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Pinboard: Türkei: Erdoğans politischer Gefangener | ZEIT ONLINE

Das ist verständlich. Aber wer leise ist, muss nicht wirkungslos sein. Es gehört zur Tradition und Stärke der deutschen Diplomatie, hinter verschlossenen Türen so deutlich zu sein wie man auf offener Bühne freundlich ist. So entgeht man öffentlichen Schreiduellen und einer Eskalationsspirale, die am Ende nur jenen hilft, die ihre Macht wie Erdoğan auf starke ...

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Pinboard: Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds – The New Yorker

The Stanford studies became famous. Coming from a group of academics in the nineteen-seventies, the contention that people can’t think straight was shocking. It isn’t any longer. Thousands of subsequent experiments have confirmed (and elaborated on) this finding. As everyone who’s followed the research—or even occasionally picked up a copy of Psychology Today—knows, any graduate ...

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Pinboard: The future of Ransomware – A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering

And ransomware is definitely a bad thing. According to the FBI it sucks up $1 billion/year in payments alone, and some unimaginably larger amount in remediation costs. This despite the fact that many ransomware packages truly suck, and individual ransomware developers get routinely pwned due to making stupid cryptographic errors. If this strategy is working so well today, the question  we should be asking ourselves is: how much ...

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Pinboard: Donald Trump and the Enemies of the American People – The New Yorker

Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, makes the point that autocrats from Chávez to Erdoğan, Sisi to Mugabe, all follow a general pattern. They attack and threaten the press with deliberate and ominous intensity; the press, in turn, adopts a more oppositional tone and role. “And then that paves the ...

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Pinboard: NSA-Untersuchungsausschuss: Die letzte Zeugin | ZEIT ONLINE

Merkels Führungsstil gilt als ruhig und abwartend. Aber nicht als uninformiert. Sie hat einen Doktortitel in Physik und ist wohl einer der intelligentesten Menschen, die dieses Amt in der Bundesrepublik bislang bekleidet haben. Sie interessiert sich für viele Themen und gilt als jemand, der sich tief einarbeitet. In ihrer Zeugenaussage aber zeigte sie eine ganz ...

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Pinboard: Russian Spies Targeted U.S. Sanctions – The Daily Beast

Those documents involve a two-year-old case against Evgeny Buryakov, a Russian bank employee who admitted to being an unregistered agent of Russian intelligence in the U.S. Buryakov pleaded out and the case never went to trial. But case filings show that the SVR, Russia’s foreign intelligence service, was keenly interested in the U.S. government’s attempts ...

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Pinboard: ECRYPT-EU: Differential privacy

Provable cryptography avoids the situation of mere obfuscation that can be undone by a clever enough attacker / strategy — given the security assumption holds — and provides bounds and thus a guideline on how to choose parameters to guarantee a desired level of privacy. Algorithms invest a given privacy budget at privacy-critical steps. With ...

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Pinboard: The Dangers of Talking About an American ‚Deep State‘ – The Atlantic

“It became such common currency that it allowed Erdogan’s AKP government to cripple Turkey’s democratic checks and balances, including media and courts, many of whose members Erdogan connected to this alleged deep state and then locked up during a set of trials collectively known as Ergenekon,” said Cagaptay, who writes about Erdogan’s power grab in ...

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Pinboard: Tech and the Fake Market tactic – Humane Tech – Medium

Most of the people building these features at these companies don’t mean to undermine markets. The coders and designers at companies like Uber and Facebook and all the others are usually well-intentioned and genuinely see their work as benefiting users. In the immediate term, they’re not even wrong; being able to easily hail a cab ...

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Pinboard: This Fake Femme Fatale Is Stealing Google Accounts From Journalists And Human Rights Activists

„What sets apart this particular campaign is the attention to details in making sure the attack is as credible as possible. The persistent engagement over social media and effort spent in luring people into a phishing attempt are also remarkable,“said Claudio Guarnieri, a cybersecurity researcher at Amnesty. „All these aspects combined made the attacks really ...

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Pinboard: Thüringen: In Erfurt soll eine Moschee gebaut werden. Ist das in diesen Zeiten ein zu gewagter Plan? | ZEIT ONLINE

Sieben Jahre hat er nach einem Ort gesucht. Dann fand er die Wiese am Ortseingang von Marbach, neben einer Autowerkstatt, dem Quartier des Technischen Hilfswerks und einem Bürogebäude. Das eigentliche Wohngebiet von Marbach beginnt erst ein gutes Stück dahinter. Die Moschee soll auch ein Minarett bekommen, acht Meter hoch. Aber das ist nur Zierde, zum ...

