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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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Elec2016 on Twitter

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reverberations: Obama said Cuba. Rubio said no. A spike to 32K tweets mentioning Rubio. 18K mentioned Cuba. 17K in Spanish. And fast decline
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Real time tracking, and near real time reporting.

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Google, Wireless Industry Not Down With Marriott’s Wi-Fi Blocking Plan

Google, Wireless Industry Not Down With Marriott’s Wi-Fi Blocking Plan | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
History isn’t on the hotel industry’s side as it tries to convince regulators to let it block personal hotspots.
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Please FCC we must be able to charge them or we will go broke -- or some rationale like that. Actually it is terrorists they are trying to block when terrorists try to use wifi in their hotels without paying.

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Hackers are going after the Internet’s very infrastructure. Here’s why that matters.

Hackers are going after the Internet’s very infrastructure. Here’s why that matters. | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles-based non-profit that acts as something of the air traffic-controller of the global Internet has announced that it was the victim of a hacking attack last month.
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Good grief. In the world of internet governance ICANN is a big deal. Perhaps they were trying to show that anybody can be hacked. Other wise . . .

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Elec2016 on Twitter

Elec2016 on Twitter | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
31% of tweets mentioning Rubio were written in Spanish.
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who's number 2? Marco Rubio - Twitter Search

who's number 2? Marco Rubio - Twitter Search | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The latest Tweets on who's number 2? Marco Rubio. Read what people are saying and join the conversation.
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External traffic to Spanish news sites plummets after Google move

External traffic to Spanish news sites plummets after Google move | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Traffic-measurement firm Chartbeat says that external traffic to Spanish news sites is down by double digits in the wake of their removal from the Google News index
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More lunacy -- First they got the government to give them law they wanted. Next they are asking the government to provide financial assistance because of the drop in their income from the new arrangement. That in a country with 24% unemployment rate and 50%+ plus for younger generation. Yes, newspapers definitely need help more than others.

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Privacy is not dead: Microsoft lawyer prepares to take on US government

Privacy is not dead: Microsoft lawyer prepares to take on US government | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Brad Smith says a US demand for access to a customer’s emails stored on a server in Dublin strikes at the heart of the balance between safety and privacy
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One hopes (probably forlorn) that popular outrage having failed money will move politicians who are beholden to money.

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Why Edward Snowden thinks Amazon is “morally irresponsible.”

Why Edward Snowden thinks Amazon is “morally irresponsible.” | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Lack of encryption on the retailer's site allows governments to snoop on the reading habits of their citizens.
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One more opportunity for tracking us that might be different. Come on Amazon.com.

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Senate report on CIA program details brutality, dishonesty

Senate report on CIA program details brutality, dishonesty | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
A study alleges the agency deceived the White House and others on the effectiveness of interrogation tactics.
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Isn't democratic government grand. Now we have to take responsibility for what the government we elected did -- even if we did not vote for them.

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European Union - EEAS (European External Action Service) | 1st EU-US Cyber Dialogue

European Union - EEAS (European External Action Service) | 1st EU-US Cyber Dialogue | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
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Press releases are written to be boring, and one cannot fault the boring character of this one. It does tell us a bit about internet governance -- at least from the US-EU perspective -- dressed up in ignoring the difficult parts. Difficult parts like the EU attempting to control a US corporation's activities (Google) worldwide, a general pattern that does not seem sustainable for very long.

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Google brings better, faster TV and internet hardware to Austin for Fiber launch

Google Fiber signups in Austin are now underway, and when installations begin, Austinites will be the first to try Google's new, improved hardware for its gigabit internet service. "We’re super...
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If you want to imagine what electronic communication could be try this. And then compare it with what Comcast, etc. have to offer.

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Edward Snowden wins Swedish human rights award for NSA revelations

Whistleblower receives several standing ovations in Swedish parliament as he wins Right Livelihood award
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Recognition of the importance of what Edward Snowden did for the world.
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BlackBerry to buy Merkel mobile encyption - The Local

BlackBerry to buy Merkel mobile encyption - The Local | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Germany said Friday it had approved Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry's purchase of data encryption firm Secusmart, whose customers include Chancellor Angela Merkel, after agreeing what media dubbed a no-spy clause.
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Murkier and murkier -- Blackberry purchases German communication security firm with "Germany also insisted that no confidential information be passed to foreign intelligence services, reported the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper and public broadcasters WDR and NDR." Sure Blackberry agreed -- to make the purchase. But what about Canadian courts? Did they agree? What about every other nation in which Blackberrys are sold? Did their courts agree? Murkier and murkier. It's called internet governing.

