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Chicago police must finally produce stingray records, judge orders

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/01/chicago-police-must-finally-produce-stingray-records-judge-orders/


Chicago police must finally produce stingray records, judge orders

by Cyrus Farivar - Jan 11, 2016 6:10pm EST

Court knocks police for relying on generic FBI affidavit as argument for withholding.

A local activist has won an important intermediary step in his legal quest to force the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to produce documents that fully explain the department's use of cell-site simulators, also known as IMSI catchers.

In a Monday opinion in Martinez v. Chicago Police Department, Cook County Circuit Judge Kathleen Kennedy denied the city’s motion to dismiss. This decision paves the way later this month for a closed-door hearing (in camera review) where the judge gets to privately review the documents in question.

Back in September 2014, activist Freddy Martinez filed a request under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Among other items, Martinez initially asked for:


All court orders for any instances in which Chicago Police deployed IMSI Catchers

All formal or informal policies, procedures, orders, directives, or other such records that pertain to when, why, where, how, and by whom IMSI Catchers may be deployed

All records discussing the constitutionality of deploying IMSI Catchers


That request was originally denied by the CPD. By the end of that month, Martinez sued—his second records-related lawsuit against the CPD of 2014. As of nearly a year ago, the city owed over $120,000 to defend the cases. Martinez and his legal team still don’t know exactly how many documents will now be released.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Jan 12, 2016, 02:11 AM (4 replies)

Layered perovskite-on-silicon could boost photovoltaic efficiencies to 30 percent

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/01/layered-perovskite-on-silicon-could-boost-pv-efficiencies-to-30-percent/

Layered perovskite-on-silicon could boost PV efficiencies to 30 percent
by John Timmer - Jan 7, 2016 2:52pm EST

Given how fantastically cheap silicon-based photovoltaic cells have gotten, it might be hard to muster much excitement for developing any other material. But the cost of silicon-based PV has created a potential niche—it's so cheap that installation costs now dominate the price of solar power. If we could squeeze more energy out of a single installation, it could drop the costs even further.

That's one of the reasons researchers have been trying to develop perovskites. Not only are these made from chemicals that are cheap and easy to manufacture, there are indications that they can be tuned to absorb some wavelengths while allowing others to pass through to an underlying silicon photovoltaic. The big problem: they tend to decompose when exposed to intense light.

Now, an Oxford-Berlin collaboration is reporting they may have solved the decomposition problem and, in the process, accidentally made a material where they could tune the absorbance across a wide range of wavelengths. With some additional improvements, they suggest a combined silicon-perovskite cell could reach 30 percent efficiencies—up from the neighborhood of 22 for silicon alone.

Perovskites aren't actually a single material; instead, they're a variety of chemicals that all form a similar crystal structure. For photovoltaics, they're often a mix of lead, bromine or iodine, and a small nitrogen-containing organic molecule. None of these is very expensive, and it's relatively easy to form a layer of perovskite materials using bulk techniques. The best of these materials has photovoltaic efficiencies in the teens. That's lower than silicon, but expectations are that it can be brought up even higher...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Jan 8, 2016, 11:29 PM (0 replies)

NY City Settles Lawsuits Over Muslim Surveillance by Police

X-posted from Latest Breaking News:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10141306522

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/nyc-settles-lawsuits-muslim-surveillance-police-36145432

NYC Settles Lawsuits Over Muslim Surveillance by Police

By Tom Hays, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Jan 7, 2016, 2:58 PM ET

The New York Police Department will strengthen safeguards against illegal surveillance of Muslims in investigations of terror threats and install a civilian representative on an advisory committee that reviews the probes under the terms of a settlement of two high-profile civil rights lawsuits, lawyers said Thursday.

The announcement of a deal following months of negotiations formally ended litigation over accusations that the nation's largest police department cast a shadow over Muslim communities with a covert campaign of religious profiling and illegal spying.

"We are committed to strengthening the relationship between our administration and communities of faith so that residents of every background feel respected and protected," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

The suits were among legal actions that followed reports by The Associated Press that revealed how city police infiltrated Muslim student groups, put informants in mosques and otherwise spied on Muslims as part of a broad effort to prevent terrorist attacks.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jan 7, 2016, 04:11 PM (0 replies)

NYC Settles Lawsuits Over Muslim Surveillance by Police

Source: ABC News

The New York Police Department will strengthen safeguards against illegal surveillance of Muslims in investigations of terror threats and install a civilian representative on an advisory committee that reviews the probes under the terms of a settlement of two high-profile civil rights lawsuits, lawyers said Thursday.

The announcement of a deal following months of negotiations formally ended litigation over accusations that the nation's largest police department cast a shadow over Muslim communities with a covert campaign of religious profiling and illegal spying.

"We are committed to strengthening the relationship between our administration and communities of faith so that residents of every background feel respected and protected," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.

The suits were among legal actions that followed reports by The Associated Press that revealed how city police infiltrated Muslim student groups, put informants in mosques and otherwise spied on Muslims as part of a broad effort to prevent terrorist attacks.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/nyc-settles-lawsuits-muslim-surveillance-police-36145432
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jan 7, 2016, 04:07 PM (0 replies)

"Clearly, all of us have done more.." More of what, exactly? Wearing out keyboards? Posting pics?

Reposting someone else's cartoons and op-eds?

