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Russia to Issue Ban and Fines for Cryptocurrency Use

Russia to Issue Ban and Fines for Cryptocurrency Use | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Russia’s Ministry of Finance has put forward what many were expecting yet also unable to believe: a ban on the use of digital currency, and the implementation of fines as an appropriate deterrent.
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NextLevelFlash.com's curator insight, October 7, 2:46 AM

LOL. Banning always stops people ;)

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The Really Scary Thing About Those Jaw-Dropping Siberian Craters

The Really Scary Thing About Those Jaw-Dropping Siberian Craters | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
While staring down into the abyss of these craters is a scary thought, the release of large quantities of greenhouse gases from melting permafrost is similarly existentially daunting.
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Charles van der Haegen's curator insight, August 5, 3:48 AM

Let's make sure we learn from our mistakes (failures) in taking on the greatest challenge of our times:

 

Building and nurturing sustainable communities, designed in such a way that their activities do not interfere with Natures inherent ability to sustain life (paraphrased from Fritjof Capra

 

And let's make sure we can live in this way, despite the irreversible damage we've already done to Nature, and unto ourselves...

AleksBlumentals's curator insight, August 5, 8:19 AM

This is where the dragon breadth comes from which I wrote about a few scoops back. Being 20x times more powerful as green house gases, their rapid release into the atmosphere can reinforce dramatically global warming and tip it into an unstoppable trajectory. We are truly at an all hands on deck moment, yet chances are we will not be able to act collaboratively in time.

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Citizen spies take to web to uncover MH17 intel

Citizen spies take to web to uncover MH17 intel | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The citizen journalist known as Brown Moses, with the help of his Twitter followers, was able to pinpoint the location of a Buk launcher while it was being transported through a pro-Russian rebel-held town in Ukraine, using only open source information like Google searches and YouTube videos.
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Russia’s Failed e-Democracy? · Global Voices

Russia’s Failed e-Democracy? · Global Voices | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In an attempt to engage the public in the government’s decisionmaking, last year the Kremlin launched an online portal called the Russian Public Initiative (ROI), allowing anyone with Internet access the chance to propose new legislation and vote on others’ petitions. Every initiative that collects 100 thousand votes within a year automatically goes to a government council, which determines if lawmakers in the Russian parliament will consider the legislation.

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Russia's Hacker Collective That Wasn't - Global Voices Online

Russia's Hacker Collective That Wasn't - Global Voices Online | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

There is an Internet group in Russia that publishes compromising political information that the public was never supposed to see. For the past six months, a collective that calls itself “Anonymous International,” and also goes by the name “Shaltay-Boltay” (translation: Humpty-Dumpty), has disclosed internal government memos, hacked email archives, and “insider” analytical reports about rivalries within the Kremlin. The group opened a Twitter account on December 4, 2013, and launched a blog eight days later, on the twentieth anniversary of Russia’s current constitution. On December 31, for its first publication, Anonymous International posted the transcript of Vladimir Putin’s New Year’s Eve speech, hours before he actually delivered it.

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3D Printed Fashion from Russia - 3D Printing Industry

3D Printed Fashion from Russia - 3D Printing Industry | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Snezhana Gross is a fashion designer from St.Petersburg, Russia, with background in IT and programming, and she wants to use 3D Printing in fashion.
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ZCommunications | The Dangers of Specialization by Boris Kagarlitsky | ZSpace

ZCommunications | The Dangers of Specialization by Boris Kagarlitsky | ZSpace | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In 1604, King Philip III of Spain suffered a burn while sleeping near the fireplace because no nobleman could be found with the authority to move his chair. That is a good example of the dangers of excessive specialization.

 
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✌ From Russia with Love.exe – The Russian Underground Hacking Culture | Privacy PC

Security researchers The Grugq and Fyodor Yarochkin did a presentation at HITBSecConf Malaysia to talk in detail about the Russian hacking community.
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Rushkoff: Russia hack: Your data is not safe - KESQ

Rushkoff: Russia hack: Your data is not safe - KESQ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Most people's first response on hearing that 1.2 billion usernames and passwords have been compromised by a group of Russian hackers? We check our own most important accounts for evidence of misuse, and change our passwords. If a week or two goes by with nothing out of the ordinary happening on our credit cards, we breathe a sigh of relief and go back to life as normal.



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Russia Has Put a Bounty on Tor

Russia Has Put a Bounty on Tor | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The Russian government has reportedly issued a bounty of nearly 4 million rubles ($100,000) to be awarded to anyone who can deanonymise users of the Tor network.
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Big Brother’s war on Palestine, Ukraine and truth

Big Brother’s war on Palestine, Ukraine and truth | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The other night, I saw George Orwell’s 1984 performed on the London stage. Although crying out for a contemporary interpretation, Orwell’s warning about the future was presented as a period piece: remote, unthreatening. It was as if Edward Snowden had revealed nothing, Big Brother was not now a digital eavesdropper and Orwell himself had never said, “To be corrupted by totalitarianism, one does not have to live in a totalitarian country.”

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In Front of Putin, Internet Titans Lose Their Nerve - The Moscow Times

In Front of Putin, Internet Titans Lose Their Nerve - The Moscow Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The statements that President Vladimir Putin made at a recent meeting with leaders of the Russian Internet are hardly worth discussing. As usual, he offered only vague assurances of support for a variety of freedoms while pretending that all of the recent legislative initiatives tightening control over the Internet were designed exclusively to fight pedophiles, drugs, terrorism and suicide.

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New York Times: Russia quietly tightens reins on web with ‘bloggers law’

New York Times: Russia quietly tightens reins on web with ‘bloggers law’ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Russia has taken another major step toward restricting its once freewheeling Internet, as President Vladimir V. Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government, a measure that lawyers, Internet pioneers and political activists said May 6 would give the government a much wider ability to track who said what online.

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Hackers down Russian presidential site in ‘powerful cyber-attack’

Hackers down Russian presidential site in ‘powerful cyber-attack’ | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Unidentified hackers brought down the Russian presidency’s site and the Central Bank’s web page in a wave of online attacks. The website is now operational for most users.
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Activism for Busy People Part I: Ethical Consumption - The Ecologist

Activism for Busy People Part I: Ethical Consumption - The Ecologist | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Keen to save the world but don't want to end up in a Russian prison? In the first of a three part series Ruth Stokes suggests ethical consumption as one alternative approach to activism that won't turn your life upside down but will make a difference ...
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