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FBI releases files on Steve Jobs: he was 'a deceptive individual'

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In 191 pages of documents, a portrait the Apple founder as a complex person of both 'integrity' and 'suspect' moral characterThe FBI has released its files on Steve Jobs, Apple co-founder and icon of the business world, painting a picture of a complex man who is described both as "a...
FBI releases files on Steve Jobs: he was 'a deceptive individual'

Steve Jobs' 1991 FBI File Released, Reveals Consideration for Presidential Appointment

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As noted by Gawker, the FBI has just released a 1991 background check on Steve Jobs. The 191-page document was undertaken as Jobs was being considered for a presidential appointment to the President's Export Council by George H. W. Bush. The file was released following a Freedom of Information Act...
Steve Jobs' 1991 FBI File Released, Reveals Consideration for Presidential Appointment

The UK Supreme Court must accept freedom of information requests via Twitter

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Yesterday’s announcement that the UK Supreme Court was launching a Twitter account to broadcast news on its latest judgements was met with generally positive reactions. However, it transpires that the court has already had to pivot its Twitter policy in light of new information it has received. The UK Supreme...
The UK Supreme Court must accept freedom of information requests via Twitter

A top UK judge has ruled that defendants can be summoned to court via Facebook

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We’ve already heard that the UK Supreme Court must accept freedom-of-information requests via Twitter, in the wake of its decision to launch a Twitter account to announce rulings. And this was preceded by a top UK judge announcing that journalists could live-tweet court cases without asking permission. Is it possible...
A top UK judge has ruled that defendants can be summoned to court via Facebook
FBI document on Steve Jobs: apparently more than fit for office

Why I'm suing the US government to protect internet freedom | Birgitta Jónsdóttir

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The NDAA means the US military can put anyone under suspicion of being a terror threat and detain them for everFreedom for most people is something sacred, and many have been willing to sacrifice their lives for it. It is not just another word, for we measure the health of...
Why I'm suing the US government to protect internet freedom | Birgitta Jónsdóttir

Austrailian Gov't: Not In The Public Interest For The Public To Be Interested In Secret Anti-Piracy Negotiations

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Last month Techdirt wrote about yet more secret meetings between the copyright and internet industries, this time in Australia, where the federal government there was "encouraging" them to come up with ways of tackling online copyright infringement. The public, as usual, was not invited to offer their views on plans...
Austrailian Gov't: Not In The Public Interest For The Public To Be Interested In Secret Anti-Piracy Negotiations

Steve Jobs Did Acid 10-15 Times And Smoked Pot Every Week For 5 Years

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Steve Jobs was fond of saying everyone should do acid at least once, but apparently the late Apple co-founder did it much more frequently than that. Jobs did LSD 10-15 times between 1972 to 1974, when he claimed to have stopped using it for good, according to a questionnaire he...
Steve Jobs Did Acid 10-15 Times And Smoked Pot Every Week For 5 Years
CIA Cannot Find Its Own Regulations On How To Declassify Documents

Senators Tell The Obama Administration To Reveal Its Secret Interpretation Of The Patriot Act

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Over the last year or so, we've been covering Senator Ron Wyden's efforts to get Obama administration officials to come public with their secret interpretation of the Patriot Act. Wyden, of course, cannot say how they're interpreting the Patriot Act, though there have been clues, suggesting an extremely broad interpretation,...
Senators Tell The Obama Administration To Reveal Its Secret Interpretation Of The Patriot Act

The House passes CISPA with a vote of 248 to 168

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CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, has just passed the House by a vote of 248 to 168. The bill attracted several amendements along the way to passage today, including measures from Rogers concerning the Freedom of Information Act, and the Quayle amendment that dictated information collected could only be used...
The House passes CISPA with a vote of 248 to 168

Homeland Security reveals hundreds of words that could put you on their online watch list

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Social networks like Twitter and Facebook are among the thousands of sites monitored for suspicious activity by the Department of Homeland Security, and the government agency was recently forced to tip its hand. As part of a freedom of information request made by watchdog group Electronic Privacy Information Center,...
Homeland Security reveals hundreds of words that could put you on their online watch list

UK's data breach fines dissected

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A freedom of information request suggests public sector bodies are more likely to attract data breach fines than private firms....
UK's data breach fines dissected

The UK's Supreme Court Is Now Accepting Official Requests Through Twitter

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This story originally appeared at The Christian Science Monitor When people think of Twitter, they usually think of clipped comments about pop culture or the minutia of daily life, not formal legal documents and procedures. But that may be about to change in the United Kingdom, where the highest...
The UK's Supreme Court Is Now Accepting Official Requests Through Twitter

ACTA 'May Interfere With Fundamental Freedoms' -- EU Data Protection Supervisor

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The dramatic announcement that the EU's rapporteur on ACTA, David Martin, would be recommending that the European Parliament should reject the treaty was made at the end of a morning conference on the subject organized by Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. One of those speaking in favor of...
ACTA 'May Interfere With Fundamental Freedoms' -- EU Data Protection Supervisor
ACLU reveals secret FBI letters requesting user info

Manchester's FutureEverything conference – day two

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Iceland's media haven, doubts about social media in the Arab Spring and culture secretary Ed Vaizey's fishy metaphors: Tom Midlane winds up Manchester's great ideas fest with his head abuzzStar turn on day two of the FutureEverything conference is Birgitta Jónsdóttir, the Icelandic MP, hacktivist, and poet, who played a...
Manchester's FutureEverything conference – day two
Feds Tried To Destroy All Evidence Of Memo Saying They Were Committing War Crimes With Torture

Highlights of Steve Jobs' (heavily redacted) FBI file

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We slogged through the 119-page document so you wouldn't have to Jobs at NeXT. Source: TheStreet In 1991, while Steve Jobs was at NeXT and before he returned to Apple (AAPL), the first President Bush considered him for an appointment on the White House's Export Council, triggering an FBI background...
Highlights of Steve Jobs' (heavily redacted) FBI file

German Gov't Uses Anger Over Lack Of ACTA Transparency To Justify Further Lack Of Transparency

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Even though the ACTA text is now finalized, getting details from national governments about what exactly happened during the negotiations is proving extremely difficult, with information still trickling out slowly. For example, as the Netzpolitik blog explains (German original), the European Commission tried to counter accusations that the negotiations were...
German Gov't Uses Anger Over Lack Of ACTA Transparency To Justify Further Lack Of Transparency

UK government staff caught snooping on citizen data

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Don’t worry about hackers illegally accessing government systems. It turns out government workers and civil servants who are trusted with private citizen data are more likely to access your data illegally.The U.K. government is haemorrhaging data — private and confidential citizen data — from medical records to social security details, and even criminal...
UK government staff caught snooping on citizen data

Terrorists And Pedophiles Get More Protection In UK Than Guy Who Hosted Links To TV Shows

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For a while now, we've been following the ridiculous story of Richard O'Dwyer, the student in the UK who the US is trying to extradite to face criminal charges, all because he created a website where people linked to streaming TV shows (some legal, some not). At no time did...
Terrorists And Pedophiles Get More Protection In UK Than Guy Who Hosted Links To TV Shows

The Things You Learn When You Send A Freedom Of Information Act Request About What The Gov't Knows About You

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I've been meaning to post this story for a little while, but am finally getting around to it. On a whim, a woman decided to send off some Freedom of Information Act requests to various government agencies to see if they had any information about her. She said she had...
The Things You Learn When You Send A Freedom Of Information Act Request About What The Gov't Knows About You

Freedom of Information: an FoI request for every day of 2012, listed

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Is Freedom of Information under threat? What has it taught us? This piece, by @FOIMonkey and originally published on the ConfirmorDeny blog, shows just how much we have learnt about the way we are ruled, thanks to FoI legislation. There's an FoI request and its results here for each of...
Freedom of Information: an FoI request for every day of 2012, listed

Proposed Internet crackdown in Russia leads to Wikipedia blackout in protest

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Compared our own battles in the US with SOPA and PIPA, other parts of the world have things way worse when it comes to freedom of information, especially when it comes to the Internet. For example, the Russian government is currently exploring amendments to the “Act for information” that could...
Proposed Internet crackdown in Russia leads to Wikipedia blackout in protest

Emergency ambulance calls made in Northern Ireland: mapped

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Through a freedom of information request journalist Kathryn Torney received details of over 200 thousand calls for ambulances in Northern Ireland between 2010-11. Here's the data and what we found • Get the dataA database of 215,349 emergency calls made to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) during 2010 and...
Emergency ambulance calls made in Northern Ireland: mapped

BP subpoenas researchers’ emails regarding oil spill work

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A central issue during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the estimation of the volume of oil released. Scientists and staff at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) were called upon by both BP and the US Coast Guard, which requested help in analyzing the spill, and providing an estimate...
BP subpoenas researchers’ emails regarding oil spill work

Radio interview: Hans Rosling, Martin Rosenbaum and Simon Rogers on open data

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Radio 4 today featured a long package on open government data - hooked around the appointment of Jimmy Wales as a government advisor. It covers the increasing amounts of open government data - what it all means and how you can analyse it• Listen to the interviews hereNEW! Buy our...
Radio interview: Hans Rosling, Martin Rosenbaum and Simon Rogers on open data

FAA reveals list of organizations authorized to fly unmanned drones in the US

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The FAA has released a list of all the organizations authorized to fly drones in the US, and while agencies like Customs and Border Protection and DARPA are on the list, so are several colleges, a dozen police and sheriff's offices, and the FBI. The release comes in response...
FAA reveals list of organizations authorized to fly unmanned drones in the US
FBI halted one child porn inquiry because Tor got in the way
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