What you do, and what the vast majority of your fellow gun control advocates do,
can be described with one word:

Slacktivism

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slacktivism

Slacktivism (sometimes slactivism or slackervism) is a portmanteau of the words slacker and activism. The word is usually considered a pejorative term that describes "feel-good" measures, in support of an issue or social cause, that have little physical or practical effect, other than to make the person doing it feel satisfied that they have contributed. Slacktivism can be defined as the act of showing support for a cause but only truly being beneficial to the egos of people participating in this so-called activism. The acts tend to require minimal personal effort from the slacktivist. The underlying assumption being promoted by the term is that these low-cost efforts substitute for more substantive actions rather than supplementing them


Granted, you might have developed carpal tunnel syndrome scraping photos from the Web...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Jan 3, 2016, 06:24 PM (1 replies)

NSA's biggest congressional apologist is outraged that the NSA spied on him and Israel

https://boingboing.net/2015/12/30/nsas-biggest-congressional-a.html


Rep Pete Hoekstra calls spying "a matter of fact," he attacked a bill that would impose oversight on the NSA, and he "laughs at foreign governments who are shocked they’ve been spied on because they, too, gather information" -- except when the targets of the NSA's surveillance are Congress and Israel's leaders.

Then Hoekstra is "outraged" and wants "NSA and Obama officials... investigated and prosecuted."

This happens literally every time a Congressional spying apologist gets spied on: they freak out about privacy and the Fourth Amendment, and forget all about spying as a "fact of life" and "nothing to hide, nothing to fear."

What happened to all the dismissive lectures about how if you’ve done nothing wrong, then you have nothing to hide? Is that still applicable? Or is it that these members of the U.S. Congress who conspired with Netanyahu and AIPAC over how to sabotage the U.S. government’s Iran Deal feel they did do something wrong and are angry about having been monitored for that reason?
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Jan 2, 2016, 12:42 AM (8 replies)

Not only is your claim utter bullshit, it's hypocritical. I'm a host of DU's Civil Liberties Group:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1168

...and these are the titles of the OP's that I've posted there, in reverse order, over the
past year or so
(BTW, these do *not* include posts I've made regarding civil liberties in other groups and fora)


Florida Supreme Court Rejects Cell Phone Tracking by Police

The TSA Wants To Read Your Facebook Posts And Check Out Your Purchases Before It Will Approve You...

I Was Arrested for Learning a Foreign Language. Today, I Have Some Closure.

x-post from LBN: "Millions of cars tracked across US in 'massive' real-time DEA spy program"

FBI really doesn’t want anyone to know about “stingray” use by local cops

NY Civil Liberties Union: Erie County Sheriff Records Reveal Invasive Use of “Stingray” Technology

Police can’t delay traffic stops to investigate crimes absent suspicion, Supreme Court rules

Justice Department contradicts Attorney General Loretta Lynch's claims about Patriot Act

Laura Poitras Sues US Government To Find Out Why She Was Detained Every Time She Flew

First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Effort Stops After DHS Email

Library’s Tor relay—which had been pulled after Feds noticed—now restored

SCREW YOU, FEDS! Dozen or more US libraries line up to run Tor exit nodes

DEA bought millions in cell phone trackers and training, payment data shows

Your browser history, IP addresses, online purchases etc all up for grabs without a warrant

Prosecutor And Cop Lose It Over Idea Of Over Idea Of Needing A Conviction To Take Property


YOU, on the other hand, appear not to have posted *anything whatsoever*
(OP or reply) there in the entire history of DU3.

Mote, meet beam...






Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Dec 28, 2015, 09:55 PM (1 replies)

Happy Chrimble and a Gear New Year, DU! The Beatles complete Christmas records:

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Dec 25, 2015, 12:51 AM (0 replies)

Researchers Solve Juniper Backdoor Mystery; Signs Point to NSA

Source: Wired

Security researchers believe they have finally solved the mystery around how a sophisticated backdoor embedded in Juniper firewalls works. Juniper Networks, a tech giant that produces networking equipment used by an array of corporate and government systems, announced on Thursday that it had discovered two unauthorized backdoors in its firewalls, including one that allows the attackers to decrypt protected traffic passing through Juniper’s devices.

The researchers’ findings suggest that the NSA may be responsible for that backdoor, at least indirectly. Even if the NSA did not plant the backdoor in the company’s source code, the spy agency may in fact be indirectly responsible for it by having created weaknesses the attackers exploited.

Evidence uncovered by Ralf-Philipp Weinmann, founder and CEO of Comsecuris, a security consultancy in Germany, suggests that the Juniper culprits repurposed an encryption backdoor previously believed to have been engineered by the NSA, and tweaked it to use for their own spying purposes. Weinmann reported his findings in an extensive post published late Monday.

They did this by exploiting weaknesses the NSA allegedly placed in a government-approved encryption algorithm known as Dual_EC, a pseudo-random number generator that Juniper uses to encrypt traffic passing through the VPN in its NetScreen firewalls. But in addition to these inherent weaknesses, the attackers also relied on a mistake Juniper apparently made in configuring the VPN encryption scheme in its NetScreen devices, according to Weinmann and other cryptographers who examined the issue. This made it possible for the culprits to pull off their attack.


Read more: http://www.wired.com/2015/12/researchers-solve-the-juniper-mystery-and-they-say-its-partially-the-nsas-fault/



Weinmann's post:

http://rpw.sh/blog/2015/12/21/the-backdoored-backdoor/


The NSA backdoor is known as FEEDTROUGH:

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Dec 22, 2015, 04:17 AM (34 replies)

For Manny G: "You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful...

...than you could possibly imagine"

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Dec 20, 2015, 08:16 PM (0 replies)
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