War for the Web

July 2013

16 07.13

Hacking for Cash: Aaron Swartz on governments paying for common software exploits.

"So what they do is they pay people to find security vulnerabilities but instead of fixing them, instead of securing every one of them, they abuse those for their own private programs and so they've cracked into other countries computers. They've cracked into military installations. They have basically initiated cyber war in a way that nobody's talking about because it's not some kid in a basement somewhere. It's President Obama." -Aaron Swartz, War for the Web interview, July 10, 2012 Read more
 
09 07.13

Power Corrupts: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and Privacy

Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, CIA, NSA, FBI. David and Goliath? Heroes and Tyrants? These situations are full of shades of gray. There is one thing transparently black and white, however; the Internet has placed the power of a surveillance state, and by extension the tools for tyranny, in government and corporate hands. We now know, definitively, that the NSA colludes with Verizon, AT&T and others to collect information about Americans, ostensibly to prevent terrorist attacks. "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” -Lord Acton, 1887 Read more