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Oct 012014

CNBC: So what you do at work stays at work?

LaFountain: Absolutely. Yeah, absolutely. A lot of our people still have their own home systems. They’ve got to keep it to what they’re allowed to do on their home systems.

And actually, if I can, I’d also like to mention we’ve created a new program just this past summer. We’ve come to the realization that we need to reach back further than college to get kids interested in cybersecurity. A lot of studies show that by the eighth or ninth grade, kids are either turning to STEM or they’re turning off from the STEM fields. And so we want to want to get more of them interested cyberspace. So just this summer, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, we created a program we’re calling “Gen-cyber,” sponsoring cyber-related summer camps for middle and high school students and teachers around the country. We call this our prototype year. We had six camps. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive. One of our camps had 172 high school students in it. I visited the camp; I talked to about 25 students. Every one of them said, ‘This is great. It’s better than I expected. Can’t wait to come back next year.’

CNBC: What do they do in these camps?

LaFountain: What we ask the camps to do to start out is just to give students the fundamental awareness of cybersecurity so they understand the threats that are out there on the Internet and basic things that they should do to protect themselves. Some of the camps did some more technical things. Some did introduction to secure programming. Another program did an introduction to wireless networking and wireless security. And the students are really, really into it.

CNBC: Those were eighth-graders?

LaFountain: Those students were 10th-graders that did the wireless, but it was kind of cool. Because they had all this equipment, and they did a wireless scavenger hunt, so they had backpacks using the little antennas coming out of the backpack. They’re going around this college campus trying to find these rogue access points that had been set up. So it really was just giving them a good introduction to that technology, which is an important technology today. So that’s a program we hope to grow in the coming years. To eventually reach out to all 50 states, I hope.

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CNBC: How many students do you think you need to pull into the NSA in order to keep the pipeline flowing?

LaFountain: My estimate would be for the specific skill areas that I’m trying to build, it’s in the small hundreds. And that’s why you know in our program we intend to keep the number of schools fairly small. We’re thinking maybe 20, 25 schools will be enough to provide the pipeline of students that we need.

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Meet the NSA's hacker recruiter

The National Security Agency has a recruiting problem.

Rocked by the Edward Snowden disclosures and facing stiff competition for top talent from high-paying Silicon Valley firms, the nation’s cyber spy agency is looking to recruit a new generation of college hackers and tech experts. And through one new program, the agency is cultivating students as young as eighth grade.

The man the NSA has turned to for help solving its recruiting problem is an avuncular 32-year NSA veteran named Steven LaFountain, who has been tasked with building up a “cyber curriculum” for tech-savvy students at 20 to 25 American universitiesand making sure a steady flow of top minds continues to go to work for the nation’s technical surveillance agency. Officially, its known as the Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations program.

Recently, CNBC sat down with LaFountain in a conference room at NSA’s National Cryptologic Museum, next to the agency’s sprawling headquarters in Ft. Meade, Maryland, to talk about recruiting in the post-Snowden era.

What follows is an edited transcript of that conversation.

CNBC: So explain the impact of the Edward Snowden disclosures on your ability to recruit.

LaFountain: Actually, I don’t think it’s been damaging to our ability to recruit talent, in that many of the students that I talk to, anyway, that I interact with, they’re interested in the tech. They’re not bothered by, let’s say, the politics of things like that. They’re interested in the technology. They want to get into cybersecurity. They want to learn what we do here.

CNBC: How do you prevent yourself from being the guy who recruits the next Edward Snowden?

LaFountain: That’s a good question. We have other processes security process that look into backgrounds and polygraphs and all that, and hopefully that will prevent that. You know, when I’m recruiting, I’m looking for the technical talent. I’m looking for the people that have the right mind-set, that question things. That don’t just say, ‘That’s how it’s supposed to work, so it works that way.’ You’ve got to question: ‘How can I get it to do things it’s not supposed to do?’ That’s really what the whole cybersecurity business is about.

CNBC: Post-Snowden, the analysis was that part of the challenge for the NSA was that this generation of technologically-savvy students shares a different ideology than previous generations of boomers and Gen-Xers. These young folks today are much more libertarian, they’re much more of the information-wants-to-be-free mind-set. Are you finding a different mind-set among the 20-somethings that you’re recruiting now?

