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Editorial: Your web browsing says a lot about you. The government should have to get a warrant to look at it 27.5.2020 LA Times: Opinion

In reauthorizing a surveillance law, Congress must protect the privacy of the internet

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‘No excuse’: Senate slammed for reauthorizing government spy powers without crucial privacy protections 15.5.2020 Raw Story
One advocate declared “it would be dangerously irresponsible for the House to pass this reauthorization.” The vast majority of Democrats and Republicans in the GOP-controlled U.S. Senate were lambasted by rights groups Thursday for an 80-16 vote to reauthorize sweeping government surveillance powers until December 2023 without key amendments to improve privacy protections. “It should still be unthinkable to […]
GOP’s ‘deep state’ hypocrisy reaches chilling new heights 14.5.2020 Raw Story
Donald Trump’s antics are often analyzed as a variant of either a distraction ploy, part of a large and sinister plot, or simply the logical evolution of modern Republican politics. His latest outburst is a mix of his go-tos and is rooted in a foundational vendetta against his predecessor — the perfect red meat for the […]
152 House Democrats join GOP to reauthorize ‘abusive government surveillance powers’ 12.3.2020 Raw Story
“Nothing says bipartisanship like extending provisions of the PATRIOT Act.” With the nation’s attention fixed on the rapidly spreading coronavirus, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation to extend FBI surveillance powers that were set to expire on March 15. The bill, formally titled the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act, cleared the House by […]
New Bill Would Take Needed Steps Toward Curbing Mass Surveillance 31.1.2020
New Bill Would Take Needed Steps Toward Curbing Mass Surveillance
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House Lawmakers Extend Illegal Collection of Americans’ Sensitive Data 20.11.2019
A hand taps on the lit screen of a smartphone in a dark room
The extension of surveillance legislation was covertly included in a must-pass, short-term funding bill.
Adam Schiff, the surprising face of the impeachment inquiry of President Trump 10.10.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Schiff voted for the Iraq war authorization and the Patriot Act and was once considered a moderate. Now, the vegan, triathlete, former federal prosecutor is leading the charge against Trump.
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Time to hang up the NSA’s phone records program 15.5.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

A surveillance program that allows the U.S. government to comb through hundreds of millions of Americans’ telephone records in search of connections to terrorism could soon be a thing of the past. That would be good news for personal privacy and responsible intelligence-gathering.

