Thursday, April 19, 2012

TSA Announces New ID Scanners, Expert Questions Past Practices

TSA announced on Tuesday the start of a pilot program for technology to catch counterfeit ID cards. The Credential Authentication Technology/Boarding Pass Scanning System (CAT/BPSS) was put in use at Washington Dulles International Airport and is scheduled for placement at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in Puerto Rico in the coming weeks.

On 1-year anniversary, organized NSTIC looking for fast track

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New microchip for smartphones to provide unprecedented ultra-precise location data

The TSA "Won't Be Fooled by Your Fake ID Again"

c/o Jaunted

"TSA spokespeople have been making much of how this will be "fantastic" for efficiency and will get people through checkpoints faster. No it won't. Checkpoints get backed up because of bottlenecks at scanning machines not at document verification. Why can't TSA just say "listen, there's been this security loophole and we've known about it and we've been dealing with it but now we're permanently plugging it up." What is it with these guys and being just flat terrible transparency and accountability?"


Monday, April 16, 2012

Pulitzer winners and nominees go to privacy & surveillance state coverage

BTC -  The grave complaint I have had as a tiny blogger in a sea of competitive coverage is that the gravest threats to our everyday sanctuaries were being mistakenly overlooked as a "fringe" or "conspiracy" story - in discussing privacy and mass surveillance.

I remember the day I commented on a WSJ, What They Know story, admonishing them to "go tell it on the mountain" because what I knew to be true would not get as far as it would if they stayed with the train of coverage.  Help had finally arrived.

This year Julia Angwin, Jennifer Valentino and other contributors at the Wall Street Journal were nominated for the highest acclaim in journalism: The Pulitzer Prize. As the results rolled in there was certainly more to this story.  Other awards went to drone strike and conventional war coverage. However, the dawn of a new day in restandardising editorial priorities spoke loud and clear when coverage went to the Associate Press for breaking out a story on the NYPD's covert spying on protestors and muslims engaged in free speech activity.
"We came under relentless attack," Goldman said. "Some people thought they could intimidate us and the AP - and they were wrong."
The blogosphere in the past has given the media a failing grade for complicities and careerist human frailty during times of high political strangeness in the United States.  Not reporting the news on civil libertarian issues was to turn their back on their own right to report and a true moral error.

There has never been a better time in the world to report the truth of what happens in the world than now.  Being an everyday truth teller is not just an intrepid job. It is dangerous to report US news.  There are risks as imposing statements and actions have been taken against both whistleblowers and journalists by the highest levels of government.

Those who chronically compromised the public interests for an elitist VIP pass found it was not worth it and they could no longer do their jobs.  When the economy took a hit and papers began to close, the risks may have been lessened and reporters sought to restore the worth of their profession. Today, the lights are on for those who did not see the message.

As a result of their reinvestment, the deluge of reports on public struggle for digital rights and electronic privacy are now so voluminous, one can no longer hold back the deluge.  It's impossible to manage or absorb it.  In 2009, this was not so.

There is still censorship. There is absolutely more to be done to restore the field for investigative journalism, reduce the blog milling and the reguritated news diet talking points and an escalated need to stop managing International reporting.

However, the Pulitzer going out to the AP and consideration at What They Know for the evolving problem of America's mass surveillance entrapment is a signal to the rest of us.  Those who value news have seen the light.

Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming People Among First, Most Affected by War on Terror's Biometrics Craze

China seeks to censor microblogs using Real Name Recognition

USDA continues development of national ID plan