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The First Amendement doesn't give the right to be Rude!
I am getting tired of how people act in real life with being so mean and rude to other people and they use the first amendment as an exuse.also a little somthing in there about the second amendment.

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Fifty years ago, Jack Weinberg was the first to be arrested in an unprecedented student protest over free speech restrictions on the UC Berkeley campus. Thousands of demonstrators surrounded the police car in which Weinberg was detained for 32 hours. Subsequent protests went on for months.

While UC authorities had hoped for a quick return to order, a seminal youth rebellion the Free Speech Movement was born on Sproul Plaza instead. Historians say its national influence persists through decades of political activism, on and off college campuses.

This week, the university that once sought to censor Weinberg and other leaders of that movement is welcoming them back as heroes and historical figures.

Berkeley is commemorating the half-century anniversary of that tumultuous fall 1964 semester with lectures, classes, concerts, exhibits and other activities that will culminate with a rally Wednesday at Sproul Plaza.

“Fifty years have passed, and it’s pretty safe to be a supporter of the Free Speech Movement now,” said Weinberg, 74, who is a consultant to groups seeking to clean up environmental pollution. As in many disputes, the losing side now embraces the cause it had fought, he said.

Free Speech activists many now with adult grandchildren have held previous reunions and been lionized and sometimes vilified in films and books. But UC itself had been at best lukewarm to them until this week’s Golden Bear-hug.

“The university is taking ownership of its own history, and that’s really healthy,” said historian Robert Cohen, a professor from New York University who is teaching this term at Berkeley. As part of an annual common book reading, all incoming Berkeley freshmen and transfer students were assigned “Freedom’s Orator,” Cohen’s biography of the late Mario Savio. The philosophy student, despite an earlier stutter, became the most eloquent spokesman for the Free Speech Movement.

For students to hear Weinberg and other activists explain the Free Speech Movement “would be like Thomas Jefferson coming back and explaining the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution,” Cohen said. “It’s really a unique opportunity to get the perspective of the people who made this history.”

Because of their ages, participants say that this may be the last major reunion and chance to have Free Speech leaders interact with students. (Savio died of a heart attack in 1996 at the age of 53, when he was a Sonoma State professor leading a protest against tuition increases.)

Veterans of the movement, who are organizing some events separate from UC-sponsored ones, say they hope to inspire today’s quieter and more career-focused generation of students to activism on a range of issues.

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Fear of the federal governments interference with Second Amendment rights and suspicion that elected officials are ignoring the will of the people have provoked a resurgence of self-described patriots across the country who say they are preparing to defend themselves and their rights.

Organizations tracking the movement say the number of groups has risen dramatically in the past six years.

Theres a very unreasonable, ridiculously crazy attack on the Second Amendment and people that own guns, said Cope Reynolds, a member of the White Mountain Militia in Show Low, Ariz. If everything were not protected by the Second Amendment, the government would have the opportunity, if they so desired, to go unchecked with impunity and do whatever they want to do.

Americans who have a tradition with guns, such as those who hunt for sport or game, believe the same. They might not belong to a militia or survival outfit, but they are just as concerned about gun rights. They dont wear the tradition on their sleeve, but they keep it alive by practicing their hobby and by handing down the love of guns and sport to their children.

Then there are the real activists.

Reynolds is the operations manager of Shots Ranch, a tactical shooting range and survival training facility in Kingman, Ariz. He considers this type of training to be necessary preparation for a time in America he sees as inevitable.

We want people to be able to provide for themselves in a world where we might not be able to just run down to Wal-Mart at any time, Reynolds said. We think that at some point in America were probably going to experience those times and a lot of us think its not going to be far away.

For individuals like Reynolds, the Second Amendment is an important check on the government and is needed to protect the Constitution.

Its the beauty and the danger of Americas Constitution, said Adam Winkler, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Second Amendment expert. Its great generalities are so vague that anyone can interpret them in light of their own experience and their own interests. And indeed, the Second Amendment is one of the most confusing textual provisions of the Constitution.

In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes like self-defense.

