My privacy is not on sale

Dear reader,

Thank you for passing by… I stopped writing for while. I host this blog a hobby to express my view. Life sometimes get you busy with other things, and I did not took the time to write.

Netherless I had plenty of ideas I would like to share talk about. I closed the comment as I received 95% fake comments or ads. Still if you wish to contact me you can do it by email.

If you have read my previous post you’ve maybe found out that I was concerned about privacy before that the scandal triggered by Edward Snowden came up. It’s seems that only the vast majority of us are discovering that we are spied and tracked online. (Governement or Google). On the internet you can read various things pros and cons against Snowden but I find difficult to distinguish between what is true or false and what is right or wrong. I will try on this post to give another perspective over this, and privacy in general.

I think we must distingish between being tracked by a companies and being tracked by the governement. Why does the goverenment spy on us (NSA, or GCHQ )? The govermnent claim is for our national security, and most of normal shoudln’t worried about that. My concern is why it is secret ? How do we know if it has helped to prevent terrorist attack ? The US governement, nor the other develloping country have proved with facts that it was an efficient to use all of this technology to prevent terrorism or protect the country national interest. The NSA activities remain unclear to most us. Many questions remained unanswered. Why collecting and store this huge amount of data ? Is it really efficient ? What exactly is collected ? How long this data is stored ? What do they do with it ? Almost none of us know…. What would you do at Edward Snowden place ? Take the money and live confortable life ? Act with courage and belief of what you think is right at the risk of spoiling your life ? Whatever are his motivation, and whether he is right or wrong he has the merit to have triggered a public debate. This public debate is essential for our democracy rights, and we must continue to push our governement for more answers.

However so far I still blog freely in favour of Edward Snowden without the fear of being arrested. Anyone can read article about him. I am not quite convinced it is completely 1984 yet. So it’s not because I believe the US governement is wrong to hide to the public the NSA activites that US authorities are complety corrupted. So far I don’t think live in fear, I don’t think I would be arrested because I am blogging against the NSA activities. I could be very dangerous and scary if the data collected is to be used against us and our democratic rights, take down political opponents. As far as I know the NSA data have not been used by the DoJ to prosecute anyone as proof of guilt. So things are not so bad as they seems. Intestingly I am not so much concern about it…

I am more concern about Google, and how this company track us for commercial purpose. I have read plenty of article about Google these days. As the NSA scandal rise many journalist now questions Google behaviour and I thinks that good. However I think many of the journalist does not raise the right concern about this company, and does not provide new perspectives…

Let me talk about email among other outrageous things. Did you know that Google open every emails and process it to dress profile for commercial purpose. Google claims it is a machine who does it and respect my privacy. That’s outrageous be to me it’s even worse if it a machine who open my email. Yes it’s worse ! I AM NOT A PROFILE ! I AM NOT A NUMBER ! You have to keep in mind is that

to Google you are just number. If a computer can open your email at Google datacenter, then someone also at Google can open your email. How much do you trust Google ?. Do you know exactly what they do with your personal information ? What information they collect for marketing purpose ? Do you have control over those informations you’re sending about you ? Why store our digital life to their servers ?

That’s why a year ago I decided to stop using Gmail, I transfered all of my emails to another provider outside United States, and I took some time before completely close my account in order to remember all the websites I registered to and tell the person around me that I am changing emails. I have defenitly closed my Google account a month ago, but before that I wanted to deleted all my personal information. It’s amazing that amount of data they store about you ! And it’s not easy to remove them.

They spend millions for their corporate images, and claim that they are good  and have nothing to hide. When would they make their search engine open source ? Never…We do not realize it but we are brainwhased at Google sauce…To me, I think for them you’re just a number their filling the sample of their statistics that they can sell for marketing purpose. The only thing they care is making money at the expense of your privacy whatever they say. That’s why I hate their double speech.

