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FTC takes on Big Data STAVRA gets a little less complicated More Snowden ... - Politico

FTC takes on Big Data STAVRA gets a little less complicated More Snowden ... - Politico | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

DRIVING THE DAY: THE FTC TAKES ON BIG DATA — The Federal Trade Commission kicks off a workshop on Big Data and discrimination this morning at 9 a.m. The daylong event is aimed at taking a deeper dive into how giant data sets can affect low-income and underserved consumers, especially in light of the White House's report on the subject, which raised concerns that the technology could be used to "digitally redefine unwanted groups" and "enable new forms of discrimination." Chairwoman Edith Ramirez will give the first keynote, and look for her to once again emphasize her concerns with Big Data. "As businesses segment consumers for the purpose of marketing products, setting prices, and tailoring customer service, the worry is that existing disparities will be exacerbated," she'll say, per prepared remarks.

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Switzerland reportedly offers Snowden safe passage, immunity from extradition

Switzerland reportedly offers Snowden safe passage, immunity from extradition | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
A report in the Swiss weekend paper Sonntagszeitung states that Snowden would not be extradited to the USA for "politically motivated" reasons if he were to attend hearings on illegal NSA spying.
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New Whistleblower Following in Snowden's Footsteps - VPN Creative

Earlier this morning, Glenn Greenwald revealed the existence of freshly leaked classified documents in his publication The Intercept which have furthered indicted the NSA in a series of scandals fueled by illegal domestic surveillance on U.S citizens.

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Edward Snowden Could Live With Life in Gitmo — But Can We? - VICE News

Edward Snowden Could Live With Life in Gitmo — But Can We? - VICE News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In his latest interview, this time with the Guardian, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden stressed again that his continued stay in Russia is no indication of allegiance nor subterfuge with the Kremlin. Rather, he said, Russia is a place of greater safety while the US refuses to let him bring a public interest defense to court against the Espionage Act charges he faces in America.

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Partial Disclosure by Sue Halpern

Partial Disclosure by Sue Halpern | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Edward Snowden, as we all now know, was another kind of NSA technical wizard, whose job entailed teaching agents how to shield their digital devices from surveillance and designing systems to thwart other countries cyberspying on the United States. Though he was in his twenties and without traditional educational credentials, having neither a college nor a standard high school degree, Snowden’s computer abilities gained him ever-increasing security clearances, even when he was not an employee of the United States government but, rather, a contract worker. This, we’ve learned, was not unusual. As Greenwald reports, the NSA employs twice as many civilian contractors—60,000—as it does agency employees—30,000—many of whom hold “confidential” and “top secret” security clearances.1

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Four ways Edward Snowden changed the world – and why the fight's not over

Four ways Edward Snowden changed the world – and why the fight's not over | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Trevor Timm: Encrypted Gmail. Transparency from mobile providers. Maybe even a legal 'revolt' against 'Orwellian' surveillance. But until we get real reform, NSA and Co may survive in the shadows
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After Snowden, do you feel less safe? David Aaronovitch on Glenn Greenwald ... - New Statesman

After Snowden, do you feel less safe? David Aaronovitch on Glenn Greenwald ... - New Statesman | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Snowden affair turned Greenwald from the humourless Occupy Wall Street version of Richard Littlejohn into that matinée idol of the modern era, the investigative journalist with a big story. 

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Noam Chomsky’s nightmare: Once again, you can’t trust the New York Times

Noam Chomsky’s nightmare: Once again, you can’t trust the New York Times | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Two new communiqués from the surveillance state this week. Over the weekend, the New York Times and Der Spiegel, the German newsmagazine, came up with another batch of documents released by Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, who has told us in a year more truth about the world we live in than our media seem prepared to tell us in the next two decades.

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NSA Deputy Director: 'Always Room' to Discuss Amnesty for Snowden - Wired

NSA Deputy Director: 'Always Room' to Discuss Amnesty for Snowden - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


But when TED organizer Chris Anderson asked Ledgett whether he would consider backing any kind of amnesty for Snowden, he stopped short of saying no.

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The NSA responds to Edward Snowden’s TED Talk |...

The NSA responds to Edward Snowden’s TED Talk |... | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
After a surprise appearance by Edward Snowden at TED2014, Chris Anderson said: "If the NSA wants to respond, please do." And yes, they did.
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▶ Snowden's first live: 'Constitution being violated on massive scale' (FULL VIDEO) - YouTube

Speaking remotely from Russia on Monday, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told attendees at the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas that encryption is still a powerful deterrent against government surveillance.

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The death of privacy - Stabroek News

The death of privacy - Stabroek News | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

In mid-June 2013, a search engine that guarantees its users privacy noticed a sudden influx of 500,000 new queries. One day earlier Edward Snowden had leaked details of the PRISM surveillance programme. Since then, traffic at DuckDuckGo has climbed steadily as further leaks underscore the range of online eavesdropping by members of the Five Eyes surveillance alliance (US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand). In addition to facilitating corporate espionage and wiretapping the Chancellor of Germany, the group has reportedly captured and stored private data from millions of its own citizens, and countless unsuspecting foreigners.