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U.S. Spy Agency Reports Improper Surveillance of Americans

The National Security Agency today released reports on intelligence collection that may have violated the law or U.S. policy over more than a decade, including unauthorized surveillance of Americans’ overseas communications.
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Perhaps it was Rudolph -- records of unauthorized spying released by NSA on Christmas eve. However, they do not have enough computers to bring them up to date. Only through 2013 is available.

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Elec2016 on Twitter

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FoComparative tweeting 12/16 to 12/22 -- Clinton 51,334 tweets and Warren 24,862. Tweets mentioning both 1,200. Not much comparison.

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Elec2016 on Twitter

Elec2016 on Twitter | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
A tweet is attention. Politicians to whom no one is paying attention have a serious problem. John Kasich 1035 tweets in 11 days.
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Elec2016 on Twitter

Elec2016 on Twitter | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Who's number 2? Marco Rubio with 48K tweets in a day and a half. It is not even close. Cuba, Cuba, Cuba. Follow Elec2016
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Twitter in 2016 election.

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German researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls.

German researchers discover a flaw that could let anyone listen to your cell calls. | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The spying can happen even on cellular networks using the most advanced encryption now available.
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The only reason they do not have your every mobile phone call is they don't want it. Blessed are the meek . . . If you are meek enough to be uninteresting to everyone you are safe. I'm meek -- I think.

 

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Diverse allies rally for Microsoft in overseas data fight

Diverse allies rally for Microsoft in overseas data fight | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
NEW YORK/SEATTLE (Reuters) - Corporate lobbyists, news organizations and academics joined forces with Microsoft Corp on Monday in the software company's legal battle with the U.S. government over access
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Now we will find out if money matters. Or we can give every government in the world access to anything they want in the cloud.

 

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Operation Socialist: How GCHQ Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco

Operation Socialist: How GCHQ Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
When the incoming emails stopped arriving, it seemed innocuous at first. But it would eventually become clear that this was no routine technical problem. Inside a row of gray office buildings in Brussels, a major hacking attack was in progress. And the perpetrators were British government spies.
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Should we call ourselves Stasi or KGB?

 

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Home surveillance CCTV images may breach data protection laws, ECJ rules

Home surveillance CCTV images may breach data protection laws, ECJ rules | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
European court of justice rules CCTV film of public spaces not ‘purely personal’, contradicting UK’s application of laws on data
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One after another society -- specifically the legal systems -- are having to figure out what limits will be placed on electronic communication. Of course NSA and GCHQ are not being limited. It is much like torture. Embarrassing, but we would do it again because . . .

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Mass surveillance exposed by Snowden ‘not justified by fight against terrorism’

Mass surveillance exposed by Snowden ‘not justified by fight against terrorism’ | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Report by Nils Muižnieks, commissioner for human rights at the Council of Europe, says ‘secret, massive and indiscriminate’ intelligence work is contrary to rule of law
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One politician is willing to stand up and say this has become unreasonable, and it cannot be justified.

 

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Freedom House

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The 'horrors' of government action. The worst are governments writing laws that contradict the laws of other countries. The internet is global folks -- at least it used to be.

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Operation AURORAGOLD: How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide

Operation AURORAGOLD: How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The NSA has spied on hundreds of companies and organizations to find security flaws in cellphone technology that it can secretly exploit for surveillance.
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There you have it. We spy on every phone network available. It is 'so good' to be the world's leading spies. And in this grand 'democracy' we cannot do a thing about it.

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European Union tells search sites how to handle your 'right to be forgotten'

European Union tells search sites how to handle your 'right to be forgotten' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
When the European Union first put the "right to be forgotten" into effect, it didn't really give search sites much help. Should search listings disappear
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Not just in Europe, but everywhere we say. It is good for the EU to have international control. Internet governing in a mess.

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