I could also talk about many other things they do, which I despise, such as Android or the Google glass but it’s quite late now…. Briefly they took the open source concept and emptied the real essence out of it. Android is not really open sourc. Only Google decide when to release the sources, and the apps are close source. The direction of the OS is not decided by a community but by Google.

I am taking Google as example because they are the leaders in this field, about it could be any of the high tech companies.

Those companies want to force you use the technology the way they want to make money. But accepting their TOS (Terms of Services) you opened a Pandora box which is very hard to move away….

MY PRIVACY IS NOT TO SELL ! I AM MORE THAN A MARKET SHARE!

Think different

Dear reader,

Again thanks for passing by, and read my post. One of my friend  told me I was doing this blog to “defend my ideas.” To be honest I never taught about defending my ideas while doing this blog. I am doing this blog to understand better the technology world and share my ideas. Indeed I can see that we’re in an information world we don’t yet fully understand.

Unfortunately most of people have no concern about information world we are in, and the implications it has over our daily life. The trend is to Love new technology, and at the same time to hate computers. Eg : I Love Apple, but I don’t like technology.

On this post I would like to show that this trends leads to some wider issue which is not obvious to see at first sight. Often you do not realize that the technology will have control over you, more than you having control on technology.

For instance the Mac have been designed to be easy to use, and people believe that it works well compare to others computers and often people says that there no is viruses / malware on their Mac. The latter is first completely false, but most importantly do you realize that most of the time you are bounded how the company wants you to use your computer. Maybe your are not interseted so much in technology.

The easy answer would be: I don’t care as long as it does what I want to do. The common  comparison is with the car. It just works.  However the main purpose of the car to move you or an object from point A to B, whereas a computer a several uses. One of  the major use is the ability to going online.  It is the interface between you and your digital life. What can you do if you don’t have control over it ? On my earlier on my post I spoke briefly spoke about Google fine.  The company has been fined for having spying on their Safari’s user without their consents. (You can see related article here and here) You could say, it is nothing, you have nothing to hide. But to whatever the trend or fashion, that’s one example among others to show you that by trusting these companies you don’t have control over technology and our right to privacy. You’ve been tracked without you knowing it. Maybe you should read 1984 from George Orwell to understand the implications it has on society.

So to I am trying to do this blog to bring up a different point of view about technology and the impact it have on your daily life without using technical language. My goal by doing this blog is not defend my ideas, but I am trying to make you think about technology over our daily life. And remember to think different.

Share this file

Dear reader,

Last year in UK the webiste PirateBay has been censored by the British government under the pressure of the lobbyist from the entertainment industry. The guardian made an article here last July 2012 insisting on digital rights. This is futile because it won’t prevent people from accessing this portal, the article itself show a link where you can bypass it very easly. PirateBay is not only a File sharing portal, it ‘s a vector of communications. I have just found thanks to Piratebay a movie you can download the torrent by clicking on the button just bellow. You can find subs in your language on the site in addition of different other formats.

                       Please spend some time to download, copy, share this.

Can you live without Google ?

Dear reader,

Thanks for stopping by, and thank for any real comment, if I had any…. Most of the comment I have are spams. But I prefer having spam than tracking you.

I have decided in my blog not to track you at all, and to pay for my blog instead of getting a free one from Google or any other “free” blog plateform. I am using the free open source plateform WordPress. I don’t know how many vistiors I had so far, and I don’t really care. I am not really writing this blog to get an audience. Maybe I could have more readers with the Google plateform but I have got few reasons why I would like to  avoid using Google services. And I have stopped to use by default Google for my search on the web.

Do you realize how much power we are giving to Google and Facebook with our “personal information”. I am focusing on these two as these are the two giants one and their practice should be known by the “public” for the public interest. However does the public care about their privacy ? Most of the public consum without any care on privacy,without so much care how their personal information is managed. And they agree because these big companies provide them a “free”service. I acknowledge that it is usefull and get our daily life easier. But we shall use this with care.

