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Facebook: our algorithms can see off sexual predators

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Leading social network argues that it prefers quiet use of sophisticated algorithms over public deterrentsFacebook has developed sophisticated algorithms to monitor its users and detect inappropriate and predatory behaviour, bolstering its latest raft of initiatives to improve the safety of its users.Having launched an education campaign, an improved reporting procedure...
Facebook: our algorithms can see off sexual predators

UK arrest linked to Italian Facebook terror investigation

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Woman questioned over possible links to Moroccan suspect and web page dedicated to weapons training and Milan synagogueA 40-year-old woman has been arrested in London by a British counter-terror team liaising with investigators in Milan.It is understood to be linked with Italian police arresting a 20-year-old Moroccan who is suspected...
UK arrest linked to Italian Facebook terror investigation

'Civil liberties? They're safe.' And if you believe that…

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The government has yet to show why we should trust the security forces with sweeping new powers of surveillanceOn the evening of Tuesday, 5 July 2005, I attended an invitation-only seminar at the London School of Economics. Those attending included academics, some experienced journalists, senior officers from the Metropolitan Police's...
'Civil liberties? They're safe.' And if you believe that…

TSA wants to buy $3 million worth of Macs and iDevices

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Transportation agency says it needs 1,000 Apple computers and 1,000 Apple handheld devices to support its counter-terrorism mission. [Read more]...
TSA wants to buy $3 million worth of Macs and iDevices

UK Government report into religious radicalization calls on ISPs to remove terrorist content

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A British government report on the roots of religious radicalization and terrorism has called for ISPs to self-regulate potentially illegal content that incites terrorism, suggesting that contrary to the results of research published in November last year, the internet "features in most, if not all, of the routes of...
UK Government report into religious radicalization calls on ISPs to remove terrorist content
Senate votes to let the NSA keep spying on you without a warrant until 2017

MI5 Agency: Spies Need Social Media Skills

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Aspiring James Bonds of the world, take note: brush up on your computer and social networking skills , especially Facebook and Twitter, or consider yourself obsolete. At least that’s the message that the UK’s MI5 (Security Service) agency is giving in their “redundancy programme,” designed to let go of agents...
MI5 Agency: Spies Need Social Media Skills

U.S., U.K. caught in middle of huge Swiss spy data leak -- report

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The countries had been trading counter-terrorism information, but a data analyst allegedly stole it and tried to sell it to commercial buyers and foreign officials, according to a report. [Read more]...
U.S., U.K. caught in middle of huge Swiss spy data leak -- report

Google searches for criminals in bid to reduce global crime

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Google's pretty much aced searching for your latest whim, so now it's turning its efforts to criminals. Working with the Council on Foreign Relations, the internet giant has been exploring ways of using its technology for the greater good. Yahoo reports that Google Ideas will meet with the CFR...
Google searches for criminals in bid to reduce global crime

Is Our Addiction To Tragedy On Social Media Inspiring Violence?

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If terrorism requires an audience, then the recent mainstream adoption of social media may be giving violent actors a bigger stage than ever before. There are many reasons people lash out at the world, but I don’t think it’s unreasonable to suggest that becoming the center of the attention could...
Is Our Addiction To Tragedy On Social Media Inspiring Violence?

Jim Harper's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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Howdy! For those of you who don't know me, I'm director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. I work mostly on privacy (including such things as anonymity and the Fourth Amendment), and also on telecom, intellectual property, government transparency (lots of that lately), and protecting...
Jim Harper's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

The surveillance state: growing under a coalition that pledged to reverse it | James Ball

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Proposals for real-time monitoring of email and social media show the government has caved in to the security servicesIf the government were to suggest monitoring every building that each person in the UK visits, and making a note of every conversation they had, the policy would be seen as electoral...
The surveillance state: growing under a coalition that pledged to reverse it | James Ball

Senators Question Monitoring of Calls, Emails

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It isn’t “reasonably possible” to say how many Americans have had their emails and phone calls reviewed as part of a four-year-old counter-terrorism law, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence....
Senators Question Monitoring of Calls, Emails

A Scary Vision Of Future Crime And Terrorism [Presentation]

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Veteran police officer and counter terrorism strategist Marc Goodman discussed the future of crime and terrorism in a recent Ted Talk. Goodman warns that "the flip side of the technologies we marvel at" provides criminals and terrorists with unprecedented abilities. "Frankly, I'm afraid by what I see," he says. Goodman's talk...
A Scary Vision Of Future Crime And Terrorism [Presentation]

Most British firms 'unprepared for terror attacks'

