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Government Surveillance

Internet S.O.S.

Timothy Karr | Posted 11.10.2013 | Technology
Timothy Karr

If we've learned anything during the Summer of Snowden, it's that corporations and governments alone can't be trusted to be good stewards of the Internet. We need media policies that protect our privacy and promote access to open networks.

Leon Sullivan and Me: How We Stopped Surveillance Tech Sales From US Automakers to Apartheid South Africa

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.03.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Reverend Leon Sullivan revolutionized American business forever with the creation of the Sullivan Principles. He should be better known to the general public.

White House Lies Underscore the NSA's Indefensibility

Jason Ditz | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics
Jason Ditz

Despite repeated leaks showing the NSA programs routinely violated the privacy of ordinary Americans, including a series of revelations Wednesday that confirmed the practice was even broader than anyone had previously suggested, the White House is sticking to its story.

Destroying the Fourth Amendment

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 10.20.2013 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Google says that a user of its Gmail system (there are now nearly half a billion Gmail users) does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy because Gmail is a free service and users are advised that Google can make commercial use of information it gathers from the emails that traverse its system.

A Much Needed National Debate About Privacy Is Now Underway

Larry Magid | Posted 10.19.2013 | Technology
Larry Magid

Today, in a world where everything is stored on servers -- including the names of your Facebook friends -- I worry about some future McCarthy questioning people's patriotism just because they may have once had a suspicious Facebook friend or Gmail conversation or had conducted a questionable search.

When I Sued the FBI -- and Won

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

In 1976, nine Washingtonians -- including me -- sued the FBI for violating our First Amendment right "of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances." Our lawsuit won.

Fear of Government Rivals Fear of Terrorism

Bill Schneider | Posted 10.12.2013 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Government surveillance is a rare issue on which there's no difference between Republicans and Democrats. The issue splits both parties.

Surveillance and the Corrosion of Internet Freedom

Cynthia M. Wong | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Cynthia M. Wong

Defenders of U.S. and UK surveillance programs argue that collecting metadata is not as problematic as "listening to the content of people's phone calls" or reading emails. This is misleading.

A New Era of Surveillance Technology

Tyler Lopez | Posted 09.28.2013 | DC
Tyler Lopez

While many privacy activists have their sights set on military drones and internet-based surveillance programs, the Army is set to begin testing a system capable of monitoring airspace for 340 miles in every direction.

Can a Balance Between Privacy and Security Ever Be Struck?

Monte Frenkel | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics
Monte Frenkel

It is tempting to think that advancing technology has launched us into a brave new world of surveillance in which history can provide no guidance. But that is rarely the case, and it is not so here.

Emily Swanson

Poll Shows What Data Americans Think The NSA Is Collecting | Emily Swanson | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

More Americans now worry more about anti-terrorism policies encroaching on civil liberties than not going far enough to protect the country, according...

Only the One Percent Need Worry About NSA's PRISM

Chris Abraham | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Chris Abraham

If I were you, I wouldn't think too much about PRISM. You're more likely to get found out by your wife, your husband, your boss, your friends, or your community than you will from the NSA, the FBI, or anyone with Top Secret clearance -- with a caveat.

One Thing Church Leaders, Gun Rights Advocates, Mosques, And Marijuana Activists Have In Common

AP | MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 07.17.2013 | Religion

-- Environmental and human rights activists, church leaders and gun rights advocates found common ground on Tuesday, filing a lawsuit against the fed...

The Obama Administration's Hostility to Whistleblowers Is Both Immoral and Illegal

Jason Ditz | Posted 09.15.2013 | DC
Jason Ditz

President Obama ran his initial campaign on a pledge for transparency and a promise to enhance whistleblower protection, both of which have been scrapped. Instead, the administration now forwards the narrative that whistleblowers by their very nature are a threat to national security.

You Won't Believe How Much The Government Is Paying To Wiretap Your Calls

AP | By ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 09.09.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — How much are your private conversations worth to the U.S. government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology. ...

Political Violence and Privilege

Matthew Harwood | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Matthew Harwood

The numbers couldn't be clearer: right-wing extremists have committed far more acts of political violence since 1990 than American Muslims.

NSA Controversy Reveals Need for Greater Public Discourse to Prevent Future Abuses

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

Concerns over national security will continue to be paramount. Yet I believe that far more information about these surveillance programs can be made available to the American public without compromising sensitive intelligence.

Reflections on the FISA Court

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 09.04.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

It is, of course, difficult to assess the performance of the FISA court, because its activities are secret. But with 30 years of experience, it is possible to offer some reflections and suggestions.

On the 4th, Let's Celebrate Privacy

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 09.02.2013 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

Privacy is not an abstraction. The generations of survivors of tyrannical states came to America reveled in the confidence that a letter posted in the U.S. mail wouldn't be read by the secret police. Are we ready to tell them otherwise?

Social Media Tools Weaken Email Privacy

Jeremy Harris Lipschultz | Posted 08.27.2013 | Media
Jeremy Harris Lipschultz

If your job were to search for terrorists, then you would like to examine the character of their social networks. If you could identify leaders, then you might be able to stop a plot before it happens.

When Big Brother Meets Big Data

Rep. Rush Holt | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Rep. Rush Holt

If federal authorities want to see the data of an American citizen, they should be forced to come through the front door -- and only with a court order based on probable cause, as our Founders intended.

The Snowden Affair: The Grave, the Craven and the Gratuitous

Michael Brenner | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The ferocity of the assault on Snowden and his sympathizers suggests more a collective nervous breakdown among our elites than it does any serious deliberation on what has happened and what we have learned.

Snowden's Troubled Journey and Questionable Destination

Dorian de Wind | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

It is impossible to map out a route to your destination if you don't know where you're starting from. Sue Orman _._ Disclaimer: The author, a na...

The Twisted Tales of Chen Guangcheng and Edward Snowden

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Yesterday, as American leaker Edward Snowden made his headline-grabbing flight from Hong Kong to Moscow, the blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng left New York to spend time in Taiwan.

What's at Stake With the Surveillance State

Kabir Helminski | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Kabir Helminski

There's a fable that has been told for at least seven centuries: A man is seen taking refuge in a dark alley, breathless and frightened. He bumps into...