JP Hicks

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NSA Copies All Internet Data, Creates Dossiers on Every User: Report

J.P. Hicks Activist Post The Associated Press dropped a bombshell report yesterday that claims the NSA's secret Internet spy program, Prism, is just a small part of a much more "expansive and intrusive" digital spying effort. According to the AP, the NSA copies ALL INTERNET traffic in and out of the United States for analysis…

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Shield Law Sponsor Not Sure Bloggers “Deserve” Free Speech Rights

"You can sit in your mother’s basement and chat away, I don't care," says Lindsey Graham (R-SC) but then asks if "they [bloggers] deserve First Amendment protection?" when it comes to classified information. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) J.P. Hicks Activist Post Who knew the speech of the media and bloggers wasn't already protected? The U.S. senate…

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How to Hide Your Digital Communications from Big Brother

J.P. Hicks Activist Post Big Brother is hoping to eliminate anonymous digital communication, but a new messaging protocol may provide privacy advocates a way around their snooping government no matter where they live. It couldn't come at a better time as governments increasingly demand access to private communications. In fact, an FBI whistleblower recently revealed…

Is Bitcoin’s Largest Exchange Betting Against It?

J.P. Hicks Activist Post MtGox.com is the largest Bitcoin exchange on the Internet handling roughly 80% of all trades. The recent wild fluctuations in the price of the decentralized currency have been blamed in part on Mt Gox's market dominance and technological inadequacies. Max Keiser, a virtual currency pioneer and Bitcoin supporter, explains in the video…

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Who’s to Blame for Bitcoin’s Flash Crash and What’s Its Real Value?

Wiki image J.P. Hicks Activist Post Bitcoin's stunning rise in value in the past month was largely viewed as an unnatural market bubble that would inevitably burst. This is why most observers of yesterday's bitcoin flash crash were not surprised. If market manipulators were trying to discredit crypto currencies and cause panic among true bitcoin…

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10 Things You Didn’t Know You Can Buy with Bitcoins

J.P. Hicks Activist Post Last week I wrote about 5 digital currencies besides Bitcoins which had some people still wondering what crypto-currencies are and what they can be used for. First, crypto-currencies are peer-to-peer encrypted bits represented by a number shared from computer to computer like a BitTorrent when transactions are made. Participants keep a…

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5 Crypto-Currencies You’ve Never Heard Of

J.P. Hicks Activist Post Since the theft of depositors in Cyprus, Bitcoin has reached amazing new heights in both popularity and value. Over a $1 billion of Bitcoins are now in circulation. People all over the world are beginning to realize the value of financial anonymity and the utility of using crypto-currencies. Peer-to-peer digital currencies…

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Who Needs SOPA? Media Giants Collude to Punish File Sharing

Corporate policing of the Internet begins today J.P. Hicks Activist Post The new Copyright Alert System(CAS), often referred to as the "six strikes anti-piracy scheme" due to its gradual increase of warnings and punishments, kicks off today. Media giants and their lobbyists were dealt a crushing defeat when the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was…

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EU Court to Decide if Hyperlinking is Copyright Infringement

Dees Illustration J.P. Hicks Activist Post In what seems like an absurd court case, the European Union Court of Justice is trying to decide if hyperlinking is copyright infringement. As crazy it may be, the outcome of this case could have wide implications for the Internet. For those who think there's no way that the…

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Hackschooling: Turning Creative Kids Into Happy Adults

Don't let your kids become droids Dees Illustration J.P. Hicks Activist Post When 13-year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal. Logan has the freedom that comes with homeschooling to explore his interests. As he explains in his TED…

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Could Amazon’s New Virtual Currency Rival Bitcoin?

J.P. Hicks, Contributor Activist Post Last week Amazon announced a new way for customers to buy and sell goods on its massive online retail platform: a new virtual currency called Amazon Coins. Coming in May, Amazon Coins is a new virtual currency for purchasing apps, games, and in-app items on Kindle Fire.  Amazon Coins is…

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Perpetual Victim Mentality is Doomed to Fail

J.P. Hicks Activist Post Do you ever say “nothing good ever happens to me?” Or do many of your conversations with friends end with “can you believe what that person did to me?” If so, you may be suffering from a classic case of victim mentality. When I meet people like this, I always ask…

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Decentralized Internet Being Built to Thwart Censorship

J.P. Hicks Activist Post Bloggers represent one of the last bastions of independent journalism. Since the Internet presents a level playing field for information, it's possible for talented bloggers to reach millions of people who only used to be available to large media conglomerates. But the free Internet appears to be under attack on multiple…

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Have You Found Your Treasure Yet?

"Wherever your heart is, that is where you'll find your treasure." -- Paulo Coelho - The Alchemist Image source J.P. Hicks Activist Post We are all in search of a treasure. Maybe life may not seem as exciting as following clues on a map where "X" marks the spot of hidden riches, but it really…

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