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For first time ever, feds asked to sit out DefCon hacker conference

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whee doggies! these old boys finally found their back-bone! [vkd]
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For first time ever, feds asked to sit out DefCon hacker conference
Call for a "time out" underscores tensions over breadth of NSA spy program.
by Dan Goodin - July 11 2013

Since its founding in 1992, DefCon has been a venue where anarchists, geeks, and employees of three-letter federal agencies became unlikely comrades under a live-and-let-live credo that placed the love of computer tinkering above almost everything else. No more. As tensions mount over the broad and indiscriminate spying of Americans and foreigners by the National Security Agency, DefCon organizers are asking feds to sit out this year's hacker conference.

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 link to arstechnica.com

*Univeral Panopticon - a hypothetical device that would allow the users to watch everyone, everywhere, in real time. Sort of like The Machine in Person of Interest. Sort of like what the NSA probably already has.