Monday, 15. September 2014

New Zealand Launched Mass Surveillance Project While Publicly Denying It

The New Zealand spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), worked in 2012 and 2013 to implement a mass metadata surveillance system even as top government officials publicly insisted no such program was being planned and would not be legally permitted.

Documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the government worked in secret to exploit a new internet surveillance law enacted in the wake of revelations of illegal domestic spying to initiate a new metadata collection program that appeared designed to collect information about the communications of New Zealanders. Those actions are in direct conflict with the assurances given to the public by Prime Minister John Key (pictured above), who said the law was merely designed to fix “an ambiguous legal framework” by expressly allowing the agency to do what it had done for years, that it “isn’t and will never be wholesale spying on New Zealanders,” and the law “isn’t a revolution in the way New Zealand conducts its intelligence operations.”

firstlook.org

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Kim Dotcom accuses New Zealand government of mass spying

Internet entrepreneur holds panel with Glenn Greenwald and Julian Assange to expand on revelations that New Zealand government sought to implement top-secret mass surveillance program.

Summary

New Zealand’s election campaign collided with the biggest questions of the internet age on Monday - here’s how this remarkable day went down:

Documents provided by the whistleblower Edward Snowden reveal that the New Zealand government worked to implement a secret mass surveillance program code-named “Speargun” throughout 2012 and 2013.
It followed an admission at the weekend by the New Zealand prime minister, John Key, that his government considered a mass-spying proposal after a series of cyber attacks. Key says the proposed surveillance made him “uncomfortable” and that he halted it in March 2013.
Edward Snowden has weighed in, warning New Zealanders that he was personally able to search their intercepted internet traffic while working as an NSA analyst in Hawai’i. “If you live in New Zealand, you are being watched,” he wrote.
Key responded by releasing his own declassified documents, which he says prove that no mass spying ever took place.
Snowden has appeared via live stream at Moment of Truth, an Internet party event at Auckland Town Hall intended to publicise the Speargun revelations. Snowden told the audience that the NSA’s reach extended even to Auckland, where he claimed the agency operated a spy facility.
Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has pledged to end any mass surveillance of New Zealanders if he fledgling political party wins the balance of power at this Saturday’s general election. “We’ll close one of the five eyes,” Dotcom said, in reference to the intelligence-sharing agreement between Australia, the US, the UK, New Zealand and Canada.

theguardian.com

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Wahlkampf in Neuseeland: Assange, Snowden und Greenwald helfen Kim Dotcom

Auf einer Veranstaltung des Megaupload-Gründers Kim Dotcom traten am Montag besondere Gäste auf: Julian Assange, Edward Snowden und Glenn Greenwald machten für Dotcom Wahlkampf.

In der Stadthalle von Auckland in Neuseeland trafen am Montag vier außergewöhnliche und sehr umstrittene Persönlichkeiten aufeinander: Whistleblower Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks-Gründer Julian Assange, Enthüllungsjournalist Glenn Greenwald und Megaupload-Gründer Kim Dotcom. Snowden und Assange waren per Video zugeschaltet, Dotcom und Greenwald persönlich anwesend. Sie alle würden "denselben Ankläger" teilen, erklärte Assange einem Bericht der russischen Nachrichtenseite "RT" zufolge.

The recorded event starts at 21:55 min.

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spiegel.de

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Sunday, 14. September 2014

'Floating' cannabis found on Lake Neusiedl

Police found a total of 42 potted cannabis plants that were well hidden in a patch of dense reeds.

The owner was due to harvest the buds in a few weeks. The police stumbled upon the plants by accident, which were growing on the border of Burgenland and Hungary.

thelocal.at

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NSA und britischer Geheimdienst haben offenbar Zugang zu Telekom-Netzen

Die NSA und das britische GCHQ verfügen ausweislich eigener, als streng geheim eingestufter Unterlagen über verdeckte Zugänge in die Netze der Deutschen Telekom und des Kölner Anbieters Netcologne. Dies geht aus grafischen Ansichten hervor, die mit einem NSA-Programm namens Treasure Map erstellt wurden und die der SPIEGEL einsehen konnte. In dem undatierten Dokument sind die Telekom und Netcologne namentlich aufgeführt und mit einem roten Punkt markiert. In einer Bildlegende heißt es dazu erklärend, die rote Markierung bedeute, dass es "innerhalb" dieser Netze "Zugangspunkte" für die technische Überwachung gebe.

spiegel.de

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Saturday, 13. September 2014

Apple paid U2 $100 million to give away their new album 'Songs of Innocence'

It has been a whirlwind nine months for Guy Oseary since he took the reins of U2’s management after longtime manager Paul McGuinness announced his retirement last fall. That includes a Golden Globe, an Oscar nomination, a big Super Bowl campaign and the premiere of The Tonight Show in support of two songs that ultimately didn't make the final cut on Songs of Innocence, the history-making album that debuted to 500 million iTunes customers on Sept. 9.

billboard.com

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Friday, 12. September 2014

Matrix-Modelle als Alternative zur Stringtheorie?

Physiker um Harold Steinacker von der Universität Wien untersuchen mit sogenannten Matrix-Modellen einen alternativen Zugang zur favorisierten Stringtheorie. Dazu publizierten sie kürzlich im Fachjournal "Progress of Theoretical and Experimental Physics".

Die Stringtheorie liefert für die Verbindung von Quantenmechanik und Gravitation einen weitreichenden Ansatz, führt aber in ihrer konventionellen Formulierung zu einer unüberschaubaren Vielfalt von Möglichkeiten. Dadurch ist die Vorhersagekraft der Theorie stark eingeschränkt. Hier setzt das vom FWF geförderte Projekt von Harold Steinacker, theoretischer Physiker an der Universität Wien, an. "Die von uns genutzten, so genannten Matrix-Modelle sind bemerkenswert einfach. Dabei sind alle physikalischen Objekte und deren Dynamik in wenigen Matrizen codiert und beschrieben, insbesondere auch die Raumzeit und deren Geometrie", so Steinacker: "Die Modelle ermöglichen es, tiefliegende Fragen, z.B. über die Quantenstruktur der Raumzeit oder die Zahl der Dimensionen unserer Raumzeit zu untersuchen".

univie.ac.at innovations-report.de

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Europäisch-Kanadisches Freihandelsabkommen: Wir veröffentlichen sämtliche geheime CETA-Dokumente

Das geplante Freihandelsabkommen mit Kanada ist fast fertig, aber der Öffentlichkeit noch immer nicht in vollem Umfang bekannt. Wir veröffentlichen an dieser Stelle sämtliche Dokumente des über 1.600-seitigen Vertrags. Darin finden sich auch höchst problematische Bestimmungen zu Urheberrecht und Datenschutz.

netzpolitik.org

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Spy Files 3

Today, Wednesday 4 September 2013 at 1600 UTC, WikiLeaks released 'Spy Files #3' – 249 documents from 92 global intelligence contractors. These documents reveal how, as the intelligence world has privatised, US, EU and developing world intelligence agencies have rushed into spending millions on next-generation mass surveillance technology to target communities, groups and whole populations.

wikileaks.org

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