Freedom of speech in a litigious society can be an extremely expensive proposition. My Advocate, although extremely experienced is as one would expect as equally expensive. We have a legal fund via insurance which only pays for <15 hours of his expert time. In June, 2012 we lost our home and cat to an electrical house fire, leaving us only with some clothes, our dog and unexpected bills for replacement of necessities, rent costs for our new temporary accommodation (the Wi-Fi is horrible). JK47 had to bring me some clothes and of all things deodorant before we presented. Amazing all the stuff/crud/clutter you don’t think about until it is literally up in smoke.
As such, we cannot afford at this time to have our attorney review every single digital conversation public or private. Due to the threat of severe financial repercussions I have chosen to self-censor these past few months after JK47 and I presented in NYC for The Last H.O.P.E. This was prompted by very stern legal correspondence from the same law firm Apple uses the week of our presentation. This self-censoring unfortunately had to include personal conversations with friends and family via email, Tweets, LinkedIn, blog, conference attendance and anything regarding the IT based security domain.
The current president of the US, Obama, recently spoke to the UN regarding the continued global legality of blasphemy and the idiotically dubbed and smarmy film short “Innocence of Muslims“. I was inspired by one small piece of advice; the answer to controversial speech is not censorship but more speech.
This blog will again focus on actual IT related topics, such as correlation engines, multiple layers of OSI security, malware, bots, covert communications channels, etc…. Some things my foray into DefCon badges has taught me: I suck at photography and I love the beauty of IT security. I read RFCs for breakfast! Additionally, we have formally requested a blanket authorization in writing from Baker & McKenzie for my conference attendance so hopefully I can participate again within the community.
Thank you for your patience during this issue.
The Million Meme March to fight online censorship and a call to boot hats! Prior to the keynote I had heard of spattering about The Yes Men. I could kick myself for not knowing more in detail about them before. The presentation was both hilarious and highly inspiring. In the first half of the talk we were given an overview of some of their previous works involving disruptive actions which brought international attention to many important yet seemingly ignored issues by the media. One of these issues is very close to my heart, the Bhopal Disaster of 1984 in India. This accident caused so much death and intense suffering but pollutants remain on-site and inadequate medical coverage for survivors continues. The Yes Men commented they didn’t see their actions as “hacking” but from the perspective of a way to protest and do something to address graver injustices currently perpetrated in the world which require media coverage to assist in remediation. The Yes Men have a new mission so to speak, to draw attention to and cease online censorship. The project is called The Million Meme March, headed by the Supreme Ruler Meme and rather fashionable Vermin Supreme. As he puts it a league of memes might be required to cease governments from further SOPA/PIPA/ACTA/CETA type treaties or legislation which adds traffic stops and rumble strips to our freedom on-line. One suggestion, everyone make memes as a form of on-line viral protests against digital censorship. The Yes Men are taking suggestions now and looking for ideas from the public. Please browse some of the videos and explore. Very few of us seem to want internet censorship yet it’s occurring worldwide on varying levels. Start exploring how to make your own Memes and check out some great video and audio: QuickMeme
MemeGenerator #millionmemes Twitter hash tag (Picture from Radio Statler ) The Yes Men Labs Link to some Vernon Supreme videos, When I am President everyone will get a pony (YouTube). Link to the video of WTO Finland Spoof, “Management Leisure Suit” (YouTube) Link to BBC video The Yes Men posing as representatives of Dow Chemical (YouTube). Link to the audio (MP3)
Apologies but at this time the main author of this blog is under legal advisement to not comment further on this blog at this time.