Posts Tagged ‘online life’

Phishing attacks – be careful out there

I got this by email tonight: You can’t be too careful. The ‘Click Here’ link goes off to a php page citing Ottawa, and the sender, far from being Apple, shows up as a local (i.e. xtra.co.nz) email address – probably hacked. Drop me a line if you’re a security researcher and you want a […]

What a photo of Patrick Gower!

Wow. Great shot. Talk about moody. Source: Newshub Features on Twitter. I’ve recently been thinking (again) about how media organizations harvest people-in-the-news’s social media profiles – often without permission and often murky about attribution – Source: “supplied” or “Facebook”. I hope I don’t sound too much like a hypocrite because I do use pix “published” on […]

Silencing critical voices with personal attacks

Watch this video. It’s short, less than 5 min, but it’s very good. The ‘flack’ filter — attempts to attack, invalidate and delegitimize “inconvenient” media narratives (starting about 3′ 30″ in the video) — was clearly on display in the NZ Government and NZ Defence Force spin response to Nicky Hager & Jon Stephenson’s book […]

The harms of government hacking, and some suggested controls (Access Now)

This is another very good, clear explanation of some of the issues around government-sanctioned, usually secret interference with the internet. Well worth watching. In justifications for these ‘interferences‘ (that’s the legal term) with our privacy and other human rights – like freedom of opinion and expression – much is made of the ‘threats’ that we […]

Erk! My emails! Wot?

Tl;dr version:  There’s a been a problem with the email account for The Paepae  since April. Sigh. It’s fixed now. Please re-send anything you need to.  Thanks. -P Longer version: So, I went looking for my invitation to be a character witness at the Jordan Williams trial thinking maybe it had gone straight to spam, […]

A worthwhile primer on why & how government moves to undermine/ban encryption are so dangerous

Access Now’s Amie Stepanovich just delivered this useful overview of the important issues around the latest moves in The Crypto Wars. And this article, by Mark Wilson at betanews.com re President Obama effectively backing backdoors, is instructive (if a disappointment). Privacy and security killer: Obama supports backdoors to bypass encryption “If technologically it is possible […]

Getting news from Twitter

Too good to let slip past … *laughs* *cries* Thanks @jessokfine – P

Oh no. Is Michelle Boag ALSO ‘defaming’ Cameron Slater and his commercial attack website?

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‘Harmful’ online speech. Outlawing castigation? Cactus Kate tries to vanish.

On three occasions during my ‘career’ as an online critic and avenging angel I have deliberately pulled back from castigating a ‘target’. In all three cases, I became concerned at what appeared to me to be the real possibility that the person whose actions and modus operandi I was criticising might do themselves physical harm […]

The P word PLAGIARISM in today’s news aggregation game

Note: Just this morning, 13 April 2015, while searching for a graphic in the media library of this blog to insert in a comment, I came across this post (below) in ‘drafts’ from July 2014. I have no idea why I neglected to publish it at the time. Reading it again this morning, I found […]

Read Nicky Hager’s search warrant

How we want it to be: How it sometimes is (click to read documents): Documents from New Zealand cops raided home of reporter working on Snowden documents by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher (The Intercept). Worth reading to see how our government’s actions are perceived. – P

Tim Cook denies ‘rumours’ of NSA back-door into Apple servers

This 3 minute excerpt of Apple’s CEO Tim Cook talking to Charlie Rose yesterday interested me for a couple of reasons 1) encrypted iMessages with Apple keyless and 2) his very strong denial of rumours/suggestions of NSA back-door access … ‘the Snowden thing’ (starts 2:10, but watch the whole 3 mins): Which accords with this […]

Look Up: a poem to make you think about ‘social’ media

‘Look Up’ is a lesson taught to us through a love story, in a world where we continue to find ways to make it easier for us to connect with one another, but always results in us spending more time alone. — Written, Performed & Directed by Gary Turk. Nice work. Think about it. – […]

The evolution of news media pinching pics off social media

I noted this photo credit: “Photo / Supplied by Facebook” in the NZ Herald‘s front page story today. Whatever. I’m not that critical, and, in this case, it’s probably fine with the ‘subject’ … but what do you think?: Is it OK for news media to take and re-publish items from someone’s Facebook profile? (And […]

Learning from the NY Times soul-searching on digital media

Pretty hard to argue with Nieman Journalism Lab’s headline: The whole leaked report is worth a read, if you’re interested. [I downloaded it, and ran it through Adobe Acrobat Pro to de-skew and OCR the text. If you want a copy of that file (~20 MB) drop me a line — address at the ‘About‘ […]