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Pinboard: The Leakers Who Exposed Gen. Flynn’s Lie Committed Serious — and Wholly Justified — Felonies

This Flynn episode underscores another critical point: The motives of leakers are irrelevant. It’s very possible — indeed, likely — that the leakers here were not acting with benevolent motives. Nobody with a straight face can claim that lying to the public is regarded in official Washington as some sort of mortal sin; if anything, the contrary ...

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Pinboard: Pence was told Flynn didn’t discuss sanctions, aides say – POLITICO

Even if Pence was not aware that sanctions were discussed between Flynn and the Russian ambassador when he made his comments, the episode could leave him with diminished standing, concerning those around him. For the national security adviser to mislead the Vice President on such a sensitive issue with impunity would seem to send a ...

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Pinboard: Reaching the Moral High Ground and Finding It Barren – Cyborgology

This is nonsense for three reasons. First, this is precisely what the mainstream left has been doing for 30 years with little-to-no-success. The single largest day of peaceful protest in world history wasn’t enough to prevent the War in Iraq. The “when they go low you go high” tactic of the 2016 campaign doesn’t seem ...

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Pinboard: Trump in Court | by David Cole

Trump no doubt thought the travel ban would also be “the course of least resistance”—though, unlike 9/11 or the Palmer Raids, there has not been an attack or even a specific threat from any of the seven countries in question. How wrong he was. The resistance to his action has been immediate, spontaneous, and widespread. ...

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Pinboard: Trump vexed by challenges, scale of government – POLITICO

The administration’s rocky opening days have been a setback for a president who, as a billionaire businessman, sold himself to voters as being uniquely qualified to fix what ailed the nation. Yet it has become apparent, say those close to the president, most of whom requested anonymity to describe the inner workings of the White ...

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Pinboard: Trump Cybersecurity Head Tom Bossert Could Be a Voice of Reason | WIRED

According to cybersecurity policy watchers, that looks like the work of Bossert, a former homeland security official under George W. Bush with a reputation for a measured approach that deeply contrasts with the Trump administration’s so-far volatile style. “The draft executive order would be a much less disruptive effort than some of President Trump’s other ...

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Pinboard: The Case Against Contemporary Feminism – The New Yorker

The effect of the catchy title stands regardless. Crispin’s argument is bracing, and a rare counterbalance; where feminism is concerned, broad acceptability is almost always framed as an unquestioned good. “Somewhere along the way toward female liberation, it was decided that the most effective method was for feminism to become universal,” Crispin writes. And the ...

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Pinboard: How Hal Martin Stole 75% of NSA’s Hacking Tools: NSA Failed to Implement Required Security Fixes for Three Years after Snowden – emptywheel

By July 2014, the report reveals, even some of the most simple changes included in the initiative had not been implemented. On August 22, 2016 — nine days after an entity calling itself Shadow Brokers first offered to auction off what have since been verified as NSA tools — NSA reported that four of the initiatives ...

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Pinboard: The Schedule and the Stream

Right now, we’re at a tipping point between two concepts that shape how we experience the world—the schedule and the stream. The first has lasted over a century, and the second is barely a decade old. But both have been essential in helping new technologies enter the mainstream; and both have created new forms of ...

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Pinboard: Russia’s apparent meddling in U.S. election is not an act of war, cyber expert says – The Washington Post

Nonetheless, Schmitt said, Russia’s apparent attempt to influence the outcome of the election by its release of emails through WikiLeaks probably violates the international law barring intervention in a state’s internal affairs. And that would give the United States grounds to undertake “countermeasures” that would otherwise be unlawful, he said. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: And Then the Breitbart Lynch Mob Came for Me | Foreign Policy

I’ve been equally critical of the expanded use of target killings under former President Barack Obama’s administration. If the U.S. president says it’s OK to secretly order the death of a suspected terrorist based on secret evidence, and then kill the suspect in a secret airstrike with no subsequent acknowledgment, what kind of example are ...

