The intelligence report’s lack of even hints at the kind of evidence collected make it difficult to assess the claims, and its weakness gave Russian officials ample opportunity to poke fun.The foreign ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, wrote on Facebook on Monday: “If ‘Russian hackers’ managed to hack anything in America, it’s two things: Obama’s brain and, of course, the report itself.”
China has reportedly outlawed the “erotic” online consumption of bananas after the president, Xi Jinping, called for steps to “rehabilitate” his country’s “cyber-ecology”.Speaking at a Communist party summit last year, Xi said action was needed to promote “civilised behaviour” on China’s already heavily controlled internet.
El reglamento que regula la puesta en marcha de la televisión digital, cuyo texto se encuentra sometido a consulta pública en el sitio de Subtel hasta el 10 de agosto, ha despertado diversas reacciones entre ONGs y asociaciones de consumidores. Pero a las críticas de Fucatel y Conadecus, entre otros, se ha sumado ahora una profusión de tuiteros y usuarios de redes sociales que difunden caricaturas alusivas a uno de los aspectos más polémicos del texto: la forma de medir la cobertura a la que se obliga a los canales abiertos.
La junta tailandesa prohibió un videojuego que permite entre otros crear una dictadura militar en una isla paradisíaca ficticia en la que coexisten “playas soleadas y corrupción política”, indicaron el martes las autoridades.
El juego de simulación Tropico 5 propone a los jugadores construir su propia forma de gobierno en esta isla, ya sea una “utopía socialista en la que cada ciudadano cuenta” o un sistema tiránico que convierta a la Nación en una mina de ingresos para una cuenta bancaria en Suiza.
“Tropico 5 ha sido prohibido pero no quiero indicar los motivos sin la autorización de nuestro director general”, indicó simplemente el lunes a la AFP un responsable de la oficina de vídeos y de películas del Ministerio de Cultura.
German politicians are considering a return to using manual typewriters for sensitive documents in the wake of the US surveillance scandal.
The head of the Bundestag’s parliamentary inquiry into NSA activity in Germany said in an interview with the Morgenmagazin TV programme that he and his colleagues were seriously thinking of ditching email completely.
Asked “Are you considering typewriters” by the interviewer on Monday night, the Christian Democrat politican Patrick Sensburg said: “As a matter of fact, we have – and not electronic models either”. “Really?” the surprised interviewer checked. “Yes, no joke,” Sensburg responded.
“Unlike other inquiry committees, we are investigating an ongoing situation. Intelligence activities are still going on, they are happening,” said Sensburg.
Last week, Merkel’s government asked the CIA‘s station officer in Germany to leave the country after an employee of the German intelligence agency BND confessed to passing confidential documents to the US secret service. The ongoing investigation prompted speculation that the CIA may have actively targeted the Bundestag’s NSA inquiry committee.
Last year, the Russian government reportedly took similar measures after the extent of US electronic surveillance was revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The federal guard service, a powerful body tasked with protecting Russia’s highest-ranking officials, put in an order for 20 Triumph Adler typewriters, which create unique “handwriting”, that allows the source of any documents created on them to be traced.
But judging by the reaction to Sensburg’s comments, manual typewriters are unlikely to be widely adopted in German political circles.
“Before I start using typewriters and burning notes after reading, I’d rather abolish the secret services,” tweeted Martina Renner, an opposition member of the parliamentary committee investigating the activities of US and other intelligence agencies in Germany. Sahra Wagenknecht, Die Linke party’s deputy chair, described the suggestion as grotesque.
Christian Flisek, the SPD’s representative on the committee, told Spiegel Online: “This call for mechanical typewriters is making our work sound ridiculous. We live in the 21st century, where many people communicate predominantly by digital means. Effective counter-espionage works digitally too. The idea that we can protect people from surveillance by dragging them back to the typewriter is absurd.”
You’re a woman in a French workplace and you think you deserve a payrise, but how do you go about getting one?
A) Ask for one.
B) Ask for one and cry if you don’t get it.
C) Don’t ask for one but expect the boss to know you want one.
D) Don’t ask for one, then moan when the alpha male sitting next to you, who insists on calling you “chérie”, asks and gets one.
OK, it’s a madeup dilemma, but not an entirely alien one for many French women, who are notoriously shy about asking for more money.
Now the French Ministry for Women’s Rights has published a helpful smartphone and tablet app to cover workplace conundrums for women and help them climb their chosen career ladder.
The “Leadership Pour Elles” application, launched on Monday, France’s “Equal Salary Day”, is described as an “unusual, practical and free tool to help women progress in their careers” by offering them “simple, efficient, detailed advice”.
What if the National Security Agency had its own advice columnist? What would the eavesdroppers ask about?
You don’t need to guess. An NSA official, writing under the pen name “Zelda,” has actually served at the agency as a Dear Abby for spies. Her “Ask Zelda!” columns, distributed on the agency’s intranet and accessible only to those with the proper security clearance, are among the documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The columns are often amusing – topics include co-workers falling asleep on the job, sodas being stolen from shared fridges, supervisors not responding to emails, and office-mates who smell bad. But one of the most intriguing involves a letter from an NSA staffer who complains that his (or her) boss is spying on employees.
In the letter, which Zelda published in a column on September 9, 2011, the employee calls himself “Silenced in SID” – referring to the Signals Intelligence Directorate, the heart of the NSA’s surveillance operations. Zelda’s column, headlined “Watching Every Word in Snitch City,” offers an ironic insight into a spy agency where the spies apparently resent being spied upon.
“Dear Zelda,” the letter of complaint begins:
Here’s the scenario: when the boss sees co-workers having a quiet conversation, he wants to know what is being said (it’s mostly work related). He has his designated “snitches” and expects them to keep him apprised of all the office gossip – even calling them at home and expecting a run-down! This puts the “designees” in a really awkward position; plus, we’re all afraid any offhand comment or anything said in confidence might be either repeated or misrepresented.
Needless to say, this creates a certain amount of tension between team members who normally would get along well, and adds stress in an already stressful atmosphere. There is also an unspoken belief that he will move people to different desks to break up what he perceives as people becoming too “chummy.” (It’s been done under the guise of “creating teams.”)
Surveillance tends to sow suspicion and unease among the people who are being surveilled. Is anyone listening? Who might be the spy among us? What trouble might I get into with the things I say? These questions can eat away at the core of human relations – trust. And this is true even at the agency that is conducting the surveillance.
The letter continues:
We used to be able to joke around a little or talk about our favorite “Idol” contestant to break the tension, but now we’re getting more and more skittish about even the most mundane general conversations (“Did you have a good weekend?”). This was once a very open, cooperative group who worked well together. Now we’re more suspicious of each other and teamwork is becoming harder. Do you think this was the goal?
Silenced in SID
Zelda is shocked.
Wow, that takes “intelligence collection” in a whole new – and inappropriate – direction. …. We work in an Agency of secrets, but this kind of secrecy begets more secrecy and it becomes a downward spiral that destroys teamwork. What if you put an end to all the secrecy by bringing it out in the open?