What if you wanted to decrease anonymity?

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I'm running on a generally voluntaryist track here, so I'm not convinced that people should make efforts to unmask "identities" (whatever those might be, whether they are given at birth or something else adopted thereafter). In fact, there is some evidence that decentralization of identity is already well underway and that such decentralization has been expanding for some time. However, to address your question which is, essentially, "What if you wanted to decrease anonymity?" ~ I submit that the simplest answer to that question is this:

Provide people with a means to disclose their identity (whatever they claim it to be), and people will do so - irrespective of whether or not the technology (client, wallet technology, bitcoin service, etc.) readily reveals an individual's identity (as established from birth record or subsequent legal name change). (Note: In the United States, at least, the legal system does not currently recognize an IP address as equivalent to personal...

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There are tensions in the Tor protocol design between the anonymity provided by entry guards and the performance improvements from better load balancing. This blog post walks through the research questions I raised in 2011, then summarizes answers from three recent papers written by researchers in the Tor community, and finishes by explaining what Tor design changes we need to make to provide better anonymity, and what we'll be trading off.

In Tor, each client selects a few relays at random, and chooses only from those relays when making the first hop of each circuit. This entry guard design helps in three ways:

First, entry guards protect against the "predecessor attack": if Alice (the user) instead chose new relays for each circuit, eventually an attacker who runs a few relays would be her first and last hop. With entry guards, the risk of end-to-end correlation for any given circuit is the same, but the cumulative risk for all her circuits over time is...

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He wants someone to save you
And I'm the one
Tell me how many hearts have you been tearing apart
I haven't taste your attention
Every touch
You can force someone else
You just end up by yourself

If it's what you wanted
If it's what you needed
Then why do you come back to me
This is what I wanted
This is what I needed
I'll do everything to keep you away

I'd rather die than forgive you
I'll never take you back
Get down on you're knees and you're hands
It's about to get worse
Always playing the victim
Can never go wrong
It's a tragic life that you live
But you only get what you give

If it's what you wanted
If it's what you needed
Then why do you come back to me
This is what I wanted
This is what I needed
I'll do everything to keep you away

If it's what you wanted
If it's what you needed
Then why do you come back to me
This is...

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When the Guy Fawkes mask made its debut in V for Vendetta almost a decade ago, it inspired a movement against the overt censorship of politics and the internet, and more specifically, the beginnings of Anonymous, the self-proclaimed torchbearer of Internet freedom. Anonymous is defended as a bastion for rights and freedom, as much as it is vilified for being a just a destructive criminal outfit. The truth, inevitably, lies somewhere in the middle.

Understanding Anonymous begins with an overview of their history, beginning with 4chan, and evolving into a movement whose primary tools of the trade became denial of service and hacking attacks, accompanied by the public release of sensitive information, including the personal data of individuals involved with the organization placed in the cross-hairs. The public arm of Anonymous consists of press releases and videos that are as much information about its activities as they are about its principles, but also provide commentary on...

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In the United States, everyone – even people accused of offensive conduct – has the right to communicate anonymously, and that right should never be infringed without due process. Our Constitution guarantees this, whether your speech is popular or distasteful. At the same time, people who have been harmed by an anonymous speaker also have a right to seek justice, and, where necessary, that process can include unmasking the speaker.

Following a rash of bogus defamation lawsuits designed primarily to unmask anonymous online speakers and retaliate against them, courts around the country adopted legal tests to determine when people suing anonymous speakers are entitled to unmask them. Recognizing the First Amendment interests at stake, these tests require plaintiffs to establish the legitimacy of their claims and their need for the information.

But as we explained in a letter brief filed today in a New York state court, those tests mean little if they are not applied...

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When I broke the neck of my sick cat and then made a handbag of her skin, I honestly had no idea of what I had got myself into.

The project was an artwork entitled My dearest cat Pinkeltje, with which I wanted to launch a discussion about hypocrisy. We simultaneously keep animals both as part of our families and as a commodity to be consumed. We live in a culture where the origin of our food or clothing is seldom seen, and we hand our sick pets over to an expert to be given a lethal injection to end their suffering. Did you know that there is still disagreement about the so-called "painless" euthanasia performed by professional vets? People in rural areas – where they take such matters into their own hands – laugh at these tales from the city.

So I uploaded a manual in which I described step by step "how to kill your cat", and how to turn it into a bag. I also gave presentations in which I described these acts. Outcry from the online world followed. Blogs and activist...

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I’m so depressed now. I log onto Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, whatever and I’m just inundated with pictures of self-help aphorisms written by everyone from Lao Tzu to Mein Kampf and re-posted, re-pasted, photshopped, imaged, throw in a cute cat, or someone doing acrobatics, and life is great. C’mon, cheer up! Failure is good. In order to have sunshine you need rain to make the harvest in the spring. Or someting like that.