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Pinboard: Erstes Krankenhaus bietet Seelsorge für Muslime – Hamburg Harburg – Hamburger Abendblatt

Insgesamt 44 Ehrenamtliche hat sie seit 2014 in muslimischer Seelsorge ausgebildet, in Kursen, die über jeweils 80 Stunden laufen. Eine von ihnen ist Hadice Altunova (44). Sie ist seit 15 Jahren Krankenschwester in der Mariahilf Klinik und jetzt auch zweite Vorsitzende des Vereins Rahmet. Ihre Erfahrungen fasst sie so zusammen: „Im Schmerz sind alle Menschen ...

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Pinboard: The Massacre That Wasn’t, and a Turning Point for ‘Fake News’ – The New York Times

The same internet that enabled false stories to run unchecked through news feeds during the election year dispatched new white blood cells that attacked Ms. Conway’s “alternate facts” with “true facts” (a redundant term that I guess we’re stuck with for now). Their most effective attack was traditional reporting, in many cases from news organizations ...

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Pinboard: Extreme Vetting, But Not for Banks – Rolling Stone

The two primary disasters in American history this century (if we’re not counting Trump’s election) have been 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis, which cost 8.7 million people their jobs and may have destroyed as much as 45 percent of the world’s wealth. The response to 9/11 we know: major military actions all over the ...

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Pinboard: Diese Straße gehört uns! – F.A.Z. PLUS

Denn mit dem starken Zuzug von Armutsmigranten aus Südosteuropa hat sich die Lage in den vergangenen Jahren weiter verschärft. In Duisburg halten sich mittlerweile 18 000 auf – allein im Stadtteil Marxloh sollen es 6000 sein. Im Landtag redet die Duisburger Polizeipräsidentin Tacheles: „Sie halten sich leider an überhaupt keine Regeln. Sie vermüllen alles, was ...

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Pinboard: Updates from the Russian Front – emptywheel

Then there’s this story, that reveals numerous DNC staffers and reporters have identified emails of theirs that didn’t get released by WikiLeaks. While multiple people quoted in the story suggest the emails may have been curated to take out worthwhile context, they also admit that there was nothing “explosive” that was excluded. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: ‘Why even let ’em in?’ Understanding Bannon’s worldview and the policies that follow. – The Washington Post

That worldview, which Bannon laid out in interviews and speeches over the past several years, hinges largely on Bannon’s belief in American “sovereignty.” Bannon said that countries should protect their citizens and their essence by reducing immigration, legal and illegal, and pulling back from multinational agreements. At the same time, Bannon was concerned that the ...

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Pinboard: The FSB Purge: Two Narratives – emptywheel

However, as we looked into the 5.149.249[.]172 IP address within the FBI Flash Bulletin, we uncovered a spearphishing campaign targeting Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, Ukrainian Parliament, and German Freedom Party figures from March – August 2016 that fits a known Russian targeting focus and modus operandi. As we explored malicious activity in ...

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Pinboard: ‘This was the worst call by far’: Trump badgered, bragged and abruptly ended phone call with Australian leader – The Washington Post

Instead, President Trump blasted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a refu­gee agreement and boasted about the magnitude of his electoral college win, according to senior U.S. officials briefed on the Saturday exchange. Then, 25 minutes into what was expected to be an hour-long call, Trump abruptly ended it. Link zur Quelle

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Pinboard: All I Know Is What’s on the Internet — Real Life

That report was itself a response to a paper from the 1974 National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, which called for the nation to achieve information literacy by 1984. Going further back, Bill Johnson and Sheila Webber link information literacy to Vannevar Bush’s World War II–era treatise on information, science, and warfare, “As We ...

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Pinboard: Ex-CIA-Agent: Die Lehren aus Saddams Sturz – Politik – Süddeutsche.de

Was sagte er zum Einsatz von Giftgas gegen sein eigenes Volk? Das war eine der interessantesten Erkenntnisse. Nicht Saddam hatte den Befehl für den Gebrauch von chemischen Waffen erteilt. Es war die eigenständige Entscheidung eines irakischen Generals gewesen. Als Saddam im Nachhinein davon erfuhr, war er sehr enttäuscht – nicht wegen der Opfer, sondern weil ...

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Pinboard: Russian Security Expert Maintains Putin Was Behind DNC Hack : NPR

SOLDATOV: It’s a very murky world with lots of actors, some of them formal actors, like security agencies, intelligence agencies and the military. But also, we have lots of informal actors. And these people – well, they tend to be much more dangerous. They enjoy direct access to the Kremlin. And sometimes the Kremlin uses ...