“The Snowden Effect”



The Snowden Effect: a term given to the end results of Edward Snowden’s 2013 move to whistle blow on the NSA tactics of collecting bulk telephone and internet metadata that prompted one of the largest ongoing debates of individual privacy. The media critic Jay Rosen coined the term, and it seems to be sticking.
In recent months, Snowden’s latest Q & A with a meeting of independent Internet engineers reiterated the risks involved with mass information collecting. “People are being killed based on metadata, this is real,” he said. “Who is the Internet for, who does it serve, who is the IETF’s ultimate customer?”
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The IETF that Snowden refers to is the Internet Engineering Task Force, a group of around 170 engineers when they met for a webcast session of Q & A; for the most part are embarrassed that the NSA cracked some of their key internet protocols. Some of which responded with a Request for Comment (RFC) entitled “Pervasive Monitoring is an Attack.”
The question time followed a screening of Citizenfour which documents Snowden’s journey of leaking the NSA files to trusted journalists. Though the conference wasn’t recorded, many tweets outlined his concerns.
“We need not only to think what the problems are today, but how we preserve the internet for the future,” he continued. “Everybody should be safe all the time, else we let others choose who will be safe or not.”

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Chrome Spying on You!



With so many 3rd party developers, who is really spying on who? It may seem that Chrome is indeed secretly spying on you with their new services “Okay Google”, however, we cannot jump to speculations at this moment. Indeed, Google is one of the fastest and most common web browser on the market, let alone free, but we can’t help but wonder what is going on behind those doors at Google Inc.
If you navigate your way to the “Extensions” manager tab and then browse for more extensions, you can see a whole world full of neat tools and gadgets to help improve your Chrome experience. However every single one of these extensions has one thing in common, outside of being developed for Chrome, they all have different creators. Just like your Android or iPhone apps, every creator designs and develops their applications to perform a certain way.
Many people are speculating that Chrome is in fact “Spying” on you even if you are not on your computer. Have you ever seen that green light on your camera go on and off a couple of times?
The public has been blaming Google, and Google has been blaming the Linux distribution “Debian” for downloading a non-open source extension/component.
Google developer mgiuca said “The key here is that Chromium is not a Google product. We do not directly distribute it, or make any guarantees with respect to compliance with various open source policies.



Later on, a spokeswomen from google stated “We’re sure you’ll be relieved to learn we’re not listening to your conversations – nor do we want to. We’re simply giving Chrome users the ability to search hands free at their computer by saying “Ok Google” while on the Google homepage – and only if they choose to opt in to the feature.”
After the accusations and waves of criticism brought onto Google by campaigners and even open source programmers, Google removed the famous extension “Chromium” from the open-source version of their Chrome Browser. Now we have a new extension which is in question known as “Chrome Hotword”. The Chrome Hotword is also offering Google’s famous “Ok, Google” function.
Google’s completely illegal program “wi-spy” actually collects user data over your home networks. They do this by using their Street View cars in which have been fined and as even been investigated for violations of the law in every country around the world. What is Google collecting?



How about your personal emails and data in which reveals everything from your search history, medical records, sexual preferences, and even your marital infidelity. Google’s’ only defense to these accusations is that the illegal collection of data is indeed to eerily similar to that of what the NSA is doing. Is Google now Working with the NSA and/or other governing organizations to steal our information?
You can disable the Chromium extension and disable the “Ok, Google” services. This is “supposed” to prevent Google from spying on you. But will it really?

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#OpNimr: Anonymous Attacks Saudi Arabia’s Cyberspace



Protesting the very poor human rights record of Saudi Arabia, the hacktivist group Anonymous is attacking the government websites of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the wake of a decision by the government to execute a teen. The attack is being coined “#OpNimr” by Anonymous, in support of 17-year-old Mohammed al-Nimr who has been convicted of anti-government activities which he allegedly committed in 2012. He will be executed anytime now.
The sentence was appealed against but it was stuck down and the verdict was upheld. Anonymous has stated that al-Nimr is innocent and is just a young boy and therefore they are opposing his death penalty. Anonymous has further stated that al-Nimr was not even given a lawyer and was tortured in prison and forced to sign a confession which was used against him to convict him in court.

