ECP NetHappenings: 12-2-19 morning edition

An Excellent Letter, a Perfect Letter. People are saying it is the Best Letter they’ve EVER Seen.
https://twitter.com/katierogers/status/1184567108853751809

Laundromat movie starring Meryl Streep on Netflix
{Panama Papers Mossack breach}
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuBRcfe4bSo

The ownership of central banks
https://bankunderground.co.uk/2019/10/18/the-ownership-of-central-banks/

The Big Interception Flaw in the US-UK Cloud Act Agreement | Center for Internet and Society
https://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2019/10/big-interception-flaw-us-uk-cloud-act-agreement

Edward Snowden:’Without encryption we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground’: The US, UK and Australia are taking on Facebook in a bid to undermine the only method that protects our personal information.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/15/encryption-lose-privacy-us-uk-australia-facebook

Internet Ethics on Twitter: “It’s sort of weird that we’re reaching a point where you can go into someone’s home and not even be remotely aware that an Echo is curled up against a wall socket”
https://twitter.com/IEthics/status/1179836458892316672

The Internet of Things is a Sham – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88xjs6FBu30

Google chief: I’d disclose smart speakers before guests enter my home
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-50048144

So looking through the fine print of the apartment we are renting… Time to go hunting for cameras since we’ve already found microphones
https://twitter.com/InfoSecFriends/status/1185541844995846144

 

Fact:  Washington does not have an extradition treaty with Beijing.

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: US following China with privacy
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/09/cambridge-analytica-whistleblower-us-following-china-with-privacy.html

CacheBrowser: Bypassing Chinese Firewall Without Proxies
https://infatica.io/blog/cachebrowser-bypassing-chinese-firewall-without-proxies/

Starting December 1st, China’s new MLPS 2.0 cybersecurity laws will require submission of a facial scan to receive internet access
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2019/10/starting-december-1st-chinas-new-mlps-2-0-cybersecurity-laws-will-require-submission-of-a-facial-scan-to-receive-internet-access/

China’s New Cybersecurity Program: NO Place to Hide
https://www.chinalawblog.com/2019/09/chinas-new-cybersecurity-program-no-place-to-hide.html

The China Connection: How One D.E.A. Agent Cracked a Global Fentanyl Ring
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/16/magazine/china-fentanyl-drug-ring.html

The City Of Baltimore Blew Off A $76,000 Ransomware Demand Only To Find Out A Bunch Of Its Data Had Never Been Backed Up
https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20191004/19564743128/city-baltimore-blew-off-76000-ransomware-demand-only-to-find-out-bunch-data-had-never-been-backed-up.shtml

A list of the Colorado priests named in the Catholic church sex abuse report, where they worked and when The report accuses 43 priests, but most of the abuse was committed by five
https://coloradosun.com/2019/10/23/names-of-priests-accused-of-sexual-abuse-colorado/

YOUR KIDS AND YOUR GRANDKIDS RIGHT NOW
College admissions officers rank prospective students based on web browsing, family finances and other data
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/10/14/colleges-quietly-rank-prospective-students-based-their-personal-data/

Children’s digital rights to Privacy!!!!
YouTube in particular is a top destination for children under 13.
The Federal Trade Commission – Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act — the only comprehensive federal privacy law we have in the United States. The FTC review comes after a spate of children’s protection failures by tech giants. Most recently, the agency fined Google $170 million for violating the kids’ privacy law on YouTube.
YouTube claimed its services were not for kids — even as the platform promoted itself to advertisers at the top online destination for children.
Educational institutions and ed tech vendors have as poor a track record on children’s data protection as tech giants. Over the last three years, there have been more than 700 data breaches, hacks, ransome and DDS attacks in U.S. public schools, according to K-12 cybersecurity data.

Hacker stole 77 million user accounts from Edmodo, a social learning platform used widely in K-12 schools around the world.
https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-05-11-hacker-steals-77-million-edmodo-user-accounts

The K-12 Cyber Incident Map 715 Incidents Since January 2016
https://k12cybersecure.com/map/

Now Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp’s Quantum Stealth technology or “broadband invisibility cloak” that bends light around a target. The light can be visible spectrum, ultraviolet, infrared or shortwave infrared light/.
https://twitter.com/hackermaderas/status/1186344576187015175

Phone passwords support these symbols
~ @ ! # $ % ^ & * () / : ; ? , . <> _ –

DHS cyber unit wants to subpoena ISPs to identify vulnerable systems
https://techcrunch.com/2019/10/09/cisa-subpoena-powers-isp-vulnerable-systems/

Samsung: Anyone’s thumbprint can unlock Galaxy S10 phone
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-50080586

