Friendly reminder that Xellos is actually a cone.
Or as Adlay put it: POISONED ICE CREAM CONE!
All In One Privacy
Hide My ASS - This websites offers everything from private encrypted chat to private file sharing and is useful for anyone looking for an all in one privacy service without having to go elsewhere.
Social Network -
World Truth - It is extremely rare to be able to find a social network website which is secure but this one is also aimed at exposing the same corrupt elite we all fight. Feel free to add us http://www.worldtruth.org/World_Under_Control/
Cryto Cat - If you want to chat online without being monitored then look no further because this website encrypts all messages sent and you can talk with up to 10 people per chat.
Zfone - Encrypt and secure your online calls with this software which can work with a number of VOIP clients, however it is in the testing stages and a little unnecessary because Skype is still secure (for now anyway).
Tor Project - A simple yet effective tool for browsing the web anonymously, by using this tool you will have a broswer which uses a proxy to stop any of your online actions being traced, Simply download the browser and your set.
Protected Search - Another easy to use tool which works with Firefox as a plugin to stop google from monitoring your online movements such as connecting your searches to the sites you visit.
Start Page - A simpler tool than Protected Search because you don’t need to use Firefox or download anything, just simply go to the site and start searching without having your IP address traced.
Mail To Web - Possibly the simplest secure email tool which you don’t need to register for and can simply login with you current email address and password.
What to do next
If you know anyone who is concerned about CISPA or their online privacy then please tell them about these and many more tools.
With these applications we could easily surf the web without anyone being able to track anything we do and best of all, it is completely legal.
If your domain ends in .com, theUnited States governmentsays it has the right to seize it from your control, reportsWired. The same goes for any URL that ends in .net, .cc, .tv, .name, and .org.
This troubling declaration of power comes after US authorities shutdown the online sports gambling siteBodog.comlast week — even though the website was owned by aCanadian company, which many assumed put it outside of US jurisdiction. Not so, apparently. That’s because the only company allowed to issue new .com domains isVeriSign, which is based — you guessed it — in the US.
According to a spokesperson for the department ofImmigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE), anytime the US government wants to take down a .com, .net, .tv, or .name domain, all it has to do is issue a court order to VeriSign, which quickly complies. The same process applies to the Public Interest Registry, which controls the .org top-level domain.
VeriSign, for its part, argues that it is simply obeying the law.
“VeriSign responds to lawful court orders subject to its technical capabilities,” the company said in a statement. “When law enforcement presents us with such lawful orders impacting domain names within our registries, we respond within our technical capabilities.”
The seizure of Bodog is an extension of agovernmentinitiative calledOperation in Our Sites, which launched in June 2010, and has mainly focused on the seizure of US-based domains hocking counterfeit NFL jerseys, and other knockoff goods. As of November of last year, Operation in Our Sites had successfully seized 352 domains. And it obviously doesn’t look like they plan to stop anytime soon.
There a few reasons this brazen flaunting of power is troubling. First, it suggests that the federal government plans to impose its authority on a wider swath of the Web. Second, it shows that while the Internet is a global service, it is still at the mercy of the US government and US law. Online gambling, for instance, isn’t illegal in all countries that have Internet access. And yet Bodog was shut down simply because US citizens could access it.
Finally, the federal government’s apparent determination to assert its authority on the Web should serve as a wake up call to anyone who thinks that the temporary defeat of SOPA and PIPA marked the end of the fight for Internet freedom. It didn’t. It marked the beginning.
I won’t lie, I’m tired. This fight is ridiculous, something we shouldn’t have to do. I am so incredibly exhausted by these attempts to break the internet, to break us. I’ve no more faith in our elected officials to accurately represent us in this capacity. They don’t know the internet like we do, for better or for worse. They did not grow up with it, they don’t use it like us, they don’t understand it and they don’t understand us.
I’m done placing my hope in them only to be disappointed. Time to look into what it takes to get into a public office and brush up on my political skills. If I can’t trust in them then I would be better served doing the job myself.
First, PIPA and SOPA went down after the online community flexed its muscle. Then the world rallied against ACTA, and now it’s being reviewed by Europe’s highest court. Now our Canadian neighbors need our help, whose citizens are facing an even more immediate threat.
