Krystian Woznicki | 4 Aug 09:19 2015

Threat to the Freedom of the Press in Europe | The Case of Netzpolitik

Dear nettimers,

the German government accuses the independent
news website of treason over leaks.

It is a great threat to the Freedom of the Press in Europe,
therefore we need to speak out. Below I am forwarding
the *open letter* issued by *Jacob Appelbaum* and *Marie Gutbub*
*soliciting solidarity*. Please join and spread the word.

Here two articles from the Guardian if you have not heard
about the case of Netzpolitik yet:

Kind regards,


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	Open letter
Date: 	Mon, 03 Aug 2015 18:20:43 +0000
From: 	Marie Gutbub <marie.gutbub@...>
To: 	kw@...
CC: 	Jacob Appelbaum <jacob@...>

Dear Krystian,

(Continue reading)

Corina L. Apostol | 4 Aug 02:35 2015

***SPAM*** ArtLeaks Gazette No.3 : Artists Against Precarity and Violence, now online!

   We are very happy to announce the release of our latest issue of the
   ArtLeaks Gazette, entitled "Artists Against Precarity and Violence â
   Resistance Strategies, Unionizing, and Coalition Building in a Time of
   Global Conflict and Contradiction."Â Â This issue unpacks some
   important questions for the art field today about models of
   organizations, unionizing, and strategies of resistance for art
   workers. Our aim is to illuminate new ways of production and coalition
   building in international and local environments that, unfortunately,
   are increasingly hostile.

   The gazette is freely available to read
   here:Â [1]

   As a learning tool, this gazette is meant to contribute to the critical
   debates around censorship, exploitation and abuse highlighted on our
   online archive since 2011. We hope many of you will use it in your own
   self-organized schools, seminars, workshops, protest meetings, and join
   our community to push these issues even further.

   Limited printed copies will be available soon. We are calling on those
   of you who regularly print as a part of your work to help us get the
   ALG by committing to small print runs of 50-100 copies. We encourage
   our readers to be an active part of spreading the ALG by hosting it on
   their site and forwarding it on to their networks.

   The gazette includes texts by:Â Corina L. Apostol, Ingela Johansson,
   Bojana Piškur, Dmitry Vilensky, MikoĹaj IwaĹski and Joanna Figiel,
   Xandra Popescu with Veda Popovici, Delia Popa and Ioana Cojocaru,
   Alejandro Strus and Sonja Hornung, Haben und Brauchen, G.U.L.F., and
   Ivor Stodolsky
(Continue reading)

mp | 3 Aug 14:30 2015

The Cyborg Gladiators? "How science is fine-tuning our [sic] elite

Here comes singularity, the humanchine, not the military application
feared, not the "human intelligence" robot, but the robotic dimwit,
everyone's favourite gladiator - in through the front door:

"If you drove a car without a dashboard, you wouldn't know how fast you
were going, how far it had driven, and how much fuel was left in the
tank," says Boden Westover, director of marketing at Melbourne-based
company Catapult.

Devices are currently being tested which will provide more information,
with the addition of sensors measuring things like perspiration, as well
as adrenaline and cortisol levels.

Researchers are also investigating the use of "smart" pills, which could
provide body temperature data to smartphones or tablet apps, so that
workouts could be tweaked based on the effects of small changes in
muscle temperature on physical capacity. There are also training systems
that use sensors in shoes and footballs, such as the Adidas miCoach
Smart Ball, to pick up extra information, such as power and spin placed
on shots.

Ninth Circuit affirms v. ICANN

< >



NAME.SPACE, INC.,Plaintiff-Appellant, v.


No. 13-55553 D.C. No. 2:12-cv-08676- PA-PLA


Appeal from the United States District Court for the Central District of
California Percy Anderson, District Judge, Presiding

Argued and Submitted

March 6, 2015 -- Pasadena, California

Filed July 31, 2015

Before: Stephen Reinhardt, N. Randy Smith, and Andrew D. Hurwitz,
Circuit Judges.

