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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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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.
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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...
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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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You think you’ve got bills? Government could have fined Yahoo trillions of dollars

You think you’ve got bills? Government could have fined Yahoo trillions of dollars | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Proposed Justice Department fines could have bankrupted the company within a few months.
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Our government in action. Do not get in our way!

 

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Rob Duke's curator insight, September 16, 12:15 PM

Reintegrative Shaming; or profiteering?

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US spies 'can access German telecoms'

US spies 'can access German telecoms' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
US and British intelligence services can secretly access information from German telecoms operators, including Deutsche Telekom, Der Speigel says.
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Oh, Germany -- we have that under control. It is wonderful to live in a state planning to spy on the world as well as me.

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The FBI Finally Says How It ‘Legally’ Pinpointed Silk Road’s Server | Threat Level | WIRED

The FBI Finally Says How It ‘Legally’ Pinpointed Silk Road’s Server | Threat Level | WIRED | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The prosecuting attorneys in Ulbricht's case argue, means that no illegal spying techniques were needed to pinpoint the world's largest anonymous bazaar for narcotics. In fact, they write, the evidence revealing its physical location was left in plain sight.
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Of course we know they lie at every turn. It is too bad that one has to say that about agencies commissioned to uphold the law.

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Judge may hold Microsoft in contempt after refusal to hand over foreign data

Judge may hold Microsoft in contempt after refusal to hand over foreign data | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Obama administration contends that company with operations in US must comply with warrants for data, even if stored abroad
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US judge says do it our way. EU judge says do it our way. That is an arrangement that cannot last very long. If it lasts much longer all of our big internet companies are going to go 'inversion.' That will be real progress.

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Why Internet governance should be left to the engineers

Why Internet governance should be left to the engineers | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
It's simple, keep the engineers in charge, not governments.
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One view of the Internet Governance Forum -- let the engineers do it. Given what we know about governments and this particular venue of activity it is hard not to think that is a pretty good idea. Except someone has to keep surveillance down to a reasonable level, and that's internet governance too.

 

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ICREACH: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google -

ICREACH: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google - | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The National Security Agency is secretly providing data to nearly two dozen U.S. government agencies with a “Google-like” search engine built to share more than 850 billion records about phone calls, emails, cellphone locations, and internet chats, according to classified documents obtained by The Intercept. The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA Read more
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We're sure there is someone in the US government who cannot see your data. We will get back to you as soon as we figure out who.

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Chinese Hackers Stole Info on 4.5 Million U.S. Hospital Patients

Chinese Hackers Stole Info on 4.5 Million U.S. Hospital Patients | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The "Advanced Persistent Threat" strikes again.
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And how many millions of records have we -- NSA, CIA, whoever wants to do the stealing -- stolen. You cannot say "stole" for them and , with a straight face, not say "stole' for us. Of course, we do not say stole about ourselves. We call it protection against terrorism since terrorism is the justifying threat of the moment.

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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.
Bob Boynton's insight:

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.
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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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Reprisals for Israeli Soldiers Refusing to Spy

Reprisals for Israeli Soldiers Refusing to Spy | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The 43 veterans wrote that they refused to continue to be “tools” of Israel’s military rule in the occupied territories, and that information collected “harms innocent people” and “is used for political persecution.”
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Governments the world over do not like being called out for their immoral acts. And surveillance is what they want to do no matter what. This is like a reprise of the US reaction to Snowden. He should have . . . He is hurting the safety of the nation. He . . . etc. etc. We are in control and how dare our control be questioned!

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The State Department’s plan to spark a global SOPA-style uprising around Internet governance

The State Department’s plan to spark a global SOPA-style uprising around Internet governance | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
ICANN and the U.N.-affiliated International Telecommunications Union might be headed to a crucial face-off next month.
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Since everyone includes NSA and other 'surveillance' agencies it seems like some agreement on how the internet can be used for spying by Iran, if we think that is a problem, and for the US where we know that is a problem will be needed somewhere-sometime.

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The U.S. Government's Secret Plans to Spy for American Corporations - The Intercept

The U.S. Government's Secret Plans to Spy for American Corporations - The Intercept | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Throughout the last year, the U.S. government has repeatedly insisted that it does not engage in economic and industrial espionage, in an effort to distinguish its own spying from China’s infiltrations of Google, Nortel, and other corporate targets. So critical is this denial to the U.S. government that last August, an NSA spokesperson emailed The Washington Post to>>
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Of course we lie at every turn. What's new?

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Big Brother knows best

Big Brother knows best | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Governments around the world are taking control of the internet to crack down on freedom of expression online, censor information on rights violations and carry out indiscriminate surveillance of users in the name of national security.Below are some shocking examples of government interference and surveillance online, selected to show both the scal
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I particularly like the 2,000,000 number in China. They have personalized spying on their citizens. All we can do is grab electronic signals and stash them away. Not enough people to read them all.

 

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First US appeals court hears argument to shut down NSA database

First US appeals court hears argument to shut down NSA database | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Second Circuit judges ask: What did Congress know, and when did they know it?
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The argument is now in the courts. One can only hope they practice the constitution.

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NSA and GCHQ agents 'leak Tor bugs'

NSA and GCHQ agents 'leak Tor bugs' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The Tor Project says it believes some NSA and GCHQ agents are surreptitiously leaking it information to protect anonymity on the net.
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Messing with Tor -- we cannot have even a corner of the world that we cannot spy on.

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