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Rand Paul Proposes Bill Requiring Warrants for Domestic Drone Use

Pass that bill.

via: The Hill

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Tuesday introduced the Preserving Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act, which would require the government to get a warrant before using aerial drones to surveil U.S. citizens.

More broadly, Paul’s bill is aimed at preventing “unwarranted governmental intrusion” through the use of drones, according to the lawmaker.

“Like other tools used to collect information in law enforcement, in order to use drones a warrant needs to be issued,” Paul said Tuesday. “Americans going about their everyday lives should not be treated like criminals or terrorists and have their rights infringed upon by military tactics.”
The bill, S. 3287, would require the government to obtain a warrant to use drones with the exception of patroling national borders, when drones are needed to prevent “imminent danger to life” or when there are risks of a terrorist attack.

The bill would also give Americans the ability to sue the government for violating the act. And, it would prohibit evidence collected with warrantless drone surveillance from being used as evidence in court.

New Domains To Hit Web, Google/Amazon Vie For Similar Names

Google wants .lol

via: LA Times

Google hopes to inherit the Earth — or at least .earth. And Amazon wants to bring you .joy. It’s probably no surprise that they both want .you.

Those were among the 1,930 applications for new generic top-level domain names, replacing the ubiquitous .com that we see on most commercial websites in an online land-grab that could be the largest expansion of the Internet’s domain-name system.

Many of the applications are to be expected. Companies including ABC television, BMW and Yahoo staked their claim on their names. Interestingly, Nissan brought back its old brand in .datsun.

Now it’s no surprise that the company that already owns .XXX went for .adult and .porn.

Two companies in particular have a significant number of applications, and several that overlap. Amazon and Google (as Charleston Road Registry Inc.) went after .game, .movie, .wow for example.

Amazon seemed to focus on its core with .author, .book, .read and .buy.

Google selected some very interesting plays for specific career areas — .cpa, .esq, .phd and .prof among them. It’s also making a play for the family with .baby, .kids, .mom, .dad and .pet. It also went for .day but not .night, apparently.

Google is interested in the .here, and Amazon wants the .now. Amazon wants .zero and Google wants .zip.

Of the more curious ones Google applied for are .lol, .are, .boo, .foo and .rsvp. This may give some insight into what future forays it may have in mind.

Wyden, Issa Call For Internet Bill Of Rights

Good.

via: The Hill

Speaking at a technology conference in New York on Monday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) called for a “digital bill of rights” to protect Internet users from intrusive legislation.

The two lawmakers said the protections are necessary to prevent Congress from passing bills that stifle Internet freedom, pointing to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA).

The two lawmakers were leading opponents of the two tough anti-piracy bills. Entertainment companies argued the measures were necessary to curb copyright infringement, but Wyden, Issa and many technology companies warned the bills would restrict speech on the Internet.

FEC: Campaigns Can Raise Money Via Text Message

I can’t wait.

via: Politico

The Federal Election Commission on Monday night unanimously voted to allow Americans to make political donations via text message, making Androids, iPhones and Blackberries the newest weapon in the battle to raise unprecedented amounts of money.

Both parties, as well as campaign finance reform advocates, say the move will allow Americans of modest means to play a greater role in a democratic process dominated this election cycle by billionaires and multi-millionaires and political organizations such as super PACs that may raise and spend money without restriction.

The decision will take effect immediately, although it may be days or weeks before the system is fully functional. Individual phone numbers will be capped at $50 worth of donations per billing cycle.

Military Drone Crashes In Maryland

$186 million burns.

The Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator unmanned aircraft being tested by the Navy went down at around 12:11 p.m. near Bloodsworth Island in southern Dorchester County. (Photo: WBOC Chopper 16)

via: WBOC

A U.S. Navy drone crashed early Monday afternoon in a marshy area on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, military officials said. There were no reported injuries on the ground and no damage to property.

The Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator unmanned aircraft being tested by the Navy went down at around 12:11 p.m. near Bloodsworth Island in southern Dorchester County, the Navy said in a release.

The 44-foot-long aircraft is one of five aircraft acquired from the Air Force Global Hawk program. The Navy said the BAMS-D program has been developing tactics and doctrine for the employment of high-altitude unmanned patrol aircraft since November 2006.

The Navy is investigating the cause of the crash.

Apple/Google Plan Military-Grade Spy-Planes To Take Powerful Satellite Images

Creepy.

Hyper-real: 3D mapping services used by C3 Technologies (as purchased by Apple) will form the main part of the software giant’s new mapping service

via: DailyMail

Spy planes able to photograph sunbathers in their back gardens are being deployed by Google and Apple.

The U.S. technology giants are racing to produce aerial maps so detailed they can show up objects just four inches wide.

But campaigners say the technology is a sinister development that brings the surveillance society a step closer.

Google admits it has already sent planes over cities while Apple has acquired a firm using spy-in-the-sky technology that has been tested on at least 20 locations, including London.

Apple’s military-grade cameras are understood to be so powerful they could potentially see into homes through skylights and windows. The technology is similar to that used by intelligence agencies in identifying terrorist targets in Afghanistan.

Obama’s Watching You

Ever have one of those creepy, stalker ex-girlfriends?  Well you do now – sort of.  The Obama team has ramped up their Orwellian operations to include what’s now being called “data mining.”

via: Politico

CHICAGO — On the sixth floor of a sleek office building here, more than 150 techies are quietly peeling back the layers of your life. They know what you read and where you shop, what kind of work you do and who you count as friends. They also know who your mother voted for in the last election.

The depth and breadth of the Obama campaign’s 2012 digital operation — from data mining to online organizing — reaches so far beyond anything politics has ever seen, experts maintain, that it could impact the outcome of a close presidential election. It makes the president’s much-heralded 2008 social media juggernaut — which raised half billion dollars and revolutionized politics — look like cavemen with stone tablets.