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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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Protest, access, privacy, support, blog -- the many ways new media facilitiate political action
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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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How “omnipotent” hackers tied to NSA hid for 14 years—and were found at last

How “omnipotent” hackers tied to NSA hid for 14 years—and were found at last | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
"Equation Group" ran the most advanced hacking operation ever uncovered.
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Nobody asked me. The world's most sophisticated hackers are NSA operating secretly hacking everything they can get their hands on. Too bad for democracy. It is hard to hold one's head up when facing anyone else in the world. I suppose I just don't count.

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Investigative journalists are pretty sure the U.S. government is watching them

Investigative journalists are pretty sure the U.S. government is watching them | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
They're probably right.
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Your government at work protecting you from those terrorists who are sometimes called reporters. I feel much safer. I do not know about you.

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UK-US surveillance regime was unlawful ‘for seven years’

UK-US surveillance regime was unlawful ‘for seven years’ | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Regulations governing access to intercepted information obtained by NSA breached human rights laws, according to Investigatory Powers Tribunal
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Another win for the citizens of the UK. Your government says they can spy on you any way they want, and it is completely legal. And please do not pay attention to that court over there that said their actions were illegal.

 

Of course our government does exactly the same. Say one thing, but do another. And one should never let something as trivial as law get in your way.

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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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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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The Great SIM Heist: How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle

The Great SIM Heist: How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world.
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If this is what the 'good guys' are doing just imagine what the 'bad guys'  are doing. Oh, it turns out we are the bad guys so you do not have to imagine what the bad guys are doing. Now we know.

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Republican senator pushes bill to require warrants for emails

Republican senator pushes bill to require warrants for emails | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The senator's bill limits access to data stored in clouds and overseas.
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Perhaps Republicans will be willing to pass legislation now that they are the majority.

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Crowdsourcing America’s cybersecurity is an idea so crazy it might just work

Crowdsourcing America’s cybersecurity is an idea so crazy it might just work | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Given the size and complexity of the problem, we need more people to help.
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It might work. What we know does not work is electronic surveillance on everyone in the world. We have demonstrated that does not work over and over. The latest being Anthem Health Insurance.

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British army to launch ‘Facebook warriors’ brigade on 1 April

British army to launch ‘Facebook warriors’ brigade on 1 April | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
A new unit of the British army, formally known as the '77th Brigade', is due to launch on 1 April with a remit to conduct 'information warfare' using social media.
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This is the sentence I 'like.' "The 1,500-strong battalion will be trained in ‘manipulation through social media’ before formally launching on 1 April." Manipulation is just what we need. Honesty need not apply.

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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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