Most of who likes technology have followed this summer the trial beetween Samsung and Apple, however fewer have heard that Google had been fined last month by the FTC to pay 22.5 millions $ because they are tracking Safari users using without their consent.

According to the FTC webpage there, the first sentence is written as “Google agreed to pay…” To me that means Google have tried to settle an agreement. I am just outraged because the fine is so small compare to their revenue, and I think it would not impact them nor prevent them to track you again by illegal means. I am wondering what we don’t know yet about Google, as it is somehow a secret company. The European commission target them for their competition practices. They redirecting youtube links before their competitors, hence abusing of their dominance on the market. There is lot of thing we don’t know about Google, and this particular event have deicded me not to set Google as my home page anymore. I am currently stopping to use my gmail email address. I trying live without Google

In late 2009 they have set their own public DNS server. They claim that it is more secure. The problem I can see is that, they’re bounding the web to what Google want. An internet for consumer. Instead of using Google DNS you should use OpenDNS, and if you don’t know what a DNS is. Here is a very fast explication. On  the right here is a representation of the internet network map. The DNS system bind an IP adress to a name you can see on your web browser. For instance going to the address http://46.51.197.88 is the same than going to http://duckduckgo.com a public DNS server make the translation between the two. Here is the wiki page about DNS if you want to learn more about it.

The issue is that the network will impact more and more our lives, and we should learn and take the advantage of if. Internet should belong to the people and be used by and for the people.

Do not let Google own your internet, make it yours and be more than a consumer.

How about you ? Can you live without Google ?

Social media’s alternatives

Dear unknown reader,

Thanks for the comment I had so far. I did not post any article since few weeks now. I did not took care of my blog so much lately. I should write more. Because often I want to do to well my post. I would like to add value to my post provide some analysis  bias to point of view with some argument, instead of posting some quick comment on about an event.  I would rather wait for sometimes trying analyze the situation before writing a post. Maybe that’s not the right thing to do (A blog is web log after all)

Yet I don’t have twitter nor Facebook, to comment on anything happening and I am paying for my blog instead of having a free one. Why ? I have grewn up on the generation before the social media’s and I did not subscribe as soon as things came out… Sometimes I feel I’m getting old fashion as people ask me : Do you have a Facebook ? I’m just replying politely No I don’t…but it’s hard sometimes to explain why quickly. So here is my long answer :

I had Facebook for few months and I lost my password. I could never get back my password. I have breach their Terms of Service as I used false name on it, and they found out when I tried to get back my account. So I don’t have Facebook anymore I don’t want to grant Facebook the right for my digital life. When Facebook arrived everyone enjoyed it without thinking on privacy issues nor any knowledge on the information world we are in the information you’ll give to this companies.

Now many people cares about their privacy, and it’s too late to remove Facebook as their already connected with loads people they don’t want to loose contact with, so  people use it. I am sure a lot of people use it under a false name. I know someone who’s got two account. One under a false name for chatting girls, and the other one under his real name for his friend. Anyway I hate Facebook because they have transformed internet into something where you cannot be anonymous internet user anymore.

At the time when the Egyptian revolution was on going a political activist was describing the situation under a false name. His account has been suddenly shut down by the company, but he could get him back because he has some connection, he could have his account back and using Facebook for the good cause of Egyptian revolution. So Facebook was cited as the social media in the trend with the Egyptian revolution.

This example among others shock me because it grant Facebook the right decide the activity on his social network. It’s all matter how Facebook social media is seen by the public. When it give bad publicity for their plateform I am sure your accound would be closed quickly. Me I see social media run companies a threat for your privacy and your freedom of speech, but I guess Mark Zuckerberg truly believe it helps people to connect and enhance their digital life.

Are you friend with Mark Zuckerberg ?

