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Law Enforcement Uses StingRays To Spy On Americans And Lies About It

Kris Hermes | Posted 09.26.2016 | Politics
Kris Hermes

In this relatively uncharted tech landscape, the state can easily and indiscriminately spy on us, invade our privacy, and push the limits of democracy with little regard for the consequences of such widespread abuse. Makes It Easier To Email Your Representatives

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.16.2015 | Technology

In 2015, emailing your U.S. representative and senators is still far harder than it should be. The appropriately titled was designed to s...

Net Neutrality Nonprofit Wins Reddit's Top Charity Vote

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact

Proponents of net neutrality are marking Thursday’s historic ruling by doing what they do best –- further protecting the rights of Internet users....

Verizon's Super-Cookies Are Spying on You Right Now

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.05.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The Electronic Frontier Foundation thinks Verizon could be violating a federal law requiring phone companies to keep customer data confidential. My take on all of this is that if nothing else, it's a clear violation of our personal rights.

Matt Sledge

Government Admits 'Misstatement' In Key Surveillance Lawsuit | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

The U.S. government has admitted that it made a significant courtroom mistake in arguments over a controversial surveillance technique. The Justice...

Gerry Smith

Cops Gave Parents Child Safety Software That Can Be Used For Spying | Gerry Smith | Posted 10.03.2014 | Technology

Law enforcement agencies across the country have given away computer software to families that puts them at risk of spying, according to a new report....

Can You Trademark 'Mormon?'

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

When Jonathen Eller attempted to get his dating website, "Mormon Match," off the ground, he encountered an unexpected problem- The Church of Jesus Chr...

Gerry Smith

Snapchat Isn't Standing Up For Your Privacy: Report | Gerry Smith | Posted 05.16.2014 | Technology

Snapchat promises to make your photos, videos and messages disappear. It doesn't, however, do enough to make the government disappear, according to a ...

How Secure Are India's Elections?

Cleo Paskal | Posted 07.14.2014 | Technology
Cleo Paskal

According to exit polls, Narendra Modi is likely to be declared the next Prime Minister of India. The only thing that might stand in his way is an electronic voting machine (EVM).

Matt Sledge

FBI Keeps Secret How Massive Facial Recognition Database Will Work | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

The FBI could soon compare suspects' faces against a digital database of millions of photographs. That concerns some civil liberties advocates, who wo...

WikiLeaks and the Drone Strike Transparency Bill

Robert Naiman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Where we are now with the drone strike policy is where we were with the NSA before Snowden's revelations: insiders know what's going on, but the broad public doesn't.

Zach Carter

The Secret Obama Effort Some Say Could Damage Internet Freedom | Zach Carter | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WikiLeaks on Wednesday published a critical chapter of an international trade deal the United States is currently negotiating with 11 Pa...

New Proposal to Slay Patent Trolls Would Be a Boon to the Digital Economy

Zachary Graves | Posted 10.07.2013 | Technology
Zachary Graves

Following a slew of other bills introduced this year to address America's broken patent system, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte released a second draft of a proposal to extend and amend the America Invents Act of 2011.

Did Obama Lie On 'The Tonight Show'?

Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

A New York Times article Thursday revealed previously unreported details about the United States' domestic surveillance program, namely that the Natio...

Federal Judge Grants Chevron Access to Private Internet Data

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 09.28.2013 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

On June 25, 2013, a federal judge approved a subpoena, to be served by Chevron to Microsoft, granting Chevron private Internet data related to 30 email addresses, including those related to environmental nonprofits, activists, journalists and lawyers.

Ben Hallman

Nearly 24 Groups Join Forces To Sue The NSA | Ben Hallman | Posted 07.16.2013 | Technology

Nearly two dozen political and religious groups from across the ideological spectrum, including the CalGuns Foundation and Greenpeace, sued the Nation...

What Lincoln and Jefferson Can Teach Us About NSA Surveillance

Brian Levin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Sometimes, upholding the Constitution and protecting the country it set out to establish might involve acts that appear to violate bits and pieces of it. We should talk about transparency, oversight, and striking a balance between liberty and security.

Ben Hallman

'I Wired Up The Big Brother Machine' | Ben Hallman | Posted 07.12.2013 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO –- Mark Klein boarded a commuter train near his home in Alameda, Calif. on a mission to unburden himself of a secret he had harbored f...

Zach Carter

Cybersecurity Bill To Let Companies Ignore Privacy Contracts Passes House | Zach Carter | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed a broad cybersecurity bill Thursday that allows corporations to share customers' personal data with ...

Are You a Teenager Who Reads News Online? According to the Justice Department, You May Be a Criminal

Dave Maass | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics
Dave Maass

In the DOJ's world, this means anyone under 18 who reads a Hearst newspaper online could hypothetically face jail time. But Hearst's publications aren't the only ones with overly restrictive usage terms.

Aaron Sankin

OkCupid's Latest Venture Draws The Ire Of Privacy Advocates | Aaron Sankin | Posted 02.14.2013 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- Of all the romances sparked by online dating site OkCupid, the one that's lasted the longest is between its founders and the endless ...

Don't Even THINK About Jailbreaking That Tablet

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 10.27.2012 | Technology

Go ahead, jailbreak your cellphone. But just know that tablet computer of yours is off limits. The U.S. Copyright Office published a document on O...

Infographic: Most Important Law Protecting Internet Speech

Craig Newmark | Posted 10.23.2012 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Folks, there's this law called CDA 230 which is a major free speech protection on the Internet. It also protects much of the business on the Net, which involves engagement with regular people. It's a really big deal. Maybe the most important law protecting Internet speech.

What's Missing From the Google Transparency Filing?

Chris Castle | Posted 08.22.2012 | Technology
Chris Castle

Could Google pay millions to organizations that promote its agenda but never have to reveal those payments to satisfy their disclosure obligations under Judge Alsup's order?

Trolls Beware, YouTube Wants to Know Your Real Name

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 07.24.2012 | Technology

Reading comments on YouTube has always been an "at your own risk" sort of endeavor. Due to user anonymity, it's practically impossible to find a video...