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This is Banned Books Week. It’s a week-long celebration of books and those who write them, and, in particular, of viewpoints that are challenged or banned, and individuals who are attacked or persecuted for holding them. And it’s a reasonable point at which we should pause and examine exactly where we stand in terms of the freedom to write, read and publish books, as a society.

Banned Books Week began in the United States in the early 1980s. The United States, then, had just elected Ronald Reagan, and it looked like the forces of social progressivism were on the run. I don’t know whether they had started talking of the “culture wars” yet, but hostilities had definitely begun. The driving force behind Banned Books Week was a bunch of disgruntled librarians (I urge you to pause for a moment to picture a bunch of disgruntled librarians in your mind, you won’t regret it). They were tired of having to deal with demands to remove various books from library shelves because they offended local community sentiments, or were deemed insufficiently “family-friendly”.

It is important to note that the “banning” here was not, thus, a consequence of the use of arbitrary state power. It was because of other forms of power over local libraries – forms of suasion that were usable even in a country as resolutely committed legally to free speech as the United States.

This should cause us to think about exactly how it is that speech is controlled in India, and how books can be banned, without being officially banned. There are shades of grey to this: even The Satanic Verses is not banned; its import is controlled, that is all. Nor are Wendy Doniger’s books banned; the author and the publisher merely declined to enter into a lengthy court battle, with possible criminal penalties, against a fanatic with strong political backing and nothing to lose. Especially since the law is on the fanatic’s side.

The law that protects fanatics is, of course, the element of Macaulay’s penal code that allows the imperial government to control its subjects’ access to information to ensure that the little beasts don’t riot and interrupt the District Magistrate’s siesta. You will notice I speak about the Raj in the present tense; this is because, as far as freedom of speech is concerned, we still live in the Raj. In fact, in terms of speaking frankly about social ills, the Raj offered freedom to writers and leaders unheard of today. Just read Ambedkar on Hinduism – or on Islam, for that matter – to understand that.

The other laws that restrict speech are criminal defamation laws. These hit everyone pretty hard, and the public interest most of all. It is difficult to talk about certain companies without getting an automatic notice in the mail; and some politicians, particularly in the United Progressive Alliance, were known to threaten journalists with criminal defamation at the drop of a hat. Books have been withdrawn by publishers, thanks to these laws, too.

There are several ways to look at this. One is to complain that authors and publishers should fight the good fight, and stand up for our right to access information. Unfortunately, for some reason many authors are not willing to risk jail for our rights. Nor are publishing companies willing to spend all their profits on legal fees in battles to protect their right to publish books that don’t make a lot of money. This no doubt offends us. But unless we wish to legislate altrusim – which is a bad idea, I hasten to add – we need to take the responsibility to defend our access to information ourselves.

One possible front for this battle might be to try and ensure that those people who feel threatened by such laws have some kind of recourse: a network that will explain the legal consequences, and maybe funnel a bit of legal expertise their way. At the very least, an author or a publisher who wishes to fight should be given a bit of backing, no? This is my preferred response, as it is for several other people who are trying to instutionalise it – if you also agree, do write in to with ideas as to how to make it happen.

India is not an autocracy. It cannot adopt the methods of free-speech activism that were developed for authoritarian states. It is a country with a particular combination of problems: a set of powerful, regressive social norms and leaders; and colonial laws that empower them. But it also has a broadly liberal Constitution. Those who want to make sure that all books written stay on the shelves, and that all books that can be written are written, should use that tension to their advantage.

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This is a guest post by Jamie Bartlett, Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think tankDemos. You can follow him on Twitter at@jamiejbartlett

Does the creator of a technology have any moral responsibility for the uses to which it is put? It’s an old question. RememberOppenheimer’s famous quote, “I am become death; the destroyer of worlds”? Worried about the effect of his creation he determined, in the end, when making the atomic bomb, that it was the job of the scientist to make something if he or she could. Society can then determine what might be done with it.

Over the weekend,BBC Click ran an interviewwith two of the developers of the dark wallet, which is an application for the cryptocurrency bitcoin. The idea behind the dark wallet, simply put, is this: bitcoin transactions, although hard to track and monitor, are not entirely anonymous because the block chain keeps a public record of every bitcoin transaction made. Dark wallet obscures who is behind each transaction by using clever stealth addresses and a decentralised mixing system. While not making transactions perfectly anonymous, it’s a significant step forward.

