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Snowden selfies: Edward Snowden roams TED2014 TED Blog Live

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"A TED attendee snaps a photo with Edward Snowden, appearing on the stage"creen of a telepresence robot. Photo: Bret Hartman

"After speaking at TED2014, Edward Snowden roamed the halls. Here, some great photos by: Kate Torgovnick May March 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm PDT

"Edward Snowden appeared on the TED stage earlier today via a telepresence robot, which he was able to control remotely. So after giving the talk, “Here’s how we take back the internet” — which is now live on now (after our production team edited it in record time) — Snowden didn’t sign off. He decided to have a little fun and roam the halls of TED2014. First, he had a conversation with Sergey Brin, a moment snapped by one of TED’s engineers.From there, he kept on going, interacting with any attendees who wanted to talk to him or pose for what’s become known around the Vancouver Convention Centre as a “Snowden selfie.” Here, some images."

Edward Snowden walks, err rolls, around the convention center like any other attendee. Photo: Bret Hartman

Snowden debriefs with his lawyer immediately after coming offstage. Photo: Bret Hartman

A Snowden photo opp. Photo: Bret Hartman

Meanwhile, on social media, people are posting similar pics with the hashtag #selfiewithsnowden:

You never know who you might bump into at TED—
Chris Anderson (@TEDchris) March 18, 2014


Best. Day. Ever. #SelfieWithSnowden #TED2014— ; Alex Rudloff (@alexrudloff) March 18, 2014


David Nott (@nottdavid) March 18, 201


@andrewhobgood is at the TED Conference and the surprise guest speaker was Edward Snowden! #selfiewithsnowden— The New Colony (ch 18, 2014

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Give Snowden credit for surveillance debate: Google's Schmidt

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Edward Snowden, the contractor at the center of the NSA controversy, should be credited for starting a debate, Eric Schmidt told CNBC on Friday.


 Former NSA analyst Edward Snowden should be credited for starting a debate about privacy versus security, Google's Eric Schmidt, told CNBC on Friday.


In a wide-ranging "Squawk Box" interview from Davos, Switzerland, the Google executive chairman also insisted that his company knew nothing about the National Security Agency's surveillance activities. He said the agency's actions have cost technology firms "hundreds of millions of dollars in profit" due to opportunities that went to international competitors.


He said U.S. spying had become something of a talking point for European technology companies, giving them an opening to lure business from their American counterparts.


Snowden, who is living in exile in Russia in the face of U.S. criminal charges for his disclosures about NSA spying, has been alternately hailed as a hero and vilified as a traitor.


"When I look at what's happened here, a debate has been started," Schmidt said. "You have to give him credit for that."


(Read more: Obama ends NSA's mass storage of telephone metadata)


Google's top executive also reiterated his position that his company, along with other tech giants, were outraged by the disclosures, and took preventative measures to safeguard user privacy.


"It was a bad policy," Schmidt said. "If you're going to collect that data, ... as a general matter the government should only collect data it really needs."


more: NSA uses old tech to snoop into computers offline)

—By CNBC's Javier E. David.


N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers   Text Size   Published: Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | 7:33 AM ETBy: David E. Sanger and Thom Shanker 

WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks.


While most of the software is inserted by gaining access to computer networks, the N.S.A. has increasingly made use of a secret technology that enables it to enter and alter data in computers even if they are not connected to the Internet, according to N.S.A. documents, computer experts and American officials.

The technology, which the agency has used since at least 2008, relies on a covert channel of radio waves that can be transmitted from tiny circuit boards and USB cards inserted surreptitiously into the computers. In some cases, they are sent to a briefcase-size relay station that intelligence agencies can set up miles away from the target.


The radio frequency technology has helped solve one of the biggest problems facing American intelligence agencies for years: getting into computers that adversaries, and some American partners, have tried to make impervious to spying or cyberattack. In most cases, the radio frequency hardware must be physically inserted by a spy, a manufacturer or an unwitting user.


The N.S.A. calls its efforts more an act of ''active defense'' against foreign cyberattacks than a tool to go on the offensive. But when Chinese attackers place similar software on the computer systems of American companies or government agencies, American officials have protested, often at the presidential level.

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NSA recorded French phone calls, accessed Mexican president's email: Reports

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A report has just been published in Le Monde.


'Look, France, we know you're mad about us bugging your lines, but that's not how it went down. Just listen to us. Sorry, bad choice of words.' That's Washington to Paris right now after allegations surfaced this week that US spies had been recording tens of millions of phone calls made by French citizens. 


What the papers described, what the French government decried, what the US ambassador was summoned to awkwardly explain — that wasn't an accurate picture


, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has said. He declined to say what was instead the case, only that the claim that the National Security Agency collected more than 70 million recordings of French citizens' telephone data is "false." (It was actually 80 million! Jokes.) Refusing to reveal what they do collect, however, isn't likely to appease France's furie: President Francois Hollande plans to raise the issue of Washington's surveillance at a European Union summit tomorrow, where he hopes new rules on how much the US can spy on her allies will be set.




French newspaper Le Monde reported that "telephone communications of French citizens are intercepted on a massive scale," based on documents obtained by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

"Le Monde has been able to obtain access to documents which describe the techniques used to violate the secrets or simply the private life of French people," the newspaper wrote.


According to the report, from the period of Dec. 10, 2012 to Jan. 8, 2013, the NSA made 70.3 million phone recordings of French citizens. Le Monde wrote that when a certain phone number is dialed in France, "it activates a signal which automatically triggers the recording of the call," under the program dubbed US-985D.


As for the targeting of individuals, Le Monde wrote that while some were singled out for suspected links to terrorism, others were "targeted simply because they belong to the worlds of business, politics or French state administration."


French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said he was "deeply shocked" by the report.


