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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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Digital surveillance 'worse than Orwell', says new UN privacy chief

Digital surveillance 'worse than Orwell', says new UN privacy chief | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Joseph Cannataci describes British oversight as ‘a joke’ and says a Geneva convention for the internet is needed
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There is a UN involved. Let's hope it makes a difference.

 

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Manipulation of feds’ personal data is a major danger in OPM cyber heist

Manipulation of feds’ personal data is a major danger in OPM cyber heist | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The cyber theft of federal personnel records could result in the manipulation of data to generate mistrust in security clearances.
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This is the reason we can agree with Jeb Bush that computer companies should not use more effective encryption. If they did then the Chinese would not be able to so easily access government files. Perhaps we could have a rule that only the government can use adequate encryption. Stupidity is regular practice in our politics.

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In the battle of free speech now it’s France v Google

In the battle of free speech now it’s France v Google | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
France’s insistence that the right to be forgotten should be extended to Google.com is a threat to America’s first amendment
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Karl Deutsch would have loved this.

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N.S.A. Will Not Be Allowed to Keep Old Phone Records

N.S.A. Will Not Be Allowed to Keep Old Phone Records | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Legislation in June directed the agency to stop collecting Americans’ calling data after 180 days, but did not say what would happen to the data already collected.
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The end is beginning. The phone records reaching back to 2001 will be eliminated because of the hero, but criminal insists the administration, Edward Snowden. Now if they would just put NSA to work protecting US electronic records that would be nice.

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NSA tapped German Chancellery for decades, WikiLeaks claims

NSA tapped German Chancellery for decades, WikiLeaks claims | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
New documents released suggest communications between top officials including Angela Merkel were intercepted by the US spy agency
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So, what is a bit of spying among friends? Well, maybe a bit of spying may be a slight understatement.

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Merkel admitted in 2011 Greek debt unsustainable

Merkel admitted in 2011  Greek debt unsustainable | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Call intercepted by NSA and circulated by Wikileaks to media
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A summary of a phone call intercepted by NSA shows that she knew that the current proposals for Greece would not work as far back as 2011. Finally, the atrocious activities of NSA have a decent payoff. That, of course, is not what Chancellor Merkel thinks.

 

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Shutdown of security clearance system could cause dramatic delays and disruptions, industry says

Shutdown of security clearance system could cause dramatic delays and disruptions, industry says | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The Office of Personnel Management announced Monday that it was taking the Web-based system used for background investigations offline after a “vulnerability” was discovered.
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So, why don't we have NSA try breaking into government systems and then tell them how they were able to do it? That is surely as useful as tracking my telephone calls.

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US 'spied on French presidents' - Wikileaks - BBC News

US 'spied on French presidents' - Wikileaks - BBC News | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The US National Security Agency spied on French Presidents Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande in 2006-12, the WikiLeaks website says.
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It becomes clear that being spied on by NSA becomes a badge of importance. If they have not spied on you then you are obviously a nobody. France, Germany -- what's a good round of spying between friends.

 

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Chinese hackers breach federal government’s personnel office

Chinese hackers breach federal government’s personnel office | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees may have been compromised.
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It's good that the National Security Administration is ready to protect our nation. Now if we could only get them to do something useful.

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Charges against Edward Snowden stand, despite telephone surveillance ban

Charges against Edward Snowden stand, despite telephone surveillance ban | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The former NSA contractor revealed the banned surveillance programme, but an Obama administration spokesman says they will not review his charges
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I want to claim credit for the change in the law, but the person who precipitated that change needs to go to jail as a traitor. Wonderful logic!

 

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Philip Zimmermann: king of encryption reveals his fears for privacy

Philip Zimmermann: king of encryption reveals his fears for privacy | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The brains behind PGP has moved his mobile-encryption firm Silent Circle to Switzerland to be free of US mass surveillance
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Apparently moving to Switzerland is the only solution -- if it is a solution. That is an exceedingly sad commentary about the US, UK, etc. that proudly claim the mantle of democracy. Police state -- here we come. What you can do you will do.

 

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Tech giants don’t want Obama to give police access to encrypted phone data

Tech giants don’t want Obama to give police access to encrypted phone data | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Apple, Google and others urge the White House to reject measures that weaken data privacy.
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And I thought everybody loved a police state. I am sure Mr. Comey would say no government would ever abuse this ease of surveillance. But somehow most of us do not believe that. There are too many governments in the US doing exactly that to believe we can trust our government with this level of communication/control.

 

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House approves measure ending NSA bulk phone data collection program

House approves measure ending NSA bulk phone data collection program | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
But the measure may stall because Senate Republican leaders want to renew the program.
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Perhaps we can give up on the pretense that the mass surveillance does anything more than keep a bunch of bright people busy. In case after case they already knew the bad guys. They just could not figure out to prevent them from their actions.