Click showed an unverified Islamist blog, which suggested the terrorist group IS (Islamic State, formerly ISIS) has potentially expressed an interest in dark wallet. The blog read dark wallet could “send millions of dollars worth of bitcoin instantly from the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ghana, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, or wherever else, right to the pockets of the Mujahideen”. It is, read the blog, “simple, easy, and we ask Allah to hasten its usage for us”. Amir Taaki, the chief developer behind the dark wallet, was quizzed by Click about whether he’d be comfortable with ISIS using the technology he’d built. With admirable honesty he replied: “Yeah.” Adding, “you can’t stop people using technology because of your personal bias. We stand for free and open systems where anybody can participate, no matter who you are”.

Many in the (sometimes vocal and aggressive) bitcoin community were unhappyabout how this had been reported, arguing that it was unfair to saddle bitcoin with IS. IS after all, uses plenty of other technologies far more than bitcoin — so why focus on this?

It’s a fair criticism — Bitcoin, and certainly the complicated dark wallet, is hardly the most useful system of financing for a group like IS given its other means. And as I’ve written elsewhere, Bitcoin has several invaluable societal benefits: such as transforming the wasteful and expensive system of making international remittance payments. Yet the BBC was correct to cover it. Almost anything IS does is newsworthy at the moment: especially when it comes to technology. That’s particularly the case when the creator himself doesn’t seem bothered by it.

To understand the reason Taaki was relaxed requires you to understand his ideology. I know something of this because I’ve spent a fair amount of time with him — including atCalafouin Spain, where he first started work on the project — and I wrote about the dark wallet in my bookThe Dark Net.Bitcoin advocates sit on a spectrum of belief, and many of them see the currency as a way of improving financial services. But Taaki, like some within the Bitcoin community is more radical, and could be loosely described as either a cryptoanarchist orcypherpunk. He is not interested in building neutral but effective technology: he sees dark wallet as a political project, a direct way of undermining state power. He believes that powerful encryption systems, like the dark wallet, can guarantee individual liberty in a more reliable way than any manmade law — and he’s hopeful it will help precipitate the collapse of modern national states.

With this radical world view, dark wallet has pitted itself directly against the more mainstream bits of the community. “Many prominent Bitcoin developers are actively in collusion with members of law enforcement and seeking approval from government legislators,” read the original dark wallet blurb. “We believe this is not in Bitcoin users’ self-interest, and instead serves wealthy business interests that make up the self-titled Bitcoin Foundation.” This divide — between those who see Bitcoin as a political or a financial project — runs through the heart of the community. In fact Taaki is probably closer to Bitcoin’s libertarian origins than all those suited businessmen currently falling over themselves to build bitcoin ATM machines or invest venture capital in the currency.The currency’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto’s posts on the Cryptography mailing list were littered with his libertarian outlook — and before that Bitcoin’s roots can be traced to the 90s libertarian cypherpunks, and cryptography geniusDavid Chaum.

Taaki knows that people will use the dark wallet to do bad things. He has, I am sure, no desire whatsoever to help IS — who are the apotheosis of his conception of individual liberty. Yet his overarching ambition is to create tools to secure freedom and defang the state. Some people will suffer in the meantime.

This question will keep coming up. Bitcoin protocols can do a lot more than currency exchange. There are social media platforms based on the same distributed system as Bitcoin, making them hard to close down, and its users very difficult to trace. Especially post-Snowdon, hundreds of people around the world have been working on a dazzling array of software to allow people to stay anonymous online. The direction of travel is towards more decentralisation, more powerful encryption, more distributed systems for anyone who wants it: Jitsi, Jabber, Darkmail, Mailpile, and more. That is good news for anyone who cares about freedom and democracy, especially in the less savoury parts of the world. But I daresay IS will be early adopters — as will other people looking to stay hidden for nefarious purposes.

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Civilization V: Swedish Space Race #40 – Freedom-Haters
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The teenager who was caused a security scare at the Freedom Tower earlier this year has been arrested for a new stunt, police said.

