Popular torrent sharing site The Pirate Bay is the victor in a recent legal battle against Italian anti-piracy group IFPI.  Following a court order, the site was blocked in July, but the block resulted in an inadvertant traffic increase.  You may recall that I’m a big fan of Peter Sunde (mostly because he replies to e-mails from ordinary folk like myself), so this is great news to me.  Congratulations Pirate Bay!
Livejournal has been reported blocked in Kazakhstan.  Still waiting to hear if it’s true.

And in surveillance news, the US has apparently been spying on its own military folk abroad.  GASP!  As our own Chris Soghoian said in a tweet yesterday: “The upside of the NSA tapping the phone sex calls of U.S. soldiers? Anyone defending the NSA can be accused of not supporting the troops”