Archive for the ‘Internet Freedom’ Category
Editor’s note: For those who know that terror groups like ISIS and others are funded by the West, what this topic means is that the government is seeking ways to identify anyone deemed an enemy of the state…
Without adequate analysis and algorithms, mass surveillance is not the answer to fighting terrorism and tracking suspects. That’s what President Obama had learned last year when he signed the USA Freedom Act, which ends the bulk collection of domestic phone data by US Intelligence Agencies. There is no doubt that US Government is collecting a vast quantity of data from your smartphone to every connected device i.e. Internet of the things, but…
The U.S. content industry will try anything to preserve its profit margin and power over the creative content market at the expense of the Internet. They will use any tactic that circumvents democratic processes to make new rules for the Internet that favor their interests and not the interests of Internet users or the technical community that actually builds the Internet as we know it. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is yet another example of these tactics.
The TPP is a secretive plurilateral1 agreement that includes provisions dealing with intellectual property, including online copyright enforcement, anti-circumvention measures, and Internet intermediary liability. Due to the secrecy of the negotiations, we do not know what is in the current version of the TPP’s IP chapter; the general public has only seen a leaked February 2011 version of the U.S. IP chapter proposal [pdf]. Based on the one-sided nature of the groups directly involved, and the content of what has already leaked, we should all be concerned about the prospect of the TPP including provisions that will harm online expression, privacy and innovation on the Internet.
Apple boss Tim Cook lashed out at Internet giants and government Tuesday, calling them out for undermining constitutionally-guaranteed rights to privacy.
In a speech seemingly aimed at differentiating Apple’s corporate culture from some of its biggest rivals in Silicon Valley, Cook stepped up his criticisms of those who fund their business models by monetizing users’ data.
“We at Apple reject the idea that our customers should have to make tradeoffs between privacy and security,” Cook said. “We can, and we must provide both in equal measure. We believe that people have a fundamental right to privacy. The American people demand it, the constitution demands it, morality demands it.”
Later in the article, Cook made this great, insightful comment:
“Removing encryption tools from our products altogether, as some in Washington would like us to do, would only hurt law-abiding citizens who rely on us to protect their data,” Cook said. “The bad guys will still encrypt; it’s easy to do and readily available.”
Read that again if need be. If the bad guys can easily encrypt their communications, and the government knows this, then why do they still insist that average American citizens not have their data encrypted? Wake up Americans! To paraphrase Kanye West when he accused Bush of not caring about black people, the U.S. Government does not care about Americans.
Editor: These two articles clearly prove that the NSA Big Brother surveillance program against every American is not intended to find terrorists but to sift through every American phone call and text looking for citizens deemed enemies of the state. If our government were really concerned about terrorists, then TSA agents would have not failed to detect bombs and other weapons 95% of the time. Come on, fellow Americans, it’s time to wake up…
NSA Domestic Surveillance Program Expires After Senate Fails to Reach Deal – ABC News
The NSA started the shutdown process at 4 p.m. Sunday. It will take an entire day to reboot the system, if Congress passes legislation reforming the metadata collection program.
Senators returned to Capitol Hill Sunday afternoon, just hours before key provisions of the Patriot Act, including the NSA’s controversial bulk collection of American’s phone records, were set to expire.
The Senate cleared a key procedural hurdle on the House-passed USA Freedom Act with a vote of 77 to 17. But objections by Paul, R-Kentucky, delayed further votes on the measure.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell originally opposed the House-passed USA Freedom Act, but Sunday, he said it was the only option.
EXCLUSIVE: Undercover DHS Tests Find Security Failures at US Airports
An internal investigation of the Transportation Security Administration revealed security failures at dozens of the nation’s busiest airports, where undercover investigators were able to smuggle mock explosives or banned weapons through checkpoints in 95 percent of trials, ABC News has learned.
The series of tests were conducted by Homeland Security Red Teams who pose as passengers, setting out to beat the system.
According to officials briefed on the results of a recent Homeland Security Inspector General’s report, TSA agents failed 67 out of 70 tests, with Red Team members repeatedly able to get potential weapons through checkpoints.
If you value privacy, you may want to think twice before using Facebook Messenger. A new extension for Chrome has revealed just how much location data is shared through the app – and it’s enough to track someone down with almost perfect accuracy.
The extension – called the ‘Marauder’s Map,’ after the magical map in Harry Potter – pinpoints the locations of a person’s Facebook friends. It allows a person to track their movements, learning about their routines and weekly schedules.
Though some may view the information as useful, others think it is downright creepy, as it hands over a person’s movements on a silver platter to any potential stalkers.
Khanna developed the extension after noticing that Facebook Messenger locations had more than five decimal points of precision – meaning the sender’s location was pinpointed within three feet (one meter) of accuracy.
By testing his map on a group of Facebook friends who posted on chat at least once a day, Khanna realized he could see where one of them lived – even down to the exact location of his dorm room
The FBI has ordered more U.S. terror suspects be put under 24/7 surveillance in the wake of the Garland, Texas shooting and a renewed emphasis by ISIS and other terror groups for potential American recruits to launch attacks at home, according to three FBI officials.
The officials told ABC News that agents have been ordered to review the cases of so-called “marginal” or “borderline” suspects, terms that had been applied to one of the gunmen in the Texas attack, Elton Simpson of Phoenix. FBI agents were familiar with Simpson and the views he espoused, but he was not put under 24/7 surveillance. He was viewed as being “more talk than action,” one agent said.
“We do not want to risk another marginal, homegrown extremist who was viewed as dangerous going active,” said one of the FBI officials. All three FBI officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly.