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Lawmakers to Homeland Security: Social Media Monitoring Threatens Free Speech

Lawmakers to Homeland Security: Social Media Monitoring Threatens Free Speech | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
A congressional subcommittee pressed the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday about its plan to monitor social medial.
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Apple’s Mac computers can automatically collect your location information

Apple’s Mac computers can automatically collect your location information | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Apple has begun collecting location and other data about its users with the launch of new Mac computers and the Yosemite operating system.
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If it takes someone following your every move for you to feel warm and fuzzy then buy a Mac. Even if you believe Apple will do nothing audacious with it the feds will be delighted so they can collect it and stash it in their giant data repository.

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Mass internet surveillance threatens international law, UN report claims

Mass internet surveillance threatens international law, UN report claims | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Actions of intelligence agencies are ‘corrosive of online privacy’, Ben Emmerson says in report responding to Edward Snowden leaks
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I am glad that our government follows UN articles so well.

 

Article 17 of the covenant, Emmerson points out, states that “no one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy, family, home and correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his or her honour and reputation”.

 

Perhaps except this one where we feel free to tell the courts that they have not authority over NSA activities. It is called the rule of law. Err well whenever law is convenient.

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Australia’s metadata grab will create modern day Stasi files

Australia’s metadata grab will create modern day Stasi files | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Carly Nyst: Keeping phone, internet and location metadata data for two years will allow modern day Stasi files to be created for all Australians
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Another country heard from -- Australia. If you do not believe this power of the state will be abused you are not attending to the news. Stasi is the reminder.

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Edward Snowden: state surveillance in Britain has no limits

Edward Snowden: state surveillance in Britain has no limits | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Whistleblower and former NSA analyst says UK regulation allows GCHQ snooping to go beyond anything seen in US
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Mr. Snowden has the 'good new' about the UK. It is even worse than in the US. How did we ever get governments that think they can do whatever they want to. XXX (fill in whatever obscenity you think appropriate) the people.

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US spying scandal will 'break the Internet,' says Google's Schmidt - CNET

US spying scandal will 'break the Internet,' says Google's Schmidt - CNET | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
US government surveillance is destroying the digital economy, a roundtable of execs from Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other tech companies tell Sen. Ron Wyden.
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Who cares what happens to Google? What's important is for NSA to keep filling its gigantic data warehouse.

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Government Set Up A Fake Facebook Page In This Woman’s Name

Government Set Up A Fake Facebook Page In This Woman’s Name | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
A DEA agent commandeered a woman’s identity, created a phony Facebook account in her name, and posted racy photos he found on her seized cell phone. The government said he had the right to do...
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Wonderful -- new social media give us multiple new uses for fraud and abuse by the police state. Setting up a fake Facebook account in a persons name and posting her photographs -- it's terrific.

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The NSA and Me - The Intercept

The NSA and Me - The Intercept | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
James Bamford literally wrote the book on the National Security Agency, spending 30 years obsessively documenting the secretive agency in print. Today, for the first time, he tells the story of his brief turn as an NSA whistleblower.
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A very interesting story from the history of whistle blowing the NSA. No one in our government can say what they are doing because then they would be eligible for jail -- except of course laws to not apply to NSA.

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Maker of StealthGenie, an app used for spying, indicted in Virginia

Maker of StealthGenie, an app used for spying, indicted in Virginia | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The app uses technology to monitor private-sector calls, texts and social media postings.
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You too can be a super spy, but you need to hurry because they are getting ready to go underground -- at least in the US. This technology in the hands of the police state seem subject to many of the same abuses.

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Russia Speeds Up Law to Ban Most Foreign Web Services | News

Russia Speeds Up Law to Ban Most Foreign Web Services | News | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The State Duma approved a bill to expedite a new set of Internet regulations that, experts say, would provide for the banning of such web services as Facebook, Booking.com and Amazon.
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If we can do it they can do it also. The difference -- they do not have to  resort to secrecy. They just do it.

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Red Metroviral's curator insight, September 28, 11:35 PM

Rusia Acelera el proceso para prohibir la mayoría de los servicios de Internet extranjeros. Okay. De paso que se queden también los hackers & spammers, pues. 

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Edward Snowden: winning Sweden’s alternative Nobel prize is vindication – video

Edward Snowden: winning Sweden’s alternative Nobel prize is vindication – video | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Edward Snowden issues a recorded statement after being awarded Sweden's Right Livelihood Honorary Award, dubbed the 'alternative Nobel Prize'
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A well deserved award and a vote for shame to the US.

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Russia Plans Break From Global Web as U.S. Rift Deepens

Russia plans next week to discuss contingency measures to cut the country off from the global Internet in what the Kremlin called a necessary step to shield the nation from the U.S.-controlled worldwide Web.
Bob Boynton's insight:

When there is a doubt don't let them hear it. Russia back to totalitarianism -- at least in communication with the world. There are many countries that would like to follow suit. Dictators in control!

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Newest Androids will join iPhones in offering default encryption, blocking police

Newest Androids will join iPhones in offering default encryption, blocking police | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The move raises yet another barrier to police who want to gain access to the troves of personal data typically kept on smartphones.
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Not to be outdone -- Android will come with automatic encryption real soon now.

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Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants

Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
New operating system makes it impossible for company to comply with requests for data on devices.
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Making it harder for the surveillance state. Since the constitution does not stop them technology is about all that is left. Good for Apple -- something I do not say very often.

 

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FBI director: Tech companies should be required to make devices wiretap-friendly

FBI director: Tech companies should be required to make devices wiretap-friendly | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it

Let's James Comey says Apple’s and Google’s new encryption efforts can help criminals elude the law.

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Let's make the hackers of the world wealthy. Give them device wiretap-friendly computers to work on. They are, after all, at least as smart as if not smarter than the FBI.

 

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Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users

Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
‘Confessional’ app follows some users even after they have asked not to be tracked
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If NSA isn't enough here is a private firm that will track your movement, keeping the information indefinitely, and read your messages. They do tell you that it is the most anonymous service for communication on the internet. If this sounds most anonymous this is the one for you.

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Russian hackers use ‘zero-day’ to hack NATO, Ukraine in cyber-spy campaign

Russian hackers use ‘zero-day’ to hack NATO, Ukraine in cyber-spy campaign | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
A report said the group, which is probably working for the Kremlin, also targeted Ukraine.
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Everybody gets to spy.

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Second leaker in US intelligence, says Glenn Greenwald

Second leaker in US intelligence, says Glenn Greenwald | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Citizenfour, new film on spying whistleblower Edward Snowden, shows journalist Greenwald discussing other source
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Apparently there is another 'insider' who thinks that 1.2 million US citizens on a terrorist watchlist is beyond the pale. May we embarrass NSA even more.

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Twitter sues U.S. government over limits on ability to disclose surveillance orders

Twitter sues U.S. government over limits on ability to disclose surveillance orders | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The company said U.S. restrictions on speaking publicly about government data requests violate the First Amendment.
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Twitter sues. According to the Justice department prior restraint on speech is perfectly acceptable. Too bad about that old constitutional amendment. It is now out of date.

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Librarians won’t stay quiet about government surveillance

Librarians won’t stay quiet about government surveillance | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
How librarians became one of the loudest voices in the surveillance debate.
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Librarians on the front line in opposition to government spying on citizens.

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Hong Kong's 'off-grid' protesters

Hong Kong's 'off-grid' protesters | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The pro-democracy demonstrators flocking to a Bluetooth-powered social network.
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There's more than one way to evade the suppressors. In Hong Kong they are using Open Garden to set up their own mesh network. It is just one phone to another and another and another to the tens of thousands.

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Meet the Businessmen Who Want Egypt's Internet Users Jailed, Tortured, and Killed

Meet the Businessmen Who Want Egypt's Internet Users Jailed, Tortured, and Killed | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
If you are a nerd, you'll like this post, because it's about computers. But wait! -- it's also about sex, and stuff like that. (You practically can't have sex these days unless you own at least a s...
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An introduction to the wonderful world of surveillance by governments that do not have quite enough home grown expertise to do it for themselves. So we -- that is US -- have corporations that do it for them. However, the businessman involved here probably only wants money.

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FBI blasts Apple, Google for locking police out of phones

FBI blasts Apple, Google for locking police out of phones | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The agency’s director calls for a meeting, echoing the frustrations from law enforcement nationwide.
Bob Boynton's insight:

And so it begins. But there is a concrete instance in which the got a selfie from Facebook, and that is the reason smart phones should not limit police. There are to be no limits in a surveillance world.

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CIA has stopped spying on western European governments, sources say

CIA has stopped spying on western European governments, sources say | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Agency declines to comment but US official says pause in decades of espionage was designed to give CIA time to re-evaulate strategy
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That is not the face of a happy man! Stand down? The world will collapse without CIA spying on our allies.

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Egypt launches deep-packet inspection system

Egypt launches deep-packet inspection system | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Deep-packet inspection is the one of the most invasive things a country can do to its internet. Employed by repressive regimes from Russia to Bahrain, it lets governments look into the content of...
Bob Boynton's insight:

You do not have to have NSA to spy on your citizens. Any would be totalitarian government can do it. You just buy it from some developed company. Egypt, for example, is installing just such spying equipment. The joys of freedom of expression.

 

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Chinese government hackers penetrated fed contractor systems 20 times, Senate probe reveals

Chinese government hackers penetrated fed contractor systems 20 times, Senate probe reveals | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
In one year alone, hackers working for the Chinese government penetrated computer networks of U.S. Transportation Command contractors at least 20 times, the Senate Armed Services Committee revealed Sept. 17 after a year-long investigation.
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A summary of a senate committee report. It is too bad they do not tell us how frequently our government penetrated Chinese sites in a year. Do you think it was more or less than 20?

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