Some days I simply want permission to fail. I don’t want self-help. What if I’m a janitor and I log in and everyone is copying a URL of an image that someone copy and pasted “The people who fail the most are the people who TRIED the most!” from Confucius or whoever (sounds like Confucius. But I’ve never read Confucius. So it sounds like people who have, for my entire life, copied Confucius so I would not have to read him). I might feel pretty bad at that moment. Isn’t there a rule or something about finding purpose in life and then TRYING to fulfill that...

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Websites track visitors to serve ads and link to social media. Every time you visit a website, it will log your IP address (your computer's "address" on the internet), what site you're coming from, the browser you are using, your operating system, how long you spend on the site, and what links you click.

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Major search engines store your search history. Your search engine queries are associated with your IP address (and account if you are logged in). These are compiled and analyzed to more accurately target ads and provide relevant search results.

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Social networks track where you go. If your computer is logged into any social networks (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), these networks will be able to track your browsing history if the websites you visit have social network plugins ("Like" buttons, Retweets, etc.).

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Your ISP (internet service provider) can analyze network traffic to see what you are doing online. This is most...

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I'll find the places where you hide

Я найду тебя повсюду,

I'll be the dawn on your worst night

Я буду светом темной ночью,

The only thing left in your life

Единственным, что осталось в твоей жизни.

Yeah I would kill for you, that's right

Да, я убил бы за тебя, это правда.

If that's what you wanted

Всё, что ты захочешь,

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If that's what you wanted

Всё, что ты захочешь,

If that's what you wanted

Всё, что ты захочешь,

If that's what you wanted

Всё, что ты захочешь.

I'll put your poison in my veins

Наполню вены твоим ядом,

They say the best love is insane, yea

Ведь говорят, безумная любовь прекрасна,

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да.

I'll light your fire till my last day

Пока жив сам, буду согревать твою душу,

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I'll let your fields burn around me, around me

Пусть всё горит вокруг, пусть всё сжигает пламя.

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If that's what you...

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You need to find Assange today

https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/terrorism

Definitions of Terrorism in U.S. Code 18 U.S.C. § 2331 defines “international terrorism” and “domestic terrorism” for purposes of Chapter 113B of the U.S. Code, entitled “Terrorism.”

“International terrorism” means activities with the following three characteristics:

Involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law; Appear to be intended
(i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
(ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
(iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and Occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S., or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek...

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There are 3 Settings to choose from when deciding how others see you on LinkedIn when you’ve browsed their Profile. This article examines the 3 settings and explains why the Anonymous option can come back to bite you – if you don’t know how to use it.

THREE SETTINGS
You can choose from 3 settings in ‘Account & Settings’ >’Privacy & Settings’ > ‘Manage’ > ‘Profile’ > ‘Privacy Controls’ > ‘Select what others see when you’ve viewed their profile’. Here’s mine:

(1) NON ANONYMOUS: “Your name and headline (Recommended)”
(2) SEMI ANONYMOUS: “Anonymous profile characteristics such as industry and title”
(3) ANONYMOUS: “You will be totally anonymous.”

NON ANONYMOUS is self explanatory and the default setting – if you join LinkedIn and don’t change the Setting, you will always be identified by your Photograph, Name & Headline. It’s recommended by LinkedIn because it delivers maximum...

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A lot of people don’t believe in online anonymity, mainly because it has the potential to enable and encourage undesirable behavior. And while that might be true, we have to ask ourselves: is it right to throw this baby out with the bathwater?

Or in other words, is it worth sacrificing the privacy of many in order to discourage (or even outright prevent) the few from abusing said privacy? It’s a tough question to answer, but probably not.

There are dozens of examples that truly highlight the need for online anonymity today, and we’re not even talking in terms of inconvenience (e.g. “websites are tracking me How Exactly Websites Track and Stalk You With Their Ads “) or principle (e.g. “I deserve privacy The Paranoid Conspiracy-Theorist's Guide To Online Privacy & Security “). Without anonymity, people’s lives can easily be ruined forever.

1. Identity...

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I'm still in shock over the Ashley Madison hack, which exposed more than 37 million users. No, my name and email address are not on the list. No, I'm not morally outraged over the number of people who were either lying to a significant other or hoping to have a liaison with someone lying to a significant other.

However, I can't believe 37 million people thought there was such a thing as real, long-lasting privacy on the Internet. Who are these people?

Do they simply ignore the constant stream of stories about hacked websites, hacked businesses, and stolen personal information? Or did they believe that Ashley Madison's crackerjack security team had magically accomplished what no one else has ever done: Keep hackers out?

Haven't they heard about everyone's naked photos ending up everywhere? Have they never been notified that their credit card was compromised? How deep does your head have to be in the sand to think that anything you do anything online, much less...

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Совместно с ConnectSafely.org мы предлагаем вам следующий ответ.

