June 12, 2013

PRISM 2

Continue a wave of news since PRISM was exposed to the public, today several big news agency brought up public reaction of liberty groups, high-profile individuals and public opinions about PRISM. As the previous posts, I collected all news about PRISM here for later references.

1. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/06/86-civil-liberties-groups-and-internet-companies-demand-end-nsa-spying
The demand denounces the spying program as illegal and immoral, and seriously infringes the core value of freedom and privacy of America. Civil liberty groups also call for a number of legal reforms, including reform to controversial section 215 of the US Patriot Act.
Notices: 4chan is also in the list!

2. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/06/11/in-nsa-leak-case-a-whistle-blower-or-a-criminal/before-prosecuting-snowden-investigate-the-government
As usual, a very concise and thoughtful writing by Schneider. He got the right point when saying that we should investigate whether the classifying of user information is legal because when the program by NSA violates the constitutional laws, Snowden would be protected by the whistle-blowing laws.

3. http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/11/stopwatching-us-launch/
Another article about stopwatching.us

4. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/johncassidy/2013/06/why-edward-snowden-is-a-hero.html?mobify=0
Another voice of supports for Snowden. The writer considers Snowden as a hero because he brought to light important information the deserved to be in public domain while doing no harm to his country's security, against the claim of NSA about the "huge, grave damage" to the "intelligence capabilities".

5. http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.derwesten.de%2Fwirtschaft%2Fdigital%2Fus-beamte-schickten-deutsche-nach-facebook-mails-zurueck-id8041896.html
A little out of flow but the article raises awareness of the dangerous of Facebook messages, which sometimes would do harm to you. It also proves that US officials have access to the Facebook user data.

6. http://googleblog.blogspot.jp/2013/06/asking-us-government-to-allow-google-to.html
Google made a strategic move to gain the trust from user by asking general arttoney for their disclosure of the number of requests made by NSA. A wise move!

7.http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/greenwald-snowden-knows-he-s-going-to-end
Another article about Snowden. The article described his choice as rational, and that he knew the outcomes but he thought what he had done was right and therefore he had tranquility!

8. http://money.cnn.com/2013/06/11/news/companies/snowden-booz-allen/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Booz Allen fires Snowden, cites Snowden's disclosure as criminal action. The fire is understandable because the leaks poses a huge problems to the company when the major of its revenues come from government contracts.

9. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/11/cnews-us-usa-security-germany-idCABRE95A0T820130611
Other countries are also demanding an explanation over the surveillance program.

10. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/12/us/aclu-files-suit-over-phone-surveillance-program.html?pagewanted=all
Wow! A group of civil liberty group sues the Obama administration over its collection of phone logs! I'm looking forward the result of this lawsuit.

11. http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15609
A prose with really inspiring title: "Let America be America again"

12. http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/the-buzz/2013/06/shia-labeouf-blew-early-whistle-on-phone-surveillance.html

June 9, 2013

Insomnia

Another sleepless night. It made me really really tired.

My girlfriend came at the midnight just to see me but I nearly couldn't talk to her. My brain got burned and it was hot. Just wanted to say sorry to her.

I don't know why I've suffered from insomnia. My mind got tired but the thread of thought didn't want to shutdown. Perhaps, if this condition continues, I must come to see a doctor.


June 7, 2013

PRISM

It's rare to see such a high-voted list of articles with numerous comments on HN. Nearly every link talks about the newly exposed surveillance program - called PRISM - made by NSA to every US citizens. The whole news media has been consistent to a single point: the surveillance is outrageous and immoral.

I just organize all electronic news about this scariest event.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/06/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-nsa-scandal/

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/06/what-we-dont-know-about-spying-on-citizens-scarier-than-what-we-know/276607/
A new computer facility is being built in Utah to store the surveillance information collected from telecom companies.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/us-intelligence-mining-data-from-nine-us-internet-companies-in-broad-secret-program/2013/06/06/3a0c0da8-cebf-11e2-8845-d970ccb04497_story.html
9 leading companies are listed to participate in the surveillance program carrying out by the NSA and the US government, among are big names: google, yahoo, microsoft, paypal, AOL, skype , youtube

http://gigaom.com/2013/06/06/the-nsa-surveillance-story-reinforces-why-an-entity-like-wikileaks-is-so-important/
This article stressed the importance of a whistle-blower entity like Wikileak.

http://venturebeat.com/2013/06/06/google-tried-to-resist-fbi-requests-for-data-but-the-fbi-took-it-anyway/
Google denies providing user private information to the NSA and show their disapproval to the NSL as an evidence.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/prism-collection-documents/
The concrete slides described the surveillance program - PRISM.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324299104578529112289298922?mg=reno64-wsj.html?dsk=y

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/opinion/president-obamas-dragnet.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Obama's administration again issues a platitude it has offered every time president Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers.

http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2013/06/06/sen-mark-udall-i-knew-the-nsa-was-spying-did-everything-but-leak-classified-information-to-stop-it/97025/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
As usual, a senator appears and claims the responsibility about the events.

http://influencehacks.com/an-important-point-about-the-nsa-surveillance-scandal
A blogger expresses his worries about the legal of the surveillance.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/03/20/nsa-chief-denies-wireds-domestic-spying-story-fourteen-times-in-congressional-hearing/
Just a history...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/06/06/nsa-chief-two-weeks-ago-were-the-only-ones-not-spying-on-the-american-people/
2 weeks ago, NSA was the only one not spying on Americans. How indirect it is!

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/06/06/by_the_numbers_the_nsas_super_secret_spy_program_prism
$8 billions is the estimated annual budget of NSA!!!
$20 millions is the annual cost of PRISM

http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/06/google-facebook-apple-deny-participation-in-nsa-prism-program/
The reaction of each company about PRISM. "We don't know" is the overall tone.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/06/confirmed-nsa-spying-millions-americans
EFF with its weak voice!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_Data_Center
A whole data center is being built!

June 6, 2013

North Korea's stories

Every story about mysterious North Korea is very compelling. Nearly every essays I've read depicts a vivid picture about the oppositions of luxurious indulgences of the "honor commander" and impoverished life of people.

Last time was a story about a man who escaped from communal labor camps after contemplating his family got killed
http://www.northkoreanrefugees.com/2007-09-atbirth.htm

This time was about a Kill Jong Il's favorite Japanese sushi chef.
http://www.gq.com/news-politics/newsmakers/201306/kim-jong-il-sushi-chef-kenji-fujimoto-adam-johnson-2013?printable=true

Two stories are very interesting and deserves your night reading!

Depression

Until recently, I've realized that I have depression, or at least I'm now able to call out its name: depression.


Well, I don't discover its name by myself but from the comics I bumped into on the internet. 

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.jp/2013/05/depression-part-two.html

And I realized that there are many people who have a same mental state as me.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22782913

Though I still don't know how to do to escape from this feeling but I think being able to recognize the enemy or call out its name is huge progress in fighting it.