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Nunes's memo is a stunt. But surveillance does need more scrutiny. 2.2.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The Trump-related fight will get in the way of real issues.
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The Daily 202: Even sweeping the suburbs would not be enough for Democrats to win the House majority 29.6.2017 Washington Post
The Daily 202: Even sweeping the suburbs would not be enough for Democrats to win the House majority
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FBI releases declassified GamerGate dossier 27.1.2017 Boing Boing
The FBI has released a heavily redacted 173-page PDF of GamerGate documents under FOIA. Much of the material has any identifying information stripped out, but it's clear that many of them are explicit threats and other harassment. Many of the items include rants about feminists, and a few threaten school shootings and other threats that were taken seriously. They also look at a number of Twitter accounts that were doxxing people involved in the controversy, and they take case reports on accounts Twitter shut down in response to harassment and threats. In some cases, it appears that Twitter supplied information about the accounts to the ...
Court rules against UK government's surveillance legislation 21.12.2016 Boing Boing
A European court has ruled that the UK cannot subject its citizens to indiscriminate data collection unless the data retained is being used solely to fight serious crime , reports the BBC. The verdict concerns an earlier incarnation of Britain's blanket domestic surveillance plans brought to court by opponensts. It does not specifically address the recently-passed "Snooper's Charter," though experts say it will lead directly to a legal challenge against it. The charter, officially known as the Investigatory Powers Act, requires phone companies and internet providers to maintain records of users' online activity for a year. One irony of it is that an original champion of the challenge, David Davis, is now Britain's Brexit chief: he left the case after a change of personal circumstances led to a sharp change in his principles regarding privacy. Mr Davis, who had long campaigned on civil liberties issues, left the case after Theresa May appointed him to her cabinet in July. Tom Watson, Labour's deputy ...
Trump to Inherit Vast Surveillance Powers 17.12.2016
Many Democrats trusted President Obama with the vast surveillance powers inherited from President George W. Bush, but now the failure to curtail those powers means they pass on to Donald Trump, notes Nat Parry. By Nat Parry As the Electoral…Read more →
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The Snoopers Charter is now law in the UK: "extreme surveillance" rules the land 19.11.2016 Boing Boing
Britain's love-affair with mass surveillance began under the Labour government, but it was two successive Conservative governments (one in coalition with the Liberal Democrats, who are nominally pro-civil liberties) who took Tony Blair's mass surveillance system and turned it into a vicious, all-powerful weapon. Now, their work is done. ...
Tea-party Rep. Mike Pompeo gets the nod as Trump's CIA director 18.11.2016 Daily Kos
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) has reportedly accepted the position of CIA director in the Trump administration. Yes, he's also a nightmare. Pompeo is a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and one of the most vocal critics of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran. He’s a supporter of the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk data collection program and sought to restore the agency’s access to the data it had already collected under the Patriot Act from its inception through late last year. […] He was elected to Congress in 2010  on a wave of tea party support and with backing from the  Koch Industries political action committee . The Wichita-based conglomerate’s PAC is well known for its support of conservative candidates. [...] Pompeo has sponsored numerous bills that would maintain or increase sanctions on Iran over its nuclear weapons program. He’s been a staunch opponent of the deal negotiated by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry that eases ...
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New MacBook Pro Touchbar justified 6.11.2016 Boing Boing
There has been much anguish over Apple's new MacBook Pros. In lieu of specifications more impressive than a 2 year-old HP Elite, Apple offered up the Touchbar, a touchscreen mini LED display where the function keys are supposed to be. Though classic Apple—pursue clever innovations at the cost of appealing to the graybeards who still think they're Apple's customer base—the backlash was more pronounced than usual. But the Touchbar is just an easy scapegoat for the new model's 16GB RAM limit, an unsexy but more serious problem. And guess what: that Touchbar is completely justified. If you object to it, your argument is now invalid. Criticism of the Touchbar is no longer permissible in civilized milieux. Touchbar Nyancat Stupid nyancat animation on your +$2k MacBook Pro's Touchbar. Enjoy First person to get an ad to show up in the Touchbar, without the user's express consent, wins a cyanide-laced ...
Lin-Manuel Miranda made a Hamilton mixtape 4.11.2016 Boing Boing
...and it drops on Dec 2, with a $14.49 pre-order option : featuring tracks that didn't make the stage play, as well as Busta Rhymes' remix of "My Shot" and other guest appearances from Queen Latifah, Ben Folds, Kelly Clarkson, Jimmy Fallon, Ashanti, Wiz Khalifa, Chance the Rapper, Usher... I ordered this so hard it broke my mouse. (via Kottke ...
Tonight in Brooklyn, the NY premiere and opening reception of Chelsea Manning's 3-D portraits 4.11.2016 Boing Boing
The Chelsea Manning Support Network writes, "Tonight from 7-9 pm is the opening reception for the New York City premiere of Heather Dewey Hagborg's DNA Phenotyping 3-D portraits of Chelsea Manning, at Peninsula Art Space." "Heather's project examines our society just as much as it examines my DNA. Consider the online refrain 'pics, or it didn't happen.' Our culture's dependence on imagery says a lot about our values. Unfortunately, prisons try very hard to make us inhuman and unreal. They do this by denying our image, and thus our existence, to the rest of the world." -- Chelsea Manning. Entitled, "Radical Love," these portraits were originally commissioned by Paper Magazine to illustrate their September 2015 feature interview with Chelsea . The 3D prints also premiered at the World Economic Forum in January of 2016. “Radical Love” is an homage and exploration of gender identity stereotypes in forensic DNA phenotyping. The full color life-sized 3d printed portraits of Chelsea Manning were generated ...
Internet of Things botnet threatens to knock the entire country of Liberia offline 4.11.2016 Boing Boing
The various Mirai botnets, which use " clumsy, amateurish code to take over even more clumsy and amateurish CCTVs, routers, PVRs and other Internet of Things devices, have been responsible for some eye-popping attacks this season: first there was the 620Gbps attack on journalist Brian Krebs (in retaliation for his coverage of a couple of petty Israeli crooks); then there was the infrastructure attack that took out Level 3, Netflix, Twitter, Dyn, and many more of the internet's best-defended services. Now, a new Mirai botnet, variously called "Mirai #14" or "Shadows Kill," has been attacking a whole country: Liberia, a west African state founded by American black Zionists seeking freedom in the teeth of American enslavement. Liberia is a poor country, with an estimated per-capita GDP of $478, and the country's internet is served by a single submarine cable without any redundancy. Shadows Kill was hitting Liberia with intermittent traffic floods exceeding 600gbps, which have been characterized as "tests" ...
UK hospitals shut down by malware, advise patients to go somewhere else for the duration 3.11.2016 Boing Boing
3 NHS hospitals under the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust have been infected by "a virus" that administrators detected on Sunday; the hospitals are on limited operations and turning away patients until the hospitals can "isolate and destroy" the malware. The hospitals have not disclosed what kind of malware has hit their systems. Earlier this year a rash of ransomware attacks shut down hospitals across the USA, with the prospect of more to come . Hospitals are computers we put sick people into. And yet the UK government continues to treat computers as though the most salient fact about them is that they can be used to recruit ISIS fighters , and to demand that their security be deliberately weakened to help disrupt terrorism -- even if that weak security will expose hospitals and other critical systems to this sort of attack. It's past time that we realised that there is no internet policy: only policy . The NHS Trust hasn't provided specific information about the sort of virus or ...
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