Top Websites Secretly Track Your Device Fingerprint

12 October 2013 — IEEE

Websites that really want to track you without permission have a way. A new report shows a surprising number of top Internet websites using so-called “device fingerprints” to secretly track visitors—a method that avoids legal limits on the use of cookies and also ignores the Do Not Track HTTP header.

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The NHS and You: The BBC wants to hear from you

10 October 2013 — Our NHS

[I’m not sure if responding to this BBC survey is worth the effort or not, but who knows? In any case, I’ve just completed it and zoomed it off. Perhaps, just perhaps, if enough of us respond, something might change, though the role of the BBC in propagandizing for the state is so crucial in preserving the status quo, the odds are against it. But it does reflect the fact that people are finally wising up to the role of BBC and the powers that be know this. WB]

Want to help research how the BBC covers the NHS? 

Image: Marcus Chown

The BBC is asking for your views on its news and current affairs coverage. This is a good chance to feedback any comments you may have on its coverage of the NHS.

Details of the review are here

It’s always best to cite examples of specific reports, and why you have concerns, rather than just say NHS coverage in general is biased.

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Family Sues G4S For Killing Angolan Deportee By Pratap ChatterjeeFamily Sues G4S For Killing Angolan Deportee By Pratap Chatterjee

10 July 2013 — Corpwatch Blog

United Families & Friends Campaign rally. Photo by 4WardEver UK. Used under Creative Commons license.

The family of Jimmy Mubenga, an Angolan refugee in the UK, has brought a civil lawsuit against G4S, the world’s largest private security company. Mubenga died on October 12, 2010 while being restrained by G4S guards who were hired to help deport him from the country.

Mubenga lived in the UK for 16 years but was convicted for involvement in a pub fight. He was then deported by the UK Border Authority (UKBA) under laws that allow non-citizens to be kicked out of the country if they are sentenced to prison.

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Video: Julian Assange Pt.1: Stratfor Hacker Jeremy Hammond Guilty Plea Part of Crackdown on Journalism, Activism

29 May 2013 — Democracy Now!

Jeremy Hammond of the hacktivist group Anonymous has pleaded guilty to hacking into the private intelligence firm Stratfor, the FBI and other institutions. Hammond says his goal was to shed light on how governments and corporations act behind close doors. Some five million Stratfor emails ended up on the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, shedding light on how the private intelligence firm monitors activists and spies for corporate clients. In a statement, Hammond said he accepted the plea deal in part to avoid an overzealous prosecution that could have resulted in at least 30 years in prison. He has already served 15 months, including weeks in solitary confinement. Joining us from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says Hammond’s prosecution comes as part of a wider crackdown “on effective political activists and alleged journalistic sources.

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