Turla group exploits Iranian APT to expand coverage of victims – NCSC
https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/turla-group-exploits-iran-apt-to-expand-coverage-of-victims

Malicious Payloads – Hiding Beneath the WAV
https://threatvector.cylance.com/en_us/home/malicious-payloads-hiding-beneath-the-wav.html

How the OceanLotus Threat Group leveraged steganography to conceal malicious backdoor payloads within image files
https://s7d2.scene7.com/is/content/cylance/prod/cylance-web/en-us/resources/knowledge-center/resource-library/white-papers/OceanLotus-Steganography-Malware-Analysis-White-Paper.pdf

FACEBOOK ADS INC “The evil genius of Ads Inc was that it evaded detection in part by using thousands of different Facebook accounts to place ads. And it got these by paying average Americans $15 a month to “rent” their FB accounts.
https://twitter.com/CraigSilverman/status/1184577478641233921

Mysterious UAE cyber firm luring ex-Israeli intel officers with astronomical salaries
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-mysterious-uae-cyber-firm-luring-ex-israeli-intel-officers-with-astronomical-salaries-1.7991274

Remember this? Judge approves $415M settlement in Apple, Google wage case
https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-apple-google-tech-wage-settlement-20150903-story.html

@NordVPN hacked https://twitter.com/le_keksec
https://twitter.com/le_keksec/status/1185745754176049153
https://share.dmca.gripe/hZYMaB8oF96FvArZ.txt

Hackers steal secret crypto keys for NordVPN.
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/10/hackers-steal-secret-crypto-keys-for-nordvpn-heres-what-we-know-so-far/

“So apparently NordVPN was compromised at some point. Their (expired) private keys have been leaked, meaning anyone can just set up a server with those keys”
https://twitter.com/hexdefined/status/1185864801261477891

Planting Tiny Spy Chips in Hardware Can Cost as Little as $200
https://www.wired.com/story/plant-spy-chips-hardware-supermicro-cheap-proof-of-concept/

Meet America’s newest military giant: Amazon
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614487/meet-americas-newest-military-giant-amazon/

Hacking Group Keksec is back. This time they didn’t post funny pictures of their billboard Hacks. They published a guide on How to Hack them.

The secret life of our HIPAA data
“There’s a misconception that all health information is protected by HIPAA; it’s just not true,” she says. A growing number of apps and websites skirt oversight, such as wearable devices that track your heart rate, or an app or portal where individuals can store their own health information. If a company isn’t covered by HIPAA, it “can do more with your health information than you might think, without your consent,” she said.
Can your medical records become marketing? We investigate a reader’s suspicious ‘patient portal. Our tech columnist helps identify a HIPAA loophole, explains Apple Pay and shares a Firefox upgrade that helps you track the data trackers on your computer. The patient portal FollowMyHealth.com reserves rights to use “personal health record” data for “marketing and advertising purposes, including sending you marketing and advertising communications whether on our behalf or on behalf of marketing partners.” Say what? Nobody wants to see their medical diagnosis turn into an ad. What’s the law here? A patient portal that has a business associate agreement with your doctor’s office to collect your personal health information should be covered by HIPAA, said Deven McGraw, the former deputy director of health information privacy at the Office for Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. And under HIPAA, showing paid, targeted advertisements should require consent from each patient. When I contacted Follow My Health’s corporate parent Allscripts, it painted a narrower picture of its practices — and claimed the site wasn’t limited by HIPAA. Follow My Health claims it is not limited by HIPAA. “Unlike a patient portal that a vendor hosts or supports for a single health-care provider, a vendor of a personal health record product that allows individual consumers to aggregate their health information from multiple sources is not regulated by HIPAA,” Lynch said. The HIPAA-covered business associate relationship, he said, is “limited to the technical work that is necessary to establish and maintain connectivity” between a doctor’s electronic records system and Follow My Health.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/10/22/help-desk-can-your-medical-records-become-marketing-we-investigate-readers-suspicious-patient-portal

Bernie’s tax plan Healthcare cost

https://bernietax.com/

Researchers unveil the world’s first programmed DNA computer prototype
https://www.fanaticalfuturist.com/2019/04/researchers-unveil-the-worlds-first-programable-dna-computer-prototype/

 

 

 

South Carolina Legal Tender Act Would Treat Gold & Silver As Money

Nullifying the Fed on a state by state level.

H.4678 will be officially introduced and referred to the House Judiciary Committee when the regular session adjourns on Jan. 13, 2020. It will have to pass committee by a majority vote before moving forward in the legislative process.

A bill prefiled in the South Carolina House would make gold and silver coins legal tender in the state. Passage of this bill would take a step toward creating currency competition in South Carolina and undermine the Federal Reserve’s monopoly on money.

