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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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Senate fails to advance legislation on NSA reform

Senate fails to advance legislation on NSA reform | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The legislation would put limits on the so-called bulk collection of Americans’ records by the NSA.
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Nope! We have 1984 and they are not going to give up on it. Now we have the all seeing state -- once known as stasi.

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Tech firms make final NSA reform appeal

Tech firms make final NSA reform appeal | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The Senate will vote Tuesday on whether to move forward with the carefully crafted bill.
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Today is the day. We may or may not get some control over the expansive claims of the use spy industry, i.e, NSA, etc. Even the ACLU and the NRA are working together on passing the legislation.

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FBI's "Suicide Letter" to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Dangers of Unchecked Surveillance

FBI's "Suicide Letter" to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Dangers of Unchecked Surveillance | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The New York Times has published an unredacted version of the famous “suicide letter” from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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20th century spying and protecting the nation by telling Martin Luther King that he should commit suicide -- by the FBI. The mindset never changes. The tools are more efficient today, however.

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Google’s French arm faces daily €1,000 fines over links to defamatory article

Google’s French arm faces daily €1,000 fines over links to defamatory article | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Paris court orders parent company to remove links across global network, following right to be forgotten online ruling. By Owen Bowcott and Kim Willsher
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So, a French court says it can tell Google what to do the world over -- not just in France. That is not a good principal. What happens when the Turkish court tells Google that it cannot link to anything critical of Erdogan the world over -- which is something he would like very much. Or Farage says you cannot link to all those clips of me saying we are going to get rid of NHS because I want to be able to say that the other politicians are lying about me. Internet governance cannot be the sole property of nation states.

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Chinese hack U.S. weather systems, satellite network

Chinese hack U.S. weather systems, satellite network | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
A GOP congressman said the agency “covered” up information about a recent NOAA breach.
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And NSA is so busy hacking into the Chinese systems that they do not have time to protect ours. As they surely say -- that is for someone else. We are the hackers!

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Verizon, AT&T tracking their users with ‘supercookies’

Verizon, AT&T tracking their users with ‘supercookies’ | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Even savvy cellular users would find it almost impossible to disable the cookies, which monitor Internet activity.
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Super cookies! An identification that your phone company can track. Oh, by the way, so can anyone else with half a brain. NSA and GCHQ are going to love these. So will the hackers of the world. It is good to be fully exposed.

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Citizenfour review – gripping Snowden documentary offers portrait of power, paranoia and one remarkable man

Citizenfour review – gripping Snowden documentary offers portrait of power, paranoia and one remarkable man | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Laura Poitras’s film shows the first extensive interviews with Edward Snowden after he blew the whistle on NSA and government intrusion, writes Peter Bradshaw
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This sets the stage for the review

"Fundamentally, privacy is being abolished – not eroded, not diminished, not encroached upon, but abolished. And being constructed in its place is a colossal digital new Stasi, driven by a creepy intoxication with what is now technically possible, combined with politicians’ age-old infatuation with bullying, snooping and creating mountains of bureaucratic prestige for themselves at the expense of the snooped-upon taxpayer."

If we let it happen we are fools!

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FBI demands new powers to hack into computers and carry out surveillance

FBI demands new powers to hack into computers and carry out surveillance | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Agency requests rule change but civil liberties groups say ‘extremely invasive’ technique amounts to unconstitutional power grab
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This is the gist -- “This is an extremely invasive technique,” said Chris Soghoian, principal technologist of the American Civil Liberties Union, who will also be addressing the hearing. “We are talking here about giving the FBI the green light to hack into any computer in the country or around the world.”

 

You have to be 'proud' of our FBI. They do not think small. Any computer anywhere.

 

Oh, and watch out for those nasty Russians that might be invading your computer doing unconscionable damage. How can they possibly do such dastardly deeds?

 

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Verizon Wireless injects identifiers that link its users to Web requests

Verizon Wireless injects identifiers that link its users to Web requests | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The provider adds cookie-like tokens to alert advertisers to users’ interests.
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I like this reaction to digital communication companies recording the activity of their users.

 

“People pay Verizon and Comcast and AT&T to simply get them online and keep them connected,” he said. “These ‘gatekeeper’ service providers have no business tracking their users, blocking what they do online, or preventing users from using the services of their choice.”

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Apple’s Mac computers can automatically collect your location information

Apple’s Mac computers can automatically collect your location information | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Apple has begun collecting location and other data about its users with the launch of new Mac computers and the Yosemite operating system.
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If it takes someone following your every move for you to feel warm and fuzzy then buy a Mac. Even if you believe Apple will do nothing audacious with it the feds will be delighted so they can collect it and stash it in their giant data repository.

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Mass internet surveillance threatens international law, UN report claims

Mass internet surveillance threatens international law, UN report claims | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Actions of intelligence agencies are ‘corrosive of online privacy’, Ben Emmerson says in report responding to Edward Snowden leaks
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I am glad that our government follows UN articles so well.

 

Article 17 of the covenant, Emmerson points out, states that “no one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy, family, home and correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his or her honour and reputation”.

 

Perhaps except this one where we feel free to tell the courts that they have not authority over NSA activities. It is called the rule of law. Err well whenever law is convenient.

