A scientist writing for Politico has equated government data mining with atomic bombs and is calling for disarmament. But if citizens are going to have a voice in this debate, we probably need to solve web privacy first.
When U.S. lawmakers and policy experts get tired of fighting ideological battles over the past, they might want to put a little effort into helping improve the country’s future. Here are four technology issues that could help improve the economy and outline Americans’ digital rights.
America’s intelligence czar says his office will for the first time publish a transparency report, in part similar to the ones issued by tech companies, that will show how often the spy services ask for data.
The legal discussion forum Groklaw is the latest web service to shut down out of concern over the NSA’s surveillance program — and the latest sign of how much we are losing due to the chilling effects of that government behavior.
The detention of a journalist’s partner and seizure of his electronics, combined with the British government’s threats towards the Guardian for its reporting, make the case that we need something like WikiLeaks more than ever.
Does snooping on your kids’ online behavior make you a good parent or just a distrustful one? And can you trust your bank to sniff out scams?
A journalist who thought the FBI raided her house because they saw her Google searches turned out to be wrong, but the incident highlights the lack of trust and culture of paranoia that NSA surveillance has created.
According to interviews with government sources conducted by CNET security reporter Declan McCullogh, the FBI is pressuring telecom carriers like AT&T and Verizon to install “port reader” software that would allow the agency to intercept and analyze communication streams in real-time. Carriers are reportedly resisting, but the FBI claims it has the right to do this under the Patriot Act.
Nowhere (U.S. aside) is PRISM a hotter topic than in Germany. With the issue proving central to upcoming elections, some pretty wild claims are flying around — and the rest of the world should take note.
Whether it’s ethically right or wrong to investigate deep into suspects’ networks of connections, the NSA certainly has the processing power to do it. “Three hops” away isn’t much when you can map potentially trillions of identities.