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The New Snowden Revelation Is Dangerous for Anonymous — And for All of Us - Wired

The New Snowden Revelation Is Dangerous for Anonymous — And for All of Us - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Unlike a hack, which involves accessing or damaging data, a DDoS attack renders a web page inaccessible due to an excessive flood of traffic.

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Snowden: New Zealand's Prime Minister Isn't Telling the Truth About Mass Surveillance - The Intercept

Snowden: New Zealand's Prime Minister Isn't Telling the Truth About Mass Surveillance - The Intercept | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says his spy agency doesn't engage in mass surveillance. This is false. If you live in New Zealand, you are being watched.
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Snowden claims you should blame the NSA for a 2012 Syrian Internet outage ... - Washington Post (blog)

Snowden claims you should blame the NSA for a 2012 Syrian Internet outage ... - Washington Post (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden says the NSA was responsible for a 2012 Syrian Internet outage, in a new profile published Wednesday by Wired:


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Edward Snowden interview - the edited transcript - The Guardian

Edward Snowden interview - the edited transcript - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

That whole period was very carefully planned and orchestrated. There was no risk of compromise. I could have been screwed, but the fact that transmissions to journalists would be intercepted, that wasn’t possible at all, unless the journalist intentionally passed this to the government.

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Big Brother’s war on Palestine, Ukraine and truth

Big Brother’s war on Palestine, Ukraine and truth | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The other night, I saw George Orwell’s 1984 performed on the London stage. Although crying out for a contemporary interpretation, Orwell’s warning about the future was presented as a period piece: remote, unthreatening. It was as if Edward Snowden had revealed nothing, Big Brother was not now a digital eavesdropper and Orwell himself had never said, “To be corrupted by totalitarianism, one does not have to live in a totalitarian country.”

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At Personal Democracy Forum, Snowden & Co. Turn Focus To Encryption - PBS MediaShift

At Personal Democracy Forum, Snowden & Co. Turn Focus To Encryption - PBS MediaShift | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Just as the Personal Democracy Forum (PDF) was commencing last year, news broke that a young ex-CIA analyst working under contract for the National Security Agency in Hawaii disclosed reams of classified documents to the media. The leak was blasted by the Obama administration as a massive detriment to America’s national security and applauded by civil libertarians as a whistle blown on a secret, statist, and suspicion-less surveillance program.

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The Post-Snowden Surveillance World: Network Effects, Low Marginal Costs ... - Techdirt

The Post-Snowden Surveillance World: Network Effects, Low Marginal Costs ... - Techdirt | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The concept of network effects, and the lock-in they produce, are both by now fairly well known. Most people understand why Microsoft retains its stranglehold on the desktop and word processing formats, despite the availability of equivalent free alternatives like GNU/Linux and LibreOffice, just as Facebook dominates the social networking sphere. A fascinating new paper by Ross Anderson, Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University, uses the idea of network effects and related areas to explore some of the deeper implications of Snowden's revelations about the modern world of surveillance (pdf).

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OUR NETmundial | End Global Surveillance and Protect the Free Internet

OUR NETmundial | End Global Surveillance and Protect the Free Internet | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
End Global Surveillance and Protect the Free Internet
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Edward Snowden's testimony to the European Parliament Inquiry Into Mass Surveillance

Edward Snowden's testimony to the European Parliament Inquiry Into Mass Surveillance | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

A few weeks back, we reported that the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee planned to send some questions to Edward Snowden as part of its inquiry on electronic mass surveillance of EU citizens. He’s now replied to these, prefacing them with a short statement (pdf — embedded below.) Although there are no major revelations — he specifically states that he will not be disclosing anything not already published — it does contain many important clarifications and interesting comments. For example, he confirms that:

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How TED Got Edward Snowden and the NSA Deputy Director Onstage

How TED Got Edward Snowden and the NSA Deputy Director Onstage | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

VANCOUVER, Canada — TED Curator Chris Anderson on Tuesday joked that the National Security Agency was watching Edward Snowden's appearance, which everyone thought was a surprise at the time. Then he threw conference-goers for another loop the next day when he announced that NSA Deputy Director Rich Ledgett would respond in a video interview.

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NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls

NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The surveillance system is capable of recording “100 percent” of calls in at least one foreign country.
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Five things you should know about the Netflix-Comcast deal - The Tribune-Democrat

Five things you should know about the Netflix-Comcast deal - The Tribune-Democrat | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Edward Snowden's NSA surveillance disclosures have drawn global attention to the sometimes esoteric world of Internet infrastructure governance.

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US Media Blacks Out Snowden Interview: “Super National Intelligence Organization” Known As The “Five Eyes” Are Watching You

US Media Blacks Out Snowden Interview: “Super National Intelligence Organization” Known As The “Five Eyes”  Are Watching You | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
More information regarding the United States’ massive surveillance program has surfaced again, via Edward Snowden, an NSA whistleblower who stole thousands of classified documents before leaving the country.
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