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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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It Is Statistically Impossible for Mass Surveillance to Be an Effective Anti-Terrorism Tool

It Is Statistically Impossible for Mass Surveillance to Be an Effective Anti-Terrorism Tool | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared in New Scientist. Some U.K. politicians are trying once again to pass mass surveillance laws after the Paris attacks. It’s a misguided approach, says a computing researcher. In response to the terrorist attacks in Paris, the U.K. government is redoubling its efforts to engage in mass...
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Once more for the obvious. Are the politicians so dumb they cannot understand this? Or are they, as Mr. Cameron said earlier, after electoral advantage by convincing the 'dumb' us.

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Justice Department says U.S. kept secret database of calls overseas until 2013 by subpoenaing companies

Justice Department says U.S. kept secret database of calls overseas until 2013 by subpoenaing companies | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Justice Department acknowledges law enforcement swept up records from phone companies until 2013.
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They are not going to let NSA beat them. Every federal agency with a log of all calls so they can check from time to time. And they use warrants. Warrants they write themselves and do not have to show anyone to justify. Sigh. Our government in action spying on us.

 

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Need Some Espionage Done? Hackers Are for Hire Online

Need Some Espionage Done? Hackers Are for Hire Online | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
No longer just the domain of intelligence agencies, “hacktivists” or criminal gangs, there is a growing cottage industry of ordinary people hiring hackers for much smaller acts of espionage.
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In case you have a few extra hundred dollars you too can have a hacker working for you. This is what Mr. Cameron and Mr. Obama want to be sure continues to be possible by blocking the effectiveness of encryption. Perhaps we could take up a collection to use to hack Mr. Cameron's election communications -- of course we would only want to do it legally.

 

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Clegg in 'snoopers' charter' attack

Clegg in 'snoopers' charter' attack | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Nick Clegg reaffirms his party's opposition to what critics have dubbed a "snoopers' charter", in the wake of the Paris attacks.
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A politician on the wrong side of fear.

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Elec2016 on Twitter

Elec2016 on Twitter | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Paul Ryan the first dropout. Media always mentioned him, but no one else did until the day he said no - 15,000 tweets http://www.boyntons.us/election2016/paul%20ryan/mention-paul-ryan.html
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Boris Johnson says he's 'not interested in this civil liberties stuff' as David Cameron prepares to meet UK security chiefs

Boris Johnson says he's 'not interested in this civil liberties stuff' as David Cameron prepares to meet UK security chiefs | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
David Cameron is to meet with UK security chiefs on Monday to discuss whether Britain will give greater powers to its police and spies in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.
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This is very close to evil! They already knew about the men who did the shooting. They already knew the person in the UK who led them. So, what do we do. More surveillance. It was not a failure of surveillance. It was a failure of judgment.

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Elec2016 on Twitter

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Spike: Christie spike Dec 16 to Jan 4 917 tweets per day. Jan 5 51,629 All it took a visit to Texas for NFL football http://www.boyntons.us/election2016/christie/christie-spike-150105.html
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Elec2016 on Twitter

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The Announce Bounce: Huckabee not news RT @ 130 times "Is Baptist Preacher. Remember What A REPUBLICAN Told Us About Religious Politicians"
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Elec2016 on Twitter

Elec2016 on Twitter | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The Announce Bounce: Huckabee 1/4/2015 tweets are news: 78.2% include a url and 43.6% include a retweet.
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Who’s the true enemy of internet freedom - China, Russia, or the US?

Who’s the true enemy of internet freedom - China, Russia, or the US? | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Evgeny Morozov: Beijing and Moscow are rightly chastised for restricting their citizens’ online access – but it’s the US that is now even more aggressive in asserting its digital sovereignty
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How do we get a government that is so self important that they can see no limit on their authority. The word is -- we are in charge and can do whatever we please whether it be government spying or riding over other governments. It makes no sense.

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Elec2016 on Twitter

Elec2016 on Twitter | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
reverberations: Obama said Cuba. Rubio said no. A spike to 32K tweets mentioning Rubio. 18K mentioned Cuba. 17K in Spanish. And fast decline
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Google, Wireless Industry Not Down With Marriott’s Wi-Fi Blocking Plan

Google, Wireless Industry Not Down With Marriott’s Wi-Fi Blocking Plan | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
History isn’t on the hotel industry’s side as it tries to convince regulators to let it block personal hotspots.
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Please FCC we must be able to charge them or we will go broke -- or some rationale like that. Actually it is terrorists they are trying to block when terrorists try to use wifi in their hotels without paying.

