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Surveillance in Sweden

Computer stuff Posted on Nov 20, 2013 22:13:57

FRA – Försvarets radioanstallt (Eng: National Defence Radio Establishment, reference 1) in Sweden is operating on assignment by the government and armed forces.
Basically FRA only intercept traffic passing Swedish borders.

SÄPO – Säkerhetspolisen (Eng: Swedish Security Service, reference 2) on the other hand is working both giving assignments to FRA as well as domestic. Recently a leak provided Swedish Raido with information regarding automize domestic surveillance which they followed up by contacting SÄPO and also got information from Maintrac, a company that is currently testing the automated system. (Reference 3)

According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, FRA has worked with NSA (National Surveillance Agency, USA) and GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarter, British, reference 4), which FRA themselves has also confirmed by the new General Director of FRA and also in FRA’s pressconference with Swedish media. (Reference 5, 6, 7)

However, it has not been declared what kind of informational exchanges other than that sometimes surveillance is required in some part of the world Sweden does not have access to and also sometimes require help with understanding what type a certain signal is.

Now the Swedish Attorney General, Beatrice Ask, opens up for total surveillance, i.e. that the FRA law to be widen to domestic surveillance. This was feared in 2008 and even more 2009.
(Reference 8)

The documents leaked by Edward Snowden also revealed that exchange of surveillance information has damaged businesses between companies. This was also referred to in a Swedish Parliament debate regarding integrity on the internet.
(Reference 9)

The secrecy of how much and what type of information is exchanged between our nations security organisations are alarming. Why is it not more transparant?
They claim that the secrecy is required by the nature of surveillance, to be able to do their job.

A while ago, a poll (Reference 10) was done by SIFO (Svenska institutet för opinionsundersökningar / Swedish Institute of Opinion Research) where they asked:
Are you afraid of being tapped by Swedish or international state, on the phone or monitored on the internet?

Yes, afraid of being tapped
7 % (men 11 %, women 3 %)

Yes, afraid of being monitored on internet
13 % (men 16 %, women 10 %)

No, not afraid of being tapped or monitored
75 % (men 71 %, women 78 %)

Unsure or don’t know
11 % (men 10 %, women 11 %)

But according an article (Reference 11), the question is not giving an answer of the actual acceptance of surveillance. If they are personally afraid of being tapped or monitored contra what their acceptance of tapping and monitoring all traffic in Sweden are two very different questions.
Another poll asked what swedes think about acceptance of being monitored and tapped by government agencies without any suspicion of crime.
72% answers that is shouldn’t be allowed
18% answers that it can happen
10% answers that they don’t know

All of a sudden, the figures are the opposite and speaks for themselves.

The conclusion is that the Swedish people have very low understanding of what all of this means. They feel that they are good citizens, not criminal and have nothing to worry about. If everybody understood that we are about to be tapped and monitored by the new automated system being tested – all phone calls and internet traffic, domestic and international will be tracked. Not only individuals, but also companies and government agencies.

For me that is outrageous. Not that I have so much to hide personally, but I do have a lot of business ideas and intellectual property that I have written down. I also sometimes speak with friends, that I trust, about some of them. I don’t want anybody else to retrieve that kind of information and perhaps even giving them to someone else.

One thought that has crossed my mind is, if the drones of this country doesn’t learn about what the surveillance affects and means, we will perhaps end up with a vote (either by the government or hopefully by Swedish citizens) regarding total surveillance of Swedish citizens. If we lose this, why don’t we let NSA do the work and Sweden become a state of USA. At least then we would have green cards to stay and work there…

No! We must stop this madness now!

References
1 – FRA – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_National_Defence_Radio_Establishment
2 – SÄPO – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%A4po
3 – SÄPO Automated system – http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=83&artikel=5707919
4 – GCHQ – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_Communications_Headquarters
5 – Interview with the new General Director of FRA – http://www.svtplay.se/klipp/1595155/nye-fra-chefen-intervjuas (Swedish)
6 – FRA pressconference – Part 1 (Swedish) – http://www.svtplay.se/klipp/1594458/fra-om-signalspaning-och-nye-generaldirektoren-1
7 – FRA pressconference – Part 2 (Swedish) – http://www.svtplay.se/klipp/1594532/fra-om-signalspaning-och-nye-generaldirektoren-2
8 – Total surveillance (Swedish) – http://www.svd.se/opinion/brannpunkt/justitieministern-oppnar-for-total-overvakning_6703869.svd
9 – Integrity on the net (Swedish) – http://www.svtplay.se/klipp/1590042/integritet-pa-natet
10 – SIFO opinion research (Swedish) – http://debatt.svt.se/2013/11/07/svtsifo-75-av-svenskarna-ar-inte-oroliga-for-avlyssning/
11 – Swedish people about surveillance (Swedish) – http://www.svd.se/opinion/brannpunkt/svenska-folket-vill-inte-bli-avlyssnade_8739080.svd



