaws. The five departments issued the following: * 293 citations and 219 warnings for handheld cell phone use while driving violations; * 20 citations and one warning for the state ordinance against using hand-held cell phones while driving in a school zone; * Two citations for the state ordinance prohibiting texting and driving. ... http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/ct-tl-lk-0418-cell-phone-folo-20130415,0,7741137.story
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:54:22 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Networks Threaten To Pull Channels Off The Air If Aereo & Dish Win Lawsuits Message-ID: <email@example.com> Hilarious And Ridiculous: Networks Threaten To Pull Channels Off The Air If Aereo & Dish Win Lawsuits by Mike Masnick Mon, Apr 8 2013 The entertainment industry has a long, long history of claiming that if copyright law doesn't go their way, they'll all go out of business. It's the adult version of "if you don't do it my way, I'm taking my ball and going home." If court cases don't go their way, or if the law isn't changed, we've been told over and over and over again for the last century (and more frequently in the last two decades) that the industry will take its ball and go home, because they won't create under such awful circumstances (even if those circumstances really aren't particularly different than they've operated under for years). The latest? First, Fox's COO, Chase Carey, claims that if they lose the Aereo case, they might shut down Fox, the network TV channel, and move all its content to cable TV channels. ... http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130408/12161722625/hilarious-ridiculous-networks-threaten-to-pull-channels-off-air-if-aereo-dish-win-lawsuits.shtml
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