Rep. Stewart Jones filed House Bill 4678 (H.4678) on Nov. 20. Under the proposed law, “gold and silver coins minted foreign or domestic shall be legal tender in the State of South Carolina under the laws of this State. No person or other entity may compel another person or other entity to tender or accept gold or silver coin unless agreed upon by the parties.”

Practically speaking, this would allow South Carolina residents to use gold or silver coins to pay taxes and other debts owed to the state. In effect, it would put gold and silver on the same footing as Federal Reserve notes.

The phrase, “unless agreed upon by the parties” has important legal ramifications. This wording reaffirms the court’s ability, and constitutional responsibility according to Article I, Section 10, to require specific performance when enforcing such contracts. If voluntary parties agree to be paid, or to pay, in gold and silver coin, South Carolina courts could not substitute any other thing, e.g. Federal Reserve Notes, as payment.

South Carolina could become the fourth state to recognize gold and silver as legal tender. Utah led the way, reestablishing constitutional money in 2011. Wyoming and Oklahoma have since joined.

The effect has been most dramatic in Utah where United Precious Metals Association (UMPA) was established after the passage of the Utah Specie Legal Tender Act and the elimination of all taxes on gold and silver. UPMA offers accounts denominated in U.S. minted gold and silver dollars. The company also recently released the “Utah Goldback.” UPMA describes it as “the first local, voluntary currency to be made of a spendable, beautiful, physical gold.”

South Carolina has already repealed the sales tax on gold and silver. That removed one barrier to using gold and silver in everyday transactions. Capital gains taxes are still imposed on gold and silver for state income tax purposes. After establishing gold and silver as legal tender, South Carolina should repeal the capital gains tax to completely open the door to using it as money.

https://www.zerohedge.com/economics/south-carolina-legal-tender-act-would-treat-gold-silver-money

Archiving and publishing leaked & hacked data of public interest.

Distributed Denial of Secrets

Friends of The Collective
Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)
https://ddosecrets.com/about/

Corporate Data
https://ddosecrets.com/data/corporations/

Hack Back a DIY guide to robbing banks by Subcowmandante Marcos
https://data.ddosecrets.com/file/Sherwood/HackBack_EN.txt

The original can be found in spanish at:
https://web.archive.org/web/20191117042838/http://data.ddosecrets.com/file/Sherwood/HackBack.txt

Queen Elizabeth’s Secret Powers

Great British political riddle solved as scope of the royal prerogative is revealed for the first time
Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
Mon 20 Oct 2003 21.24 EDT

One of the last great riddles of the British political system was solved yesterday when the powers wielded by the government in the name of the monarchy were set down on paper for the first time.
The “veil of mystery” surrounding the royal prerogative was lifted when a list of them was published in a move intended to encourage greater transparency.
The prerogative, which includes the power to declare war, is handed from monarchs to ministers and allows them to take action without the backing of parliament.

In a move intended to encourage greater accountability, the Commons public administration committee (PAC) published a list of the little-understood powers which it persuaded Sir Hayden Phillips, permanent secretary to the Department of Constitutional Affairs, to supply.
“Over the years when people have asked the government to say what prerogative powers there are, they have always refused to do so,” said the committee’s chairman, Labour MP Tony Wright.

“It tells us largely what we know, but it is a small victory to have the government say at least what it thinks they are.”
The PAC wants parliament to be given a say in how the powers are used. Although MPs were given a vote on the war in Iraq, there is no obligation on the government to let them have a say.
The powers include those that allow governments to regulate the civil service, issue passports, make treaties, appoint and remove ministers and grant honours.

They also include the prerogative of mercy, which is no longer used to save condemned men from the scaffold but can be exercised to remedy miscarriages of justice which are not put right by the courts.
In its paper the government said new prerogative powers could not be invented and that some “have fallen out of use altogether, probably forever”, such as the power to press men into the navy.

But it said there were still “significant aspects” of domestic affairs in which the powers could be used, despite legislation.

And it accepted that the “conduct of foreign affairs remains very reliant on the exercise of prerogative powers” and that they can “still to some extent adapt to changed circumstances”.

It also set out ways in which parliament and the courts have limited the powers through control of the supply of money, new laws and judicial review.

Mr Wright said: “It should be a basic constitutional principle that ministers would be required to explain to parliament where their powers come from and how they intend to use them.”

The committee is looking at proposals for an act which would force ministers to seek authorisation from parliament before they exercised some of the powers, which were “sometimes in effect powers of life and death”.

These include the power to declare war.

The government said it was not possible to give a comprehensive catalogue of prerogative powers.

