Cyberculture agenda: Hacking Team revelations continue…

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The FBI Spent $775K on Hacking Team’s Spy Tools Since 2011

After the company was hacked, details of Hacking Team’s previously unknown contracts have come to light.

Hacking Team Leaks Reveal Spyware Industry’s Growth, Negligence of Human Rights

Hacking Team and FinSpy Clients – map created using This week’s document leak from surveillance software vendor Hacking Teamprovided new details on the burgeoning growth of a private surveillance industry which has spread globally without any meaningful oversight. While revealing many new and concerning aspects of Hacking Team’s activities, it also confirmed a number of theories we’v

Nine bloggers and journalists belonging to the Zone 9 collective were arrested in April 2014 and charged with terrorism for dubious offenses including “working with foreign organizations that claim to be human rights activists” and “inciting public disorder via social media”. In reality, the blogging collective worked to foster political debate and discussion, educating Ethiopian citizens on the constitution and seeking to promote human rights in the country.

What the Reddit Rebellion Is Really About

“Reddit is revolting,” read the headlines. “No kidding,” came the response. Indeed, Reddit experienced a seismic rebellion this past weekend, but the reasons behind the brief shutdown of large portions of the site are a lot more complicated—and uglier—than you would think.

The FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Army have all bought controversial software that allows users to take remote control of suspects’ computers, recording their calls, emails, keystrokes and even activating their cameras, according to internal documents hacked from the software’s Italian manufacturer.

Hacking Team Breach Shows a Global Spying Firm Run Amok

The epic hack of a global, private spying company comes just as the US government considers new regulations to control the export of digital intrusion tools.

Ellen Pao has apologized to the Reddit community at large. In a Reddit post, the CEO openly admits the site has failed moderators in a big way, and promises improvements for tools, communication and search to help make life easier. Pao wrote “we have apologized and made promises to you,
Web design is dead


Web design is (finally!) dying of irrelevance. Web pages themselves are no longer the center of the Internet experience, which is why designers need to move on to the next challenges — products and ecosystems — if they want to stay relevant.


Proxy Services Are Not Safe. Try These Alternatives

Proxy Services Are Not Safe. Try These Alternatives

Free VPNs come with too many strings attached. It’s time to find a better solution.

Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, FBI Director Comey wants you to know that he doesn’t want another crypto war. As he said today in hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), he just wants a discussion. Of course, it’s hard to have a discussion when you’re not listening to anyone else. And in this case, Comey and those who support weakening encryption simply aren’t listening to the experts telling them that backdoors or golden keys just won’t keep us safe.


When your company has a name like “Hacking Team,” it doesn’t look very good if you’re the ones getting hacked.

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The (ironically-named) Hacking Team is an Italian security firm with a history of supplying surveillance technology to governments around the world, including some unpleasant regimes. It’s now been hacked itself. As CSO Online reports, the source of the hack isn’t clear yet, but a torrent file with 400GB of internal documents, product source code and email archives is now public.
Blockchain versus vulture capitalism

The Bitcoin revolution offers a glimpse at a better humanity.


Facebook IQ commissioned neuromarketing agency SalesBrain to (literally) get inside of its users’ heads.

The social network’s insights arm studied the brain and physiology responses of people shown the same content on smartphones and TVs, focusing onengagement, attention, emotion and retention.

fredrik-neijFredrik Neij, one of The Pirate Bay’s co-founders, was released early last month after serving a 10-month prison sentence for his involvement with the site.

A few days ago Fredrik arrived back home in Laos, where he’s enjoying his family and an unlimited stock of beer to get his liver back on track.


The furor surrounding the firing of popular Reddit administrator Victoria Taylor took a new turn on Friday, when company CEO Ellen Pao commented on the resulting backlash.

It’s been five months since Twitter announced a new deal with Google, granting the search giant access to it’s full fire hose of tweets. So how much content is Google now indexing as a result of the new Twitter partnership? The guys at Stone Temple Consulting have done some research to find out, and the results highlight some important correlations for brands.
A 1968 computer art contest

Computer Art 1968

From the August 1968 issue of Computers and Automation magazine, the results of their Sixth Annual Computer Art Contest (flip to page 8).


Why More Men Are Using Pinterest than Ever Before

The dichotomy on Pinterest is changing, with the platform’s male user base more than doubling in the last year, and sign-ups trending higher again in 2015. But what explains the sudden testosterone boost? With the ability to conduct more relevant searches, make quick purchases, and follow other like-minded men, it’s no wonder men are flocking to the visual-focused social network.
Hundreds of sections of Reddit, the online discussion board, were shut down on Friday in an apparent protest of the recent firing Victoria Taylor, the site’s director of talent. After word of her dismissal spread through the company, moderators for the site, who are all unpaid volunteers, blacked out their subreddits (individual discussions within the site divided into topics such as books, technology, movies, etc.)–and in effect, took the site down.

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