Information Technologies and Political Rights
2.6K views | +0 today
Follow
Information Technologies and Political Rights
Protest, access, privacy, support, blog -- the many ways new media facilitiate political action
Curated by Bob Boynton
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

Police 'used terror powers to spy on officers blowing whistle on racism'

Police 'used terror powers to spy on officers blowing whistle on racism' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Britain’s most scandal-hit police force faces a slew of legal claims after being accused of using controversial anti-terrorism powers to snoop on officers blowing the whistle on racism. Cleveland constabulary faces claims that it secretly obtained details from confidential emails between Asian officers and their representatives and solicitors to defend against employment cases brought against the force. 
Bob Boynton's insight:

We all know government would never abuse their power of spying. It is only for terrorists. Oh . . .

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

Bataclan third gunman was on French security list

Bataclan third gunman was on French security list | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Foued Mohamed Aggad returned from Syria undetected and was reportedly subject of two warnings from Turkey before Paris attacks
Bob Boynton's insight:

Once again the culprit was known. Over and over the electronics experts say you are wasting resources with electronic surveillance. Do police work! Keep the bad guys from evil deeds.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

How French intelligence agencies failed before the Paris attacks

How French intelligence agencies failed before the Paris attacks | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Authorities knew of at least three of the Paris attackers but did not act – and ignored a warning about a potential attack
Bob Boynton's insight:

Apparently the Guardian is the only people to have figured this out. The 'intelligence agencies' are abusing the word with their strategy to depend on bulk surveillance as the primary way to deal with terrorists. So, how many more people have to die before they change their ways?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

Meet the man who holds the future of the Internet in his hands — and thinks most security experts are “completely crazy”

Meet the man who holds the future of the Internet in his hands — and thinks most security experts are “completely crazy” | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Linus Torvalds created Linux, the operating system that dominates the online world. But a rift exists between Torvalds and security experts.
Bob Boynton's insight:

Torvald, the linux operating system, on net security.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

Facebook row: US data storage leaves users open to surveillance, court rules | World news | The Guardian

Facebook row: US data storage leaves users open to surveillance, court rules | World news | The Guardian | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
EU court ruling that privacy is being compromised could force many digital companies to relocate operations
Bob Boynton's insight:

The EU court decision in more detail. Either all information or 'horrors' the  NSA would have to stop spying on Europeans. Anyone for an EU passport?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

A DC appeals court has lifted an injunction against the NSA phone call records program

A DC appeals court has lifted an injunction against the NSA phone call records program | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The court questioned an earlier ruling against the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone data
Bob Boynton's insight:

We are now down to the 'fine print.' What can NSA do during the transition to the new law? They are still collecting information about yours and my telephone calls. We will be permanently installed in records that never go away. When your great grandchildren want to know what you did with your time they can go to NSA.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

Pro-Government Twitter Bots Try to Hush Mexican Activists

Pro-Government Twitter Bots Try to Hush Mexican Activists | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Bots on Twitter appear to be intentionally drowning out the efforts of activists to use the social media site to organize.
Bob Boynton's insight:

Bots to the 'rescue.' This seems even easier than a more standard practice of deleting messages. Of course 'they' have to use hashtags for this to work.

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

AT&T was close partner to NSA in spying, article asserts

AT&T was close partner to NSA in spying, article asserts | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
AT&T worked for decades in a close "partnership" with the National Security Agency to retrieve information about billions of emails, according to a report by the New York Times and ProPublica. The article cites NSA documents obtained from former agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Bob Boynton's insight:

Somehow this does not seem like news. It would be more news like to learn that they did not partner.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

U.S. suspects Russia in hack of Pentagon computer network

U.S. suspects Russia in hack of Pentagon computer network | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
An unclassified e-mail system for the Joint Staff has been disabled since July 25 intrusion
Bob Boynton's insight:

Let's see: 1) we have the best hackers in the world; 2) we have information systems that are hacked on a regular basis. Maybe our emphasis is wrong -- unless, of course, if you do not care that the records are available to the world. Protecting is just too much bother.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

Hack of security clearance system affected 21.5 million people, federal authorities say

Hack of security clearance system affected 21.5 million people, federal authorities say | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
FBI Director James Comey described two recent hacks of federal employee data to lawmakers Wednesday as “an enormous breach, and a huge amount of data that is personal and sensitive… was available to adversaries."
Bob Boynton's insight:

Well, if it's only 21.5 million that's nothing to worry about? Perhaps they will decide strong encryption is not such a bad idea after all.

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

Bruce Schneier: David Cameron's proposed encryption ban would 'destroy the internet'

Bruce Schneier: David Cameron's proposed encryption ban would 'destroy the internet' | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Bruce Schneier, a highly-respected security and cryptography expert, thinks that Cameron's proposed encryption ban is extremely dangerous.
Bob Boynton's insight:

How does it happen that political leaders take glee in making the world a worse place? The nicest thing you can say about an encryption ban is that it is stupid. The bad guys will have encryption and will also have ready access to the information of the rest of us. Doesn't the hacking of personnel records of the US government suggest that encryption would have a good effect? Someone please protect us all from such idiots.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

WikiLeaks: US spied on Angela Merkel's ministers too, says German newspaper

WikiLeaks: US spied on Angela Merkel's ministers too, says German newspaper | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The NSA did not just tap German chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone but also listened in on finance, economy, agriculture and other ministers
Bob Boynton's insight:

Obviously finance and agriculture are serious threats of terrorism. Otherwise how would you justify spying on them?