I guess if you have Facebook you are participating to make him billionnaire, and you have given him access to your digital life, with the right to keep all your personal photos text songs on his servers, just to spy your habbits on his plateform, so he can show more accurate adds…

I have chosen not have not such friend. I am sorry. But don’t get me wrong ! I am for social media ! There is some other alternatives : http://diasporaproject.org. It is a decentralized opensource social media which respect your privacy which puts you in center of your digital life. As it a decentralized network no one can really control it.

If anyone likes my post you can ask me my username and add me on diaspora….

Regards,

Stay anonymous online…

Hello,

Thanks for passing by here and read my post, I have not written any post since a while now.

Today I would like to  talk about the staying anonymous online. Unfortunately in many countries this right is being more and more under threat. In UK very recently the government is proposing to a new law to monitor all the traffic on your phone/emails/Twitter/Facebook for security purpose so the officials says.

U.S had done a very similar thing about 10 years ago after the most famous event. This was Patriot Act. I am not sure that this has been efficient on prevention of terrorism. Moreover this legislation did not made the U.S citizen any safer in my opinion but made their democracy under more threat than before.

If you had watch Loose Changes, there is a lot speculation on going which I don’t really agree with. In fact I am not interested to know the truth on these events. However what I can see that if someone famous on mass media says publicly that he don’t believe to the officials explanation of 9/11 events, he got censored and face a lot of pressure from all the media. To me that shows that something is wrong there because the Freedom of Speech is under threat, and that the U.S officials doesn’t want people to ask questions on this.

I feel we’re on a  society of consumption without any consciousness. We’re using technology without thinking of the impact it has on the society. It transform us all. Yet the global leaders of most nations underestimate theses changes and are trying to make law new without understanding the network itself, nor how the world change quickly for something that no one understand yet.

Anonymous appeared because they don’t believe in any form of officials explanations, that could be from company officials, countries officials, and many others. So they protest online ….DDoS attack are useless in my opinion only dissruptive. And that make the games of the politicians.Why do we feels that the government lie to us ? I guess this feeling is not new. The web have reduced the distance between me and you, and unofficial s ideas are conveyed in instants.

This is why it is important to have the right to publish on Twitter/Facebook/Blogging anonymously, the government need a watchdog to ensure that he acts for the people and not to tell them what to think. What’s better watchdog other than people themselves ?

Yet the safety argument is false argument to me because monitoring every form of communication would generate a lot of data to analyze in real time ,and I am not sure it would prevent from a terrorist attack. Does the CCTV have prevented crimes ? I would like to see the figures. The UK government have not said much how they gonna do it.

More pragmatically I have been to a famous shop in London few week ago and you can buy a hardware encrypted phone(Not a software one, such as app on Android or IPhone). You need a pair of them to make it work. I have asked to the representative the stupid question why people need to get such phone ? The person told me that some people requires confidentiality… Connect the dot now… Moreover I am sure the people who makes such legislation are not aware of how Internet works. On top of that if you go online , I just look for 5 minutes and I found a lot how to encrypt a an SMS text using your iphone : http://guyism.com/tech/black-sms-encrypts-your-text-messages.html. The text are encrypted in AES (Advance Encryption Standard), and anyone who has little knowledge in cryptography know that it is very difficult to decipher, especially in real time !

I don’t think such a law would prevent terrorism, nor makes people any safer, just taking away some of our privacy.

29 th February

Today is the 29 th February. Did you do anything special today ? Did you ever met someone who was born 29 th of February ?  Or is it just another day like any other ?

The new cold war is already here

Dear reader,

Thank you for you passing by here. I came across recently an article about Syria from the Guardian, for once a little bit different from what we’re usually can find on the web.

The article related a case whereby a Syrian / Canadian have been arrested in U.S back in late 2002 for suspicion of terrorism. Without any formal charges, he has been deported to Syria, and tortured . After 10 month he has been released, and cleared of any links with terrorist. He received very consequent compensation from the Canadian government. You can read the full article here.

