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5 Years In the past
This week in 2015, the confluence of the Paris assault, the San Bernardino assault, and the rise of ISIS created an ideal storm for the anti-encryption, pro-surveillance crowd. President Obama was hinting at asking Silicon Valley to magically block terrorists from utilizing tech merchandise, whereas Hillary Clinton was doubling down on her assaults on the tech trade and mocking free speech on-line in the very same method Donald Trump was — whereas Mitch McConnell was promising to supply up no matter invoice the president wished to ban encryption, Dianne Feinstein was bringing again a invoice that will power web suppliers to report on “suspicious” conduct by prospects and teaming up with James Comey to mislead folks about encryption, and Michael McCaul was proposing a fee to “power” encryption backdoors. Even a former FCC commissioner was getting within the recreation, idiotically claiming that internet neutrality helps ISIS. In France, legislation enforcement launched a “want record” of draconian measures together with banning open WiFi, which bought not less than a tiny little bit of pushback from the Prime Minister — whereas Spain introduced in a brand new legislation permitting widespread surveillance, and Kazakhstan was breaking the web with an all-out conflict on encryption.
Ten Years In the past
At the moment there’s quite a lot of controversy round Visa and MasterCard blocking Pornhub, however this similar week in 2010 the very same dialog was occurring round Wikileaks. The week kicked off with PayPal slicing off funds, a Swiss bank discovered a technicality that allowed it to freeze the location’s bank account, then Mastercard blocked any fee programs that work with Wikileaks, and have been quickly joined by Visa (I’m wondering if that had something to do with its most up-to-date leak). However makes an attempt to kill Wikileaks have been simply contributing to its unfold, and the federal government was contradicting itself in its panicked makes an attempt to internally block the location, or simply doing actually dumb issues like blocking any website with Wikileaks within the title, and making extraordinarily foolish requests just like the State Division asking Wikileaks to “return” the leaked cables (mockingly across the similar time it was internet hosting World Press Freedom Day).
Fifteen Years In the past
This week in 2005, large telcos have been doing their standard factor and freaking out about competitors, even going as far as to punish New Orleans for providing free wifi within the wake of Hurricane Katrina, or simply fully contradicting themselves on fiber optic broadband, which they hate when municipalities attempt to provide it however which they’re blissful to promote themselves. Sony’s DRM woes have been removed from over, with one more safety vulnerability present in one in every of their merchandise, in addition to a vulnerability within the patch the corporate issued to repair it. The recording trade was exhibiting it might by no means be blissful it doesn’t matter what Kazaa did, and actually going laborious on its new obsession — unauthorized track lyrics — by attacking an app that shows them and even calling for individuals who host them to be thrown in jail.
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