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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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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Can the Internet become Unstoppable?

There is a chance the the Internet will be completely transformed. One wind of change blows from blockchain tech community. Another from Communist China. Essentially all the technology we know, could disappear completely, and could be replaced by something completely different, a different set of protocols and systems. For decades the so called “Internet” was …

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What is the Purpose of REF?

Today, Jo Grady, general secretary of my university trade Union (UCU) wrote these words to all academic staff who are members of the union: “we are asking you to withdraw, where possible, from activities relating to the REF […] […]   These activities are important to employers but they damage our sector. They rely on inappropriate …

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30 Years Ago

Exactly 30 years ago, Stasi was dissolved. 13 January 1990. 91,000 full time employees and 189,000 unofficial collaborators and informants lost their jobs and privileges. The German government has done a lot to preserve anything which Stasi has ever done. Some links: At this moment in Brussels, inside the EU Parliament there is an exposition on this …

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The Tale of Two Evil Empires

George Soros decided in his old days to pick up a new fight. Let us be clear about who is George Soros. This man represents simultaneously what is the best and what is possibly the worst, inside our barely democratic Western pseudo-liberal but generally still rather free world (for now). Wisdom and great intelligence, great sensibility …

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A Protest Movement at UCL

Spontaneous discrete protest movement of an individual against the mafias which are in charge of cyber-security,  cryptography research and education at large worldwide. Students asked me what is my protest against and I have responded: It is against hate. All the hate you receive because you are different and you don’t have the same ideas …

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