So there was scope for the courts to identify prerogative powers which had little previous recognition.

In a case about whether the home secretary had power to issue baton rounds to a chief constable without the consent of the police authority, the court held that the crown had a prerogative power to keep the peace within the realm.

Lord Justice Nourse commented: “The scarcity of references in the books to the prerogative of keeping the peace within the realm does not disprove that it exists. Rather it may point to an unspoken assumption that it does“.

Full list of those powers
Domestic Affairs

The appointment and dismissal of ministers;
The summoning, prorogation and dissolution of Parliament;
Royal assent to bills;
The appointment and regulation of the civil service;
The commissioning of officers in the armed forces;
Directing the disposition of the armed forces in the UK;
Appointment of Queen’s Counsel;
Issue and withdrawal of passports;
Prerogative of mercy.(Used to apply in capital punishment cases. Still used, eg to remedy errors in sentence calculation)
Granting honours;
Creation of corporations by Charter;
Foreign Affairs
The making of treaties;
Declaration of war;
Deployment of armed forces overseas;
Recognition of foreign states;
Accreditation and reception of diplomats.

 

Think Google or Apple are powerful? Then you’ve never heard of the East India Company, a profit-making enterprise so mighty, it once ruled nearly all of the Indian subcontinent. Between 1600 and 1874, it built the most powerful corporation the world had ever known, complete with its own army, its own territory, and a near-total hold on trade of a product now seen as quintessentially British: Tea.

At the dawn of the 17th century, the Indian subcontinent was known as the “East Indies,” and—as home to spices, fabrics, and luxury goods prized by wealthy Europeans—was seen as a land of seemingly endless potential. Due to their seafaring prowess, Spain and Portugal held a monopoly on trade in the Far East. But Britain wanted in, and when it seized the ships of the defeated Spanish Armada in 1588, it paved the way for the monarchy to become a serious naval power.

The East India Company (EIC), also known as the Honourable East India Company (HEIC) or the British East India Company and informally as John Company, Company Bahadur, or simply The Company, was an English and later British joint-stock company. It was formed to trade in the Indian Ocean region, initially with Mughal India and the East Indies (Maritime Southeast Asia), and later with Qing China. The company ended up seizing control over large parts of the Indian subcontinent, colonized parts of Southeast Asia, and colonized Hong Kong after a war with Qing China.

How did Queen Elizabeth become the richest women in the world?

The East India Company: The original corporate raiders
An international corporation was transforming itself into an aggressive colonial power.

One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, this word was rarely heard outside the plains of north India until the late 18th century, when it suddenly became a common term across Britain.
The last hereditary Welsh prince, Owain Gruffydd ap Gwenwynwyn, built Powis castle as a craggy fort in the 13th century; the estate was his reward for abandoning Wales to the rule of the English monarchy. But its most spectacular treasures date from a much later period of English conquest and appropriation: Powis is simply awash with loot from India, room after room of imperial plunder, extracted by the East India Company in the 18th century.
There are more Mughal artefacts stacked in this private house in the Welsh countryside than are on display at any one place in India – even the National Museum in Delhi. The riches include hookahs of burnished gold inlaid with empurpled ebony; superbly inscribed spinels and jewelled daggers; gleaming rubies the colour of pigeon’s blood and scatterings of lizard-green emeralds. There are talwars set with yellow topaz, ornaments of jade and ivory; silken hangings, statues of Hindu gods and coats of elephant armour.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/04/east-india-company-original-corporate-raiders

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_India_Company

When the British East India Company (EIC) was formed in 1600, there were already other East India Companies operating on behalf of France, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal. Thanks to the naval route that explorer Vasco da Gama discovered, riches from the Orient were pouring into Europe. With other nations importing fortunes in goods and plunder, Queen Elizabeth decided England should get some, too. So she granted the charter for the East India Company.
Queen Elizabeth used more than just royal decree and coffers (treasury funds) to help merchants and explorers establish trade on behalf of England in the East. The charter she issued created the first official joint-stock corporation. A joint-stock corporation is composed of investors who are granted shares in a company. In return for their initial investments, shareholders are given dividends, or percentages, of the company’s profits based on the number of shares the investor holds.

Under the auspices of her royal authority, Elizabeth also limited the liability of the EIC’s investors — including hers. This made the company the world’s first limited liability corporation (abbreviated as LLC in the United States and Ltd. in the United Kingdom). Under an LLC, the investors in a corporation are granted protection from losing any more money than their initial investments in the venture. If the company goes under, the investors only lose the amount of money they put into the LLC. The company’s outstanding debts aren’t divvied up among its investors [source: IRS].

