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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Like many kids, I was a power Ranger fan and now, as an adult, I have a totally awesome Mighty Morphin Power Rangers reboot by Joseph Kahn! Well…sort of. It is only a dream but I want to believe. More info about the inspiration in this funny interview with Adi Shankar.

On The Media discusses discusses the origins of the Patriot Act in the panic of 9-11, and whether or not a continuance of the Patriot Act is really a good thing for the nation in the Bill That Nobody Read.

They also talk with American University law professor Stephen Vladeck about the lack of oversight in government surveillance programs as well as how other surveillance laws such as Executive Order 12333, and Section 702 of FISA will persist no matter what happens to Patriot Act. Check it out in no not beyond the Thunderdome but Surveillance Beyond The Patriot Act.

Uber continues to cause trouble in Montreal. According to this article at Hacker News (translated from the French) the Canadian government raided Uber last week in Montreal under suspicion that the company is violating tax laws by not collecting Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Quebec Sales Tax (QST) on behalf of its drivers to UberX. Seemingly in response, Uber remotely encrypted the data. I’m not sure exactly what is going on here or who is being shady. Is this an attempt by the Canadian government to urge Uber to vacate the province or does Uber have something to hide? Regardless, it is yet an other skirmish in the war of disruptive technology.

Brief but informative video on metadata and privacy from Privacy International.