"It's incredible that an allied country like the United States at this point goes as far as spying on private communications that have no strategic justification, no justification on the basis of national defence," Ayrault was quoted as saying. .....


The BBC's correspondent noted that the French government has itself been accused of similar surveillance on its own citizens. Le Monde reported in July that massive amounts of personal data, including emails, texts and telephone and internet records were stored by the French government for years....


More from GlobalPost: EU set to pass data privacy law amid NSA surveillance scandal


....The European Parliament is set to debate legislation limiting data sharing with the United States.


The new rules could require major internet companies to seek the approval of European authorities before complying with US warrants for private user data.


Transferring European data to outside countries by companies like Google or Yahoo would require following rules set by the EU.

Large fines would be imposed on those companies that do not follow the rules.


The measure is an amendment to a large electronic privacy law....



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"Here's how we take back the Internet" out surveillance & Internet freedom Appearing by telepresence robot"" Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 + Transcript

"Here's how we take back the Internet" out surveillance & Internet freedom Appearing by telepresence robot"" Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 + Transcript | Interesting Reading to learn English -intermediate - advanced (B1, B2, C1,) |

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" The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. "Your rights matter,” he says, "because you never know when you're going to need them." Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee."

Edward SnowdenWhistleblower Guardian profile The NSA files   TED Speaker "In 2013 Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified American National Security Agency documents, sparking a global conversation about citizens' rights to privacy on the Internet.""Why you should listen

"Edward Snowden was just about to turn 28 when his face was suddenly splashed across every major newspaper in the US. In the summer of 2013 The Guardian published a series of leaked documents about the American National Security Agency (NSA), starting with an article about a secret court order demanding American phone records from Verizon, followed by an article on the NSA's top-secret Prism program, said to be accessing user data from Google, Apple and Facebook.


It wasn't long before Snowden came forward as the source, revealing that he had carefully planned the leak, copying documents when he was working as a contractor for the NSA.


"I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions," he said at the time, but "I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant."


Snowden's actions have led to a global debate on the relationship between national security and online privacy. His leaks continue to have a lasting impact on the American public's view of the government, and has encouraged media scrutiny on the NSA.


Snowden had coordinated the leak with journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras from Hong Kong; after he revealed his identity, he fled and ended up in Moscow. Under charges of espionage by the American government, Snowden remains in Russia in temporary asylum"

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Life in the Electronic Concentration Camp:The Many Ways That You’re Being Tracked, Catalogued & Controlled By John W. Whitehead

“[A security camera] doesn’t respond to complaint, threats, or insults. Instead, it just watches you in a forbidding manner. Today, the surveillance state is so deeply enmeshed in our data devices that we don’t even scream back because technology companies have convinced us that we need to be connected to them to be happy.”—Pratap Chatterjee, journalist

January 07, 2014 "Information Clearing House -  What is most striking about the American police state is not the mega-corporations running amok in the halls of Congress, the militarized police crashing through doors and shooting unarmed citizens, or the invasive surveillance regime which has come to dominate every aspect of our lives. No, what has been most disconcerting about the emergence of the American police state is the extent to which the citizenry appears content to passively wait for someone else to solve our nation’s many problems.


Unless Americans are prepared to engage in militant nonviolent resistance in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi, true reform, if any, will be a long time coming.


Yet as I detail in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, if we don’t act soon, all that is in need of fixing will soon be unfixable, especially as it relates to the police state that becomes more entrenched with each passing day. By “police state,” I am referring to more than a society overrun by the long arm of the police. I am referring to a society in which all aspects of a person’s life are policed by government agents, one in which all citizens are suspects, their activities monitored and regulated, their movements tracked, their communications spied upon, and their lives, liberties and pursuit of happiness dependent on the government’s say-so.


That said, how can anyone be expected to “fix” what is broken unless they first understand the.................

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President Moves to Ease Worries on Surveillance

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WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday sought to take control of the roiling debate over the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices, releasing a more detailed legal justification for domestic spying and calling for more openness and scrutiny of the N.S.A.’s programs to reassure a skeptical public that its privacy is not being violated."


....But at a time when leaks by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden have exposed the agency’s expansive spying both inside the United States and abroad to an unprecedented degree of scrutiny, Mr. Obama showed no inclination to curtail secret surveillance efforts. Rather, he conceded only a need for greater openness and safeguards to make the public “comfortable” with them."


...Critics of the electronic spying brought to light by Mr. Snowden’s leaks said the president’s approach was insufficient. Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, said that a program that collects records of every domestic phone call — which Mr. Obama made clear he intends to keep — must be shut down.

“What’s clear is that these surveillance programs have gone much further than the president or Congress have ever admitted,” Mr. Romero said. “These initial recommendations from Obama today, albeit welcome, are too little too late. They are not sufficient to address serious co"


A spokesman for Speaker John A. Boehner, Republican of Ohio, urged Mr. Obama not to let such criticism undermine the N.S.A.’s fundamental capabilities.


...The news conference also dwelled on Mr. Snowden’s obtaining temporary refugee status in Russia, and the cooling relationship with the Putin government over that and several other issues, including the conflict in Syria and Russia’s crackdown on gay rights. Earlier in the week, Mr. Obama canceled a planned summit meeting with Mr. Putin in Moscow.

While Mr. Obama said he opposed calls to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, he acknowledged “emerging differences” with his Russian counterpart.

Asked whether the steps on surveillance he was taking amounted to a vindication of Mr. Snowden’s leaks, Mr. Obama rejected that notion. He said that Mr. Snowden should have gone to the Congressional intelligence committees with any concerns he had about surveillance, rather than “putting at risk our national security and some very vital ways that we are able to get intelligence that we need to secure the country."“I don’t think Mr. Snowden was a patriot,” Mr. Obama said."

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