Queen Elizabeth covered any losses or debts owed by the East India Company with the royal coffers; modern LLCs are subject to bankruptcy procedures, where creditors may be forced to take pennies on the dollar or nothing at all if a corporation goes under.

https://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/world-history/east-india-company-influence1.htm

 

 

Bloomberg not investigated by his own news service

With boss running for president, Bloomberg News sets rules, won’t probe him or Democratic rivals

With Michael Bloomberg now running for president, the news service that bears his name said Sunday it will not “investigate” him or any of his Democratic rivals, and Bloomberg Opinion will no longer run unsigned editorials.

Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait announced the new rules in a note to his news organization’s 2,700 journalists and analysts Sunday, shortly after the former New York City mayor announced his candidacy.

“There is no point in trying to claim that covering this presidential campaign will be easy for a newsroom that has built up its reputation for independence in part by not writing about ourselves,” Micklethwait wrote.

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/11/25/business/corporate-business/boss-running-president-bloomberg-news-sets-rules-wont-probe-democratic-rivals/

Elizabeth Warren Stands Up to Billionaires

Warren and Sanders aim attacks at Michael Bloomberg

Bernie Sanders Questions Betsy DeVos: Would you be here without contributions? | ABC News

Elizabeth Warren Questions Betsy Devos

Al Franken Questions Betsy DeVos on Proficiency vs Growth | ABC News

.org Registry Every new detail is worse than the last

.org Registry Every new detail is worse than the last

ICANN races towards regulatory capture: the great .ORG heist

Ethos Capital, a new commercial investment firm founded in the past few months in Boston, has 2 staff and only one investment: a deal to acquire the 501c3 non-profit that currently runs the .org domain (valued at a few $B), for an undisclosed sum. This was initiated immediately after ICANN decided in May, over universal opposition, to remove the price cap on .org registrations with no meaningful protections for existing or future registrants.

This seems to violate a range of ethical, ICANN, ISOC, and non-profit guidelines.  It is certainly the privatisation of a not-for-profit monopoly into a for-profit one, which will benefit a few by inconveniencing millions of others.  I have questions:

  • Do affected parties have recourse?
  • Other than polite letters, is anything being done?
  • Why does Vint in particular think this is a good idea… ?
  • Has anyone currently at ICANN + ISOC made substantive comment?

For more backstory, read on…

A brief history of  .org

The .org heist

(registrars must give domain-holders 6 months notice of a price increase for renewals, and have the option but no obligation to offer renewals for up to 10 years at current rates. So if the registry chose to quintuple its rates, each registrar would have the option to offer its customers at most 10 years of registration at the old, unquintupled rate).

In early 2019, PIR asked ICANN to drop the price cap on .org registrations and renewals. PIR touted their non-profit status as a reason to approve.

In March 2019, ICANN pushed this idea forward, inviting comments on the proposal. They received more comments (3,300) than they had on almost any other decision, uniformly opposed to the change (with 6 exceptions, 0.2% of the total.) The oppositions came from registrars and NGOs across the globe.

In summarizing the comments later to the Register, ICANN lied boldly if not creatively, saying: “there was a group that opposed lifting price caps, but it is not true that ‘the community’ was ‘strongly opposed’ to lifting them.”

A letter-writing campaign was started at #savedotorg.

ICANN has the right to withhold approval of the proposed sale, under Section 7.5 of the .Org Registry Agreement; they have 30 days after they receive the last requested information about such a sale to consent or explicitly withhold consent.

This Is How Elon Musk Can Fix The Damage His Starlink Satellites Are Causing To Astronomy

This Is How Elon Musk Can Fix The Damage His Starlink Satellites Are Causing To Astronomy (Forbes)

The Universe is out there, waiting for you to discover it.
On November 18, 2019, approximately 19 Starlink satellites passed over Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, disrupting astronomical observations and hindering the science being undertaken in a real, measurable way.

EXCERPT:
In any field of business or industry, the prevailing rule has always been that if there isn’t a law against it, you are free to do it. If there are no rules protecting a resource, you are free to use or take as much of it as you want to further your own ends. Until regulatory measures are put into place, disruptors and innovators are free to regulate themselves, often to the extraordinary detriment of those who depended on those now-scarce resources.

In astronomy, the greatest resource of all is a dark, clear night sky: humanity’s window to the Universe. Traditionally, its enemies have been turbulent air, cloud cover, and artificial light pollution. But very recently, a new type of pollutant has begun to pose an existential threat to astronomy itself: mega-constellations of satellites. If Elon Musk’s Starlink project continues as it has begun, it will likely end ground-based astronomy as we know it.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station carrying 60 Starlink satellites on November 11, 2019 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Starlink constellation will eventually consist of thousands of satellites designed to provide world wide high-speed internet service, but the cost to the science of astronomy is already substantial, and is poised to rise significantly over the coming years.