Если кто-то угрожает поделиться вашими личными сведениями и просит вас отправить ему деньги или что-то еще, у вас есть несколько вариантов действий:

Сообщите об этом в местные правоохранительные органы.Отправьте нам жалобу на данного человека. Публикация или угроза публикации интимных изображений противоречит нашим Нормам сообщества. Заблокируйте этого человека. В зависимости от ваших настроек конфиденциальности люди на Facebook могут просматривать ваш список друзей на Facebook. Если вы заблокировали кого-то, у него больше не будет доступа к вашему списку друзей и он не сможет начать с вами переписку или просматривать ваши публикации в профиле.

Безопаснее всего никогда не делиться тем, что вы не хотели бы показывать другим людям. Помните, что если кто-то просит вас поделиться чем-то и вам это неприятно, вы имеете право сказать «нет».

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In 1954 A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson was offered an honorary degree from Yale University. Delighted, he took the offer to the trustees of the Alcoholic Foundation. But when trustee Archibald Roosevelt explained that his father, Theodore, had avoided personal honors, Bill knew what he had to do. After all, he had just defined anonymity in Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions published the year before. “If I don’t take this, it will act as a terrific restraint on big shots and power seekers in Alcoholics Anonymous,” he wrote to his old friend Mark Whalon. “I’m declining for that reason only, not because I am so damn noble or anything.” Bill Wilson, who never graduated from college, refused a degree from Yale because he didn’t want to break his anonymity.

Personal anonymity at the public level, the aspect of anonymity that caused Bill Wilson to decline the Yale degree, is only one small fraction of what anonymity means in A.A. Mentioned in the eleventh tradition that urges...

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When you join a swarm of people happily downloading the latest blockbuster or best selling album, it’s kind of easy to feel pretty safe. After all you’re hiding behind a piece of software built for anonymous torrenting, right? Well no that’s wrong and for the clue you only have to take a little look in the menu of most torrenting software – here’s a useful screenshot to illustrate the point.

See those details? Those are the IP addresses of your fellow down-loaders, their location and which client they’re using. So if you’re downloading a pirated version of some movie – you can see everyone else who is downloading that movie too. Is it a big deal? After all you’re not likely to use that information as you’re doing the same thing so do you need anonymity? Well imagine that information is available to any legal or copyright holder simply by attaching themselves to the download.

What they can produce in seconds without any skill or knowledge is a huge list of...

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This website shows your HTTP referer. As simple as that. Your referer is the page you're coming from. Why would you want to know your referer? In other words: Why should we tell you which website you visited just a second ago?

This service is mainly used by people who want to test whether their anonymization service or their browser settings work correctly. For example, you might want to search for the phrase "what is my referer" on Google and click on the result "whatismyreferer.com" (this page) to see if we recognize Google as your referer.

If you came to this site by clicking on a link on another page and can't see your referer above, that means neither we nor other website owners can track your source. You're one step further on your way to anonymity on the...

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What If Money Was No Object – What Would You Do? – Time To Unslave Humanity

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[What If Money Was No Object – What Would You Do? – Time To Unslave Humanity]

[Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973)] Source: LYBIO.net
What do you desire? What makes you itch? What sort of a situation would you like?

Let’s suppose, I do this often in vocational guidance of students, they come to me and say, well, we’re getting out of college and we have the faintest idea what we want to do. So I always ask the question, what would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?

Well, it’s so amazing as a result of our kind of educational system, crowds of students say well, we’d like to be painters, we’d like to be poets, we’d like to be writers, but as everybody knows...

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As detailed in yesterday’s article, if a VPN provider carries logs of their users’ activities the chances of them being able to live up to their claim of offering an anonymous service begins to decrease rapidly.

There are dozens of VPN providers, many of which carry marketing on their web pages which suggests that the anonymity of their subscribers is a top priority. But is it really? Do their privacy policies stand up to scrutiny? We decided to find out.

Over the past two weeks TorrentFreak contacted some of the leading, most-advertised, and most talked about VPN providers in the file-sharing and anonymity space. Rather than trying to decipher what their often-confusing marketing lingo really means, we asked them two direct questions instead:

1. Do you keep ANY logs which would allow you or a 3rd party to match an IP address and a time stamp to a user of your service? If so, exactly what information do you hold?

2. Under what jurisdictions does your...

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Most of us don't think too much about being anonymous... in our every day lives and even when we are online. That's because over the years, especially in the U.S., people have been conditioned to provide some personal information to companies that we do business.

Mail comes to our house, with our name and address on it. Our phone numbers are "listed," and our names are right next to them. And if we want to buy anything online, which many people do, we have to provide our name, address, and payment information.

Most of us are trusting souls. But that's where trouble lies, and where some more and more of us are taking steps to be more invisible online. The word we used to describe that is anonymous.

That's not necessarily an everyday word, so here's a definition refresher. When you say a communication is anonymous, that means the person who sent it is unknown by name. If you want to remain anonymous in some situation, you're choosing not to have your name...

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