Eight of the biggest online tech firms have formed a campaign group calling for a major overhaul of the way the government uses the Internet for gathering intelligence. The group has urged President Obama and Congress to follow five principles to defend individual freedoms.
The “Reform Government Surveillance” group is made up of AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo. It has written an open letter to Obama and congressional members referring to the revelations made this summer after the leaking of documents by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
The letter, which appears online and as an ad in several major newspapers, argues that:
“The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual — rights that are enshrined in our Constitution… We urge the US to take the lead and make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight.”
The group’s website lists five principles that it believes are necessary in any government policy on Internet surveillance:
1) Legal restrictions that place limits on government data gathering, including only monitoring specific suspects rather than collecting data in bulk.
2) Oversight and accountability, including reviews by independent courts where both sides can make a case and where ruling are “made public in a timely manner.”
3) Companies should have the right to transparently publish information about the number and type of requests/demands they’ve had from the government to hand over data.
4) Governments should not block people from accessing data that is physically stored on servers in other countries.
5) Governments should work together to establish common legal principles governing online data, with a clear system for resolving cases where national laws contradict one another.
It’s notable that, although sparked by the NSA scandal, the list of principles are aimed at governments worldwide. That might be seen as easing the pressure on the Obama administration, but from another perspective it makes a striking point to lump together US issues (such as the secret courts overseeing security agencies) with those in countries such as China (where the different companies have responded in different ways to content restrictions and geoblocking.)
Will someone please go tell Japan it’s not Halloween anymore?!
This Autoway Tire commercial made me audibly scream and walk away. It is most definitely not for the faint of heart.
No, seriously. The ad even comes with that very disclaimer before it even starts, along with “We shall not be liable for any injuries, illness and damages claimed to be caused by watching the contents.”
Without giving too much away, the premise is essentially from the p.o.v. of passengers in a car — you see what they see through the windshield. It’s also nighttime and it’s snowing.
Oh, and the road is haunted.
The tactic is actually called “scarevertising,” and the company employs it to show that its tires perform in extreme or dangerous conditions.
What do you think: Is “scarevertising” a clever ploy?
Once again, before hitting play, this is not for the faint of heart.
Oh, and lower the volume on the player a bit.
Gamer Guys and Gals, please be aware:
4chan’s /b/ forum — the same one that convinced lots of people to dunk their phones in water — has now promised new Xbox One users a way to “hack” their new gaming units so they will be backwards compatible.
INSTEAD, IT BRICKS THE CONSOLE, RENDERING IT INOPERABLE.
THERE IS NO WAY TO REVERSE IT.
IF YOU SEE THIS, PLEASE DO NOT DO IT:
A Tweet from Xbox Live’s programming director Larry Hryb:
[via The Daily Dot]
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First Kermit the Frog, then Iron Man, then Darth Vader, and now Indy.
After first acquiring The Muppets, then Marvel Comics and most recently, Lucasfilm, Disney has been handed the rights of the Indiana Jones franchise from Paramount Pictures, according to Variety.
Which basically means, if you’re keeping score, Disney now owns every part of your childhood.
Paramount will still be in charge of the distribution for the first four “Indiana Jones” films, but now, Disney “gains distribution and marketing rights to future films, in addition to retaining the ownership rights it secured when it acquired Lucasfilm.”
Paramount will also receive financial participation regarding any future “Indiana Jones” films.
Synopsis: In part 2 of the popular “Mac ‘n’ Cheese” our two heroes find themselves low on cash, taking a job at the local supermarket seems to be the solution to all of their problems. The first day runs by smoothly, but a final task makes things turn for the worst…
Follow them on a desperate but exciting chase for cash and riches.
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Humanity is on a path that can take us to the stars — if we don’t stop dreaming big and taking chances. The laws of physics don’t say that interstellar travel is impossible; it is simply very difficult. In the past, this was viewed as a challenge. We’ve smashed atoms, covered continents with roads, explored the most inhospitable places on Earth, and sent people to the Moon and robots to the edge of the solar system. But that was yesterday. What about tomorrow? We’re discovering that the universe is not only full of stars, but planets as well — most likely billions of them. We didn’t discover the first planet beyond our solar system until 1992 and today we’ve found thousands. We don’t need warp drive or worm holes to reach the stars — we just need to use the known laws of physics and think BIG.
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