Launching satellites to provide services to those of us living on the ground is an essential part of modern-day living. GPS and telecommunications satellites enable our cellular signals and support our mobile internet today. With the coming upgrade to 5G services, a new set of infrastructure will be required, and that necessarily means an upgraded set of satellites equipped to provide that service must be launched.

One of the first companies to attempt to serve this market is SpaceX, under the guidance of Elon Musk, which plans to initially deploy 12,000 satellites in a mega-constellation known as Starlink. Ultimately, the constellation hopes to extend to a total of 42,000 satellites. As of November 20, 2019, only 122 of these satellites have been deployed, and they’ve already had a detrimental impact on astronomy on a global scale.

If we hope to mitigate this, either regulators or SpaceX executives themselves will need to mandate a change…
[…]
https://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2019/11/20/this-is-how-elon-musk-can-fix-the-damage-his-starlink-satellites-are-causing-to-astronomy/

Educational CyberPlayGround: NetHappenings 11-21-19 .org

.ORG Sold to Private Equity Firm, Transparency Diminished

https://epic.org/2019/11/org-sold-to-private-equity-fir.html

The Internet Society announced that it plans to sell the Public Interest Registry, which manages the .ORG domain, and all of its assets to Ethos Capitol, a private equity firm. The announcement follows a decision to remove price caps on domain name purchases that was widely opposed by the user community. EPIC’s Marc Rotenberg, who was a founding board member and former chair of PIR, told Gizmodo he was “very disappointed” by the news. “We built the .org domain with the specific goal of promoting the noncommercial use of the Internet,” Rotenberg said. “There are many models, including ICANN itself, that could allow for effective management of the domain by a non-profit corporation. There are critical elements of transparency and accountability that will be lost when the Public Interest Registry is acquired by a private equity firm.” The PIR website currently states, “PIR‘s believes that a best practice is transparency and accountability to itself, its stakeholders, and the public. The release of our annual IRS 990 Form provides publicly-available financial information to maintain our non-profit status in good standing.”

ICANN CAN’T:
INTRODUCTION to the DOMAIN INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
https://edu-cyberpg.com/Internet/Domain-Name-icann.html

https://mashable.com/article/dot-org-domain-private-equity-acquisition/

TEACH PRIVACY

no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no
FBI sought Interpol statement against end-to-end crypto
Backdoors are totally safe and companies should make them, draft resolution asserts. Sean Gallagher – 11/18/2019, 3:35 PM
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/11/think-of-the-children-fbi-sought-interpol-statement-against-end-to-end-crypto/

OOOH THE CHILDREN EXCUSE — WHILE THEY NEVER STOPPED EPSTEIN AND HIS COLLABORATORS LIKE MADAM MAXWELL procurer-in-chief. She has not been charged. And while she presently faces civil litigation, the likelihood of a court appearance is unknown. Mitchell Garabedian, the Boston lawyer who exposed Catholic clergy sex abuse, said in an email attorneys would want to locate Maxwell in the US, as courts here would have legal power to get her to testify.
Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell was a guest at a Jeff Bezos-hosted retreat in 2018, report says
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/11/01/jeffrey-epstein-friend-ghislaine-maxwell-was-guest-at-jeff-bezos-event.html

“96% of AmLaw 100 firms have privacy practices. Most US law schools lack any privacy courses and don’t have full time faculty in the field. Time for change.

An Open Letter to Law School Deans about Privacy Law Education in Law Schools

 

A massive scandal: how Assange, his doctors, lawyers and visitors were all spied on for the U.S. https://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2019/11/18/news/a_massive_scandal_how_assange_his_doctors_lawyers_and_visitors_were_all_spied_on_for_the_u_s_-241314527/

Roger Stone Found Guilty On All Counts
https://crooksandliars.com/2019/11/roger-stone-found-guilty-all-counts

The Real Reason Why Hong Kong Authorities Are Desperate To Regain Control Of University
Many CUHK students suspect that the real goal of the police is to control the internet, as Hong Kong’s internet center which handles 99 percent of the city’s internet traffic is located inside the CUHK campus.
https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/heres-real-reason-why-hong-kong-authorities-are-desperate-regain-control-university