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Hackers are going after the Internet’s very infrastructure. Here’s why that matters.

Hackers are going after the Internet’s very infrastructure. Here’s why that matters. | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The Los Angeles-based non-profit that acts as something of the air traffic-controller of the global Internet has announced that it was the victim of a hacking attack last month.
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Good grief. In the world of internet governance ICANN is a big deal. Perhaps they were trying to show that anybody can be hacked. Other wise . . .

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GCHQ captured emails of journalists from top international media

GCHQ captured emails of journalists from top international media | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Snowden files reveal saved emails of NY Times, BBC, Guardian and more by agency which sees investigative journalists as ‘threat’ akin to terrorists
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How to protect the nation from terrorists?  Go after the email communication of journalists. Of course, journalists do pose a threat. They are a threat to reveal activities that are embarrassing as well as illegal.

 

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Secret US cybersecurity report: encryption vital to protect private data

Secret US cybersecurity report: encryption vital to protect private data | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Newly uncovered Snowden document contrasts with British PM’s vow to crack down on encrypted messaging after Paris attacks
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Since 2009 it has been clear to NSA that the only protection against the 'bad guys' was encryption. Perhaps political leaders will get there sometime in the not too distant future.

 

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What David Cameron just proposed would endanger every Briton and destroy the IT industry

What David Cameron just proposed would endanger every Briton and destroy the IT industry | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
David Cameron says there should be no "means of communication" which "we cannot read" -- and no doubt many in his party will agree with him, politically. But if they understood the technology, they would be shocked to their boots.
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One response to David Cameron -- you haven't a clue. In extensive detail. What is missed is that this is about elections. The author takes Mr. Cameron to be serious. Of course, he is serious; serious about elections.

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British Prime Minister Suggests Banning Some Online Messaging Apps

British Prime Minister Suggests Banning Some Online Messaging Apps | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain said he would pursue banning encrypted messaging services like Snapchat and WhatsApp if the country’s intelligence services were not given greater access to people’s online communication.
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This is called democracy in action. If you can get your citizens sufficiently scared you can get yourself re-elected by being 'strongly' opposed to what everyone is opposed. Of course, they already knew who the terrorists were. They just did not think they were important enough to pay attention to them. No surveillance tools make up for bad judgments. But no politician will admit that.

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U.S. military social media accounts apparently hacked by Islamic State sympathizers

U.S. military social media accounts apparently hacked by Islamic State sympathizers | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Social media accounts for the U.S. military's Central Command appeared to have been hacked on Monday, with the posting of messages on Twitter and YouTube threatening American troops.
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How can they not have anticipated this? Do they their heads in the sand? Wake up US government. This is an internet world.

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Elec2016 on Twitter

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Romney: the announce bounce 40,879 tweets in first 8 hours. Compare Bush announce bounce 48,826 in same time.
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With Power of Social Media Growing, Police Now Monitoring and Criminalizing Online Speech - The Intercept

With Power of Social Media Growing, Police Now Monitoring and Criminalizing Online Speech - The Intercept | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Like all technologies that threaten to subvert authority, social media is increasingly targeted for police control, repression and punishment.
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If only Mr. Erdagon can be as successful in Turkey as the UK and US governments all terrorism will be silenced. At least that is what we call speech we do not like.

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Elec2016 on Twitter

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The Announce Bounce: Huckabee not news RT @ 133 times "Why would Mike Huckabee run for president he already has a Fox show?"
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Elec2016 on Twitter

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The Announce Bounce: Huckabee 1/4/2015 tweets are news: 78.2% include a url and 43.6% include a retweet.
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Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA's War on Internet Security - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA's War on Internet Security - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
US and British intelligence agencies undertake every effort imaginable to crack all types of encrypted Internet communication. The cloud, it seems, is full of holes. The good news: New Snowden documents show that some forms of encryption still cause problems for the NSA.
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The full story about NSA and encryption.  They break it.

 

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U.S. Spy Agency Reports Improper Surveillance of Americans

The National Security Agency today released reports on intelligence collection that may have violated the law or U.S. policy over more than a decade, including unauthorized surveillance of Americans’ overseas communications.
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Perhaps it was Rudolph -- records of unauthorized spying released by NSA on Christmas eve. However, they do not have enough computers to bring them up to date. Only through 2013 is available.

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Elec2016 on Twitter

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FoComparative tweeting 12/16 to 12/22 -- Clinton 51,334 tweets and Warren 24,862. Tweets mentioning both 1,200. Not much comparison.

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