Through #OpNimr, Anonymous is attacking several government websites and taking them down, and have threatened to continue the attacks against said websites.
The websites that Anonymous has attacked so far include the sites of the Ministry of Civil Service, Ministry of Justice, the Technological Centre of Saudi Arabia’s military and security sectors, Saudi Airlines and the General Administration of Education.
Anonymous has been pretty vocal in its attack on the government of Saudi Arabia. They have called the government inhumane and has accused it of breaching human rights. It is a known fact that Saudi Arabia has often been criticized for its violations of human rights, and the execution of Mohammad al-Nimr via crucifixion is the latest incident. Even Amnesty International, the renowned global human rights organisation, has criticized the Saudi Government and have stated that the teenage boy has been tortured while in prison. Several key UN members have also recently criticized Saudi Arabia for their disregard towards human rights.

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Hungary Builds Massive Razor-wire Fence To Stop Refugees



Hungary was never in the limelight for very much. Unfortunately, its recent actions with regards to the Syrian refugees who seek safe passage through its borders have brought it more attention than it could have ever bargained for.
From a journalist who kicked and tripped a Syrian refugee and a child… to terrible gulag-style detention facilities where refugees are detained as though they were prisoners and get food tossed to them as though they were animals… and even new laws that mean REAL imprisonment for refugees… Hungary has lost any respect I had accorded it for freeing itself from the IMF in 2013.
Now it’s building gigantic fences with razor wire to keep refugees out, with armed guards standing watch.
Doing business with the Hungarian government is proving to be bad publicity, after the above revelations, and some self-respecting human-rights-respecting companies have decided not to do business with it- NOBODY wants to see a refugee hurt by one of their own products… let alone deal with the fallout from having their logo prominently displayed in the front-page photograph of the  incident.
In one case, a company that manufactures razor wire turned down a VERY lucrative contract to supply Hungary with 500,000 Euros worth of wire.
“Hungary is misusing the nato wire. Mr. Orban takes it in stride that people could hurt or even die from it. (Razor) wire is designed to prevent criminal acts, like an intrusion, from taking place. Fleeing children and adults are not criminals,” said the owner of the Berlin-based company named Mutanox (catchy). His employees wholeheartedly supported his choice.
The CEO of another German company (under the condition of anonymity) said, “Children, caught in the wire, is a disgrace.” It too had taken the moral high-ground by refusing to supply the dangerous fencing.

It would certainly be nice if larger corporations were to actively boycott certain governments by refusing to serve or sell to them, particularly when the intent is to harm the lives of innocents. Hungary might be the villain of today, but I can certainly imagine how awesome it would be if a certain super power stopped receiving hell-fire missiles because they might be used to massacre civilians
Who am I kidding? In just as many cases it’s the corporations which are goading governments into human-rights violations… but I digress.
This refugee crisis has brought the ugliest out of people, and I would like to say that it has also shown some of the best. However, every example trotted out before me seems to be an ever-evolving shade of grey; an Egyptian billionaire intends to buy a Mediterranean island to house the refugees… noble, yes? His home country of Egypt continues to provide very poor conditions for the refugees who went that way, “encouraging” them to head towards Europe… the cynic in me tells me that this billionaire could have done something about THAT before buying an entire island in order to export his “troubles” away.
Syrians were one of the nicest people, and accepted the fourth highest number of refugees before their civil war. As I watch the actions of its neighbors, the US and the EU… I feel dismay.
There are those who abuse refugees (Hungary) and build massive razor wire fences to skewer the children, those who officially do not accept so that they can pick out the skilled labor (Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) while condemning the old, the young and the sick should make a perilous journey to Europe, those who accept many but call them “guests” rather than refugees so that they do not have to afford the Syrians human rights (Turkey)…
And those who funded the rebels who became ISIS ( Saudi Arabia)… and those who armed them (the US)… and  those who allowed ISIS free passage through its borders (Turkey).

