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Chelsea Manning: majority of prison sentence commuted by Obama

Chelsea Manning: majority of prison sentence commuted by Obama | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The whistleblower, who has been imprisoned for six years for leaking state secrets, is now set to go free on 17 May
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Here's the Full Transcript of TIME’s Interview With Apple CEO Tim Cook

Here's the Full Transcript of TIME’s Interview With Apple CEO Tim Cook | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The chief executive of the world's most powerful tech company on your privacy, America's security, and his fight with the FBI
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Tim Cook: U.S. government wants ‘something we consider too dangerous to create’

Tim Cook: U.S. government wants ‘something we consider too dangerous to create’ | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
"We are challenging the FBI's demands with the deepest respect for American democracy and a love of our country," he said after a judge ordered Apple to help unlock a terrorist's iPhone.
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Controversial ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film can go back on YouTube – federal court

Controversial ‘Innocence of Muslims’ film can go back on YouTube – federal court | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The video “Innocence of Muslims,” which sparked riots in the Middle East and led to death threats, should not have been banned from YouTube, according to a federal appeals court. The decision represents a victory for advocates for free speech.
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A reminder of our forgotten recent past
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The government is trying to censor the Internet again. Take 30 seconds and teach them a lesson.

The government is trying to censor the Internet again. Take 30 seconds and teach them a lesson. | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Just stop it already.
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Form your opinion....quickly.  There will not be an expiration date on this bill which is being sold to the public as a free trade agreement.

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USA TODAY: Latest World and US News - USATODAY.com

USA TODAY: Latest World and US News  - USATODAY.com | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The Nation's Newspaper provides you with up-to-date coverage of US and international news, weather, entertainment, finance, and more.
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I am glad that President Obama did the right thing yesterday and made a stand in favor of Net Neutrality. Ted Cruise sounds silly when he talks about this topic.

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The trailer for this Edward Snowden documentary is absolutely chilling

The trailer for this Edward Snowden documentary is absolutely chilling | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
"Citizenfour," the closest look we'll ever have at how the largest leak in U.S. government history went down, is about to premier at the New York Film Festival. While most of us have to wait until ...
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This is going to be interesting.

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Why New Zealand matters in our quest for freedom of web privacy

See if this sounds familiar: a bombshell Snowden leak shows the head of a major country is surveilling his own citizens. The leader denies it, but Snowden keeps pushing, with more documents and...
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New Zealand's geographic and political positions put it in a critical place in the fight for digital privacy.  "While it's not a large country, a significant quantity of the Pacific’s data traffic passes through New Zealand, thanks to two data cables that come ashore on the northern island, including the trans-Pacific Southern Cross cable"  Snowden and some internet freedom players are hoping to make net privacy a major campaign issue.

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This Is the MIT Surveillance Video That Undid Aaron Swartz | Threat Level | Wired.com

This Is the MIT Surveillance Video That Undid Aaron Swartz | Threat Level | Wired.com | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The door to the network closet pops open and a slender figure enters, a bicycle helmet hanging from one arm. He sheds his backpack and pulls out a cardbo
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This video shows artifacts of generations of young students literally leaving their mark by signing their name on the wall of this off-limits area of MIT.  Pushing the limits is part of what makes MIT great.  At about this time last year, they decided to not stand up for the free flow of information.  Due to their weakness, the world lost one of the most talented people under the age of 30.  I am still grieving over this tragic loss.  He made most of our lives better.  We can only imagine what he may have done with the next 40 years on earth...

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Stay Tuned... Rep. Justin Amash notches significant win in push to derail federal spying tactics

Stay Tuned... Rep. Justin Amash notches significant win in push to derail federal spying tactics | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
House leaders agreed to allow debate on a defense spending amendment authored by Amash, after signaling they might try to sideline the measure.
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This article looks promising as Amash hopes to stop NSA phone records. Yet Demand Progress Now is reporting that a special session is being called to discuss (fight against) this proposal.

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See How PRISM Might Work in This Infographic

See How PRISM Might Work in This Infographic | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
See how PRISM could work in this infographic made by technology and privacy researchers.
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An infographic was created to help us understand how NSA's Prism may be working. They created this graphic based on trust that the written reports are truthful.

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The man who broke the leaks story

The man who broke the leaks story | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

By Mick Krever, CNN

Is Glenn Greenwald endangering America? To listen to U.S. security officials, the columnist who revealed secret surveillance by the U.S.

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An inside look at the making of the NSA story for The Guardian.

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OR Books — Hacking Politics

OR Books — Hacking Politics | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it

Learn about the story behind stopping SOPA from the people who did it!

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I haven't purchased this yet, but I will soon. It will be interesting and sad to read the story from the viewpoint of Aaron Swartz.  Swartz killed himself in January, 2013.

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The Senate is one vote away from giving the FBI warrantless access to your browsing history.

Fight for the Future is dedicated to protecting and expanding the Internet's transformative power in our lives by creating civic campaigns that are engaging for millions of people.
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This Week in Tech (MP3) by TWiT TV on iTunes

Download past episodes or subscribe to future episodes of This Week in Tech (MP3) by TWiT TV for free.
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Solid discussion about DOJ vs Apple
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YouTube's role at issue over video that incited Mideast violence

Internet video giant YouTube has found itself drawn into a global drama being played out in violent Mideast protests over a 14-minute video trailer for "Innocence of Muslims," raising questions
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A reminder that our government was indeed blaming the attack on a youtube video: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/sep/13/business/la-fi-ct-youtube-accountability-20120914

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The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders

The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The agency collected and stored intimate chats, photos, and emails belonging to innocent Americans—and secured them so poorly that reporters can now browse them at will.
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It creeps me out that Snowden shared very private selfies with huge newspapers. It creeps me out much more that he got these photos easily by putting his thumb drive in a government computer that was stockpiling them.  

