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Government Spying is “Chilling” Writers’ Freedom of Expression (Project Censored #7)

Government Spying is “Chilling” Writers’ Freedom of Expression (Project Censored #7)

Mass surveillance has “badly shaken writers’ faith that democratic governments will respect their rights to privacy and freedom of expression,” according to a January 2015 PEN America report based on the responses of 772 writers from fifty countries. Reporting for Common Dreams, Lauren McCauley covered not only the PEN America report, but also a July 2014 report by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch indicating that US journalists and lawyers increasingly avoid work on potentially controversial topics due to fear of government spying.

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Worst Anti-Privacy Bill Since the PATRIOT Act, Passes Hidden in a Budget Bill and Media is SILENT

Posted by on December 19, 2015 in Government, Internet Control, Politics with 4 Comments
Worst Anti-Privacy Bill Since the PATRIOT Act, Passes Hidden in a Budget Bill and Media is SILENT

Congress recently passed a $1.15 trillion dollar omnibus spending package to continue funding the federal Government. But hidden in the legislation is an extremely controversial cyber-security bill.

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Reality Check: The NSA Hasn’t Actually Stopped Spying on Anybody – Ben Swann

Posted by on December 4, 2015 in Government, Internet Control, Spying and Surveillance with 9 Comments
Reality Check: The NSA Hasn’t Actually Stopped Spying on Anybody – Ben Swann

Ben Swann explains how the NSA is actually still on a continuous surveillance of the US citizens. So what role does the USA Freedom act really play?

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Project Censored #3: ICREACH: The NSA’s Secret Search Engine

Project Censored #3: ICREACH: The NSA’s Secret Search Engine

Based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, Ryan Gallagher reported for the Intercept that the National Security Agency (NSA) has developed a “Google-like” search engine called ICREACH, which has the capacity to gather personal information. This search engine can access over 850 million personal records, including private e-mails, chats, and some phone locations.

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These 3 Judges Hold the Fate Of The Internet In Their Hands

Posted by on November 26, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Government, Internet Control with 2 Comments
These 3 Judges Hold the Fate Of The Internet In Their Hands

Next week, a federal appeals court in Washington will hear one of its biggest cases of the year, one whose outcome will directly affect how Internet providers can alter your experience online. At stake are the government’s net neutrality rules…

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FBI Seeks Backdoors in New Technology (Project Censored #20)

FBI Seeks Backdoors in New Technology (Project Censored #20)

Responding to announcements by Apple and Google that they would make customers’ smartphone and computer data more secure, in October 2014 the FBI’s director James Comey announced the Bureau was seeking to enlarge its data collection capabilities to include direct access to cell phones, tablets, and computers through an expansion of the 1994 Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) in the interest of “public safety”

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Wikipedia is Suing the NSA For Their Surveillance of US Citizens

Posted by on November 18, 2015 in Government, Internet Control, Spying and Surveillance with 6 Comments
Wikipedia is Suing the NSA For Their Surveillance of US Citizens

Wikipedia filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency for violating the constitutional rights of its users by performing bulk surveillance and searching.

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Project Censored #24: NSA’s AURORAGOLD Program Hacks Cell Phones Around World

Posted by on November 10, 2015 in Corruption, Government, Internet Control with 4 Comments
Project Censored #24: NSA’s AURORAGOLD Program Hacks Cell Phones Around World

The National Security Agency (NSA) has hacked cell phone networks worldwide for many years, according to a report in the Intercept based on documents provided by Edward Snowden.

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Terrorism Act Used as Reason for Seizing Journalist’s Computer

Posted by on October 31, 2015 in Government, Internet Control with 9 Comments
Terrorism Act Used as Reason for Seizing Journalist’s Computer

A BBC journalist had his computer confiscated by British police because he was conducting interviews with people the government suspected were terrorists.

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Estonia Is a Global Example of E-Government, Digital Freedom, Privacy, and Security

Estonia Is a Global Example of E-Government, Digital Freedom, Privacy, and Security

Since Estonia regained independence in 1991, its government has sought to redesign the nation’s entire information infrastructure with goals of openness, privacy, and security. The technology platform that Estonia built to serve its citizens sets an example for the rest of the world. Each citizen has one identification number to use across all systems, from paper passport to bank records to any government office or medical care. This includes giving electronic signatures, filing taxes, and voting. Estonians elect their parliament online, and get their taxes back in two days.

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With New Privacy Bill, California Delivers Landmark Win For Digital Privacy

Posted by on October 11, 2015 in Government, Internet Control with 5 Comments
With New Privacy Bill, California Delivers Landmark Win For Digital Privacy

California now has the most comprehensive tech privacy bill in the nation and should be model for other states.

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AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale

AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale

The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T. While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed N.S.A. documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative,” while another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.”

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Trans Pacific Partnership: Dissenting Lawmakers Punished as Corporate Takeover of United States Advances

Trans Pacific Partnership: Dissenting Lawmakers Punished as Corporate Takeover of United States Advances

Despite strong opposition, on June 24 the US Senate passed the Fast Track bill 1,2 (known as Trade Promotion Authority or TPA) that gives the President carte blanche to negotiate and finalize free trade deals in complete secrecy, which brings us one step closer to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP, which appears to be nothing short of a corporate takeover of global powers, has the legal ability to thwart all future attempts at protecting the public from genetically engineered (GE) foods. For this and many other reasons, the TPP must be stopped.

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Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance

Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance

TWO years ago today, three journalists and I worked nervously in a Hong Kong hotel room, waiting to see how the world would react to the revelation that the National Security Agency had been making records of nearly every phone call in the United States. In the days that followed, those journalists and others published documents revealing that democratic governments had been monitoring the private activities of ordinary citizens who had done nothing wrong.

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TPP Could ‘Undermine Health of Web’ Say 250+ Tech Companies and Digital Rights Groups

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Government, Internet Control, Policies, Politics with 0 Comments
TPP Could ‘Undermine Health of Web’ Say 250+ Tech Companies and Digital Rights Groups

More than 250 tech companies and digital rights organizations on Wednesday sent a joint letter to Congress, blasting the corporate-backed TPP trade deal they say “actively silences the voices of Internet users, start-ups, and small tech companies…while undermining the health of the entire Web.”

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