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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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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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Turkey summons German ambassador over BND spying allegations

Turkey summons German ambassador over BND spying allegations | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Ankara demands explanation following media reports Turkish politicians surveillance target for intelligence agency since 2009
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Another country that does not want to be spied on. What is the world coming to? Don't they know that spying is perfectly legal. Get with it Erdogan. You too can spy on Merkel if only you give it a little attention. Then you can move on to Obama. Perhaps this is a mess that ought to be fixed.

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Report: German intel spied on Kerry, Clinton

Report: German intel spied on Kerry, Clinton | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Germany’s foreign intelligence agency eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessor Hillary Clinton, German magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.
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European Union Expresses Concern About Microsoft Email Privacy Case

European Union Expresses Concern About Microsoft Email Privacy Case | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
NEWS ANALYSIS: The EU plans to extend its privacy laws to apply to all companies doing business in the EU, regardless of whether they are located there or overseas.
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Two court systems asserting themselves in what looks like a zero sum game. Hello world -- all of this is going to have to be negotiated. The internet is global, and no national court can command it. Nor can a national spy agency prevent all the other spy agencies. Skip privacy it is spying in a way that is unacceptable in our constitution and should be for the world. Otherwise NSA will not be able to spy on me (legally) but the Chinese are free to do whatever they want just NSA claims to be able to do whatever it wants in other countries.

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Israel spied on John Kerry during peace effort – report

Israel spied on John Kerry during peace effort – report | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Der Spiegel says Israelis eavesdropped on US secretary of state’s telephone conversations during mediation effort that broke down in April
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A gotcha -- If we complain or even feel offended -- that certainly seems like  the pot calling the kettle black. Are we going to go on like this indefinitely? When are we going to get a government willing to take it on an provide reasonable bounds?

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Think the Supreme Court protected your cellphone from warrantless searches? Think again.

Think the Supreme Court protected your cellphone from warrantless searches? Think again. | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Even after the Court's ruling on mobile privacy this year, travelers are still subject to warrantless searches at the border and airports.
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Oh dear -- do you think I should throw my phone away before returning from Germany in a couple of weeks? It has suspicious emails to my family on it.

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Senate Expected To Unveil Broad NSA Reform Bill Tomorrow | TechCrunch

Senate Expected To Unveil Broad NSA Reform Bill Tomorrow | TechCrunch | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy is expected to introduce a version of the USA FREEDOM Act (UFA) tomorrow that is far stronger than what the enfeebled House of..
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Senator Leahy to our rescue -- at least a little bit. But backdoors may well not be closed.

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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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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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Sen. Wyden: Your data’s yours no matter on whose server it lives

Sen. Wyden: Your data’s yours no matter on whose server it lives | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
At TechFestNW,the Oregon Democrat issued a call for reform of the decades-old "third party doctrine."
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Senator Wyden gets to the core of the problem -- a 1979 Supreme Court decision that should not have been acceptable then and certainly is not acceptable now. Go Wyden!

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U.S. firm helped the spyware industry build a potent digital weapon for sale overseas

U.S. firm helped the spyware industry build a potent digital weapon for sale overseas | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
U.S. firm’s work helped develop “network injection appliances” that are sold to foreign security services.
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Producing systems to spy on you is now a big, and undoubtedly very profitable, business. Look forward to your computer being taken over. Isn't it a wonderful world? Of course, you want to be spied on.

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Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers - The Intercept

Barack Obama's Secret Terrorist-Tracking System, by the Numbers - The Intercept | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Nearly half of the people on the U.S. government’s widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group, according to classified government documents obtained by The Intercept. Of the 680,000 people caught up in the government’s Terrorist Screening Database—a watchlist of “known or suspected terrorists” that is shared with local Read more
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If you are not on one of the lists there must be something wrong with  you. I would think there must be something wrong with me except I do not know if I am on one of the lists. National security would be threatened if I knew.

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Microsoft ordered to produce overseas customer email addresses by US judge

Microsoft ordered to produce overseas customer email addresses by US judge | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Microsoft and others had challenged a criminal search warrant for the emails, in case that drew concern from privacy groups
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The European cloud 'servers' are rubbing their hands in glee. At this point, at least, they can say they are beyond the reach of the US judicial system that thinks it runs the  world.

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CIA director John Brennan apologizes for search of Senate computers

CIA director John Brennan apologizes for search of Senate computers | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Agency admits that employees improperly searched Senate Intelligence Committe computers
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Electronic spying is so nice -- except when you get caught. But he did not say they would not do it again.

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