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Surveillance

'The God's Eye View,' A Conversation with Barry Eisler

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Barry Eisler Barry Eisler, known to millions of readers for his edge-of-your-seat thriller novels, which include his bestselling John Rain a...

Your Toaster Could Be Used To Spy On You

New York Times | Kelly Chen | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON — For more than two years the F.B.I. and intelligence agencies have warned that encrypted communications are creating a “going ...

Police Used Plane-Mounted Stingrays To Spy On Cellphones

Wired | Kelly Chen | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics

THE GOVERNMENT’S USE of a controversial invasive technology for tracking phones just got a little more controversial. The Anaheim Police Departm...

The Big Problem With "See Something, Say Something"

Anu Joshi | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
Anu Joshi

This desire by the government to cast a wider net to identify and respond to "suspicious behavior" has only heightened the risk of unfair and unjust targeting of marginalized individuals.

Documents Uncover NYPD's Vast License Plate Reader Database

Mariko Hirose | Posted 01.25.2016 | Technology
Mariko Hirose

Surveillance is about power. Vigilant gives the NYPD power to monitor our whereabouts. By demanding answers to critical questions about NYPD's use of surveillance tools, New Yorkers can begin to take back the power imbalance created by the new era of mass digital surveillance.

Why Monitoring Workers Could End Up Backfiring

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 01.21.2016 | Business

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The Right to Tell the Government to Go to Hell: Free Speech in an Age of Government Bullies, Corporate Censors and Compliant Citizens

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Free speech is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for those who are easily offended, readily intimidated or who need everything wrapped in a neat ...

At Mardi Gras, Dance Like The FBI’s Watching

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 01.20.2016 | Technology

If you’re heading to Mardi Gras next month, prepare to be watched. This year, New Orleans’ alcohol-soaked tribute to hedonism will have a...

EU Doesn't Want The U.S. Spying On European Citizens

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 01.20.2016 | Technology

The European Union wants guarantees of effective limits on U.S. authorities' power to request people's personal information from companies to conclud...

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Privacy and Public Debate

Ruth Starkman | Posted 01.17.2016 | Politics
Ruth Starkman

Today when Americans honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, they celebrate his public bravery, principles of human dignity and commitment to justice. They also follow his model of stepping into the public to engage in reasoned debate.

Why Bosses Should Snoop On Employees Less

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 01.22.2016 | Business

It has never been easier for your boss to spy on you at work. But doing so may be a mistake. While some companies justify employee monitoring as an a...

The U.S. Should Quit Funding Surveillance of Afghans

Kathy Kelly | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Kathy Kelly

In Kabul, where the Afghan Peace Volunteers have hosted me in their community, the U.S. military maintains a huge blimp equipped with cameras and computers to supply 24-hour surveillance of the city.

NYC To Appoint Civilian Monitor To Examine Police Surveillance

Reuters | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 01.07.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK, Jan 7 (Reuters) - New York City's police department will install a civilian representative to help monitor its counterterrorism efforts as ...

Governments Should Resolve Not To Weaken Encryption In The New Year

Edward J. Black | Posted 12.31.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Digital devices and services are extremely complex, interconnected systems. Devising an additional layer of complexity at scale to permit government access will create new vulnerabilities and exacerbate existing ones.

For Internet Users, 2015 Was a Year of Many Wins... and One Loss

Timothy Karr | Posted 12.28.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

We organized online and off, sending millions of comments in support of an open Internet, beating back efforts to build even larger broadband monopolies, and creating new online tools to safeguard the privacy of our online communications. Here are the many highlights... and a few less-than-spectacular moments.

Does Fear Lead to Fascism? A Culture of Fear and the Epigenetics of Terror

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

America is in the midst of an epidemic of historic proportions. The contagion being spread like wildfire is turning communities into battlegrounds and setting Americans one against the other.

Igor Bobic

Who Said It: Ted Cruz Or Rand Paul?

HuffingtonPost.com | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics

If you've wondered what happened to Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) once-promising bid for the GOP presidential nomination, you'll be happy to know that even...

In Emerging Tech, Artists Should Lead

Roddy Schrock | Posted 11.30.2015 | Arts
Roddy Schrock

When I was invited to sign a petition requesting that Apple add an art category to the app store, my first reaction was one of surprise. I whipped out my phone, swiped through, and found that indeed, there was no art category.

This Thanksgiving, Let's Say 'No Thanks' to the Tyranny of the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

This Thanksgiving finds us saddled with a government that is a far cry from George Washington's vision of a government that would be a blessing to all the people.

Why a Refugee Could Be the Next Hercules Mulligan

Asha Rangappa | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Asha Rangappa

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, more than half the country's governors have declared that their states will be off-limits to Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war raging in their country.

Spy On Muslim Americans? 'Absolutely Not,' Rand Paul Says

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he does not think the U.S. should specifically target Muslim Americans with surveillance programs in the wake o...

Donald Trump Says He Wants Surveillance Of 'Certain Mosques'

CNN | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.22.2015 | Entertainment

(CNN) -- Donald Trump is ratcheting up his rhetoric about American Muslims, saying there's precedent for monitoring some mosques amid the recen...

What's The Evidence Mass Surveillance Works? Not Much

ProPublica | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

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MEOW! Be Careful What You Tweet Or You Might Get Some Spam

Vocativ | Adam Goldberg | Posted 11.19.2015 | Technology

An online privacy advocate with a love for cats and too much free time has crafted an innocent spamming scheme....

U.S. Investigators Struggle To Track Homegrown ISIS Suspects

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON — At least three dozen people in the United States suspected of ties to the Islamic State were under heavy electronic or physical sur...