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Greenwald: New Zealand government spies on its citizens

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US journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, said New Zealand officials are spying on their citizens, a charge that has provoked a harsh response from NZ Prime Minister John Key. Greenwald, who is in New Zealand to attend Kim Dotcom’s much anticipated “Moment of Truth” event Monday, said the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) ... Read More »

Kim Dotcom launches political party

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Megaupload founder and web tycoon Kim Dotcom is launching registration for his New Zealand political party on Monday. Tickets for his 40th birthday, coinciding with the launch, went in minutes, with more than 15,000 people planning to attend. Dotcom, born in Germany as Kim Schmitz, told The Associated Press in an interview published Tuesday that he is founding and funding ... Read More »

New Zealand customs: Give Kim Dotcom info to FBI for ‘brownie points’

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A senior Customs official told colleagues in charge of highly personal information they could earn “brownie points” if they passed secrets to the FBI. The offer was made by a Customs executive whose job was to oversee one of the organisation’s most sensitive units. Greg Davis was the operations manager of Customs’ Integrated Targeting Operations Centre when it was opened ... Read More »

Kim Dotcom: the TPP ‘proves’ that Wall St and Hollywood own Obama

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The secretive multinational trade agreement the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “proves” that Wall St and Hollywood own Obama, according to MegaUpload and Mega founder Kim Dotcom. In part two of Wired.co.uk’s interview with the infamous entrepreneur, we talk about international copyright law, NSA surveillance, Hollywood’s “backward, outdated licensing model”, Barack Obama and Dotcom’s political ambitions. What do you see as the biggest threat to digital ... Read More »

Kim Dotcom blasts New Zealand PM in court

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom speaks as he comes face to face for the first time with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key as lawmakers examine a controversial proposal allowing intelligence agencies to spy on local residents at Bowen House in Wellington on July 03, 2013. Tensions between Kim Dotcom and Prime Minister John Key were raised as the pair sparred ... Read More »

Kim Dotcom: all Megaupload servers ‘wiped out without warning in data massacre’

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Kim Dotcom has accused the US government and Leaseweb, one of the hosting providers of former file-sharing site Megaupload, of deleting millions of personal files “without warning.” The information stored on the dormant servers – “petabytes of pictures, backups, personal & business property” – was what Dotcom called evidence in the case US authorities launched against him in January 2012. ... Read More »

Kim Dotcom wants to encrypt half of the Internet to end government surveillance

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In an in-depth interview, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom discusses the investigation against his now-defunct file-storage site, his possible extradition to the US, the future of Internet freedoms and his latest project Mega with RT’s Andrew Blake. Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom (C) launches his new file sharing site “Mega”, surrounded by dancers, in Auckland January 20, 2013. The United States government ... Read More »

Kim Dotcom set to revolutionize the internet

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A defiant Kim Dotcom vowed to win his upcoming extradition hearing during the Sunday night launch party for his new project, Mega. Dotcom, the founder of the now defunct file-storage site Megaupload, held a press conference Sunday evening at his Coatesville, New Zealand mansion in order to celebrate the unveiling of his latest endeavor as well as commemorate the one ... Read More »

Echelon spy network secrets to be revealed in Megaupload copyright case

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There was a lot of buzz a decade or so ago about Echelon, an international electronic surveillance network said to link the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. A flurry of stories covered the connections among the five countries, speculation about the network’s capabilities, and rumors about Echelon’s targets in a post-Cold War world. The European Parliament even produced ... Read More »

‘Free broadband for all Kiwis!': Kim Dotcom

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Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s rebooted file-sharing site “Mega” has a problem: New Zealand only has one transpacific fiber cable network to carry all that new traffic. His solution: build a new one. The plan itself is of course not new, as New Zealand-based Pacific Fibre hoped to build the 7,920 mile, $350 million international internet link by 2014. Having failed ... Read More »