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

François Hollande calls emergency meeting after WikiLeaks claims US spied on three French presidents

François Hollande calls emergency meeting after WikiLeaks claims US spied on three French presidents | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Documents appear to show that American agents spied on Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Hollande, even listening to their phone calls
Bob Boynton's insight:

Either our 'friends' do not like being spied on or they do not like having it made public. Another leader upset.

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

Terrorists Mock Bids to End Use of Social Media

Terrorists Mock Bids to End Use of Social Media | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Politicians and even some technologists say Silicon Valley’s efforts to crack down on the use of social media and other technologies like encryption by terrorists have been toothless.
Bob Boynton's insight:

This is where we end up. Someone: if only we could stop their communication. Well, we can't. What we need to stop is their mayhem. And we could do a much better job of that.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records ends Sunday

NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records ends Sunday | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The action, mandated by Congress, comes 21⁄2 years after leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Bob Boynton's insight:

The end is almost here.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

Federal judge rules against NSA phone-surveillance program

Federal judge rules against NSA phone-surveillance program | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
This marks the end of a chapter in the war over privacy and security.
Bob Boynton's insight:

It would be nice if one could believe this is the end.

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

Theresa May forced to backtrack over plan to ‘snoop’ on internet use

Theresa May forced to backtrack over plan to ‘snoop’ on internet use | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Ministers rule out ban on encryption but civil rights group Liberty says climbdown is ‘just spin’
Bob Boynton's insight:

UK government backs down on surveillance practices.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

BBC One - Panorama, Edward Snowden: Spies and the Law

BBC One - Panorama, Edward Snowden: Spies and the Law | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Edward Snowden gives his first BBC interview to Panorama.
Bob Boynton's insight:

"I used to work for the government. Now I work for the people." Mr. Snowden tells it like it is.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

Digital surveillance 'worse than Orwell', says new UN privacy chief

Digital surveillance 'worse than Orwell', says new UN privacy chief | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Joseph Cannataci describes British oversight as ‘a joke’ and says a Geneva convention for the internet is needed
Bob Boynton's insight:

There is a UN involved. Let's hope it makes a difference.

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

Manipulation of feds’ personal data is a major danger in OPM cyber heist

Manipulation of feds’ personal data is a major danger in OPM cyber heist | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The cyber theft of federal personnel records could result in the manipulation of data to generate mistrust in security clearances.
Bob Boynton's insight:

This is the reason we can agree with Jeb Bush that computer companies should not use more effective encryption. If they did then the Chinese would not be able to so easily access government files. Perhaps we could have a rule that only the government can use adequate encryption. Stupidity is regular practice in our politics.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

In the battle of free speech now it’s France v Google

In the battle of free speech now it’s France v Google | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
France’s insistence that the right to be forgotten should be extended to Google.com is a threat to America’s first amendment
Bob Boynton's insight:

Karl Deutsch would have loved this.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

N.S.A. Will Not Be Allowed to Keep Old Phone Records

N.S.A. Will Not Be Allowed to Keep Old Phone Records | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Legislation in June directed the agency to stop collecting Americans’ calling data after 180 days, but did not say what would happen to the data already collected.
Bob Boynton's insight:

The end is beginning. The phone records reaching back to 2001 will be eliminated because of the hero, but criminal insists the administration, Edward Snowden. Now if they would just put NSA to work protecting US electronic records that would be nice.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

NSA tapped German Chancellery for decades, WikiLeaks claims

NSA tapped German Chancellery for decades, WikiLeaks claims | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
New documents released suggest communications between top officials including Angela Merkel were intercepted by the US spy agency
Bob Boynton's insight:

So, what is a bit of spying among friends? Well, maybe a bit of spying may be a slight understatement.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

Merkel admitted in 2011 Greek debt unsustainable

Merkel admitted in 2011  Greek debt unsustainable | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
Call intercepted by NSA and circulated by Wikileaks to media
Bob Boynton's insight:

A summary of a phone call intercepted by NSA shows that she knew that the current proposals for Greece would not work as far back as 2011. Finally, the atrocious activities of NSA have a decent payoff. That, of course, is not what Chancellor Merkel thinks.

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Bob Boynton
Scoop.it!

Shutdown of security clearance system could cause dramatic delays and disruptions, industry says

Shutdown of security clearance system could cause dramatic delays and disruptions, industry says | Information Technologies and Political Rights | Scoop.it
The Office of Personnel Management announced Monday that it was taking the Web-based system used for background investigations offline after a “vulnerability” was discovered.
Bob Boynton's insight:

So, why don't we have NSA try breaking into government systems and then tell them how they were able to do it? That is surely as useful as tracking my telephone calls.

more...
No comment yet.