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In the Silk Road Case, Don’t Blame the Technology

The man alleged to be “Dread Pirate Roberts,” the founder and operator of the Silk Road?an online marketplace where bitcoins were traded for a range of goods and services, including drugs?was arrested by the FBI in San Francisco yesterdayThe criminal complaint, released today, provides many details about how the site and its users relied on widespread anonymity technology, including Tor and Bitcoin.

Where the Silk Road ends: Feds arrest ‘Dread Pirate Roberts,’ alleged founder of largest Bitcoin drug market


What users who attempt to connect to the Silk Road marketplace see now (HT: Adrian Chen)

Silk Road Bust Could Slow Bitcoin Economy

Many people that used bitcoins on the Silk Road marketplace seized by the FBI today could likely be traced.

Bitcoin Values Plummet $500M, Then Recover, After Silk Road Bust

Bitcoin, world’s most popular digital currency, had a roller coaster ride today after the federal government shut down the Silk Road, an online marketplace where millions of bitcoins were swapped for drugs and black market products over the past two years
How about Your Facebook Profile Reveals More About Your Personality Than You Know

Researchers look at social media to understand how updates and ?likes? differ between personality types.

How Images Become Viral on Google+

What makes an image go viral? The first study of image virality on Google+ reveals some curious tips

Google ?Condemned? By UK Politicians For Linking to Piracy

google-bayDuring the last couple of years entertainment companies have heavily criticized Google for linking to copyright-infringing material in its search results.

Viral Marketing Successfully Modeled By Network Theorists

Network models famously fail to capture the dynamics of many real-world marketing campaigns. Now computer scientists say they?ve solved the problem.

Edward Snowden’s E-Mail Provider Defied FBI Demands to Turn Over Crypto Keys, Documents Show

The U.S. government in July obtained a search warrant demanding that Edward Snowden’s e-mail provider, Lavabit, turn over the private SSL keys that protected all web traffic to the site, according to to newly unsealed documents. The July 16 order came after Texas-based Lavabit refused to circumvent its own security systems to comply with earlier orders .

The NSA is Making Us All Less Safe

“Computers are everywhere. They are now something we put our whole bodies into?airplanes, cars?and something we put into our bodies?pacemakers, cochlear implants. They HAVE to be trustworthy.”
?EFF Fellow Cory Doctorow

Cory?s right, of course. And that?s why the recent New York Times story on the NSA?s systematic effort to weaken and sabotage commercially available encryption used by individuals and businesses around the world is so important?and not just to people who care about political organizing, journalists or whistleblowers. Thanks to additional reporting, we now know it matters deeply to companies including Brazil?s Petrobras and Belgium?s Belgacom, who are concerned about protecting their infrastructure, negotiating strategies and trade secrets. But really, it matters to all of us.

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