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Kim Dotcom dodges jail (for now) in his latest battle with US authorities | VentureBeat | OffBeat | by Paul Sawers

Kim Dotcom dodges jail (for now) in his latest battle with US authorities | VentureBeat | OffBeat | by Paul Sawers | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
New Zealand-based internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has managed to dodge jail (for now) in his ongoing feud with US authorities, reports Stuff.co.nz.

Dotcom – real name Kim Schmitz – is best known as founder of file-sharing service Megaupload, which was forced offline in 2012 by the US Justice Department and the FBI on claims of criminal copyright infringement. They stated that Dotcom and his co-defendents were responsible for “more than half a billion dollars” in harm to copyright holders.

Though he went on to launch a similar cloud-based service called Mega, as he awaits his extradition hearing next year Dotcom revealed at an event in London last week that he is now officially “broke”. This went some way towards explaining why his crack legal team had jumped ship, at least.

To capitalize on his precarious predicament, American authorities had sought to have Dotcom’s bail revoked ahead of the extradition hearing in June 2015, which could lead to him receiving up to 88 years behind bars.

Accusations

The core underlying accusations levied against Dotcom is that he wasn’t simply providing a cloud-based file-sharing service à la Dropbox – it’s that he was complicit in actively encouraging users to upload and disseminate copyrighted material.

Steven Fabrizio, the Motion Picture Association of America’s (MPAA) senior executive vice president and global general counsel, has previously said:

“Megaupload wasn’t a cloud storage service at all, it was an unlawful hub for mass distribution. To be clear, if a user uploaded his term paper to store it, he got nothing – and, in fact, unless he was a paying subscriber, Megaupload would delete the paper if it was not downloaded frequently enough. But if that same user uploaded a stolen full-length film that was repeatedly infringed, he was paid for his efforts.

That’s not a storage facility; that’s a business model designed to encourage theft – and make its owners very rich in the process. There’s nothing new or innovative about that. That’s just a profiteer using existing technology to try to get rich off of someone else’s hard work.”
Dotcom says Mega now has 15 million registered users, though his claims of being broke are essentially down to the fact that all his shares and assets have been transferred over to his family. However, he did reveal during the latest bail hearing that he had garnered $40 million since being on bail – as such, the Judge imposed slightly stricter bail conditions. Not only can’t he travel by helicopter or by sea, but he must also report twice a week to a local police station.

Prior to today’s news, Dotcom has notched up some other minor victories after the initial police raid at his home was deemed illegal.
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Watch This Film About Why Aaron Swartz Matters More Than Ever | TechCrunch

Watch This Film About Why Aaron Swartz Matters More Than Ever | TechCrunch | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Aaron Swartz was a young, bright genius who believed in the open Internet. A self-made millionaire by the age of 19, he co-founded Reddit, was part of the..
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I forget how young he was

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Behind Comcast’s truthy ad campaign for net neutrality

Behind Comcast’s truthy ad campaign for net neutrality | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
It would take a close reader to understand the difference between what Comcast is advocating to the public and what it's advocating to the FCC.
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Glenn Greenwald: 'A Lot' More NSA Documents to Come

Glenn Greenwald: 'A Lot' More NSA Documents to Come | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Nearly seven months after journalist and privacy activist Glenn Greenwald publicized Edward Snowden's first revelations of the vast scope of the NSA's digital surveillance, his life has changed absolutely.
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An article from Wired.  After six months, Snowden's hard drive continues to be the talk of the net.  He says of the NSA, "They want to make sure there is no communication that evades their net.”

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Edward Snowden statement: Every call, internet transaction goes through NSA

Edward Snowden statement: Every call, internet transaction goes through NSA | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Prism leaker Edward Snowden released a statement to the American Civil Liberties Union today, saying that every internet transaction that passes the borders of the United States goes through the NS...
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Snoden supports "Stop Watching Us" Movement

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Google Handed Over Emails of Wikileaks Volunteers to U.S. Government

Google Handed Over Emails of Wikileaks Volunteers to U.S. Government | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
Google handed over a vast amount of data pertaining to the Gmail accounts of two former Wikileaks volunteers to the U.S. government.
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The article gives dates and names of a recent request by the government to get personal information.  

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Hackers vs. suits: Why nerds become leakers

Hackers vs. suits: Why nerds become leakers | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
The same personality traits that make people good with computers also make them more likely to defy authority figures and social conventions.
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I am sharing this interesting article because it talks a bit about the psychology trends of a recent string of computer users who stood up for what they felt was right.

 

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The NSA Is Funneling Your Internet Life from Silicon Valley to Obama's Desk

The NSA Is Funneling Your Internet Life from Silicon Valley to Obama's Desk | An Eye on New Media | Scoop.it
If you thought the National Security Agency's collection of Verizon phone-call data was bad, wait until you hear about PRISM, the seven-year-old, previously undisclosed classified government program that works with nine very major U.S.
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I held back on sharing this because I was hoping that the public was over-reacting.

 

FYI: I can not keep up with all of the attacks on privacy, so I simply file them all under the Scoop.it tag of "SOPA" and/or "Privacy" or "Politics"  Most are tagged under all three, but I always use "SOPA"
http://www.scoop.it/t/new-media-technology?q=sopa 

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