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Yasha Levine

  1. Hall of Mirrors: Wikileaks volunteer helped build Tor, was funded by the Pentagon

    Last week, I wrote an article about the Tor Network, an anonymity tool developed, built, and (currently) financed by the US National Security State: the Pentagon, the State Department, and a CIA spinoff, the International Broadcasting Bureau, that also operates a propaganda outfit aimed at subverting Cuba’s communist regime.

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  2. Almost everyone involved in developing Tor was (or is) funded by the US government

    “The United States government can’t simply run an anonymity system for everybody and then use it themselves only. Because then every time a connection came from it people would say, “Oh, it’s another CIA agent.” If those are the only people using the network.”

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  3. Why's Google aligning itself with hated ISPs? It plans on being one of them

    Remember Occupy Google, the gaggle of protesters whose struggle for a Free Internet involved trying to squat on a chunk of Google HQ's vast manicured lawn?

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  4. No, Facebook doesn't need better "self-regulation." We need better laws to protect us from Facebook

    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum...

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  5. The Fog of Twitter: Ukraine's civil war and the limits of social news gathering

    Just in case you missed it, there’s a real fucking civil war raging in Eastern Ukraine. On July 2, a day after newly elected billionaire President Petro Poroshenko called off a ceasefire, residential areas in several towns and villages in the Lugansk and Donestk regions came under intense shelling and air bombardment.

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  6. Uhhhh... Occupy Google gets help with "messaging" from Google-funded Silicon Valley think tank

    Earlier this week, a group of 10-30 people descended on Google HQ in Mountain View, California. They were armed with tents, canopies and foldable tables. They called themselves "Occupy Google."

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  7. Twitter's mission to Moscow is happening right now. How's it going?

    Twitter’s "Head of Global Public Policy" is on a peace mission in Moscow. On Monday, he met with head of Russia’s mass media and telecommunications regulatory agency Roskomnadzor to smooth out relations and talk terms.

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  8. Yes, Google works with "former military operations people." But they won't tell us who, or from where

    Last week, I wrote about how Google's working with a mysterious set of “former military operations people” on Project Loon — the company's zany and rather frightening attempt to have an army of WiFi/surveillance balloons that are constantly circling the globe way up in the atmosphere.

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