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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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The British want to come to America — with wiretap orders and search warrants

The British want to come to America — with wiretap orders and search warrants | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The U.S. and the U.K. are negotiating an agreement that would allow British police to go directly to American tech companies to demand data.
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Oh, sure -- any other country want to just come over and take records on their citizens or anyone else for that matter? We know the British are high civil rights protectors -- they can and do film you as you walk down the street because obviously anyone walking down the street is a potential threat to the state. Governments love abuse of power they just have to figure out a way to make it work. Come ahead MI5.

 

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Apple’s Tim Cook Lashes Out at White House Officials for Being Wishy-Washy on Encryption

Apple’s Tim Cook Lashes Out at White House Officials for Being Wishy-Washy on Encryption | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
At a counterterrorism summit on Friday, Cook asked the administration to issue a strong public statement defending the use of unbreakable encryption.
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I understand the FBI does not care one whit about what happens to my communication. Let anyone hack/steal it. But I understand the security of my electronic communication to be an important part of our national security. Hooray for Cook!

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Ted Cruz campaign using firm that harvested data on millions of unwitting Facebook users

Ted Cruz campaign using firm that harvested data on millions of unwitting Facebook users | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Documents reveal donor-funded US startup embedded in Republican’s campaign paid UK university academics to collect psychological profiles on potential voters
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I always say a good Christian would never do anything underhanded. I suppose that raises the question of good. MTurk workers asked to download Facebook data about themselves and then data about all of their friends was downloaded. A good academic assured them that it would be used for research. Apparently the research he had in mind was selling it to the highest bidder. Boy, Christian and academic both in one shady deal. All the best people revealed.

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Terrorists Mock Bids to End Use of Social Media

Terrorists Mock Bids to End Use of Social Media | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Politicians and even some technologists say Silicon Valley’s efforts to crack down on the use of social media and other technologies like encryption by terrorists have been toothless.
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This is where we end up. Someone: if only we could stop their communication. Well, we can't. What we need to stop is their mayhem. And we could do a much better job of that.

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NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records ends Sunday

NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records ends Sunday | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The action, mandated by Congress, comes 21⁄2 years after leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
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The end is almost here.

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Federal judge rules against NSA phone-surveillance program

Federal judge rules against NSA phone-surveillance program | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
This marks the end of a chapter in the war over privacy and security.
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It would be nice if one could believe this is the end.

 

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Theresa May forced to backtrack over plan to ‘snoop’ on internet use

Theresa May forced to backtrack over plan to ‘snoop’ on internet use | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Ministers rule out ban on encryption but civil rights group Liberty says climbdown is ‘just spin’
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UK government backs down on surveillance practices.

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BBC One - Panorama, Edward Snowden: Spies and the Law

BBC One - Panorama, Edward Snowden: Spies and the Law | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Edward Snowden gives his first BBC interview to Panorama.
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"I used to work for the government. Now I work for the people." Mr. Snowden tells it like it is.

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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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What the FBI’s Surveillance of Martin Luther King Tells Us About the Modern Spy Era

What the FBI’s Surveillance of Martin Luther King Tells Us About the Modern Spy Era | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The FBI has a lead. A prominent religious leader and community advocate is in contact with a suspected sleeper agent of foreign radicals. The attorney ...
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Would you like NSA collecting all of your electronic communication. Just put #blacklivesmatter into a tweet. Guaranteed, they will be on you. That is what government surveillance is about. Taking care of troublemakers.

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The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’

The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat ‘score’ | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Some local police departments scan social media, send drones aloft and monitor surveillance cameras.
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Police go high tech in surveillance. One, if it is public information it is public. The definition of public can be changed if we do not like it. Two, this will be abused. Police are human beings and across a large number of human beings abuse is readily available. Three, if the score is like a bank credit score then it should be as available as credit scores. And there should be a local authority that could correct it with new or different information.

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Police 'used terror powers to spy on officers blowing whistle on racism'

Police 'used terror powers to spy on officers blowing whistle on racism' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Britain’s most scandal-hit police force faces a slew of legal claims after being accused of using controversial anti-terrorism powers to snoop on officers blowing the whistle on racism. Cleveland constabulary faces claims that it secretly obtained details from confidential emails between Asian officers and their representatives and solicitors to defend against employment cases brought against the force. 
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We all know government would never abuse their power of spying. It is only for terrorists. Oh . . .

 

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Bataclan third gunman was on French security list

Bataclan third gunman was on French security list | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Foued Mohamed Aggad returned from Syria undetected and was reportedly subject of two warnings from Turkey before Paris attacks
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Once again the culprit was known. Over and over the electronics experts say you are wasting resources with electronic surveillance. Do police work! Keep the bad guys from evil deeds.

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How French intelligence agencies failed before the Paris attacks

How French intelligence agencies failed before the Paris attacks | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Authorities knew of at least three of the Paris attackers but did not act – and ignored a warning about a potential attack
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Apparently the Guardian is the only people to have figured this out. The 'intelligence agencies' are abusing the word with their strategy to depend on bulk surveillance as the primary way to deal with terrorists. So, how many more people have to die before they change their ways?

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Meet the man who holds the future of the Internet in his hands — and thinks most security experts are “completely crazy”

Meet the man who holds the future of the Internet in his hands — and thinks most security experts are “completely crazy” | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Linus Torvalds created Linux, the operating system that dominates the online world. But a rift exists between Torvalds and security experts.
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Torvald, the linux operating system, on net security.

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Facebook row: US data storage leaves users open to surveillance, court rules | World news | The Guardian

Facebook row: US data storage leaves users open to surveillance, court rules | World news | The Guardian | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
EU court ruling that privacy is being compromised could force many digital companies to relocate operations
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The EU court decision in more detail. Either all information or 'horrors' the  NSA would have to stop spying on Europeans. Anyone for an EU passport?

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A DC appeals court has lifted an injunction against the NSA phone call records program

A DC appeals court has lifted an injunction against the NSA phone call records program | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The court questioned an earlier ruling against the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone data
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We are now down to the 'fine print.' What can NSA do during the transition to the new law? They are still collecting information about yours and my telephone calls. We will be permanently installed in records that never go away. When your great grandchildren want to know what you did with your time they can go to NSA.

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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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