NSA spying: The Canadian Connection

By Alison@Creekside NYTimes: New iPhone’s Fingerprint Scanner: “Coming just one day after leaked documents suggested that the National Security Agency is able to hack into smartphones, the unveiling of a new iPhone with a built-in fingerprint scanner prompted dismay and mockery…” Business Insider: NSA Slides Refer To iPhone Owners As ‘Zombies’ Cryptome/ Spiegel Online: How the NSA Accesses Smartphone […]

Microsoft: Team player

By Alison@Creekside Feel free to drop by this Microsoft ad and give it a thumbs down. “At Microsoft, your privacy is our priority.” Indeed. About that … Guardian: How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages • Secret files show scale of Silicon Valley co-operation on Prism • Outlook.com encryption including Hotmail unlocked even before official launch • Skype worked […]

PRISM is just the beginning

By David@Sixthestate.net As you may have heard, the Obama administration has been outed as ambitiously Big Brother-ish, overseeing a National Security Agency surveillance program which essentially scoops user data from every major online source — Facebook, Google, Skype, even Apple — and puts it into the world’s largest personal information database. (This, surprisingly, means Facebook […]

Think you bought that DVD? Think again.

By John Klein (aka Saskboy) Imagine buying a house, and being locked out of the basement by the previous owner. That’s what digital locks do. If you’ve been following Canadian politics, particularly the new Copyright Act (Canada’s DMCA) Bill C-11, you’ve heard of “digital locks.” A digital lock, or Digital Rights/Restrictions Management (DRM), is a […]

Letter to Steve Jobs

by Eric Pettifor Dear Mr. Jobs: I write to you on the occasion of your death to congratulate you on making a difference. As more of a technology visionary and businessman than a true geek (that was your erstwhile partner Steve Wozniak, or “Woz”), you may not recall that this was the concern of a […]

Xoom vs iPad 2

By Eric Pettifor A couple of posts ago I wrote of the Motorola Xoom tablet, extolling its virtues while trying to convince myself that I don’t need one. And truly, I don’t. My little netbook is all the portable computing I really need. What I might want, and might actually get (if it was in […]