Blogging History: How NSA sabotages crypto; Steampunk rugged corset; Unix on Gameboy

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One year

Firsthand account of NSA sabotage of Internet security standards: On the Cryptography mailing list, John Gilmore (co-founder of pioneering ISP The Little Garden and the Electronic Frontier Foundation; early Sun employee; cypherpunk; significant contributor to GNU/Linux and its crypto suite; and all-round Internet superhero) describes his interactions with the NSA and several obvious NSA stooges on the IPSEC standardization working groups at the Internet Engineering Task Force.

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Blogging History: This is the Space Age; Steel velcro; Cheney can direct terrorist attacks on USA

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One year

This is the Space Age: Annalee Newitz’s Stop pretending we aren’t living in the Space Age is a magnificent rant on the incredibly achievements of modern space programs, and a savage indictment of the lack of imagination underpinning complaints about the failure of humans to return to the moon in force.

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The Economist defends America’s enslavement of Africans

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When The Economist reviewed The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, its anonymous reviewer condemned it, sticking up for America’s legacy of slavery as a means of wealth creation, saying “Mr Baptist has not written an objective history of slavery; almost all the blacks in his book are victims, almost all the whites villains — this is not history; it is advocacy.”
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Meet the spooky tech companies getting rich by making NSA surveillance possible

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Wildly profitable companies like Neustar, Subsentio, and Yaana do the feds’ dirty work for them, slurping huge amounts of unconstitutionally requisitioned data out of telcos’ and ISPs’ data-centers in response to secret, sealed FISA warrants — some of them publicly traded, too, making them a perfect addition to the Gulag Wealth Fund.

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San Francisco: visit the public domain arcade, play games, learn about threats

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Elliot from Creative Commons writes, “Your readers might remember the Public Domain Game Jam from a few months ago — next Tues, Sep 9 people in San Francisco will be able to play the games from it and discuss them with jam organizer Nicky Case and then Parker Higgins from the Electronic Frontier Foundation will be talking about why the public domain is under attack, and what you can do to defend it.”

CC Salon in San Francisco: Public Domain FTW!

(Thanks, Elliot!)

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