Internet Control

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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#IFEELNAKED Seeks to Expose the Evils of the CISA Bill

#IFEELNAKED Seeks to Expose the Evils of the CISA Bill

In a very creative and off-beat campaign, one organization is trying to bring home how violative, of our privacy and peace of mind, is the unbridled and more and more “legal” right of our government to spy on us. 14 years of the Patriot Act has not made us safer as it was shown last year that it has not given us actionable information, yet it is still around. It is slated to expire in June of this year. The CISA Bill threatens to put another piece of legislation, worse than the Patriot Act in place.

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New Snowden Archive Offers Public Access to Surveillance Docs

New Snowden Archive Offers Public Access to Surveillance Docs

The Snowden Archive will allow us to better understand the scope and scale of mass surveillance programs, and help the public engage in conversation about government surveillance practices.

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How the Government Outsourced Intelligence to Silicon Valley

Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Agencies & Systems, Corruption, Government, Internet Control with 1 Comment
How the Government Outsourced Intelligence to Silicon Valley

There is an illusion that information is simply collected as an enhancement for shoppers and social networkers, rather than the means by which our government keeps tabs on all of our activities—from the political to the most personal.

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Snowden: “I Should Have Leaked Sooner”

Posted by on February 24, 2015 in Government, Internet Control, Whistleblower with 0 Comments
Snowden: “I Should Have Leaked Sooner”

A day after Citizenfour, a documentary in which he stars, won an Academy Award, Edward Snowden reveals he wishes he had come forward a little sooner.

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Big Win for Net Neutrality Advocates

Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Government, Internet Control with 0 Comments
Big Win for Net Neutrality Advocates

In a blow to telecom and cable companies, FCC chairman Wheeler said he is proposing the FCC use its authority under Title II of the Communications Act to protect consumer broadband Internet. This move will allow the FCC to stop Internet service providers from charging content providers like Netflix more money for reliable Internet access.

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Who Trusts This Government to Regulate the Internet?

Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Government, Internet Control with 1 Comment
Who Trusts This Government to Regulate the Internet?

The principle of net neutrality is easy to understand and support; to treat the delivery all data equally. This has been the status quo. Works great. Few oppose that, but supporting the principle of net neutrality is not the same thing as supporting the government’s plan to enforce that principle.

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The Biggest Danger to Net Neutrality is Now Political, Not Legal

Posted by on November 10, 2014 in Government, Internet Control with 0 Comments
The Biggest Danger to Net Neutrality is Now Political, Not Legal

After President Obama came out with a surprise call for net neutrality, Verizon struck back with a new lawsuit threat. But the case for net neutrality is on solid legal ground — it’s the political case that’s now shaky. Here’s why.

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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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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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