About a month ago, Apple talked about an interesting feature in iOS 14; Whenever the iPhone detects that a third-party app is using a clipboard, it notifies the user via a notification.

As you probably know, a clipboard is actually a short-term memory and its job is to store copied information, whether it’s text, photos, or anything else, and it can naturally include Internet passwords, bank account information, and more.

Those who have received the beta of iOS 14 quickly realized that apps like TikTok and even AccuWeather capture the contents of the clipboard. There are now reports of impermissible activity on some other popular apps, such as Reddit and LinkedIn.

One of the developers of iPhone applications, claims that the mentioned software copy all the content for themselves as soon as the content is entered in the clipboard, and this happens continuously.

This is another reason for us to stop using proprietary apps. Same thing could happen in software libre apps but we would find it way sooner than this. This is why GMAFIA & Friends provide services; to illegally collect your personal information.

Apparently, smartphones that are more expensive than 300 Euros have not entered the Iranian market, starting current Iranian year. This was announced by the “Association of Mobile, Tablets. and Accessories Importers of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce” yesterday.

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, we have seen restrictions on the import of digital goods to Iran, but these restrictions have not only been related to the virus. Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, we have seen restrictions on the import of digital goods to Iran, but these restrictions have not only been related to this virus.

Importers of digital stuff are no longer able to receive currency from the Central Bank of Iran, and this has caused them many problems.

Now, new report suggests that the import of smartphones worth more than 300 euros into the country is banned. This may be due to the Iranian government’s efforts to save foreign exchange resources.

Spokesman for the Iranian Mobile Importers Association says the currency allocated for smartphone imports in the new year has fallen by about 500 million euros.

This is a bad situation for Iranian people.

If we ignore the fact that some corrupt people are involved, we can say that US sanctions have made it difficult and impossible for innocent people to use the equipment that allows them to live their daily lives.

I can’t approve nor deny that some Iranian companies are abusing their power and money but I can say that current US sanctions system hurts the Iranian people more than it hurts the Iranian government.

This is bad and should be stopped.

Another thing is that Iranian government has also a thing to do with this situation. Since the start of registering all mobile phones in ‘Mobile Regulatory’, Iranian government started to monitor people.

This registry can help the government to track people and limit their usage of the digital goods and it’s an obvious violation of people’s privacy. This power can be abused by the government at any time.

Iranian government also has a history of limiting people from using technology. For example, due to recent protests, we saw Iranian government shutting down the internet. Needless to mention all other activities of them (the government) during years.

Yesterday, Chris “Muesli” asked an interesting question that I thought can be a good blog post. If we were in power, what rules would be write?

You are to be born in 24 hours. You are also to write all the rules that will govern the society in which you will live. However, you do not know if you will be born bright or retarded, black or white, male or female, rich or poor, able or disabled.

How would you write the rules?

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There are some videos of bicycle-riding blue pigs attacking peaceful protesters for no apparent reason in Seattle, Washington. In those video footages, some bicycle-riding blue pigs arrive to a peaceful group of protesters and attack them.

At least two of blue pigs were kneeling on the neck of protesters just like how murderer Derek Chauvin did it. Brutality against protesters does not get solved by firing these pigs.

The problem is the system. The system gives blue pigs the feeling that they have more rights than other people. Blue pigs think they have immunity. It’s the system that has to be changed, not people or officers.

A newly released audio recording suggests Iran’s highest authorities allowed commercial airliners to fly in and out of Tehran during the period of intense military activity when Flight 752 was shot down — because closing the airspace would have given away the regime’s plan to strike U.S. military bases in Iraq.

CBC News obtained a recording of a 91-minute conversation that took place March 7 between a victim’s family member in Canada and Hassan Rezaeifar, who was appointed the head of Iran’s investigation into the downing of the Kyiv-bound Ukraine International Airlines aircraft. The crash of Flight 752 killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians.

The recording, which reveals a number of damning details about the downing of the plane and Iran’s response, is also in the custody of Canadian authorities.

One of the problems we have about activists is that they don’t follow up on issues. A lot of people are aware of the problems but less and less people are trying to complete a task of problem solving.

Many people, who I call audience, are only listening and collecting some basic information about problems but they mostly get tired of repeated content. Because of digital social networks, people are now used to diverse ‘content’ that expresses things in a completely superficial, raw, and non-specific way. And it is only suitable for entertainment, not change.

We see less and less people who focus on a problem and try their best to solve it. Of course we can’t, nor we have the right, to stop people who want to be active in different fields but without telling and guiding them, the bigger problem still remains.

Many of our audiences are tired of us repeating problems and expect us to go through one problem after another without actually doing anything about them. Many others expect the problems to be solved only by mentioning them.

The thing is that mentioning and talking about a problem is one thing, and actually trying to fix it is another thing. We can’t fix problems by talking about them. If you talk about math problems a lot, you won’t be a mathematician. The only way to fix those problems is to learning math and trying.

However, I should mention that gaining people’s attention about a problem is one way to fix it.

With public knowledge and global attention, we can have the power of people to change something. For example, in the matter of privacy and encryption, people’s attention is something that can fix the problem for good. It’s not enough of course but it’s an important precondition.