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The Guy Fawkes Mask: Who Profits, and What You Can do about it




By now, it’s no secret that with every Guy Fawkes mask purchased, the Time Warner Company makes a profit. You’ll find a lot of articles online that cover the topic, however you’ll be lucky if you can find one that offers genuine solutions. We’ve decided, therefore, to provide not only some facts about the production and profits made from the masks, but what you can do to avoid purchasing one.
The Guy Fawkes mask became associated with the Anonymous movement innocently enough. It began at 4chan with a stick-figure known as Epic Fail Guy who was eventually seen depicted in the mask.


During Project Chanology—which was formulated partly at 4chan—protesters donned the mask to symbolize Scientology’s failure (Guy Fawkes himself had failed at his endeavors), however it became associated instead with the character ‘V’ from the movie V for Vendetta, a Time Warner production.


Time Warner now owns the rights to the mask, and they earn royalties on every sale. The company has never released any data that shows their earnings, but it’s safe to assume they’re making a fair profit from the hundreds of thousands of masks that are bought each year. This issue is a thorn in most Anon’s sides considering the history between Anonymous and Time Warner.
There’s also the controversy surrounding the production of these masks that must be taken into consideration. The photos below were taken at a factory in São Gonçalo, Brazil where employees are forced to work in third-world sweatshop conditions.


Workers manufacturing Guy Fawkes masks at a factory in Brazil. Photo courtesy of Reuters.


Photo courtesy of Reuters.

Those in the Anonymous Movement do not support corporate interests of any kind, therefore this is an issue that must be resolved immediately. We feel it is our responsibility as representatives of Anonymous to provide a wide variety of solutions, however it involves everyone’s cooperation. Provided below are a series of ideas and suggestions that will help you to support that which you believe in—guilt free.

Paper mask:

In a quick fix, you can always rely on simple paper cut-outs. There are numerous sites that provide them, and these can be printed out in a few seconds. Unfortunately, they are quite flimsy, and you’d better hope your protest doesn’t occur on a rainy day. There are simple methods to reinforce them if you have an extra 20 minutes, however they still won’t last you long.

Papier Mache:

For the artistic Anons who are looking for something more reliable, Papier Mache is an inexpensive, easy, and fun alternative. There are quite a few different methods and recipes, many of which require items that can be found in the home.


Example of a Papier Mache mask, 1.

Most forms of Papier Mache can be sanded smooth, and painted with a glossy finish. You can make your own molds, like that pictured above, however if you are looking for a perfect shape, one Guy Fawkes mask can be used as a mold-template to create many Papier Mache masks.


Example of a Papier Mache mask, 2.

Provided below is a quick tutorial on how to make a Papier Mache copy of a Guy Fawkes mask, and best of all, it doesn’t ruin the original, so you can borrow a friend’s mask and return it in the same condition:


Vacuum forming:

For the mechanically inclined Anons who want something a bit more professional, the mask pictured below can be made using common household items (such as an old toaster and tire pump), and simple crafting supplies. This method initially requires more time and effort, however once finished, numerous professional-quality masks can be made for friends and fellow protesters in less than 3 minutes each.


Like Papier Mache masks, vacuum-formed masks allow for unlimited artistic creativity as they can be painted and customized any number of ways. Here’s a tutorial on how to get started:


Bandanas:

Another easy option is to have your own bandanas printed. These can be worn over the face completely (if you decide to cut out some eye-holes), or folded in half.


Example found at fiverr.com.

Simply get yourself a solid-colored bandana or an equivalent-sized piece of material, print out your favorite Guy Fawkes template like that shown below, and take it to your local custom screen printer (they’re everywhere). For about the same price as a mask, you can have your own custom bandana printed by a locally-owned small business, not a corporation. If you would like to make multiple bandanas, you can sometimes find relatively cheap screen printers at your local craft store as well.


Template Example

There are many other creative ways to make your own Anonymous mask, we’ve simply listed a few of the easiest and least expensive methods. For those who are interested in creating something truly unique and of high quality, there are a multitude of tutorials available on YouTube that will help you to make fiberglass resin masks, slush-cast masks, leather-molded masks, and more.
We won’t relinquish our beloved icon, nor should we. People are free to accessorize however they choose—humans have been doing it for thousands of years—however we need to be more conscious of our choices. November 5th will be here soon, and we would love to see some imaginative creations at this year’s Million Mask March.

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