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FBI plugs $1 billion into facial recognition tech to turn America into 'Where's Waldo?'

News Analysis: Petraeus Case Raises Concerns About Americans' Privacy

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The F.B.I. investigation that toppled David H. Petraeus, the director of the C.I.A., underscores a danger that civil libertarians have long warned about....
News Analysis: Petraeus Case Raises Concerns About Americans' Privacy
One Drunk Man Who Allegedly Shot A Police Robot Is A Symbol Of The Future

Fisa chief judge defends integrity of court over Verizon records collection

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Reggie Walton tells the Guardian claims Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court 'is a rubber stamp [are] absolutely false'• Revealed: NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers dailyThe chief judge of the secretive court that granted an order permitting the US government to sweep up the phone records of millions...
Fisa chief judge defends integrity of court over Verizon records collection

The 2012 election and web freedom: who to vote for? | Dan Gillmor

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For civil libertarians, weighing Romney's plans against Obama's record on the open internet, it's a choice of the lesser of two evilsPresident Obama has run one of the most secretive administrations in history. His commitment to a free press and free speech in the digital age is, at best, limited....
The 2012 election and web freedom: who to vote for? | Dan Gillmor

Op-ed--A plea to Google: Protect our e-mail privacy

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opensourceway We recently learned that even the director of the CIA, David Petraeus, can’t seem to secure his private e-mail conversations properly, and over the past month tech commentators have responded to that discovery with a familiar litany of depressing advice: Privacy doesn’t exist online, e-mail is as public...
Op-ed--A plea to Google: Protect our e-mail privacy
House passes revamped CISPA cybersecurity bill amidst warnings of 'digital bombs'

Obama's Verizon surveillance reveals massive erosion of US civil liberties | Jonathan Turley

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Thanks to a secret court and compliant politicians, this administration is running an ever-expanding security stateWhile the media in the United States (with some notable exceptions) have been criticized for relatively soft coverage of attacks on civil liberties by the Obama administration, the British press appears to be filling the...
Obama's Verizon surveillance reveals massive erosion of US civil liberties | Jonathan Turley

A Few Actual Harms To Be Concerned About From Today's Government Spying Law

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“Other than the vague threat of an Orwellian dystopia, as a society we don’t really know why surveillance is bad,” writes Washington University Law Professor, Neil Richards [PDF]. Today, the United State Senate reauthorized a controversial Obama-supported surveillance law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008...
A Few Actual Harms To Be Concerned About From Today's Government Spying Law
California law enforcement move to buy drones, draw controversy

Australia May Extend Censorship To Include Anything Deemed Racist, Including Blog Comments

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The Australian Government is considering a crackdown on online racism, including the possibility of extending the proposed internet filter to block anything moderately deemed as racist content. Australian Attorney-General Robert McClelland has requested that the Australian Human Rights Commission undertake a “sweeping review of arrangements for dealing with racist...
Australia May Extend Censorship To Include Anything Deemed Racist, Including Blog Comments

CISPA passes House despite opposition

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Despite strong opposition from the White House, digital privacy groups and most Democrats, the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (PDF) passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 248-168. The vote had initially been scheduled for Friday, but House Republicans moved up the full vote. Supporters of...
CISPA passes House despite opposition

Pentagon Quietly Backing CISPA

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New budget documents indicate the Defense Department supports a controversial cybersecurity bill which has civil libertarians outraged. New budget documents indicate that the Pentagon is quietly backing a controversial cybersecurity bill. The Defense Department's proposed 2014 budget includes a series of cybersecurity items which closely mimic CISPA, a proposed...
Pentagon Quietly Backing CISPA
Boston bombing investigation will likely revive debate over pervasive surveillance

Hawaii's proposed online tracking law comes under fire from ISPs, civil libertarians

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There may be some trouble brewing in paradise, thanks to a seemingly draconian law currently under consideration in Hawaii's state legislature. If passed, H.B. 2288 would require all ISPs within the state to track and store information on their customers, including details on every website they visit, as well...
Hawaii's proposed online tracking law comes under fire from ISPs, civil libertarians

White House pressures Google over anti-Islam video

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A White House representative acknowledges pressing YouTube over an amateur anti-Islam video, drawing criticism from civil libertarians. [Read more]...
White House pressures Google over anti-Islam video

Hacked! Did The Chinese Get Their Revenge?

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In the past few weeks, I have written two stories about the menace the Internet represents, particularly in view of the hacking attacks almost certainly perpetrated by the Chinese Red Army. In particular, my contention that we need to develop a next generation Internet that's more secure and, preferably, walled...
Hacked! Did The Chinese Get Their Revenge?

A Handy Guide For Comparing Spying Vs. Terrorism Disaster Scenarios

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The week’s news has been a fear-mongering marathon between civil libertarians who are convinced we’re on the road to becoming North Korea, and security hawks who are building bunkers for the inevitable post-cyberattack hell scape. Unfortunately, because the most important facts about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs are top secret, the...
A Handy Guide For Comparing Spying Vs. Terrorism Disaster Scenarios

FBI's demands for private data struck down by federal court

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Judge says national security letters - which allow government to obtain data without citizens' consent - breach first amendmentThe FBI has suffered a dramatic setback in its use of hyper-secret gagging orders in the name of national security to obtain the private data of US citizens, after a federal court...
FBI's demands for private data struck down by federal court

I'm More Afraid Of The Chinese Government Than The U.S. Government

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There are two governments vying to be the best at spying on U.S. citizens: the American government and the Chinese government. While I’m not thrilled about either military sifting through my private data, if information sharing allows the U.S. government to block Chinese hackers, I’ll happily choose a democratic government...
I'm More Afraid Of The Chinese Government Than The U.S. Government
As Senators defend mass-surveillance, EFF's FOIA lawsuit still awaits

Google takes down 1.2 million search links a month over piracy, copyright issues

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Google today released a new picture of the millions of links it scrubs from its search results in response to requests from Microsoft, movie studios and other content owners. In a reflection of the evolving nature of anti-piracy enforcement, the company revealed that it takes down 250,000 search links each...
Google takes down 1.2 million search links a month over piracy, copyright issues

Nearly every US state wants to host one of six new drone testing grounds

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Despite the fact that local citizens’ groups and many civil libertarians are disturbed by the prospect of drones patrolling American skies, the Los Angeles Times reports Monday that no less than “50 groups in 37 states” are officially interested. These states have all entered a federal competition to become...
Nearly every US state wants to host one of six new drone testing grounds
Why is Silicon Valley silent on CISPA?

Scary thought: governments will secretly track our locations via smartphones

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Civil libertarians aren’t thrilled with the government’s ability to track our locations, even after the U.S. Supreme Court put limits on the ability for law enforcement to track car locations without search warrants. Scary anti-government talks are the norm at Defcon, the hacker conference in Las Vegas. This year is...
Scary thought: governments will secretly track our locations via smartphones

Letters: Internet justice

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Dan Sabbagh is right to point out (Judges deserve the red card for pressurising news websites, 23 July) that the internet poses a challenge to our contempt of court law, but it is worth remembering that when judges try to prevent jurors from Googling defendants' histories they are not just...
Letters: Internet justice

President's veto power over Internet removed in amended bill

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When the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 was originally proposed, this sweeping overhaul of the nation's cybersecurity apparatus contained a provision that would give the president the power to shut down the Internet in the event of a major cyberattack. Needless to say, the idea of giving an Internet kill...
President's veto power over Internet removed in amended bill
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