Anyway, many of us can’t stay active on one thing. We want to have activity and impact on various stuff and it can only, well not only but mostly, lead to being unsuccessful on all of them.

A good journalist is someone who does not give up a story until the whole truth is revealed, not someone who covers 100 different stories. Pick a problem, or even 5 problems if you can, and follow up on those issues till you do something effective and don’t give up.

You don’t need to be a person who can do a lot of things, you should be a person who does one thing very good.

Thousands of years ago, human beings found out that not all of them are the same and there always will be misunderstandings and disagreements. So to make living easier and solve these disagreements, they created governments and they all agreed to obey what governors say.

Some rulers were just and good, and some were dictators and oppressors but the fact that governments were created to protect people never changed.

After a while, we realized that human beings always pursue their own interests first and then pay attention to others. We realized that no matter how dynamic, vibrant, and beautiful societies are, they still cannot replace human individuality and selfishness.

Then we realized that in order for us to be satisfied with life and society, the interests of every human beings must be respected. We realized that we could not expect some victims to be aggrieved and at the same time all to be satisfied.

It was the time that we created democracies. We decided that people should choose their own faith and destiny. We realized that power always leads to corruption, and the only way to fight against individual power is through collective power.

People started voting and voting to find the best system to satisfy all and they seemed to find one. But that wasn’t the end. Previous (so-called) masters found the way to continue their ruling.

With a lot of propaganda and divisions among the people and the creation of social classes, they turned away all the attention from themselves and continued their corruption and crimes.

New governments were created to help people live together with peace and happiness but they all turned to be another form of dictatorship. People created the voting systems and democracies to give power back to people but they happened to create a new system that can be more effective in lying to people.

We don’t need correction or repair, we need evolution, revolution, and reform. Governments were created to help people, not to suppress them. We need to look back at what we wanted and make it good.

A Facebook privacy mechanism blocks apps from receiving user data if users didn’t use an app for 90 days. Facebook said 5000 apps continued to receive user data regardless.

Social media giant Facebook disclosed on Wednesday a new user privacy incident. The company said that it continued sharing user data with approximately 5000 developers even after their application’s access expired.

The incident is related to a security control that Facebook added to its systems following the Cambridge Analytica scandal of early 2018.

Responding to criticism that it allowed app developers too much access to user information, Facebook added at the time a new mechanism to its API that prevented apps from accessing a user’s data if the user did not use the app for more than 90 days.

However, Facebook said that it recently discovered that in some instances, this safety mechanism failed to activate and allowed some apps to continue accessing user information even past the 90-day cutoff date.

According to Wikipedia:

Surveillance is the monitoring of behaviour, activities, or information for the purpose of influencing, managing or directing.

It is by no means a new concept, as the ability to know what your population is doing at any given time is extremely useful when trying to enforce laws. This is why even in the Bible, there are examples of what is thought to be surveillance:

One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.”

2 Samuel 11-12

Later in the passage, David goes on to sleep with Bathseba, even though she was already the wife of Uriah. Cleary, in this example, surveillance was used for David’s own personal gain and pleasure rather than for the greater good.

There is even evidence to believe that the ancient Egyptians were using forms of surveillance, according to Terry Crowdy in his book The Enemy Within: A History of Espionage.

The Hittite king Muwatallis sent two spies into the Egyptian camp posing as deserters to convince pharaoh that the Hittite army was still quite distant. Rameses believed their story and unwittingly allowed part of his army to march into a Hittite ambush.

However this is not the same form of surveillance that we are used to today. David was not using CCTV to spy upon Bathseba, nor was Muwatallis when he sent spies to the Rameses.

If we want to figure out how long mass surveillance (as we understand it today) has been going on, we only need to look back to the 2000’s, and we know that the first CCTV was only used in 1927. We can even study the use of surveillance in Nazi and Communist regimes, but if surveillance is such a new concept then how do we explain the use of spies in Egypt or David in the Bible.

This then begs the question as how we define surveillance? If we use the definition at the beginning of this article then both of these cases count. However if both of these cases count, then why are some of us fine with our country spying, and yet not with the use of security cameras?

I think it comes down to a very human instinct. We don’t really notice if something bad is happening to someone else if it doesn’t affect us, it is only when it does that we take a stand.

I think the poem by Martin Niemöller sums it up well:

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

So where did surveillance originate? It’s hard to tell. The issue has now become much more prominent thanks to works such as Orwell’s 1984 or Ed Snowden’s revealing of the NSA’s spying capabilities and the constant articles about Facebook and Google’s abusive privacy policies.

I think it is fair to say that the act of watching and monitoring others has been going on for longer than we can prove, it’s only recently that we’ve started to record it.

Since 1946, Israel has started to occupy Palestinian lands. As Israel prepares to illegally annex the occupied West Bank on July 1, we should remember the historical injustice perpetrated against Palestinians and the violent displacement they have been the victim of.

Israel has become an apartheid state. Israeli government and military forces are making a country not for humans but for certain people. They discriminate between humans based on race, language and religion.

Sadly, a lot of governments are supporting this regime and it leads to more discrimination and more injustice.