Chinese killer robots sold to Middle East will leave ‘every human dead’
Fears that ‘fully autonomous’ military drones sold by China to Middle East countries could have dire results with the machines able to decide on who lives and dies
EXCERPT:
China is selling its most advanced “fully autonomous” military drones with fears that it could lead to a bloodbath in the Middle East. The Asian superpower is reportedly selling AI-enhanced combat drones to the region, with potentially disastrous consequences. Prof Toby Walsh, of the University of NSW, in Australia, said: “They would be impossible to defend yourself against. “Once the shooting starts, every human on the battlefield will be dead.” US Defence Sec Mark Esper has said that China is selling drones programmed to decide themselves who lives or dies.
He told a conference on Artificial Intelligence: “As we speak, the Chinese government is already exporting some of its most advanced military aerial drones to the Middle East as it prepares to export its next generation stealth UAVs when those come online.
“In addition, Chinese weapons manufacturers are selling drones advertised as capable of full autonomy including the ability to conduct lethal, targeted strikes.”
An Australian outlet, news.com.au, reports that a state controlled Chinese defence company is negotiating the sale of its Blowfish A3 armed helicopter drone to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Dr Malcolm Davis, an Australian Strategic Policy Institute analyst says that it is not strange there is no debate over the sales in China. He reportedly said: “This isn’t a surprise…
https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/chinese-killer-robots-sold-middle-20882729

CONTROL THE MONEY – CONTROL THE LAW

Abuse of Copyright (3D version) The Nefertiti Bust Meets the 21st Century
When a German museum lost its fight over 3D-printing files of the 3,000-year-old artwork, it made a strange decision.
EXCERPT:
It seemed like the perfect digital heist. The Nefertiti bust, created in 1345 B.C., is the most famous work in the collection of Berlin’s Neues Museum. The museum has long prohibited visitors from taking any kinds of photographs of its biggest attraction. Nonetheless, in 2016 two trenchcoat-wearing artists managed to smuggle an entire 3D scanning rig into the room with the bust and produce a perfect digital replica, which they then shared with the world…
https://slate.com/technology/2019/11/nefertiti-bust-neues-museum-3d-printing.html

APPLE  — 16 page PDF
https://docs.house.gov/meetings/JU/JU05/20190716/109793/HHRG-116-JU05-20190716-SD036.pdf
Questions for the Record from the Honorable David N. Cicilline, Chairman, Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law of the Committee on the Judiciary
Questions for Mr. Kyle Andeer, Vice President, Corporate Law, Apple, Inc.1.Does Apple permit iPhone users to uninstall Safari? If yes, please describe the steps a user would need to take in order to do so. If no, please explain why not.
30. Please describe what types of data Apple collects through Siri and how Apple uses each type of data.

Google’s November FEC filing is in, showing which politicians the company gave money to last month. Right out of the gate we have this $5,000 donation to House minority leader Kevin McCarthy on October 28

 

Google reportedly manipulates search results to hide controversial subjects and favor big business

 

Google scrapped publication of 100,000 chest X-rays over privacy worries
https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/15/20966460/google-scrapped-publication-100000-chest-x-rays-nih-project-2017

Facebook, Google Fund Nonprofits Shaping Federal Privacy Debate
https://news.bloomberglaw.com/privacy-and-data-security/facebook-google-donate-heavily-to-privacy-advocacy-groups

Outcry after Facebook sponsors gala featuring Brett Kavanaugh
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/nov/14/facebook-federalist-society-brett-kavanaugh-gala

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the single leading source of anti-vax ads on Facebook

Facebook
In 2019, the World Health Organization named vaccine hesitancy as one of the world’s top 10 global health threats.
The Vaccine journal study is the first to analyze anti-vaccine ads in Facebook’s advertising archive. The archive is an ad disclosure database Facebook created after the platform was criticized for spreading untraceable misinformation during the Brexit referendum and 2016 US presidential campaign.
https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/11/robert-f-kennedy-jr-is-the-single-leading-source-of-anti-vax-ads-on-facebook/

Majority of anti-vaxx ads on Facebook are funded by just two organizations
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/nov/13/majority-antivaxx-vaccine-ads-facebook-funded-by-two-organizations-study
Study finds Robert F Kennedy Jr’s World Mercury Project and Larry Cook’s Stop Mandatory Vaccinations bought 54% of ads
Cook uses crowd-funding platforms to raise money for Facebook ads and his personal expenses. The crowd-funding platform GoFundMe banned Cook’s fundraisers in March 2019. YouTube has demonetized Cook’s videos.
Kennedy is the son of the former US attorney general Bobby Kennedy. He also has a nonprofit focused on environmental causes. Kennedy’s brother, sister and niece publicly criticized his “dangerous misinformation” about vaccines in May. They called his work against vaccination, “tragically wrong”.

