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The Telecom Digest for May 15, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 83 : "text" Format
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Woman allegedly records own arrest, gets accused of wiretapping (Monty Solomon)
How a mayor's quest to unmask a foul-mouthed Twitter user blew up in his face (Monty Solomon)
'You Are Here' by Hiawatha Bray (Monty Solomon)
Orange confirms details of 1.3 million customers were stolen (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 09:19:03 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Woman allegedly records own arrest, gets accused of wiretapping Message-ID: <p06240830cf991d8e7f90@[]> Woman allegedly records own arrest, gets accused of wiretapping Massachusetts wiretapping law prohibits secretly recording police. by David Kravets May 11 2014 Ars Technica A Massachusetts woman faces charges of allegedly using a hidden mobile phone to audio-record her own suspicion-of-disorderly-conduct arrest. ... http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/woman-allegedly-records-own-arrest-gets-accused-of-wiretapping/
Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 09:19:03 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: How a mayor's quest to unmask a foul-mouthed Twitter user blew up in his face Message-ID: <p0624082dcf991c4b33c4@[]> How a mayor's quest to unmask a foul-mouthed Twitter user blew up in his face Angry backlash shows that online overreach won't "play in Peoria." by Nate Anderson May 13 2014 Ars Technica When news broke that the mayor of Peoria, Illinois, had called upon his town's police force to shut down a fake Twitter account opened in his name; that local police had responded with search warrants against Twitter, Comcast, and Google; that they had at last raided a local home and seized four iPhones, four computers, two Xbox game consoles, an iPad, and a "large gold gift bag with five sandwich bags containing a green leafy substance;" that the homeowner hadn't created the account but was ultimately suspended from his job as a result of that "green leafy substance;" that Peoria's next city council meeting descended into outright acrimony over the heavy-handedness of the entire episode; and that the entire episode turned out to be a colossal waste of time and resources in which no one but the pot owner was ever charged with a crime-well, that's the moment at which a curious reporter files a public records act request to get a glimpse of how such a trainwreck got underway. So I filed one-and the backstory I found was fascinating. ... http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/how-a-mayors-quest-to-unmask-a-foul-mouthed-twitter-user-blew-up-in-his-face/
Date: Tue, 13 May 2014 23:16:50 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: 'You Are Here' by Hiawatha Bray Message-ID: <p06240813cf988fa93daa@[]> BOOK REVIEW 'You Are Here' by Hiawatha Bray By James Sullivan | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT MAY 13, 2014 Hiawatha Bray notes the price of the unprecedented convenience offered by a smartphone, beginning with our agreeing to "use your current location." One of the signal books of the 1970s urged readers to "Be Here Now" - to be ever-present, according to the consciousness-raising ideals of the time. If "You Are Here" is indicative of how we've arrived at the current era - technologically tethered as we've become - this new historical survey by veteran Globe reporter Hiawatha Bray makes a sobering case for our own complicity in creating a society where technology offers great benefits and conveniences but threatens individual privacy and independence. "For much of human history," he writes, "it has been relatively easy to get lost." Ages ago, that was a terrifying prospect, but now it almost sounds like a welcome invitation. Bray's book describes the march of progress in mapping our own surroundings and how our search for ever-better surveillance has sometimes made us lose our way as we try to "find ourselves." In deft detail, "You Are Here" chronicles the various innovations that have helped human beings guide themselves across the planet, from the primitive navigational tools of Polynesian sailors to the gyroscopes and GPS devices with which we've conquered the sea and air. In the smartphone age, however, we've made ourselves, not the rivers and mountains, "the primary geographic feature" of the landscape as we identify "the exact locations of billions of humans, their every move recorded and viewed by far too many eyes." ... http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/2014/05/12/book-review-you-are-here-from-compass-gps-history-and-future-how-find-ourselves-hiawatha-bray/zvDMg169m2Py5wgF85ZkML/story.html
Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 07:33:37 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Orange confirms details of 1.3 million customers were stolen Message-ID: <p06240821cf98fd06df68@[]> Orange confirms details of 1.3 million customers were stolen 8 May, 2014 Caroline Donnelly Orange has warned people to be on their guard against phishing attacks after the personal details of 1.3 million of its customers were stolen by the hackers. The French telecommunications group has confirmed the breach resulted in the victims' names, telephone numbers, birth dates and email addresses being compromised. The attack took place last month and was originally detected on 18 April, it added. However, Orange has stressed that no credit card information or payment details were lifted during the breach. ... http://www.itpro.co.uk/data-leakage/22202/orange-confirms-details-of-13-million-customers-were-stolen
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