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Friday Talking Points -- Two Obama Promises

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Although it's been a week heavy on Obamacare, we're going to (mostly) look forward this week, to the upcoming budget battles. Because buried in the Obamacare stories this week was one very important bit of news.

WATCH: How Computer Coders Can Protect Our Privacy

Bill Moyers | Posted 08.14.2013 | Technology
Bill Moyers

Lawrence Lessig, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, explains how our government -- given all the ways it can spy on us -- should just as determinedly use modern technology and technologists to protect our liberties.

Canaries in the Coal Mine

Susan Landau | Posted 08.06.2013 | Politics
Susan Landau

The invasiveness of this data is hard to underestimate. It is data that reveals where every connected person is during the day, with whom they speak, when, how often.

Not Without A Warrant

Leslie Harris | Posted 11.27.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

Anytime the government wants to peek at your online photos, read your emails, or track your mobile phone it should follow the same rules as it does offline, stand before a judge and get a warrant.

Getting Communications Security Right

Susan Landau | Posted 06.19.2011 | Technology
Susan Landau

The calculation is that on balance, the U.S. is better off with the deployment of strong cryptography than not. Each of these steps makes it easier for civilians to communicate securely.

Getting Wiretapping Right

Susan Landau | Posted 06.05.2011 | Technology
Susan Landau

Cell phones are easy to tap, as are centralized Internet communications such as Facebook or email messages. But peer-to-peer communication -- think Skype -- poses a problem to the FBI's electronic eavesdroppers.

The FBI Wiretap Plan: Upsetting the Security Equation

Susan Landau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Susan Landau

The FBI's current proposed rewrite of wiretap law creates serious security risks.

Moving Rapidly Backwards on Security

Susan Landau | Posted 10.26.2011 | Technology
Susan Landau

The FBI wants to roll back government regulations on encryption in order to be able to wiretap more easily. But our real security problem doesn't lies in law enforcement's inability to read the on-line communications of criminals.

Police Wiretapping Jumps 26 Percent -- Not A Single Request Refused | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The number of wiretaps authorized by state and federal judges in criminal investigations jumped 26 percent from 2008 to 2009, according to a report re...

Is Your Email Private?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Chris Weigant

Is your email private? You may think it is, but you may also be surprised how easy it is for law enforcement to access it without a warrant.

Raj Rajaratnam: Denies Insider Trading Allegations, Says Trades Were Based On Analyst's Work

Bloomberg | David Scheer, Joshua Gallu and David Glovin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Attorneys for Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam denied a U.S. regulator's claims he engaged in insider trading, saying he based investments on anal...

Cheney: A Tortured Soul

Lance Simmens | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lance Simmens

Mr. Vice-President, you and your President had eight full years to chart a direction for this nation. That direction was soundly rejected by the voters in the most recent national election.

CIA 'Whistleblower' Informed Hastert Of Harman Wiretap Being Suppressed

CQ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert says he learned from a CIA-connected "whistleblower" in 2006 that Bush administration officials were suppressin...

NSA Intercepts Exceed Limits Set By Congress

New York Times | ERIC LICHTBLAU and JAMES RISEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyo...

Changing Politics From The Bottom Up

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arthur Rosenfeld

The more sleaze we see in politics the more all this talk of change becomes not nearly so much a campaign slogan or political rallying cry as a plaintive plea.

Friday Talking Points [51] -- Some Positivity

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While we're all waiting for someone to leak the Palin Troopergate Report (which is reminiscent of waiting for "Fitzmas" during the whole Scooter Libby...