The flat-Earth conspiracy is spreading around the globe. Does it hide a darker core?
“I don’t want to be a flat Earther,” David Weiss says, his voice weary as he reflects on his personal awakening. “Would you wake up in the morning and want everyone to think you’re an idiot?” 2018 Netflix documentary “Behind the Curve.”
https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/16/us/flat-earth-conference-conspiracy-theories-scli-intl/index.html

Anand Giridharadas winners take all 
FACT: the non profits of the world by tech giants are only a front for controlling their power and wealth into perpetuity. They are always using the tax right off to control / solidify their power. It is well known. A Plutocrate never changes the world. They cause homelessness but get the tax right off to build housing for the poor etc. need to protect the citizenry from them.

How to hide a billion dollars – Personal finance for pilfering potentates
https://www.economist.com/leaders/2019/10/10/how-to-hide-a-billion-dollars

Senetor Hawley: Bill would also stop Apple from storing data & encryption keys in China, another major security risk for Americans

Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/16/world/asia/china-xinjiang-documents.html

Japanese Tech Giant Offers Researchers Million-Dollar Salaries
* Lab offers researchers more than CEO to lure top talent
* Focus is on big tech challenges with at least 5-year horizon
EXCERPT:
Telecom giant NTT Group is offering record pay to hire top scientists as it looks to match some of the basic research prowess of global powerhouses including Alphabet Inc. and Apple Inc.

The former Japanese telephone monopoly set annual salaries of as much as $1 million for researchers at its Palo Alto, California, labs, said Kazuhiro Gomi, president of the company’s research arm. That’s more than the company pays its chief executive officer and 41-year veteran Jun Sawada, and a rare step for a traditional Japanese company like NTT.

The increased investment in basic science comes as NTT is regrouping its businesses to focus more on cloud computing services and data centers amid a dimming outlook for profit from its mainstay mobile phone carrier. Having star scientists on the lab’s payroll, backed by a 25 billion yen ($230 million) five-year budget, helps the group draw better technology workers and partners as it wages a global war for top talent it needs to expand globally, Gomi said.

“We are competing with companies like Google and Apple,” said Gomi, explaining that the company had traditionally followed the Japanese norm of modest pay. “It wouldn’t be possible several years back.”

Tatsuaki Okamoto, director of cryptography & information security for NTT Research, is an example of a star that has helped draw in other top researchers in encryption, where interest in crypto-currencies has led to surging demand for expertise. Okamoto, an NTT R&D fellow since 1999, is known globally as a key researcher on block-chain technologies for crypto-currencies…
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https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/japanese-tech-giant-offers-researchers-million-dollar-salaries/

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-11-19/japan-s-ntt-is-offering-1-million-salaries-to-lure-researchers

NSF unwittingly hired a professor guilty of bullying, highlighting the ‘pass the harasser’ problem
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/11/nsf-unwittingly-hired-professor-guilty-bullying-highlighting-pass-harasser-problem

Be A Flu Fighter!

Be A Flu Fighter! Protect Yourself and Others

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/resource-center/partners/flu-fighters.htm

Call the CDC 800-232-4636

Every year people around the world work to study, track, and prevent flu. This page profiles some of these flu fighters and the work they are doing to contribute to flu prevention in the U.S. and around the world!

The National Influenza Prevention and Vaccination Campaign aims to increase flu vaccination rates among all people 6 months of age and older across the United States, with a special focus on health care professionals and those populations at high risk of flu complications including pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, seniors, and young children.

It's National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW)! Did you know that flu season can begin as early as October, it usually peaks between December and February, and it can last as late as May? As long as flu virsues are spreading, it's not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones through fall, winter and into spring. #GetAFluVax

Join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and campaign partners in promoting vaccination messages using various digital platforms and partner resources.

For more involved partnership request, email fluinbox@cdc.gov

It’s Not Too Late!

It’s that time of year again — flu season. As family and friends are gathering for the holidays, flu activity is increasing. Get a flu vaccine now if you have not gotten vaccinated yet this season.

There are many reasons to get a flu vaccine. Flu vaccination can reduce your risk of flu illness, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu. Even if you are vaccinated and still get sick, flu vaccine can reduce the severity of your illness. Flu vaccination also can help protect women during and after pregnancy and protect the baby born to a vaccinated mom for several months after birth. Flu vaccine also has been shown to save children’s lives, prevent serious events associated with chronic lung disease, diabetes and heart disease, and prevent flu-related hospitalization among working age adults and older adults. Getting vaccinated isn’t just about keeping you healthy; it’s also about helping to protect others around you who may be vulnerable to becoming very sick, such as babies, older adults, and pregnant women.

It’s not too late to get a flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones this flu season! Find a place near you to get a flu vaccine with the

HealthMap Vaccine Finder  https://vaccinefinder.org/