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Survey: more than 80% of British businesses 'would fail a simple counter-terrorism test'A large majority of companies are ill-prepared for a terrorist attack, according to a poll of more than 600 British business leaders published .A YouGov survey suggests a majority of British businesses could be failing to implement even...
Most British firms 'unprepared for terror attacks'

Microsoft and NYPD team up on new 'awareness system'

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Microsoft and the New York Police Department have developed a new computer system that pulls together data from various public safety systems in an effort to give law enforcement better real-time information about what’s happening on the streets at any given moment. The “Domain Awareness System” was announced in New...
Microsoft and NYPD team up on new 'awareness system'

Home Office highlights gaps in online surveillance of criminals

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A quarter of police and agencies' data requests not met, says official, as government prepares to unveil web tracking lawsThe rapidly changing nature of internet-based communications has left the security agencies and the police unable to legally track the online activities of terrorists and serious criminals in 25% of cases,...
Home Office highlights gaps in online surveillance of criminals

UN Report: The Internet Is Dangerous Because It's Just So Darn Open!

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A recent UN report from the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force reads like a primer on Internet control and censorship. Entitled “Use Of The Internet For Terrorist Purposes,” the document, which discusses the dangers of “open Wi-Fi” and suggests ISPs maintain retention standards, focuses on the possibility of “terrorists”...
UN Report: The Internet Is Dangerous Because It's Just So Darn Open!

PRISM: Here's what you need to know about the US Internet monitoring scandal

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The US tech scene has been shaken with allegations that authorities are monitoring US and international Internet users on Facebook, Google, YouTube and countless other services from the likes of Yahoo, Apple, Skype, AOL, Microsoft and more. The news broke via reports from the Washington Post and the Guardian, and...
PRISM: Here's what you need to know about the US Internet monitoring scandal
President Obama signs off on bill that extends warrantless wiretapping until 2017

Lib Dem opposition to communications data bill 'putting country at risk'

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In wake of Woolwich attack, Labour peers Lord West and Lord Reid lead calls for Nick Clegg to end resistance and revive billPolitical pressure is mounting to revive the communications data bill in the wake of the Woolwich attack, with Labour peers Lord West and Lord Reid leading calls for...
Lib Dem opposition to communications data bill 'putting country at risk'

European online counter-terrorism group considering widespread surveillance

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A leaked document from a project set up by the European Commission to fight terrorism online, reveals suggestions for wide-ranging surveillance....
European online counter-terrorism group considering widespread surveillance

Internet biggest breeding ground for violent extremism, ministers warn

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Websites now pose bigger risk than prisons, says report, prompting call to clamp down on 'unregulated' materialThe internet now plays a part in most, if not all, cases of violent radicalisation and is a more significant recruiting ground than prisons, universities or places of worship, according to report by a...
Internet biggest breeding ground for violent extremism, ministers warn

What Words Are Homeland Security Looking for When It Cyberstalks You On Social Media?

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What do the terms "dirty bomb" and "pork" and "gas" have in common? They're all on a list of words that raise red flags with the government when you use them in a tweet or a Facebook status update. Hubze has released the complete list of terms the Department of...
What Words Are Homeland Security Looking for When It Cyberstalks You On Social Media?

Pirate Bay Founder Arrest Related To Tax Hack, Not Piracy

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Last week police arrested Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Initially little was known about the reasons for the arrest, but after a few days the authorities confirmed that Sweden was the driving force behind the actions. According to a spokesperson for the Cambodian police,...
Pirate Bay Founder Arrest Related To Tax Hack, Not Piracy

Dronestagram - the website exposing the US's secret drone war

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A new website shows the sites hit in US drone attacks - adding to the pressure for greater transparency from WashingtonThe military is normally only too pleased to herald its successes, and to praise the courage of the men and women who put their lives on the line for their...
Dronestagram - the website exposing the US's secret drone war

UK spies point to more diverse terror threats

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• potential threats range from biological weapons to jihadists returning from Syria, they say• resources stretched, they implyThe trouble with reporting on the activities of the security and intelligence agencies, or on any matter dealing with national security, is that by definition it is difficult to establish the veracity of...
UK spies point to more diverse terror threats

UN: The Problem With The Internet Today Is It's Just Too Open & Terrorists Might Use It

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Ah, the UN. As highlighted by Declan McCullagh, a new report from the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, clocking in at an unwieldy 158 pages (pdf) warns that this old internet of ours is just too damn open, and that means terrorists can use it. Thus, it has to...
UN: The Problem With The Internet Today Is It's Just Too Open & Terrorists Might Use It
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