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Big Brother Award Italia 2007

Tratto dal sito: https://bba.winstonsmith.info

“Lunedi’ 2 aprile e’ partita ufficialmente la raccolta delle nomine per il Big Brother Award Italia 2007 , che terminera’ il 30 aprile.

Cos’e’ il BBA Italia? E’ un premio “in negativo” che ormai da anni viene assegnato in tutto il mondo a chi piu’ ha danneggiato la privacy.

In una situazione in cui la privacy e’ fatta continuamente a polpette dalle nuove tecnologie e da discutibilissime iniziative di “sicurezza”, il BBA vuole puntare il dito contro chi opera in prima linea contro la privacy, beneficiando spesso del fatto che mai come in questo periodi i “riflettori” della pubblica attenzione sono lontani da questi argomenti.

E nella migliore tradizione della Rete, il BBA e’ una iniziativa molto seria ma realizzata anche con allegria; tutto il BBA e’ infatti permeato anche dalla voglia di divertirsi, non certo per sdrammatizzare la situazione, ma perche’ fare le cose con allegria aiuta a farle bene.

Per questo motivo, durante la cerimonia di assegnazione, che avverra’ a Firenze durante il convegno e-privacy 2007 , sono previste anche alcune sorprese …

Il meccanismo del BBA e’ semplice, chiunque, entro il 30 aprile, potra’ proporre uno o piu’ candidati per una o piu’ delle 5 categorie del premio. Il form per la nomina si trova qui .

E’ anche possibile votare per email, inviando i dati della nomination a bba_nomination@winstonsmith.info, anche via anonymous remailer.

Dall’1 al 4 maggio, una giuria votera’ i vincitori delle varie categorie, scegliendo tra le nomine proposte dal pubblico.

Il 7 maggio verranno resi pubblici i tre candidati piu’ votati in ogni categoria e l’annuncio dei vincitori avverra’ nella la cerimonia di premiazione che si terra’ durante e-privacy 2007.

Onde evitare indebite pressioni, le nomine potranno essere fatte anche in parziale o totale anonimato, e i nomi dei componenti della giuria saranno resi pubblici solo alla fine dei suoi lavori.

Il BBA nel 2006 e’ stato assegnato in 11 diverse nazioni oltre l’Italia; qui https://bba.winstonsmith.info/bbai2006.html trovate la cerimonia di premiazione dello scorso anno.

L’organizzazione del premio e’ a cura del Progetto Winston Smith , in collaborazione con Privacy International ed altre organizzazioni.

Aspettiamo le vostre nomination ; piu’ dettagli vengono forniti, piu’ una nomination e’ utile.

Un’ultima cosa; esiste anche un premio “in positivo”; se conoscete qualcuno che se lo merita, nominatelo.

Per informazioni mailto:info@winstonsmith.info “

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Bad Vista - Jump to Free SoftwareFirst of all go to the sub domain: http://badvista.fsf.org/ and read carefully all the interesting things the Free Software Foundation says about Vista, DRM, Trusted Computing, etc. and your (digital) freedom.

In synthesis:

  • Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system is a giant step backward for your freedoms
  • Vista has DRM: digital rights management
  • These features will make your computer less reliable and less secure
  • Digital rights management (DRM) features built into Vista at the behest of the entertainment industry – And you don’t get to refuse them
  • Vista decide which programs you can and can’t use on your computer
  • Vista decide which features of your computer or software you can use at any given moment
  • Vista force you to install new programs even when you don’t want to (and, of course, pay for the privilege)
  • Vista restrict your access to certain programs and even to your own data files
  • Vista and its Defender is free to delete files on your PC
  • Vista and its Genuine Advantage decide what to do (install or not) with thirdy party developed software
  • DRM is enforced by technological barriers
  • Your computer has to be constantly monitoring what you are doing consuming a lot of resources (disk space, cpu time)
  • Microsoft and other computer companies sometimes refer to these restrictions as “Trusted Computing.” Given that they are designed to make it so that your computer stops trusting you and starts trusting Microsoft, these restrictions are more appropriately called “Treacherous Computing”.

Other links:

About Vista “security and reliability”:
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2007/02/drm_in_windows.html

Save your freedom! Save your money.
It’s time to jump to free software.

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Big Brother is watching you!Here is a 10 points simple how to about your precious privacy.
Every time you use Google, Yahoo or MSN Search, your searches and what you are searching for, when, from which IP, country, and so on, are logged by complex information systems. Something like a 1984 – Big Brother…

If you want to preserve your privacy follow this simple rules:

  1. use an anonymizing service, if not go to point 2
  2. do not login in search engines or related services before searching (eg. Hotmail for MsnSearch or Gmail for Google)
  3. periodically delete all cookies
  4. block search engines domain sites to set cookies on your hard disk
    • In Firefox 2, select Tools / Options, select the Privacy tab, and click Exceptions. Then type http://www.google.com/ into the “Address of Web site” box and click Block.
    • In Internet Explorer 7, for example, choose Tools / Internet Options, click the Privacy tab, then click the Sites button. In the “Address of Web site” box, type in http://www.google.com/, and click Block.

  5. have you an assigned dynamic IP? So, sometimes (one time a day for example) turn off your PC and your DSL modem for about 10 minutes. You will get a new dynamic IP, so tracers can’t associate it with the older one.
  6. use meta-search-engines friends of privacy like www.ixquick.com
  7. do not include personal informations in your search queries
  8. do not search for private things when using public hot spots
  9. do not use your ISP search engines
  10. periodically delete all Flash Player Local Shared Objects (aka the Flash cookies):
    to do that go to
    Go to Flash player Settings Manager »
    and in the Adobe Flash Player Settings Management, click on [Delete All]

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Mailinator.comHow many times you have registered yourself and your precious private credentials for a new website just for evaluation purposes? Many times? Yes? So you certainly have your InBox full of spam and your mail filters is really overloaded!

Ok guys and girls, now it’s time to stop this practice and fight spam…
Try

http://www.mailinator.com

This website gives you temporary email boxes where to redirect mails you don’t want to retain… Fantastic, it is simple, fast, almost reliable (do not redirect very important emails to it), and most of all it respects your privacy.

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