Justin Casquejo, 16, has been charged with defiant trespass and resisting arrest after being caught climbing a water tower in Weehawken, New Jersey.

State officials said that the Sept. 17 incident in Weehawken could violate his probation that was handed down after he was caught at the top of the Freedom Tower.

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Casquejo was arrested in March after climbing to the tower’s spire. He later explained that he scaled the fence surrounding the site, took the stairs to the 20th floor, jumped on an elevator to the 99th floor and then walked the rest of the way up to the top of the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building.

He pleaded guilty in that case. He has not yet had to enter a plea in the Weehawken case.

Police sources confirmed that Casquejo was the individual arrested in connection to the Weehawken case because the suspect’s name was not originally released publicly due to his age.

There may have been other people present when he allegedly scaled the water tower last week, but Casquejo was the only person arrested.

Casquejo posted an apology on Twitter after he was caught in March, but he has not posted any remorseful message since his most recent arrest.

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From Berry v. Leslie (11th Cir. Sept. 16, 2014):

It was a scene right out of a Hollywood movie. On Aug. 21, 2010, after more than a month of planning, teams from the Orange County Sheriffs Office descended on multiple target locations. They blocked the entrances and exits to the parking lots so no one could leave and no one could enter. With some team members dressed in ballistic vests and masks, and with guns drawn, the deputies rushed into their target destinations, handcuffed the stunned occupants and demanded to see their barbers licenses. The Orange County Sheriffs Office was providing muscle for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations administrative inspection of barbershops to discover licensing violations.

We first held 19 years ago that conducting a run-of-the-mill administrative inspection as though it is a criminal raid, when no indication exists that safety will be threatened by the inspection, violates clearly established Fourth Amendment rights. See Swint v. City of Wadley, 51 F.3d 988 (11th Cir. 1995). We reaffirmed that principle in 2007 when we held that other deputies of the very same Orange County Sheriffs Office who participated in a similar warrantless criminal raid under the guise of executing an administrative inspection were not entitled to qualified immunity. See Bruce v. Beary, 498 F.3d 1232 (11th Cir. 2007). Today, we repeat that same message once again. We hope that the third time will be the charm.

The Fourth Amendment guarantees [t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures. Its protections apply to commercial premises, as well as to private homes. In general, the Fourth Amendment requires a warrant supported by probable cause to effectuate a constitutional search. Indeed, this Court has explained, The basic premise of search and seizure doctrine is that searches undertaken without a warrant issued upon probable cause are `per se unreasonable under the Fourth Amendmentsubject only to a few specifically established and well-delineated exceptions.

One of those limited exceptions involves administrative inspections of closely regulated industries. Because an owner or operator of commercial property has a reduced expectation of privacy in this context, the standard for what may be reasonable under the Fourth Amendment is correspondingly broader.

To fall within this exception, a warrantless inspection must satisfy three criteria: (1) a `substantial government interest [must] inform[] the regulatory scheme pursuant to which the inspection is made; (2) the inspection must be necessary to further [the] regulatory scheme; and (3) the statutes inspection program, in terms of the certainty and regularity of its application, [must] provid[e] a constitutionally adequate substitute for a warrant. The regulatory statute must [also] be sufficiently comprehensive and defined such that it limits the discretion of inspecting officers. Where a statute authorizes the inspection but makes no rules governing the procedures that inspectors must follow, the Fourth Amendment and its various restrictive rules apply.

But even when the criteria set forth above are met, to satisfy the Fourth Amendment, an administrative inspection must be appropriately limited in both scope and execution and may not serve as a backdoor for undertaking a warrantless search unsupported by probable cause. Above all, such inspections may never circumvent the Fourth Amendments requirement for reasonableness. In this regard, an administrative screening search must be as limited in its intrusiveness as is consistent with satisfaction of the administrative need that justifies it.

As detailed earlier, the regulatory framework for barbershop inspections in Florida is embodied in Fla. Stat. 476.184 and its implementing rules. In particular, 476.184 requires all barbershops to have a license issued by the DBPR and directs the Florida Barbers Board to adopt rules governing the operation and periodic inspection of barbershops licensed in Florida. Rule 61G3-19.015(1), Fla. Admin. Code, in turn, provides that the DBPR may conduct inspections biennially on a random, unannounced basis. The regulatory framework, which sets forth who may conduct such inspections, notifies barbers that only the DBPR is so authorized. In this case, no one disputes that the DBPR possesses statutory authority to conduct warrantless inspections of barbershops, nor do the parties assert that the statute authorizing such inspections is constitutionally impermissible.

