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What the Mainstream Media Doesn't Understand About the Road to a Society without Mass Surveillance

David Segal | Posted 04.27.2014 | Media
David Segal

Let us provide some context to those who relied on the Times's (non-existent) coverage of SOPA, prior to January 18th.

U.S. Eavesdropping On Hundreds Of Key German Figures: Report

Agence France Presse | | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

US intelligence has stepped up eavesdropping on hundreds of key figures in Germany, including a government minister, after Chancellor Angela Merkel wa...

Paranoia, Surveillance and Military Tactics: Have We Become Enemies of the Government?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

While this hyper-militarization of the government is being sold to the public as a means of preventing terrorism and maintaining national security, it is little more than a wolf in sheep's clothing.

The Wisdom of Privacy

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The wisdom of privacy is fundamental to the healthy evolution and future of human beings. It is perhaps the most essential ingredient of the natural order and balance in the social milieu and for a healthy human existence on earth. It makes the privacy revolution we are facing real, relevant, and vital to preserving ourselves as societies and individuals.

Panopticonism: Join the Fight Against Mass Surveillance

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 04.13.2014 | Technology
Courtney C. Radsch

Today is the day we fight back against mass surveillance by the NSA, other governments around the world, and the complicity of private companies in doing so.

Nuland's Leaked "F the EU" is a Wake Up Call

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 04.13.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, CEO Ziklag Systems Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland called her colleague in the Ukraine to discuss the ...

Blurred Lines And The Right To Privacy

Debbie Hines | Posted 04.08.2014 | TED Weekends
Debbie Hines

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOnce more people come to better understand what their online identity means and also connect on an emotional level, many more people will speak out about their right to privacy and against government intrusion.

NSA Tapped German Ex-Chancellor's Phone: Report

The Guardian | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics

US intelligence agencies began monitoring the mobile phone of the German chancellor more than 10 years ago when Gerhard Schröder was leader, accordin...

Privacy vs. Security: A False Dichotomy

Robin Koerner | Posted 04.05.2014 | TED Weekends
Robin Koerner

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOf course, it's not just our privacy that has been sacrificed: our freedom of speech and our right to due process have been sacrificed by the same laws, and with the same justification, that paved the way to systematic and secret violation of privacy. So what the likes of Feinstein are really saying is that the American way of life has less value than 2996 innocent lives.

The Surveillance Blitz

John Feffer | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

In honor of the Super Bowl, imagine the situation this way: Each one of us is a quarterback. We've taken the snap. But two very large linebackers -- the government and the corporations -- have easily gotten around the blockers. This is the blitz.

You're Not a Terrorist? Are You Sure?

Bea Edwards | Posted 04.03.2014 | TED Weekends
Bea Edwards

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIf you haven't committed a crime, you assume that your comings and goings are innocent. But if the assumption is that you're a threat, then your everyday routine may not look so harmless.

Why NSA Snooping Is About a Lot More Than Just Our Privacy

Joe Lauria | Posted 04.02.2014 | TED Weekends
Joe Lauria

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgGiven the long history of government surveillance against activists in this country, and new facts revealed by Snowden, it is clear one reason for NSA surveillance is to potentially disrupt social protest against inequality in the U.S.

Beyond Orwell's Worst Nightmare

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 04.02.2014 | TED Weekends
Marjorie Cohn

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgOrwell never could have imagined that the National Security Agency (NSA) would amass metadata on billions of our phone calls and 200 million of our text messages every day. Orwell could not have foreseen that our government would read the content of our emails, file transfers, and live chats from the social media we use.

The Benefits From Government Surveillance Are Not Relevant!

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 04.02.2014 | TED Weekends
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgDo we test constitutionality by determining whether or not there is some benefit derived from its violation? The present system searches the innocent in order to find the guilty, something our Constitution has never tolerated.

3 Questions About Technology We Should Be Asking Now

Russell C. Smith | Posted 04.01.2014 | Technology
Russell C. Smith

Here are a few questions worth debating on your next dinner party or trip to the bar.

Terror Suspect Challenges NSA Surveillance Program

AP | DONNA BRYSON | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

DENVER (AP) — Using evidence obtained under the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance program violates a terror suspect's constitution...

U.S. Attorney General Addresses Surveillance Concerns, IRS Probe

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder sought to strike a conciliatory tone on the subject of surveillance Wednesday, defending the Obama ad...

Feinstein: No Evidence Russia Helped Snowden

Reuters | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON Jan 28 (Reuters) - The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein, said on...

Snowden Claims 'Significant Threats' To His Life

Reuters | Erik Kirschbaum | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told German TV on Sunday about reports...

Edward Snowden Won't Return To U.S. Without Amnesty

Reuters | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Edward Snowden would be willing to enter talks with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to negotiate his return to the ...

Why Obama Cares More About the Feelings of Foreign Leaders than Safeguarding Americans' Constitutional Rights

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

To overcome bureaucratic vested interests and revitalize U.S. constitutional checks and balances, however, Americans need to get a lot madder than they are about Bush and Obama's violation of sacred rights.

Snowden Attorney: Attack Article 'Heavily Lifted' From Other Sources

The Huffington Post | Basel Hamdan | Posted 01.24.2014 | Media

Princeton historian Sean Wilentz’s blistering New Republic cover story attacking Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange came under heavy...

Proposed Surveillance Reforms Insufficient, Another Finding NSA Program Is Illegal

Edward J. Black | Posted 03.26.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

The President showed an understanding of the problems created by surveillance, but bolder leadership and strong action are required. We have no doubt those assigned to protect U.S. security want more information to do their job better, but that insatiable zeal for more information is where we get into trouble.

To Reform the NSA, Slash Its Budget

Robert E. Prasch | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Prasch

To get the NSA to actually "hear" what we are saying we must speak to them in a language that they and their primary contractors readily comprehend. If you want their attention and if you want them to change their ways, you must speak to them about cutting their annual budget.

The Doubt Goes to the Benefit

Christopher Holshek | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

President Obama's long-awaited roll-out of national intelligence surveillance and data collection reforms last week has drawn lukewarm to skeptical reaction from a public whose trust in the government in general and in the President in particular is at a low-point.