Spying and Surveillance

Twitter Sues US Government Claiming Freedom of Speech is Being Violated by Surveillance Laws

Posted by on October 8, 2014 in Spying and Surveillance with 1 Comment
Twitter Sues US Government Claiming Freedom of Speech is Being Violated by Surveillance Laws

Twitter is suing the United States government, claiming the right to free speech is being violated by surveillance laws.

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Stop the Spies: Australians Rise Up Against Mandatory Data Retention

Posted by on October 7, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Stop the Spies: Australians Rise Up Against Mandatory Data Retention

What you searched for before emailing your lawyer. Who you Skyped with afterwards. Who they have Skyped with. Where you were when chatting with your partner last night. The websites you visit during your lunchbreak. These are just a few examples of the kind of personal information that Australian government agencies will have at their fingertips under this Orwellian law.

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MUST WATCH: Why privacy matters – Alessandro Acquisti

Posted by on September 28, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
MUST WATCH: Why privacy matters – Alessandro Acquisti

The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters. In this thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, he shares details of recent and ongoing research — including a project that shows how easy it is to match a photograph of a stranger with their sensitive personal information.

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The Beginning of the End for Australian Freedom of Speech

The Beginning of the End for Australian Freedom of Speech

A summary of the chilling new anti-terrorism/freedom of speech laws introduced by the Abbott Government in Australia this week. George Orwell must be rolling in his grave… again. “Under the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2014, anyone including, “journalists, whistle-blowers and bloggers” – who “recklessly” disclose “information” … [that] relates to a special intelligence operation” will now face up to 10 years in jail for doing so.

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Nowhere To Hide As Minority Report-Style Facial Recognition Technology Spreads Across America

Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 2 Comments
Nowhere To Hide As Minority Report-Style Facial Recognition Technology Spreads Across America

As part of the FBI’s new Next Generation Identification System, a facial recognition database known as the Interstate Photo System will have collected 52 million of our faces by the end of 2015. But that is only a small part of the story. According to Edward Snowden, the NSA has been using advanced facial recognition technology for years.

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Secret Surveillance Battle Between Yahoo and US Government Revealed

Secret Surveillance Battle Between Yahoo and US Government Revealed

In 2007, Yahoo fought back against the government’s demand for information on certain overseas customers, saying that the request was over-broad and violated the constitution.

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HOW THE NSA HELPED TURKEY KILL KURDISH REBELS

Posted by on August 31, 2014 in Government, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
HOW THE NSA HELPED TURKEY KILL KURDISH REBELS

In true “Spy v. Spy” fashion, Turkey is itself is the target of intense surveillance even as it cooperates closely with the U.S.— one NSA document describes the country bluntly as both a “partner and target.”

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Today’s Surveillance Society is Beyond Orwellian

Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 1 Comment
Today’s Surveillance Society is Beyond Orwellian

Brad Templeton argues that we’re all a part of a surveillance apparatus that would be beyond the imagination George Orwell. The problem, he says, is the belief that privacy and security are mutually exclusive. Templeton is a Board Member and Former Chair of Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Track Chair for Computing at Singularity University.

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Take Back Your Digital Privacy – For Free

Take Back Your Digital Privacy – For Free

Governments around the world, spearheaded by Uncle Sam, monitor communication via email, phone, social networks, webcam etc. en masse. Even though government surveillance is becoming more and more invasive, there are ways to shield yourself from prying eyes.

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Snowden Reveals NSA Program Described as ‘Last Straw’ Before Leak

Posted by on August 13, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance, Whistleblower with 1 Comment
Snowden Reveals NSA Program Described as ‘Last Straw’ Before Leak

In an in-depth interview published by Wired Magazine on Wednesday, Edward Snowden discloses what government activities proved to be the “last straw,” prompting the whistleblower to expose the depths of the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance operation. Speaking with investigative journalist James Bamford—who blew the whistle on a government eavesdropping program when stationed in Hawaii during the Vietnam War and later wrote a number of best-selling books about government secrecy and the NSA—Snowden reveals how a botched U.S. government hacking operation caused Syria’s 2012 internet blackout.

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1984 and Our Modern Surveillance Society

Posted by on August 9, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
1984 and Our Modern Surveillance Society

Mass surveillance is now a part of our social, economic and political lives—governments and companies snoop on us like never before. But are we really heading toward an Orwellian future? When George Orwell finished work on 1984 he was already a man without a future. Fading rapidly from tuberculosis, his most celebrated novel was to be his last. He died shortly after its publication. Yet more than half a century later, his dystopian vision of the future is alive and in rude good health.

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Classified Documents Show US Government’s Flawed “Secret Terrorist-Tracking System”

Posted by on August 5, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 1 Comment
Classified Documents Show US Government’s Flawed “Secret Terrorist-Tracking System”

Nearly half of the U.S. government’s terrorist suspects have no connection to any known terrorist groups, The Intercept reported on Tuesday.

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Australia, ‘Better Slave than Dead’

Posted by on July 30, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics, Spying and Surveillance with 1 Comment
Australia, ‘Better Slave than Dead’

Australia is now more deeply embedded strategically and militarily in US global military planning, especially in Asia, than ever before…“The Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap outside Alice Springs remains the most important US intelligence base outside the US itself.”

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Top Journalists and Lawyers: NSA Surveillance Threatens Press Freedom and Right to Counsel

Top Journalists and Lawyers: NSA Surveillance Threatens Press Freedom and Right to Counsel

The virtually inescapable government surveillance has impaired if not eliminated the ability of news-gatherers and attorneys to communicate confidentially with their sources and their clients.

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Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?

Posted by on July 15, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?

As a matter of faith, some people believe that God can see and hear everything. But as a matter of fact, the U.S. government now has the kind of surveillance powers formerly attributed only to a supreme being.

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