This video was put together by Donal and Wade at the recent RSA Conference in San Francisco (April 2009).

Dan Kaminsky, Pete Lindstrom and Marcus Ranum put forward their thoughts on Australia’s plan to censor the Internet. Dan talks about many of the issues that Securus Global’s Matthew Strahan talked about in his interview with ban.this.url. Surprising that these concerns have barely rated a mention here. Marcus certainly adds some interesting analogies and angles to the whole debate.

Related Posts on Internet Filtering. Thanks to Donal and Wade for representing BorB at the Blogger Meetup at the conference.

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Thanks to Wade for this one (and @Wadeis on Twitter). A bit late on my part, but worth a read.

Obama position on; “…right to a free internet….and unshackled internet” – article from The AGE: White House steps into China-Google row.

I wonder how that marries up to Stephen Conroy’s position and thoughts? Yes, I know he’ll “sell” his “project” as a different beast but is it really? We know the implications. More here: http://beastorbuddha.com/category/internet-filtering/

Can you have shades of grey here and spin to suit the occasion/scenario? Keep the fire burning people.

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Run by Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), “The Great Australian Internet Blackout” is on.

Some background on this from our perspective can be found here. This is important.

We’ve been against this Government “initiative” from the outset. It is flawed on so many levels, so please, have a read and pass this information onto your colleagues, family and friends, if you haven’t already.

We need critical thinkers to push this information out into the broader community who may not understand the real issues outside of the Government spin on it. We need to wake up our fellow Australians!

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I love my Mac. Unlike a PC, it still works the same as the day I bought it! Same speed and can work with it for months without a re-boot other than having to reboot for an update. (Happy to get Windows 7 people responses…..does Windows 7?). Apple formula: you never go back.

iPod, iPhone; so locked in with music and apps – you never go back to anything else.

Fillers like Macbook Air and iPad are just that, “fillers” – perception of innovation to keep the “standards” like Mac Notebooks and iPods going. They all know that.

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Random thoughts: News?, OMG really?….nah!, Awesome marketing move Google!, Using the Net for spying…you naughty boys China…you’re the only ones and need to be punished :) , Hang on, he who controls the pipes…controls it all? It’s okay as long as it’s not someone other than us doing it!, yawn…..news?, Great marketing….I’m pulling out of China too! Write it up journos, I need more business!

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Run by Electronic Frontiers Australia (EFA), “The Great Australian Internet Blackout” is on.

Some background on this from our perspective can be found here. This is important.

We’ve been against this Government “initiative” from the outset. It is flawed on so many levels, so please, have a read and pass this information onto your colleagues, family and friends, if you haven’t already.

We need critical thinkers to push this information out into the broader community who may not understand the real issues outside of the Government spin on it. We need to wake up our fellow Australians!

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It’s always interesting reading about larger scale fraud like this one recently with the Bank of Queensland. You wonder in cases like this, had the accused pulled the pin earlier, would he ever have gotten caught? You wonder how many do get away with it – stopping before obvious alarm bells start to ring?

There’s no generic solution/strategy for fraud detection to critique, as each organisation addresses it’s own internal security and risk management practices differently, but there is a scary pattern of misguided thought in regards to securing systems and actually defending against, and detecting fraud. It’s “security” by definition but are many blinkered in regards to what the full definition of “security” encompasses? I think so.

Many in the security industry are focussed to the point of obsession on only vulnerabilities and technical attack vectors (new attack type X, new attack type Y – all generally old stuff just re-invented in different ways but promoted as new big things by many in the industry). It’s such a narrow focused view that stops at the technical exploit. That’s not where the role of a security professional should stop. Read on:

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It amazes me that just as I think there’s no more new Ab Blaster type machines that could possibly be created, a new one pops up on one those infomercials. They get stupider and stupider looking with each generation, but given those infomercials aren’t cheap, they must sell a bomb.

Who buys these things I think to myself? The obvious answer is those people who don’t know any better, know nothing about exercise and fitness, and who actually believe these things will give them; easily, in quick time and with minimal effort on their part, the same abs as the athletes who promote the devices, (who most likely have never used these machines).

Here’s the big tip: Commitment to getting there, combined with a strict diet and exercise routine will get you those washboard abs. The new whiz bang device on it’s own won’t. It won’t even play a large percentage in getting you there. I’ll guarantee that one!

No Rocket Science degree required to get the analogy here. :)

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