Opinion by Judge Hurwitz


(Continue reading)

nettime's_undo_undo | 30 Jul 19:33 2015

Wash Post pubs/unpub/repubs ex-intel heads' pro-crypto op-ed

(1) Techdirt: Washington Post Publishes... And Then Unpublishes... Opinion Piece 
     -- Tim Cushing
(2) Wash Post: Why the fear over ubiquitous data encryption is overblown
     -- Mike McConnell, Michael Chertoff, William Lynn 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
(1) Techdirt: Washington Post Publishes... And Then Unpublishes... 
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


Washington Post Publishes... And Then Unpublishes... Opinion Piece by
Ex-Intelligence Industry Brass, in Favor of Strong Encryption

from the what-happened? dept
by Tim Cushing
Mon, Jul 20th 2015 5:46am

Update: And... the article has been republished at the Washington Post's
site with a note claiming that it was accidentally published without
fully going through its editing process. Extra points if anyone can spot
anything that's changed...

Earlier this week, we noted with some surprise that both former DHS boss
Michael Chertoff and former NSA/CIA boss Michael Hayden had come out
against backdooring encryption, with both noting (rightly) that it would
lead to more harm than good, no matter what FBI boss Jim Comey had to
say. Chertoff's spoken argument was particularly good, detailing all of
the reasons why backdooring encryption is just a really bad idea. Last
night, Chertoff, along with former NSA boss Mike McConnell and former
(Continue reading)

morlockelloi | 28 Jul 17:36 2015

***SPAM*** Re: Lori Emerson: What's Wrong With the Internet and How

I was present when people with pointy ears entered IETF meetings and 
ordered this. Is this the answer you expect?

Perhaps search engines can provide better answers. Worth trying:


Without getting in codecs and frequency allocations, consider that there 
are perfectly functioning symmetric variants of DSL (SDSL etc.) The 
underlying narrative is that "there is more download than upload", which 
then, combined with NATs, becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Before DSL, we had modems for analog audio lines, and they were fully 

To dig out the chain of causality, one would need to track where this 
narrative originated in 90s, and how it found its way into the standards 
bodies, and why ISPs preferred ADSL to SDSL. All in 90s, it was too late 
after that.

It may well be true that most people really have nothing to say and 
create, so asymmetry makes sense, as they just need to be fed. But 
neglecting social consequences and amplifying this situation with 
technology *is* a political decision. Most people don't vote - does it 
mean that the number of voting booths should be cut down?

On 7/28/15, 2:56, Iain Boal wrote:

> So there was a purely political decision to build in the asymmetries.
> Can you corroborate, beyond the mere assertion? Who? When? Evidence
(Continue reading)

J. K. Galbraith on WG convened by ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis

< >

Professor James K. Galbraith's statement on the Ministry of Finance Working
Group convened by former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis

   Posted on July 27, 2015 by yanisv

   (scroll down for the Greek language version)

   I spent five months from early February through early July in close
   association with the Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, and was
   part of the Working Group that did contingency planning for potential
   attempts to asphyxiate the Greek government, including aggressive moves
   to force the country out of the euro. Since a great deal of public
   confusion has now arisen over this effort, the following should be
   stated:(1) At no time was the Working Group engaged in advocating exit
   or any policy choice. The job was strictly to study the operational
   issues that would arise if Greece were forced to issue scrip or if it
   were forced out of the euro.

   (2) The group operated under the axiom that the government was fully
   committed to negotiating within the euro, and took extreme precautions
   not to jeopardize that commitment by allowing any hint of our work to
   reach the outside world. There were no leaks whatever, until the
   existence of the group was disclosed by the former Finance Minister
   himself, in response to criticism that his ministry had made no
   contingency plans when it was known that forces within the Eurozone
   were planning the forced exit of Greece.

(Continue reading)

Dmytri Kleiner | 27 Jul 19:03 2015
Picon -- The App That Delivers Privilege

The App That Delivers Privilege enables White men to help non-Whites to succeed in life 
without disrupting existing systems and long-standing traditions.

Just released this new work.

--- fwd ---

We were brought together as a team through the Art-A-Hack initiative.

Our project is “Imbalances in Tech.” We want to push people to reflect 
on digital saviorism, the danger of biased algorithms and binary 
approaches, the ridiculousness of simple solutions to complex 
deep-seated problems, and the folly that techno-utopian fixes can 
address issues like poverty, inequality and exclusion without addressing 
power imbalances and the entrenched historical privilege of certain 
individuals, institutions, and nations.

