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Glenn Greenwald Explains Why Privacy Is Vital, Even If You 'Have Nothing To Hide'

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 12.19.2014 | World

LOS ANGELES -- Journalist Glenn Greenwald defended the value of digital privacy and slammed those who dismiss its importance during a stop on his nati...

The NSA's Keith Alexander Goes Through Washington's Revolving Door

Bea Edwards | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Bea Edwards

So Keith Alexander, the General who managed the National Security Agency's (NSA's) wholesale surveillance of Americans and the rest of the world, headed through Washington DC's revolving door last month. His calendar is filling up rapidly, too, despite his pricey rates.

Do You Really Want a Phone With Malware On It?

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 08.18.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Most smartphones -- Android, iPhone, Windows phones, are made in China. How many of them have Trojans lurking inside?

Obama Pushing Local Cops To Stay Mum On Surveillance

AP | JACK GILLUM and EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are usi...

Uncle Sam Doesn’t Want You -- He Already Has You

William J. Astore | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
William J. Astore

You've been drafted into the American national security state. That much is evident from Edward Snowden's revelations. Your smartphone? It's a perfect tracking device if the government needs to find you. Your computer? Hackable and trackable. Your server? It's at their service, not yours.

Court Rules Warrantless Cell Tracking Unconstitutional

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

MIAMI (AP) — Investigators must obtain a search warrant from a judge in order to obtain cellphone tower tracking data that is widely used as evidenc...

A Culture of Surveillance

PEN American Center | Posted 08.09.2014 | New York
PEN American Center

The intention to send a message to certain communities or to the world at large is hard to reconcile with the original secrecy of those surveillance programs.

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.

Participatory Totalitarianism

John Feffer | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

We are at home in the new surveillance state, for we barely register all the cameras, all the targeted advertising, all the intrusions into what had previously been considered sacred private space. We are not passive objects of observation. We are active subjects of our own YouTube channels.

The New SDS: What Every Young Person Needs to Know About Its Past

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

In March 1969, my hero and mentor, Carl Oglesby was forced out as president of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) by a radical left-wing faction that had taken control of the organization.

Can Facebook's Microphone Feature Get Hijacked? Probably YES!

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 07.30.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Chairman & CTO Ziklag Systems Facebook has announced a new feature for its mobile APP that will turn on your smar...

Stupid Criminal of the Week Stages Fake Burglary

Robert Siciliano | Posted 07.30.2014 | Weird News
Robert Siciliano

Mondays are the pits for many people, because this day starts their work week. Dwayne Yeager was no exception; so badly did he want to avoid going in to the job on Monday, that he did something really dumb to get out of it.

Snowden: 'Disingenuous' For Government To 'Exploit' 9/11

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

Edward Snowden recalled his own experience on Sept. 11, 2001, to express his understanding of terrorism in an interview Wednesday with NBC News' Brian...

Edward Snowden: I Have No Relationship With Russia

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics

Edward Snowden said in an interview with NBC News that aired Wednesday that he has developed no relationship with Russia or Russian President Vladimir...

Surveillance Should Be Top Priority for New NYPD Inspector General

Michael Price | Posted 07.28.2014 | New York
Michael Price

During his first few months, the NYPD IG will face a number of challenges. Once staffed, the success of the office will likely depend on how it can balance its many obligations with the need to make progress on the urgent and persistent problems that led to its creation.

Your Computer and Phone Cameras Are On -- Beware!

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 07.27.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

Co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Chairman & CTO Ziklag Systems Spying through smartphone cameras, computer webcams, laptops and tablets is widesprea...

Do You Have a Right to Privacy... From Google?

Michael Gregg | Posted 07.23.2014 | Technology
Michael Gregg

From Google Search's exhaustive indexing of personal information, to revenge porn sites and surveillance cameras, is personal privacy still relevant?

Is This How We Honor Our Military Veterans?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Just in time for Memorial Day, we're once again being treated to a generous serving of praise and grandstanding by politicians and corporations eager to go on record as being supportive of our veterans.

Home Invasion Ends in Death

Robert Siciliano | Posted 07.22.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

Can something like this be prevented? Most likely, even though we don’t have the details.

House Committees Take First Step to Reform NSA

Shahid Buttar | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Despite its welcome progress, the policy reform process reflects a troubling pattern of congressional deference to agencies and officials without any legitimate basis.

Snowden Support Swells at Debate on NSA Surveillance

Nicholas Nazar | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Nazar

To trust a powerful and secretive intelligence agency may be a hard pill to swallow for anyone. In April, after a five-year investigation, the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that the CIA misled the government on its secret detention and coercive interrogation program.

Orwell's Nightmare: The NSA and Google -- Big Brother Meets Big Business

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

What would happen if the most powerful technology company in the world and the largest clandestine spying agency in the world joined forces?

Glenn Greenwald Recounts The Day He Introduced The World To Edward Snowden

The Guardian | Posted 05.12.2014 | Media

In the hours after his name became known, the entire world was searching for the NSA whistleblower, and it became vital that his whereabouts in Hong K...

I Spy, You Spy: Limiting Government Surveillance of Private Citizens

Morton H. Halperin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Morton H. Halperin

The American government does seem to have wisely ended its practice of routinely seeking to listen in on the cell phone calls of friendly leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At their meeting in D.C., the two governments agreed to set up a working group. This bilateral group should consider a new approach to resolving this problem.

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.