Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg thinks the U.S. government screwed up when it comes to the NSA’s surveillance techniques.
“This is about the unconstitutional, unethical, and immoral actions of the modern-day surveillance state and how we all must work together to remind government to stop them.”
A brand-new website, NSA Haiku, takes words from the NSA’s watchlist of bad words and mixes them up to create weird and wonderful mashups of seditious and subversive haiku. From the resulting works of art, it’s clear that those NSA spooks are very interested in sex and suspicious packages.
Prism leaker Edward Snowden released a statement to the American Civil Liberties Union today, saying that every Internet transaction that passes the borders of the United States goes through the NSA’s hands, and that no phone in America makes a call without leaving a record with the NSA.
A PR rep who is among the first Google Explorers has created a 3D-printed shade for Google Glass that makes it easier to read — and much less obvious to observers.
“The president, the NSA, and their lawyers have tried to deflect public outrage by distorting the facts and misleading the public about the process,” LIlly says.
Deutsche Telekom has announced a new plan to protect German internet traffic from international spying efforts post-NSA revelations.
When Skype was founded 10 years ago, privacy advocates hailed the Internet VoIP service as a secure tool that would shield its users from surveillance. How quickly things change.
ScareMail could render the NSA’s search algorithms useless — or at least make the agency’s job a little harder.
It’s a marketing campaign –that has had the entire Bay Area technorati talking — for BitTorrent’s new store-in-the-file product for artists … a file format called BitTorrent Bundles where the art is the cash register, and sharing is a form of currency, not a form of theft.
Russia may be aiming for a gold medal of its own when it comes to extensive and invasive surveillance at next year’s Winter Olympics.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed a motion in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court today opposing tech companies’ bid to disclose to their users that the government is spying on their data.
From the mind of eccentric playboy John McAfee — founder of McAfee Antivirus — comes a “new and revolutionary technology” that will reclaim our lost privacy, he says, and restore the capability of college students to get all the free movies and music they want.
Two out of five software engineers working on big data solutions say that government agencies are tracking the data they’re collecting.
Land of the free and the home of the brave? Our tax dollars at work.
It seems every app is building some new awesome way to share, but none of them come close to PRSM, the latest app to help you share your emails, photos, videos, phone calls, text messages, Google searches, and trips to the toilet.
The NSA’s seemingly unfettered access to American digital communications could put a very serious hurt on the emerging cloud industry.
You might think that the NSA and other shadowy three-letter agencies are the world’s biggest cloud cheerleaders: all your data, all the time, in the cloud where Prism and XKeyscore can, apparently, access it.
Earlier this month, the ITIF estimated U.S. cloud companies could lose $35 billion by 2016 because of NSA spying. But what’s the impact on the world’s cloud services?
Edward Snowden’s Prism revelations are making it a bit tougher for the NSA to execute its digital vision.
President Barack Obama laid out a four-step plan to help the American public understand the government’s surveillance programs, saying he, too, would be skeptical if he wasn’t on the inside.
The privacy-focused e-mail service that former-NSA contractor Edward Snowden reportedly used was shut down today after the founder left a note saying he’s gagged from talking about why it’s now offline.
The Obama administration says that the NSA isn’t reading your e-mail. But one newspaper reports that this may not be true.
Accessories like the Off Pocket are the best defense against the ever-present gaze of Big Brother.
The NSA has been secretly giving information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants, and phone records to the DEA to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans. Law enforcement agents are instructed to cover up the source of their information.
Even though they failed at passing major privacy legislation in their home state of Montana, two unlikely partners are trying to put out a bill that could be a model to the rest of the country.
The NSA started out this week with a plan to explain its PRISM program and justify itself to the American public. But it failed miserably.
The NSA spent much of yesterday talking about how limited its telephone call-tracking program is. But it failed to address new revelations about other tracking programs — like the ones that can tell what you’re Googling or Facebook chatting about.
For the third time in a row, the U.S. government requested — and got — more user data from Twitter than all the other nations of the world combined. And that’s before you count Prism-style FISA requests from the NSA, which Twitter cannot legally disclose.
This NSA document seems to prove once and for all that American three-letter agencies do indeed possess strong capabilities for both finding vulnerable computers and then hacking or cracking them to aide in investigations.
XKeyscore is a massive big data collection, warehousing, and analysis program that, if we can believe what Snowden is saying, basically lays bare your and my entire digital selves. Essentially, we’re Frodo and Sam, and the NSA is the Eye of Sauron — but better, smarter, more powerful.
The United States assured Russia today that it would not seek the death penalty for any current or future charges against NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
In another positive, he also won’t be tortured.
Plug takes Dropbox concept and extends it to your whole computer. Oh, and it’s completely private.
For once, Republicans voted with President Barack Obama.
Editor’s Pick While most Silicon Valley companies are getting rich by selling your data, some companies are making it big by helping you protect it
System admins say list of Congress passwords not legitimate.
Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and many more companies are asking President Barack Obama and the U.S. congress for greater transparency on PRISM, NSA surveillance of Americans, and government requests for data about their customers.
The 61 signatories include top tech companies as well as public interest and consumer privacy groups such as the ACLU, the EFF, Wikimedia Foundation, Reports without Borders, and the Center for Democracy and Technology.
In these days of NSA snooping and built-in backdoors, do you really want your entire digital life in the cloud?
Editor’s Pick It’s entirely possible that the National Security Agency has already put backdoors into your PC, enabling them to bypass any encryption techniques you might be using.