The U.S. officials are now very quiet about this subject, and everyone highlight how the Syrian regime is bad. As the article imply the U.S. has agreement with Syria, to be able to torture people of suspected ties terrorism  “the dark side of war on Terror”. This shows how much U.S. officials have double speech about their foreign politics, when they accused the Syrian regime. Don’t make me wrong I am certainly note defending the Syrian regime about this extremely violent uprising. But dear reader, I guess we should realize we are in cold war not beetwen to Bloc but between multiple poles. And in this cold war that is the Syrian people who pays it unfortunately….

Have the BBC talked about the Bahrain recently ? Again according to the Guardian the U.K have sold £1m to the Bahrain government. Look here. This will certainly be used by the government against a uprising from the population. At the same time fews day ago William Hague make the highlight make comment on Syria and warns of Iran threat to peace of the world.

If Iran develop the bomb, I am sure it won’t be to attack anyone, but to reinforce their power in the middle east. Thus that would mean the western countries loosing controls over the middle east countries, and yes it could threaten the influences of Israel which in position of force because Israel have the nuclear technology.

The stability of this region is essentials for the western economies, because they are dependent on it, and they’re loosing influences, so they currently have a double speech where things arranged them to ensure stability within this region. Meanwhile millions of people suffering in Iran from the repressive regime, in Syria as for the very violent uprising….

In background of all of this there war on ideology between democracy and dictatorship. In the west it is common to promote the democracy values. Unfortunately soon enough I have realized these values are quickly forgotten, when some economic interest, political influence of  a country are in play.

Finally what is the difference between a corrupt democracy in decay, and a dictatorship regime of more than billion people which apply censorship ?

 

 

File sharing will never die….

On 19 th of January in the name of copyright infringement  a well known file sharing website have been seized by the authority.

I was shocked to see that the U.S authorities could arrest someone and stop a website out of their countries, without any trial before hand. There was also a “legal” use a file sharing, and some people still cannot access there data.  This has upset me. Where is the justice there ? All of that in the name of copyright infringement and piracy?

Anonymous answer have been to attack using DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) all website which have interest of the “Major”. In my opinion this won’t change anything, their website won’t be available for fews days, but that won’t force the major to change behavior towards us (consumers). I have just tried to access the MPAA, and the website work fine now several days afterwards.

The way to fight the lobbyist in my opinion would be more the legal way rather and these sporadic actions. Yes, some could say that Kim Dotcom made profits from the illegal distribution of copyrighted works. However any copyright holder could inform Megauplaod to remove the link of the copyrighted content. If you’re trying to read a bit more on this, he was arrested because he was about to launch a service called MegaBox,  and this service was trying to bypass the industry music or movie distribution as we actually know it. And obviously a massive threat for this industry. And yes this character unknown from the majority of people before 19 of January is described as controversial in the media. But that doesn’t mean he is not right about certains things. He wanted to compete with these majors. And there is nothing wrong with that. Shouldn’t the U.S. for be free market ?

Dear reader, don’t you see that this music /media/ movie industry is wrong and corrupted ?

Wrong because they trying to protect their job so they say, they ‘re saying piracy or files download illegally have cost them millions, billions of loss. But if you think differently, how much how could have made this industry if they understood the new digital world we are living in ? They should understand that file sharing is not crime, and it has never killed any artist. Kim.Dotcom understood our digital world and took the opportunity and created a market and something new.

Corrupted because as they see their interest threaten they’re trying to enforce law in their advantages, more than for the benefit of everyone. Do you know how long a copyright on a content last on the U.S ? According to the law Copyright Term Extension Act, someone who want to use a copyrighted work have to wait 120 years before it can go to the public domain. Was this law made to defend the interest of the creators, or trying to ensure revenue of people such as Walt Disney for life time ? Is this fair and for the benefit of everyone ?

They may have taken MegaUpload, but they will never stop filesharing