To explore those topics, we chose to focus on a complex, historical, 
systemic and touchy issue – white privilege – because it is highlighted 
by and a strong driver of all of the above.

We created a real/fake tech start-up with a business model, an app, a 
(Continue reading)

t byfield | 27 Jul 15:11 2015

Lori Emerson: What's Wrong With the Internet and How We Can Fix It: Interview With Internet Pioneer John Day

Via RISKS <>



    July 23, 2015

What's Wrong With the Internet and How We Can Fix It: Interview With
Internet Pioneer John Day

Below is an interview I conducted with the computer scientist and
Internet pioneer John Day via email over the last six months or so.
The interview came about as a result of a chapter I've been working on
for my "Other Networks" project, called "The Net Has Never Been
Neutral." In this piece, I try to expand the materialist bent of media
archaeology, with its investment in hardware and software, to networks.
Specifically, I'm working through the importance of understanding the
technical specs of the Internet to figure out how we are unwittingly
living out the legacy of the power/knowledge structures that produced
TCP/IP. I also think through how the Internet could have been and may
still be utterly different. In the course of researching that piece, I
ran across fascinating work by Day in which he argues that "the
Internet is an unfinished demo" and that we have become blind not only
to its flaws but also to how and why it works the way it works. Below
you'll see Day expand specifically on five flaws of the TCP /IP
model that are still entrenched in our contemporary Internet
architecture and, even more fascinating, the ways in which a more
sensible structure (like the one proposed by the French CYCLADES
group) to handle network congestion would have made the issue of net
(Continue reading)

Radovan Misovic | 27 Jul 13:52 2015

Fwd: Hacked Team [getting off-topic...]

I found an interesting article related to this topic.

Hacking Team: a zero-day market case study

This article documents Hacking Team's third-party acquisition of
zero-day (0day) vulnerabilities and exploits. The recent compromise of
Hacking Team's email archive offers one of the first public case studies
of the market for 0days. Because of its secretive nature, this market
has been the source of endless debates on the ethics of it's
participants. The archive also offers insight into the capabilities and
limits of offensive-intrusion software developers. As a private company,
Hacking Team had to contend with the fact that many vendors would only
sell directly to governments and would not work with them. As a result,
their 0day providers tended to be small and unestablished. Some
established exploit vendors, like VUPEN and COSEINC, did offer to sell
Hacking Team exploits, but they were predominantly overpriced,
second-rate, and not even 0day. As a result, Hacking Team was seriously
exploit supply constrained because they had difficulty finding suppliers
that they deemed reliable and reasonably priced. Their competitors, like
Gamma International and NSO Group, prominently advertised their 0day
capabilities, forcing Hacking Team to be defensive with prospective

Despite the lurid journalistic depictions of 0day markets, most of the
emails offer a more mundane perspective. Buyers follow standard
technology purchasing practices around testing, delivery, and
acceptance. Warranty and requirements negotiations become necessary in
(Continue reading)

Michael Gurstein | 25 Jul 15:53 2015

Fwd: ZNet Commentary: Joe Emersberger: Europe's Democratic Deficit

   ---------- Forwarded message ----------
   From: ZCommunications <michael.albert@...>
   Date: Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 3:08 PM
   Subject: ZNet Commentary: Joe Emersberger: Europe's Democratic Deficit

   Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser.

   Joe Emersberger: Europe's Democratic Deficit

         Z Communications Daily Commentary

   A July 10 Yougov poll found very solid public support in Germany for
   the Merkel government's leading role in the destruction of the Greek

   Only 9% of Germans blame the Troika - the European Union, European
   Central Bank (ECB) and IMF - for the state of the Greek economy. The
   level of ignorance is even worse in Sweden and Denmark. Only 6% and 4%
   in those countries, respectively, blame the Troika for the crisis in

   In Germany, 59% exclusively blame past and present Greek governments
   for the crisis. In Sweden and Denmark, 65% and 70%, respectively,
   exclusively blame Greek governments. These numbers are a grim reminder
   of how effectively the media undermines democracy.

   Consider how Der Spiegel, a German media outlet, summed things
   up for its readers:

   "Greece is little more than a failed state governed by clientelism and
(Continue reading)