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New Snowden Findings Suggest Cyber-Espionage Program Used By Several Countries

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2015 | World

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 27 (Reuters) - A program used by U.S. and British spies to record computer keystrokes was part of sophisticated hacking operations ...

Building an Internet Movement from the Bottom Up

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.27.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The Internet is simply an effective tool for connecting people. Whether the network becomes a force for good or evil is up to its users. It's only because millions of people have mobilized in defense of our rights to connect and communicate that the Internet pendulum occasionally swings toward doing good.

More and War: The Tao of Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the wake of the 2014 midterm elections, the capital is said to be a big government town being taken over by smaller government types -- not, however, if you're talking about the national security state.

The Dire State of Our Nation (What You Won't Hear From the Politicians)

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Pay attention to what your local city councils are enacting. Pay attention to what your school officials are teaching and not teaching. Pay attention to whom your elected officials are allowing to wine and dine them.

Your Home Is Your Prison

Maya Schenwar | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Maya Schenwar

On January 27, domestic violence survivor Marissa Alexander will walk out of Florida's Duval County jail -- but she won't be free.

My Conversation With Laura Poitras

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.16.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Citizenfour chronicles the eight days Poitras, Glenn Greenwald and Ewan MacAllister of The Guardian spent with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong as he handed over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the NSA.

John Boehner Credits Government Surveillance For Uncovering Capitol Bomb Threat

AP | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Speaker John Boehner says a controversial government surveillance program is responsible for alerting authorities to an alleged ...

Rep. Peter King Is Wrong: Spying Based on Faith Fails to Keep Our Communities Safe

Farhana Khera | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Farhana Khera

Singling out American Muslims for blanket surveillance does not make our nation safer. Spying based on race, ethnicity or religion has failed to identify criminal activity while undermining the very trust between American Muslims and law enforcement that is needed to fight real threats.

Your Sherpa to All Things Disruption - James McQuivey

Ondi Timoner | Posted 01.13.2015 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

If you're looking to follow someone who has their fingerprint on the leading edge of disruption, look no further than James McQuivey. He is VP & Principal Analyst at Forrester Research.

Jimmy Carter Believes Surveillance Has 'Gone Too Far'

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics

Former President Jimmy Carter thinks surveillance programs have “gone too far," the Georgia Democrat told HuffPost Live in an interview Tuesday. He ...

10 Questions for Conservatives

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

Now that the Republican Party -- the conservative voice in mainstream U.S. electoral politics -- has attained the most thoroughgoing control of Congress that it has enjoyed since 1928, it's an appropriate time to take a good look at modern conservatism.

The Game Is Rigged: Why Americans Keep Losing to the Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Being a citizen in the American police state is much like playing a game of cards against a stacked deck: you're always going to lose.

Creating Smarter Police Body-Worn Cameras

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 12.08.2014 | Technology
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

As companies race to chase the federal money flowing into new police body-worn camera systems, predictive analytics should be a major consideration. Both police and communities should welcome smarter cameras that will ultimately lead to smarter policing.

Tech as a Police Brutality Shield?

Dieter Holger | Posted 12.04.2014 | College
Dieter Holger

Tech is being used to highlight disturbing police behavior, but can it be used preventatively?

A Brain Implant That Registers Trauma Could Help Prevent Rape and Violent Crime -- So Why Don't We Have It Yet?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

All things considered, the trauma alert implant sounds like a sensible and impressive thing. So why don't we have them yet?

Elonis v. US: Are 'We the People' Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We would do well to tread cautiously in how much authority we give the government to criminalize free speech activities and chill what has become a vital free speech forum. If free speech is not vigilantly protected, democracy is more likely to drift toward fear, repression, and violence.

Geronimo Was Cornered, Not Killed

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Ximena Ortiz

U.S. officials demonstrated a tolerance and forbearance in dealing with Geronimo that wouldn't stand a chance of prevailing today, against a similar "hostile."

Detekt: A New Software Tool in the "Cat and Mouse" Game Against Big Brother

Josefina Salomon | Posted 01.21.2015 | Technology
Josefina Salomon

The hope is that Detekt will not only provide human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and activists with some sense of security but also open a debate on the broader need for regulation of the development, sale and use of surveillance technology.

We Have Sacrificed Our Liberty to the Surveillance State

Samantha Wood | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Samantha Wood

The government now has an irresistible power. There are billions of dollars to be made in security contracts, campaign donations from security firms and rotating lobbying jobs. But this is also true: We have an obligation to govern our government.

The Devil's Bargain: The Illusion of a Trouble-Free Existence in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Who is really to blame when the wool gets pulled over your eyes: you, for believing the con man, or the con man for being true to his nature?

News Media's Growing Facebook Co-dependency Challenges Journalism's Limits on Acquiring Information Ethically

Edward Wasserman | Posted 01.11.2015 | Media
Edward Wasserman

Both journalism and the business it's embedded in are built on information acquisition. But the ethical constraints that journalists are supposed to respect are incompatible with the approach taken by the commercial model they increasingly rely on.

Verizon Has A News Site That Bans Stories On U.S. Spying, Net Neutrality

The Daily Dot | Posted 10.29.2014 | Technology

Verizon is getting into the news business. What could go wrong? The most-valuable, second-richest telecommunications company in the world is bankro...

Breaking Digital Firewalls: Walid Al-Saqaf's Circumvention Ph.D.

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.10.2014 | Technology
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's unusual to write about Ph.D. dissertations, but when the topic deals with digital firewalls and Internet censorship, it's an attention grabber in an era of disclosures on surveillance by countless governments.

As Surveillance Reforms Languish, New Tools for Consumers to Protect Data Criticized by FBI

Edward J. Black | Posted 12.09.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Recent statements by FBI officials, including Director James B. Comey, are revealing and troubling. They criticize tech companies for deploying techn...

Illiberal Liberalism

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Soumaya Ghannoushi

We often boast of the uniqueness of our system. We are not a totalitarian society that crushes the individual out of existence and tramples over his/her rights and freedoms. But there are questions we need to ask ourselves.