Category Archives: Politics

Citizenfour

I watched the movie called “Citizenfour” today. I am not a fan of documentary movies, but this time I made an exception, because this is a film about Edward Snowden. I made my position regarding Edward Snowden clear on this blog multiple times: he is a hero of our times. Without his leaks the general public wouldn’t be aware of the threat posed by the US(and their closest allies) to our freedoms. Without his leaks only security minded few(myself included) would worry about encryption and privacy. Without his leaks life would be definitely different.Film's poster

If you were following all the events related to his persona, you will find nothing new in the movie. It can be still a good recap though. However, if you have missed his story(partially or entirely), I suggest you to download it(and yes, you can download it legally – it’s in public domain now) and watch it – incredibly good storytelling won’t leave you indifferent. This film is not your regular documentary. It’s more like a thriller. Even if you know from the beginning who good and bad guys are, you will find it enjoyable. I guess it’s the reason why the film has won the Oscar. Therefore, download it, watch it and spread the word.

Censorship in Russia

Advocates of censorship always say that they are thinking about how to protect the minds of good, true citizens. Of course, this is just another version of propaganda – if your citizens can’t access “bad” information, they will be accessing something else – something, what could direct them to “the right” thoughts.

It’s sad that in the 21th century some politicians are still thinking that this is a viable path. And although Russia has a long history of media control, I just can’t imagine, what some bureaucrat could possibly have been thinking, when he banned following video:

According to drug and/or vodka influenced mind of some Russian government official, this video promotes suicide and shouldn’t be watched by the good citizens. Illogical? Well, we are talking about censorship here – it lacks logic by definition.

Meanwhile in Russia

I won’t be ranting about severity of the sentence for “Pussy Riot” activist group. Well, I am even not one of their supporters – I think that they acted like some stupid teenagers(although they aren’t teenagers per se), but it was interesting to watch the show trial. It showed the true colours of the current Russian regime. Pussy Riot

From the beginning it was obvious for pretty much everyone how the trial would end. I can’t resist to present a quote from the sentence: Continue reading Meanwhile in Russia

Rebellion against Big Brother

As you have, probably, heard already, the two major fascist governments – USA and UK(well, the usual bunch), have been spying on their own citizens for the last decade. And I’m not talking about some minor privacy violations we have got used to already. No, I’m talking about massive Big Brother system like in the Person of Interest TV series. Well, the reality, as it happens, is scarier than the fiction. Have you missed it? It’s been all over the news for the last few days. It’s also worth mentioning that apparently Wikileaks was under DDoS attack, because of revealing this particular truth.Anonymous logoIn the past I thought that Anonymous hacktivist group consists from mostly naive ideologists, whose actions were sometimes funny, but most of the time – just useless, but today I welcome their new operation against the Big Brother. I am not sure that they will succeed, but the more dirt they uncover on all, who is behind the Trapwire project, the better it will be for all of us. Maybe I’m too conservative, but privacy is not the price I’m willing to pay for security.

SOPA? ACTA!

Only two weeks have passed since the famous SOPA blackout day. SOPA and PIPA were stopped and rightly so, but another danger looms on the horizon. Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement aka ACTA was developed by the same parties to achieve the same goals. Developed in secret. Developed to stomp our freedoms and to give even more power to the corporations. The world of the cyberpunk novels is coming and governments are eager to turn our society into dystopia. Politicians talk about the human rights and freedoms, but enact fascist policies. We are so used to hypocrisy of lawmakers that we do not notice it.

Do you think that more power to copyright holders is a good thing? Would you enjoy random searches on a border without a warrant? Are you comfortable with the fact that your ISP will be forced to spy on you? Do you think that DRM circumvention for ANY reason should be punishable by law? No? Then let your representatives in the government hear your voice. Read the agreement, sign the petition, support FSF and act while it is still not too late. Act to protect your rights, your privacy, your freedom.

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Unrests in Russia

“Politics in Russia” is kinda interesting topic. Russia has major influence on the world’s affairs and because of that, nobody can be fully impartial on what’s going there. I have many friends from Russia and all of them have been talking only about Duma elections for the past few days. Well, to be precise, they have been talking about the election fraud. Although Medvedev has ordered to investigate the alleged vote rigging, no one truly believes in his sincerity, because all vote rigging was done in the favour of the ruling party, “United Russia”. Continue reading Unrests in Russia

EU court advocates sanity

In spite of Europe’s many flaws, I think that it’s still the best region on the Earth to live. Once again the EU court shows sanity. According to Reuters, functions offered by software can’t be protected by copyright.  Yves Bot, an advocate-general at the Luxembourg-based EU Court of Justice (ECJ), said:

If it were accepted that a functionality of a computer program can be protected as such, that would amount to making it possible to monopolize ideas, to the detriment of technological progress and industrial development.