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Australia’s metadata grab will create modern day Stasi files

Australia’s metadata grab will create modern day Stasi files | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Carly Nyst: Keeping phone, internet and location metadata data for two years will allow modern day Stasi files to be created for all Australians
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Another country heard from -- Australia. If you do not believe this power of the state will be abused you are not attending to the news. Stasi is the reminder.

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Edward Snowden: state surveillance in Britain has no limits

Edward Snowden: state surveillance in Britain has no limits | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Whistleblower and former NSA analyst says UK regulation allows GCHQ snooping to go beyond anything seen in US
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Mr. Snowden has the 'good new' about the UK. It is even worse than in the US. How did we ever get governments that think they can do whatever they want to. XXX (fill in whatever obscenity you think appropriate) the people.

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19%20June%202008%20FISCR%20PAA%20Hearing%20Transcript%20-%20Declassified%20FINAL.pdf

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"RT @csoghoian: Finally, a secret transcript from a secret hearing before the secret surveillance court of review. "

 

How judges can argue that we are not harmed when our government decides to spy on us.

 

I think you can download this. It is interesting reading.

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State Department shuts down its e-mail system amid concerns about hacking

State Department shuts down its e-mail system amid concerns about hacking | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
None of the classified systems were compromised, an official says.
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What does it take? I'm not safe. You're not safe. But our government keeps working at spying on us rather than figuring out how to protect us and themselves.

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Americans' cellphones targeted in secret U.S. spy program

Americans' cellphones targeted in secret U.S. spy program | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Sources say the U.S. Marshals Service has, since 2007, flown aircraft equipped with equipment that tricks cellphones owned by innocent citizens into givin
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Your government in action -- 'guarding' your every step. You just thought you phone signal was being processed by the phone company. April's fool. But we cannot be bothered to stop the Chinese. I suppose our government has agreed to not bother the Chinese if they do not bother our spies.

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Harry Reid Moves for Senate Vote on NSA Reform

Harry Reid Moves for Senate Vote on NSA Reform | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The Senate majority leader is hoping to move the bulk data-collection bill before his party returns to the minority.
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The chair, Leahy, gets a vote on his bill. The other chair, Feinstein, opposes. The president is surely going to oppose -- that is speculation, of course. But this is probably as close as we are going to get in reducing government spying.

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The FBI’s Quiet Plan to Expand Its Hacking Powers

The FBI’s Quiet Plan to Expand Its Hacking Powers | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Authorities are asking a little-known rule-making panel to increase the FBI's search warrant powers to remotely hack into computers.
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These are the consequences: They also warned that the expansion would threaten the Fourth Amendment's strict limitations on government search and seizures, and allow the FBI to violate the sovereignty of foreign countries."

 

Where are our 'strict constructionists" when we need them. Oh, they are letting states get away with making it harder and harder to vote.

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GCHQ chief accuses US tech giants of becoming terrorists' 'networks of choice'

GCHQ chief accuses US tech giants of becoming terrorists' 'networks of choice' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
New director of UK eavesdropping agency accuses US tech firms of becoming ‘networks of choice’ for terrorists
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Different voice. Same story. We must be able to track every electronic communication without having to justify that action to anyone other than ourselves. We will have another stasi whether you like or not. And that's democracy in action.

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Somebody’s Already Using Verizon’s ID to Track Users

Somebody’s Already Using Verizon’s ID to Track Users | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Twitter is using a newly discovered hidden code that the telecom carriers are adding to every page you visit – and it's very hard to opt out.
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It turns out opting out has what you might think of as an NSA interpretation, and it does not mean what you might think it means. It is just there to make you feel like you are protecting yourself. Feeling good!

 

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Hackers breach some White House computers

Hackers breach some White House computers | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Hackers thought to be working for the Kremlin breached the unclassified White House computer network, officials said.
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They forgot to mention our hacking their systems. Just an oversight, I suppose.

 

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Citizenfour review: Edward Snowden in his own words

Citizenfour review: Edward Snowden in his own words | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Who is the NSA whistleblower? And why did he do what he did? A new documentary lets him speak – and film critic Owen Gleiberman is impressed by what he hears.
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I suppose a positive review from the Guardian is not a surprise. But it is a nice review of the documentary.

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FBI director: Tech companies should be required to make devices wiretap-friendly

FBI director: Tech companies should be required to make devices wiretap-friendly | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it

Let's James Comey says Apple’s and Google’s new encryption efforts can help criminals elude the law.

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Let's make the hackers of the world wealthy. Give them device wiretap-friendly computers to work on. They are, after all, at least as smart as if not smarter than the FBI.

 

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Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users

Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
‘Confessional’ app follows some users even after they have asked not to be tracked
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If NSA isn't enough here is a private firm that will track your movement, keeping the information indefinitely, and read your messages. They do tell you that it is the most anonymous service for communication on the internet. If this sounds most anonymous this is the one for you.

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Russian hackers use ‘zero-day’ to hack NATO, Ukraine in cyber-spy campaign

Russian hackers use ‘zero-day’ to hack NATO, Ukraine in cyber-spy campaign | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
A report said the group, which is probably working for the Kremlin, also targeted Ukraine.
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Everybody gets to spy.

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