Remembering Val Curtis

With great sadness we are are remembering our colleague professor Val Curtis from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She left us on 19 October 2020. For a long time she was involved in the questions of hygiene and education in developing countries. In July 2020 she became famous when she has described in …

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Hacking a Linux PC at a Close Distance without Being Connected to a Network

The attack allows the attacker to execute arbitrary code on another PC running Linux. The exploit is possible due to an extremely serious vulnerability in Bluetooth stack inside Linux. The attacker literally can run an application of his choice on the other PC. The exploit was found by Andy Nguyen, a security researcher at Google. …

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EU Court of Justice Ruling Against UK France and Belgium — and Why This is Not As Great News As It May Seem

Mass surveillance programs run by the UK, French and Belgian governments are simply illegal: this is in essence the new ruling of the European Court of Justice CJEU, as of yesterday 6 of August 2020. We learn that governments are NOT allowed to operate massive databases of what everyone does just in case some crime …

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China is Banning TCP/IP

Arguably an open free and neutral Internet network has never existed and it was all a cynical game of telcos, pretending to obey a bunch of public standards and apply international treaties, in order to expand their monopolistic empires abroad and steal business from other telcos. This world of deception, which also has enabled intelligence …

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Bernard Stiegler will No Longer be Able to Fight Stupidity

Yesterday 6/8/2020, Bernard Stiegler, one of the most influential philosophers of the early 21st century, died, aged 68. A French author, philosopher, researcher was trying to educate our society on what life in the 21th century is like and what it is about. Probably in vain. Initially he was running a Jazz café, and was …

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Huge Win for Europeans, Americans and Human Rights at Large – Against Facebook and other Data Hungry Internet Giants

Max Schrems, an Austrian lawyer and privacy rights advocate, has been fighting in courts since 2011 against Facebook and other abusive corporations whose business model is stealing our data and our lives and our businesses, against our will and against our interests, and to transform us into slaves and puppets, in a mass-surveillance based stalker …

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