 

And three cheers for Edward Snowden who did the most to bring this about!

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Pro-Government Twitter Bots Try to Hush Mexican Activists

Pro-Government Twitter Bots Try to Hush Mexican Activists | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Bots on Twitter appear to be intentionally drowning out the efforts of activists to use the social media site to organize.
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Bots to the 'rescue.' This seems even easier than a more standard practice of deleting messages. Of course 'they' have to use hashtags for this to work.

 

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AT&T was close partner to NSA in spying, article asserts

AT&T was close partner to NSA in spying, article asserts | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
AT&T worked for decades in a close "partnership" with the National Security Agency to retrieve information about billions of emails, according to a report by the New York Times and ProPublica. The article cites NSA documents obtained from former agency contractor Edward Snowden.
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Somehow this does not seem like news. It would be more news like to learn that they did not partner.

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U.S. suspects Russia in hack of Pentagon computer network

U.S. suspects Russia in hack of Pentagon computer network | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
An unclassified e-mail system for the Joint Staff has been disabled since July 25 intrusion
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Let's see: 1) we have the best hackers in the world; 2) we have information systems that are hacked on a regular basis. Maybe our emphasis is wrong -- unless, of course, if you do not care that the records are available to the world. Protecting is just too much bother.

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Hack of security clearance system affected 21.5 million people, federal authorities say

Hack of security clearance system affected 21.5 million people, federal authorities say | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
FBI Director James Comey described two recent hacks of federal employee data to lawmakers Wednesday as “an enormous breach, and a huge amount of data that is personal and sensitive… was available to adversaries."
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Well, if it's only 21.5 million that's nothing to worry about? Perhaps they will decide strong encryption is not such a bad idea after all.

 

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Bruce Schneier: David Cameron's proposed encryption ban would 'destroy the internet'

Bruce Schneier: David Cameron's proposed encryption ban would 'destroy the internet' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Bruce Schneier, a highly-respected security and cryptography expert, thinks that Cameron's proposed encryption ban is extremely dangerous.
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How does it happen that political leaders take glee in making the world a worse place? The nicest thing you can say about an encryption ban is that it is stupid. The bad guys will have encryption and will also have ready access to the information of the rest of us. Doesn't the hacking of personnel records of the US government suggest that encryption would have a good effect? Someone please protect us all from such idiots.

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WikiLeaks: US spied on Angela Merkel's ministers too, says German newspaper

WikiLeaks: US spied on Angela Merkel's ministers too, says German newspaper | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The NSA did not just tap German chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone but also listened in on finance, economy, agriculture and other ministers
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Obviously finance and agriculture are serious threats of terrorism. Otherwise how would you justify spying on them?

 

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François Hollande calls emergency meeting after WikiLeaks claims US spied on three French presidents

François Hollande calls emergency meeting after WikiLeaks claims US spied on three French presidents | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Documents appear to show that American agents spied on Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Hollande, even listening to their phone calls
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Either our 'friends' do not like being spied on or they do not like having it made public. Another leader upset.

 

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Officials: Chinese had access to U.S. security clearance data for one year

Officials: Chinese had access to U.S. security clearance data for one year | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The long lag time means the system breacher had time to pull off a consequential cyberheist.
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If our 'security' administrations would spend as much time protecting our files as they do collecting files of others maybe we would be a safer nation. I suppose spying is more fun that preventing spying.

 

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Congress turns away from post-9/11 law, retooling U.S. surveillance powers

Congress turns away from post-9/11 law, retooling U.S. surveillance powers | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The USA Freedom Act, which President Obama signed into law late Tuesday, will end the NSA’s bulk collection of phone data after a six-month transition period and retool other surveillance policies.
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The USA citizen surveillance act is passed with some constraints on the surveillance. We can be thankful for small steps.

 

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Some NSA surveillance powers likely to expire

Some NSA surveillance powers likely to expire | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Senate Republicans said they are unlikely to take action Sunday before a midnight deadline to extend the programs. 
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It dies! Probably a brief death.

 

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Quiz: Just how Kafkaesque is the court that oversees NSA spying?

Quiz: Just how Kafkaesque is the court that oversees NSA spying? | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Can you tell the difference between Kafka's The Trial and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court?
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See how you can make out the similarities and differences between our very own Kafkaesque court. You even get a 'grade.'

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Angela Merkel under pressure to reveal extent of German help for US spying

Angela Merkel under pressure to reveal extent of German help for US spying | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
German chancellor called on to divulge a list of targets, including the IP addresses of individual computers, tracked on behalf of the NSA
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Something will out. Once the secrecy cracks there is very little end to it. If no one else the journalists find it too attractive a story to quit on it.

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