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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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Russian hackers read unclassified Obama emails – report

Russian hackers read unclassified Obama emails – report | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Breach of White House systems that was acknowledged earlier this month was ‘far more worrisome’ than had been thought, says New York Times
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It's a good thing that we have NSA scooping up all the phone messages in the world instead of doing something useful like protecting the White House email system. Sigh . . .

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Here’s where the presidential candidates stand on the NSA scooping up Americans’ phone records

Here’s where the presidential candidates stand on the NSA scooping up Americans’ phone records | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Clinton is the most elusive of the declared candidates when it comes to the NSA's domestic phone record collection program.
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Here 'we' stand. But you probably wanted to know about such outstanding candidates as Lindsey Graham and Donald Trump. Sorry only the "mighty" have been consulted.

 

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Twitter accounts outside of the US now fall under EU data protection rules

Twitter accounts outside of the US now fall under EU data protection rules | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Twitter's International headquarters will be in Dublin
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Oh dear, how is NSA going to tap into all those tweets if they under EU privacy laws and not in the US. I suppose they will have to be satisfied with only scraping up all US tweets.

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How Edward Snowden Unwittingly Killed a Mass-Surveillance Program

How Edward Snowden Unwittingly Killed a Mass-Surveillance Program | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
By exposing the NSA's spying regime, Snowden forced the Justice Department to shut down a separate phone-surveillance operation.
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A surveillance program bites the dust. Now they can use all of those people to catch the bad guys.

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Why Mass Surveillance Can't, Won't, And Never Has Stopped A Terrorist

Collecting irrelevant data on everyone is like drinking from a fire hose — it’s impossible to sort the important bits from everything else.
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Here it is -- completely laid out making the conclusion obvious. Mass surveillance can't stop terrorists. So, what is mass surveillance about? A big budget for someone to supervise? A way to make ourselves feel we are doing something -- even if it gets in the way of catching the bad guys? What? How can anyone justify this waste of resources?

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Facebook 'tracks all visitors, breaching EU law'

Facebook 'tracks all visitors, breaching EU law' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Exclusive: People without Facebook accounts, logged out users, and EU users who have explicitly opted out of tracking are being tracked, report says
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Aren't you glad Facebook loves you. After all, they give you cookies every day even if they need to do it surreptitiously.

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EU: Don’t use Facebook if you want to keep the NSA away from your data

EU: Don’t use Facebook if you want to keep the NSA away from your data | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Court case could make it harder for US companies to take personal data out of EU.
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The advice to EU citizens -- to use Facebook is to have the NSA checking you out regularly. Facebook and the treaties that were designed to stop that are not adequate. NSA is king. No one will get in their way as they organize to collect every electronic transaction in the world. Or something very much like that.

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Cyber chief: Efforts to deter attacks against the U.S. are not working

The nation needs to increase capacity “on the offensive side” to fend off attacks, the admiral said.
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"We can make the world safe for democracy by going to war."

 

I seem to have heard that line once or twice before. But it is a good line for warriors -- keeps them feeling important.

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FBI’s Plan to Expand Hacking Power Advances Despite Privacy Fears

FBI’s Plan to Expand Hacking Power Advances Despite Privacy Fears | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Google had warned that the rule change represents a "monumental" constitutional concern.
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If only we could get rid of that pesky 4th amendment. I guess we will have to do it one piece at a time. You did hear Republicans screaming about constitutional rewriting didn't you?

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U.K. intelligence watchdog defends nation’s bulk data spying as necessary

U.K. intelligence watchdog defends nation’s bulk data spying as necessary | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The parliamentary committee also called for a new law to clarify the security agencies’ snooping powers.
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If you just pass a law that says very clearly that we can do whatever we want to do then everything will be fine.

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CIA 'tried to crack security of Apple devices'

CIA 'tried to crack security of Apple devices' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Agency tried to create dummy version of development software that would allow it to insert surveillance back doors into apps
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Now we have the CIA to thank for ignoring the fourth amendment. But don't trust your Apple product. They are after you.

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Edward Snowden just did a Reddit AMA. Here's what we learned

Edward Snowden just did a Reddit AMA. Here's what we learned | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Mass surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden sat down with journalists Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald for a Reddit AMA (ask me anything).
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Putting the emphasis in the right place -- expanding the police power of the state is a very bad idea.

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Obama said everyone wants secure mobile communications. But the NSA worked to undermine that.

Obama said everyone wants secure mobile communications. But the NSA worked to undermine that. | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The president's rhetoric on the importance of securing mobile phone networks and devices doesn't match up with spy agency actions.
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I suppose he could say he is for communication that is secure from everyone/institution other than for NSA and GCHQ.