Instead, the plaintiffs contend that the search of Strictly Skillz, which they allege was undertaken with an inordinate display of force, failed to conform to the Fourth Amendments requirement for reasonableness. Because we have twice held, on facts disturbingly similar to those presented here, that a criminal raid executed under the guise of an administrative inspection is constitutionally unreasonable, we agree.

Unlike previous inspections of Strictly Skillz, which were all conducted by a single DBPR inspector without the aid of law enforcement, the August 21 search was executed with a tremendous and disproportionate show of force, and no evidence exists that such force was justified. Despite the fact that neither OCSO nor the DBPR had any reason to believe that the inspection of Strictly Skillz posed a threat to officer safety, the record indicates that several OCSO officers entered the barbershop wearing masks and bulletproof vests, and with guns drawn; surrounded the building and blocked all of the exits; forced all of the children and other customers to leave; announced that the business was closed down indefinitely; and handcuffed and conducted pat-down searches of the employees while the officers searched the premises. Such a search, which bears no resemblance to a routine inspection for barbering licenses, is certainly not reasonable in scope and execution. Rather, [i]t is the conduct of officers conducting a raid.

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CELEBRATE freedom by acting responsibly and doing good deeds, a priest challenged media workers yesterday in the mass that opened the annual Cebu Press Freedom Week.

Sa matag exercise sa atong kagawasan nga gihatag sa atong Ginoo, atong subayon sa mga maayong bulohaton (Our use of our freedom should be accompanied by good deeds), said Fr. Jonas Mejares, OSA.

Mejares, the rector of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nio, also reminded news workers to work not only for rewards and to use their skills to bring the good news. The Church, he said, recognizes the work of journalists and other media workers because they can help spread the teachings of God.

Let us become what we ought to be, good children of God, in serving the community by bringing the truth, he said.

His homily elaborated on a reading (from Isaiah 55:6-9) that called on those present to seek God and abandon wicked ways and evil thoughts. For My thoughts are not your thoughts and your ways are not My ways, declares God. For the heavens are as high above earth as My ways are above your ways, My thoughts above your thoughts.

On its 20th year, Cebu Press Freedom Weeks opening coincided exactly with the 42nd anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law by Ferdinand Marcos. Among the dictatorships earliest moves were the closure of media companies and the arrest of opposition figures, activists and journalists.

Days before the start of the Press Freedom Week festivities this year, the Talisay City Council approved a resolution supporting the annual event.

In his resolution, Talisay City councilor Danilo Caballero said that Cebu Press Freedom Week and Cebu Broadcasters Month help remind the public of the ills of Martial Law.

Media in Cebu still plays a vital role in preserving this freedom up to today and continuously celebrates it with the people, Caballero added.

After the mass, Mejares sang a medley, including a few bars of the Louis Armstrong song What a Wonderful World and Heal the World by Michael Jackson, which made several participants whip out camera phones and tablets to record the performance.

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Busloads From Cape and Islands To Peoples Climate March
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Thousands of People Claming on the Beaches of Xiamen China
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Let me start out by admitting my bias. I’m a strong supporter of the First Amendment. With very few exceptions (like child sex abuse images and yelling “fire” in a crowded theater), I believe that free speech is an absolute right for people of all ages and it makes me feel good when I learn that others, especially young people, tend to agree.

The reason I love it when young people support free speech is because they are our future.

If people grow up believing in something, they’re more likely to continue to hold those beliefs as they get older. So, I’m especially pleased that high school students are even more supportive of free speech than adults, according to a new survey from the Knight Foundation.

The foundation conducted a national study of 10,463 high school students and 588 teachers to coincide with the celebration of Constitution Day, which took place Wednesday. Several of the questions were identical to those of a Newseum Institute survey of adults, which enabled researchers to compare results across age groups.

