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Professor Says Elf On The Shelf Is Preparing Your Child To Live In A Dystopian Police State

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.18.2014 | Science

Philosopher and cultural theorist Michel Foucault warned of a future in which society is under constant surveillance, using the "panopticon" -- a mode...

This Free Tool Scans Computers For Government Surveillance Software

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Technology

A group of nonprofits has come together to help you take back your privacy. A new, free tool called Detekt can scan your computer to find governmen...

Another Ho-Hum Week Surveilling You

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Let me tell you my modest post-9/11 dream. One morning, I'll see a newspaper article that begins something like this: "The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to curtail the agency's significant powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers."

Uncle Sam's Databases of Suspicion

Hina Shamsi | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Hina Shamsi

At a fundamental level, suspicious activity reporting, as well as the digital and physical infrastructure of networked computer servers and fusion centers built around it, depends on what the government defines as suspicious. As it happens, this turns out to include innocuous, First Amendment-protected behavior.

Court Tosses Man's Child Porn Conviction Over Illegal Government Surveilance

AP | Posted 09.14.2014 | Crime

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court has tossed out a man's child-pornography conviction and 18-year prison sentence because of illegal gover...

Surveillance and the Creative Mind

T.A. Ridout | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

Recent U.S. history paints a clear picture of abuses by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, often with the approval of politicians. Despite paternalistic assurances that Americans have no reason to fear their own government, caution is warranted.

Surveillance: It's Worse Than You Think

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Sooner or later -- count on it -- the company or business you work for will be capable, via intelligent software, of monitoring every move you make, not to speak of everyone you may be in touch with while on the clock.

Kathleen Miles

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

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 06.20.2014 | 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...

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.

Many Governments Listen To Phone Calls Anytime They Want: Report

AP | By DANICA KIRKA | Posted 08.06.2014 | Technology

LONDON (AP) — Government snooping into phone networks is extensive worldwide, one of the world's largest cellphone companies revealed Friday, saying...

Surveilling the Class of 2014

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

If you want a world in which you can't be taken possession of via your screen, in which you don't more or less automatically come with a dossier and a profile, I think you're going to have to slip those screens back into your pockets or, given that you can be tracked via your smartphones wherever you go (even if they're turned off), maybe into a desk drawer somewhere.

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.

I Have Nothing to Hide: Government Surveillance Does Not Concern Me

National Council of La Raza | Posted 06.09.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

By Irasema Garza, J.D., Policy Advisor, NCLR Policy Analysis Center The old adage that nothing is certain in life except for death and taxes is no lo...

9 Ways You're Being Spied On Every Day

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sara Schwartz | Posted 04.03.2014 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com Casinos. Banks. Airports. We all know there are public places where we're being watched, ostensibly for crime-prevent...

One Nation Under Surveillance. 5 Ways You Give The Government Control

Kenneth Coats | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Kenneth Coats

No matter what a person's standpoint is on these matters, it's no longer possible to deny that U.S. intelligence agencies are monitoring the populace in huge numbers -- and it's becoming increasingly difficult to get out from beneath their lens.

How a Thug State Operates

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Intelligence officials have weighed in with an estimate of just how many secret files National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden took with him when he headed for Hong Kong last June. Brace yourself: 1.7 million.

Gerry Smith

U.S. Tech Industry Could Lose Billions From NSA Scandal

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.24.2014 | World

Election officials in India canceled a deal with Google to improve voter registration. In China, sales of Cisco routers dropped 10 percent in a recent...

The Need for Constitutional Lines in the Sand

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 03.23.2014 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The tension between security and liberty will increase as the years go on with each new attack or attempt. The country may debate whether or not Edward Snowden is a traitor or a patriot, but he has done something invaluable for the nation.

A Whistleblower's Wish for Edward Snowden

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Jeremiah Horrigan

Let a jury hear a man speak from his conscience, let them recognize the risk he's taken to speak to them and let that jury compare his words and actions to a government that will insist he's nothing more than a common criminal.

Arguments On Surveillance Set In Teen's Terrorism Case

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge preparing for a Chicago terrorism trial is set to hear oral arguments on what, if anything, the government must revea...

Looks Like 1984 in Kansas

Paul Stoller | Posted 02.26.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

The Kansas Board of Regents, many members of which have been appointed by the governor, has voted to restrict academic free speech.

NSA Debate Experiences Sharp, Unexpected Shift

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sharp and unexpected shift, the national debate over U.S. government surveillance seems to be turning in favor of reining in ...

Drawing the Line on Government Surveillance

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 02.08.2014 | Technology
Rep. Mike Honda

The revelations that have come out about the National Security Agency's PRISM program are disturbing. The scale and scope of the collection of information about electronic communications and telephone calls that originate and pass through the United States is truly astounding.

Writers Fear NSA 'Chilling' Effect

The Huffington Post | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics

American writers are increasingly fearful of government surveillance in the wake of Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency an...

How Europeans And Americans Feel About Spying On Allies

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

BRUSSELS, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Europeans and Americans largely oppose their governments spying on their citizens and those of allied c...