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Internet Surveillance

How the Internet Is Transforming from a Tool of Liberation to One of Oppression

Astra Taylor | Posted 08.04.2014 | World
Astra Taylor

Thanks to Snowden, we now know the Internet has become a giant government spying apparatus dependent on the complicity of companies we use everyday. A Reuters poll from April showed that a majority of Americans believe that technology companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon are "encroaching too much upon their lives." It's a rather remarkable statistic given these companies were universally loved not that long ago, widely imagined to be allies of the people against the old oligarchs.

Breaking the Cycle of Internet Repression

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.07.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

It's both the best of times and the worst of times for the free speech rights the network is supposed to support. To break the cycle of repression we must look more closely at the tools protesters and reporters use and ask whether they further the cause of freedom, or just make speakers more vulnerable.

US Surveillance Unsettles Civilians More Than States

Sarabrynn Hudgins | Posted 09.16.2013 | World
Sarabrynn Hudgins

Allegations of American decline persist despite the United States' command of the world's largest economy and strongest military. It is in global esteem that the US is lagging, and where the international implications of US mass surveillance could do long-lasting harm.

The Week to Week News Quiz for Friday, June 14, 2013

John Zipperer | Posted 08.14.2013 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

Now that all of the revelations of government surveillance are out in the open, there's nothing to report this week, right? Well, take our news quiz and see if that's true.

Your Money or Your Life

Harry Shearer | Posted 08.10.2013 | Media
Harry Shearer

The Googles and Facebooks of the world might -- might -- not be so avid in collecting and storing our transactional data were that information the key to their only way of paying for the servers and Maseratis.

Gerry Smith

Experts Warn: Wiretap Law Could Create 'Backdoors' For Hackers | Gerry Smith | Posted 05.08.2013 | Technology

As the Obama administration considers supporting a proposal to help law enforcement eavesdrop on Internet communications, experts warn the measure cou...

The FBI Wants To Read Your Gchats

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 05.09.2013 | Technology

The FBI is planning to revise wiretapping laws to include online communications, The New York Times reports. The move comes as increasing numbers o...

They Can Run, But Should We Let Them Hide?

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 06.09.2013 | Technology
Hemanshu Nigam

Concerns regarding real-time government surveillance are deep-seated and expansive. And yet, there is another side to this story

DEA Memo: Apple iMessages 'Impossible To Intercept'

The Huffington Post | Adam Goldberg | Posted 04.04.2013 | Technology

The federal government seems a bit frustrated by Apple iMessages. CNET News' Declan McCullagh and Jennifer Van Grove have uncovered an internal doc...

Threat to Online Privacy Starts With the Way the Internet Makes Money

Edward Wasserman | Posted 04.29.2012 | Technology
Edward Wasserman

Any reforms that halt the harvest of personal information that is most nettlesome on privacy grounds would be fundamentally incompatible with the Internet's essential business model.