Moving blog “soon”…

Computer stuff Posted on Oct 30, 2013 12:37:48

I have started to work on my new site Pixic.se, which is going to be dynamic – using PHP, mySQL database and some cool libraries/plugins, like for example Google Charts and Twitter Bootstrap a.s.o.

At some point, I will create my own blog and then of course discontinue this one. Hopefully there is some non-cumbersome way to transfer all the blog posts from this blog to my new.



Learn you some Erlang (.com)

Computer stuff Posted on Oct 08, 2012 17:08:35

In the course Concurrent Programming, we have so far worked with threads, semaphores, monitors, locks, conditions and JR programming.
Next assignment (no.4) we will use Erlang.

Good page to learn Erlang:
http://learnyousomeerlang.com

(And to learn Haskel, http://learnyouahaskell.com/ .)



Sales meeting…

Computer stuff Posted on Oct 03, 2012 00:51:52

I went to a potential client for CTK (Chalmers Technology Consultants) for a sales meeting today, or how they should be called, client relation meeting since it is more about building a relation.

Anyhow, they are working with MS Software Center and work especially in .Net and thereby mostly programming in C#.

Found a tutorial for .Net development which seems good…saving it for when I have time…:

http://mottishaked.com/training/dot-net-tutorial



Databases…

Computer stuff Posted on Sep 26, 2012 01:03:00

Started to learn some database 101, as we need it in our Software Engineering Project course where we are working on an Android App with a client-server solution and need to store information in databases on the server.

Have started with this one…

http://code.google.com/edu/tools101/mysql.html

…and have also ordered the book “Database Systems: The Complete Book: International Version, 2/E” (http://catalogue.pearsoned.co.uk/educator/product/Database-Systems-The-Complete-Book-International-Version/9780131354289.page) today, which we will use in the Database course next study period.

Will get it in about 5 working days.



Teamviewer

Computer stuff Posted on Dec 04, 2011 21:54:27

Around a year ago I used Teamviewer 4 with a friend, since we wanted to play a game (Sanctum by Nioga (earlier Digital Addiction)) which require a client and internet and my computer did not like the client for some reason.

So I connected with Teamviewer and controlled one of my friend’s computer and he played on another computer, which worked really great.

Latest version of Teamviever is now version 7 (http://www.teamviewer.com) and a couple of class mates and I used it to share our screens (not simultaneously unfortunately) to share Java programming and discuss how to solve it. (Studying a course now in Object Oriented Programming and Java programming language for the purpose.

Works fine, except for the lack of being able to share screens simultaneously (only one presenter at a time).



Started to Twitter…

Computer stuff Posted on Oct 24, 2011 21:47:50

I have started to use Twitter…so I am now tweeting and have @mattiasisene as username. Though, I have contacted a person that has @misene , who have not used her account since August, so I asked if she is not going to use it, if she could release it to me or cancel it and notify me. Well see…



Math programs

Computer stuff Posted on Oct 06, 2011 01:22:14

I have today installed MatLab (http://www.mathworks.se/products/matlab/index.html) as an Academic User with activation key from Chalmers University of Technology, i.e. my school.

Have tried it some in school and today I have been elaborating some as we have an assignment in our Linear Systems course for Monday.

When I told a friend of mine, he quickly suggested that there are better programs that I should install instead.


SciPy – http://www.scipy.org/

SciPy seems to be a mathematics program based on/using Python programming language.

Octavehttp://www.gnu.org/software/octave/

A GNU program for numerical computing.

I have heard that Python is a very good programming language and easy to learn, so I guess I will SciPy if any. Even though I am pretty sure I won’t be calculate much in my future positions, it can’t hurt to have some knowledge in these mathematics programs.



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