 

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White House releases report on NSA surveillance six years later

White House releases report on NSA surveillance six years later | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Basics of programme had been declassified, but report includes new details about the secrecy surrounding the collection of Americans’ emails and calls
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Here you get the straight redacted scoop only six years in coming. The government printing office has been having some difficulty since Congress cut it budget. It was producing too much embarrassing print. (Okay the last is just . . . )

 

 

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McConnell introduces bill to extend NSA surveillance

The move comes amid a bipartisan bid to end the program.
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Our 'leader' steps to the fore. All phone conversations will be scooped up. I wonder if he has in mind that his own should become a part of the NSA collection? Good to know that we will waste countless resources on demonstrably ineffective action. But if you need to remember something from you phone calls just call NSA. Of course, it is not yet over.

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The government hides surveillance programs just because people would freak out | Trevor Timm

The government hides surveillance programs just because people would freak out | Trevor Timm | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Government agencies will go to great lengths to keep their data collection a secret, strictly to avoid the bad press they know would be coming
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Decisions openly arrived at. Oh, that goes for someplace else -- not us.

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How Russians hacked the White House - CNN.com

How Russians hacked the White House - CNN.com | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
U.S. intelligence agencies are investigating the breach, which they consider among the most sophisticated attacks ever against U.S. government systems.
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Now, if only the NSA could get more citizen electronic information into their database none of this would have happened. Surely the Russian hackers could not pass up a Verizon bargain.

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NSA considered Ending Phone Program, even Before Edward Snowden Leaks

NSA considered Ending Phone Program, even Before Edward Snowden Leaks | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, The NSA (National Security Agency) considered abandoning its program to collect and store all records
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Oh yes, we had a big debate about this ourselves. But we always come down on the side of ignoring constitutionally mandated warrants. What's a constitution among friends?

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The FBI used to recommend encryption. Now they want to ban it | Trevor Timm

The FBI used to recommend encryption. Now they want to ban it | Trevor Timm | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
For years, the agency recommended phone encryption as a defense against criminals. Now, that information has been scrubbed from public view
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According to the CyberChief fo this administration we must increase our ability to fend off attacks. According the the FBI chief we need to decrease our security so we can be attacked more easily.

 

One was asking for money. The other was asking to be unfettered to do whatever he wanted. Guess which was which.

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U.S. to stop collecting bulk phone data if spying law expires

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence agencies in June will stop bulk collection of data on calls by U.S. telephone subscribers, unless Congress extends a law authorizing the spying, U.S. officials
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Snowden revelations live on.

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Edward Snowden Would Like to Explain Himself to a Jury, but He Can't

Edward Snowden Would Like to Explain Himself to a Jury, but He Can't | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Snowden also renewed a call for the tech industry to build secure products that people can trust.
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The title seems to say it all about our system of 'justice."

 

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Edward Snowden Says Mass Surveillance Won’t Stop Terrorism

Edward Snowden Says Mass Surveillance Won’t Stop Terrorism | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden spent the weekend popping up at tech conferences across the globe, accusing governments of falsely equating terrorism with mass surveillance and c
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It is irrelevant to its stated purpose, but that's okay. It is a booming business that can be sold to the unknowing. Electoral democracy in action one more time.

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Wikimedia sues NSA over surveillance

Wikimedia sues NSA over surveillance | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The Wikimedia Foundation has launched legal action against the NSA over its programme of mass surveillance
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If congress will do nothing perhaps the courts? Given the current membership of the  Supreme Court that does not seem terribly likely.

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Don’t trust your phone, don’t trust your laptop – this is the reality that Snowden has shown us

Don’t trust your phone, don’t trust your laptop – this is the reality that Snowden has shown us | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Edward Snowden’s astute revelations show that no electronic communications device – from hard disks to sim cards – is trustworthy
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That is our government, and we cannot do a thing about it. Hooray for evil deeds.

 

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Milton Jon's curator insight, March 18, 5:45 AM

Naughton, J. (2015). Don’t trust your phone, don’t trust your laptop – this is the reality that Snowden has shown us. the Guardian. Retrieved 18 March 2015

 

John, write's about Edward Snowden's views on electronic communications and that it can't be trusted.`

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Police secretly spy on phones with cell-tower simulators

Police secretly spy on phones with cell-tower simulators | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it

TheThe devices grab data from all nearby phone users — suspects and innocents alike.

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The point is limiting the police power of the state. We do not want to have them doing whatever they jolly well please because we know that some somewhere will abuse that power.

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