What the study found is that students are more supportive of free speech rights than adults, with the heaviest consumers of social media showing the strongest support. The study found that only 24 percent of students agreed that the “First Amendment goes too far” compared to 38 percent of adults who responded to similar questions. This is a major shift from most previous surveys such as in 2006 when 45 percent of students felt that way compared to 23 percent of adults.

The study also found that today’s students are more likely to agree that people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions with 88 percent agreeing this year compared to 76 percent in 2007 and 83 percent in 2004. There is also increased agreement that “newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of a story,” up from 51 percent in 2004 to 61 percent this year.

I was fascinated by the finding that students who more frequently use social media are more likely to support people’s right to express unpopular opinions. Among those who use social media more than once a day, 62 percent support other people’s rights to express unpopular opinions compared to 54 percent who use it just once a day or several times a week and 49 percent of youth who use social media weekly or less often. More than 7 in 10 students who read news online more than once a day support other people’s right of speech, compared to 53 percent of those who read online news weekly.

Of course, correlations don’t prove causation. There could be other factors at play, but the fact that social media use does correlate to first amendment support is encouraging, considering how many young people are using social media.

The study looked at such issues as free speech, surveillance and privacy. There is also a correlation between studying about First Amendment rights and support for free speech. Since 2004, the percentage of students who say they have taken First Amendment classes increased from 58 percent to 70 percent, according to the report.

In an interview, Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of the Knight Foundation, said that interviews with journalism faculty confirmed that “what’s really important is news and media digital literacy being taught more significantly in high school. Just mentioning the First Amendment in a social studies class isn’t’ enough.” He said that “the flip side of freedom and responsibility is that you need to not ban digital media but actually teach students all about digital media in school. How to create it, how to navigate it and how to use it.”

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“New Reggae Music” – Freedom Fire Riddim – RC – Word Of The People – September – 2014
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As modest as they appeared, these three men have become known as the people who in that darkened conference room in 2004 unleashed the Tor anonymity network, one of the most controversial phenomena in the history of the internet.

An acronym for The Onion Router, Tor bounces data and messages through as many as 5,000 other computers, known as nodes or relays, adding layers of encryption to the data like skins on an onion, until it is virtually impossible to discern the original users location and identity.

And although it has positive applications, especially in repressive regimes such as Iran and China, where pro-democracy activists use it to publicise human rights abuses and foment dissent, it is also used by many thousands of people to trade guns, drugs, stolen goods and child pornography. It has been implicated in hundreds of cases of fraud, identity theft and paedophilia. Remarkably, though, the US Navy continues to provide most of its funding.

When we started working on Tor, we didnt sit back and think too much about the implications of privacy, security and anonymity, says Sylverson, on the phone from the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. The reason for our research was to allow US government employees to go to public websites to gather information, without anybody knowing that there was somebody from the Navy looking for this stuff.

To guarantee anonymity, Tor had to have mass appeal and so the software was designed to be open-source, meaning that the source code could be distributed and developed by anybody. It had to be picked up by the public and used. This was fundamental, says Sylverson. If we created an anonymous network that was only being used by the Navy, then it would be obvious that anything popping out or going in was going to and from the Navy.

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Every additional ordinary user, he says, enhances the security and protection that the network is designed to offer to Navy employees, and is, in a way, their payment.

Fast-forward to 2014, and that attitude seems at best naive, at worst willfully negligent. Sites that are blocked by most internet service providers, including those peddling hardcore child pornography, are accessible using Tor and available to browse following some simple steps well within the grasp of most computer-users.

Each page can take up to 30 seconds to load, but that aside, when I log on to the network on a Monday afternoon after downloading the Tor browser, I find it easy to access a wealth of illegal goods and services, ranging from the appalling to the ridiculous.

Gun Grave, for instance, offers a selection of weapons including a mint condition M4 semi-automatic rifle that can be shipped worldwide. Chances are if you are looking for it we can find it, the vendor writes. Evidently, there is a history here. Further down the listing, he elaborates: “We have had 2 orders for 3 items seized recently and rather then work with us according to our partial refund policy the buyers decided to leave negative feedback and try to extort us with threats of negative forum comments…. WE WILL NOT BE EXTORTED!!!!!! Thank you.”

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