Put yourself in their shoes: What if your government was considering a policy that would force ISPs to provide unrestricted access to your data to law enforcement at any time, for any reason, and without a warrant? What would you do if your country’s leaders were trying to rewire the Internet to support systems of constant digital surveillance? Canadians are facing these dangers in the form of Bill C-30, and Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews (right) is bent on getting it passed despite strong opposition from the public.
When we asked you last week to identify the largest threats facing the internet today, the response was unequivocal: Stop online censorship, invasions of privacy, and digital surveillance (See the P.S.). C-30 is the embodiment of these fears, as it would create a closed and monitored internet. Stand up for the rights of Canadian citizens and call on the Canadian government to abandon C-30:
Democratic governments such as Canada’s should be setting an example of openness and respect for civil liberties for the world — not taking queues from repressive regimes like Syria and Iran. The good news is that support for C-30 is starting to waver, and we can deliver the knock-out punch.
Invasion of privacy. Perpetual online surveillance. You told us that these are your greatest concerns. Now is your chance to stop them:
The Access Team
P.S. We asked, and you responded! Almost 15,000 of you from around the world participated in our online poll, and the results were fascinating. Go here to find out what the world is talking about when it comes to digital freedom.
Toews surprised by content of online surveillance bill
Bill provokes privacy fears
Michael Geist’s FAQ on C-30
Online surveillance bill to get early committee review
Toews’ gaffes aside, Bill C-30 has real dangers
‘The SOPA and PIPA bills that went down in flames earlier this year for their unbearable intrusiveness, used content piracy as an excuse to give the government powerful tools with which to censor Internet content. For 2012 the primary author of those bills has switched to a fallback tactic: using child porn as an excuse to create a vast surveillance network from which the government can demand data on every email sent, site visited or link clicked on by all but a fraction of one percent of the U.S. population.’
Sorry to venture into the political again— I really try to keep this blog a “happy place” in general, but I want to spread the word as much as possible. I feel like so many of these issues are being kept quiet by the government, and people are not being given the chance to act against them. Therefore, I want to spread the word.
SOPA and PIPA were not the end. For Americans, there are three major problematic pieces of legislation. They are:
1) ACTA. More about ACTA has gotten out as of recent, but it is still a problem.
2) TPP or TPPA (Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement). To quote the article above:
The foremost problem with TPP is that its details and negotiations are hidden from the public — the very people who will have to live under the rules outlined in the agreement. Second, TPP would force countries to adopt the same troublesome intellectual property laws that exist in the US, including criminal charges for infringers, Internet service provider (ISP) liability, full disconnection for repeat infringers, and penalties for circumventing “digital locks” (i.e. DRM). In many cases, this would require countries to re-write their copyright laws to match — or exceed — the laws of the US, without also including safe guards like fair use. That is to say, it removes individual nations’ abilities to make their own decisions about which copyright laws to adopt by forcing them to legislate above a threshold set by the US.
Additionally, TPP regulates other areas such as pharmaceuticals and could cause the price of medication to US citizens (and others) to skyrocket, a distinct retrograde in terms of affordable health care for everyone.
3) PCIP or HR 1981 (Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act). Lamar Smith, the chief force behind SOPA, has created yet another problematic piece of legislation wrought with infringements to citizens’ privacy on the internet. Again from the above article:
If passed into law, HR 1981 would require ISPs to store which IP addresses they assign to every customer for a minimum of one year. The legislation also allows law enforcement authorities to have access to the IP data of anyone who is charged with any crime whatsoever — not just those charged with crimes related to child pornography. And all the police have to do to access this information is ask for it. No probable cause, no search warrant. Nothing. With a warrant, authorities can also gain access to all information an ISP has on file for an individual customer, including name, address, telephone number, and credit or debit card numbers used to pay for Internet services, as outlined in Section 2703 in title 18 of US Code.
In many ways, this is the most problematic government effort on this list, as it targets all Internet users in a very real, very specific way. The other actions listed above have serious problems, though many of them still wallow in the realm of speculation. HR 1981 is explicit in the ways in which it shreds individual privacy.
All of these pieces of legislation face the really terrifying possibility of becoming law. This will effect every US internet-user should it come true, so let’s all do our best to stop it. Contact your congress people. Make online petitions. Boost the signal. We need to protect the internet and show the government that they can’t take our freedom of speech and privacy away from us.