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Snowden reveals US intelligence?s black budget

Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden leaked the government?s ?black budget? for fiscal year 2013 to The Washington Post

How to Use the New Facebook Insights

Do you rely on Facebook Insights to track the performance of your Facebook page? Are you wondering how the new Insights can help you refine your Facebook activities? In this article, I?ll give you a tour of the new Facebook Insights and the data you?ll find there, so you?re better equipped to support your marketing […]

Facebook reveals global government data snooping requests

The combined requests by EU member states for information from Facebook amounted to roughly two-thirds the number of US requests, according to global data disclosed by the social network site yesterday (27 August).

Facebook disclosed how many requests for data were made by which countries and how often they were successful, according to the data, which relates to the first six months of this year.

What Was Going On Between Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian And Stratfor?

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On Monday, the social media website Reddit was abuzz with discussions and questions regarding an email exchange between the site’s co-founder Alexis Ohanian and the intelligence contractor Stratfor, which had been released to the public by WikiLeaks.


Tech pioneer Vint Cerf on the age of context and why you can?t be a citizen of the Internet

Few people have as much claim as Vint Cerf to the title ?Father of the Internet,? but as the technologies he helped develop in the 1970s and ?80s become increasingly central to our lives, delighting us in ever more exciting ways, they?re also facing greater scrutiny by the intelligence services.

Oxford Adds ‘Twerking’ to Online Dictionaries (Plus ‘Bitcoin,’ ‘Srsly,’ and ‘Derp’)

Oxford Dictionaries has just announced that it’s now including “twerk” in its online version. That was fun while it lasted.

Tech Companies and Government May Soon Go to War Over Surveillance

A standoff is looming between technology companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google and government ¿ even though much of the focus until now has portrayed the two as being in the same camp.

One Key to Rule Them All: Threats Against Service Provider Private Encryption Keys

EFF has worked hard to convince organizations like Facebook and Wikimedia to join the ranks of many other large and small websites including Twitter, Gmail, and EFF in supporting HTTPS by default, and we’re happy to see steady progress from major service providers on this front.

Find Out Who?s Using The Pirate Bay? and WhyTwo years ago The Pirate Bay renamed itself toThe Research Bay to promote its collaboration with the Cybernorms research group at Lund University.

New Snowden Leak Reports ‘Groundbreaking’ NSA Crypto-Cracking

The latest published leak from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden lays bare details of the U.S. government’s highly classified 2013 intelligence budget, and makes the first reference in any of the Snowden documents to a “groundbreaking” U.S. encryption-breaking effort targeted squarely at secure internet traffic.

An Illustration of How the NSA Misleads the Public Without Technically Lying

The Wall Street Journal published an important investigation last week, reporting that the National Security Agency (NSA) has direct access to many key telecommunications switches around the country and ?has the capacity to reach roughly 75% of all U.S. Internet traffic in the hunt for foreign intelligence, including a wide array of communications by foreigners and Americans.? Notably, NSA officials repeatedly refused to talk about this story on their conference call with reporters the next day. Instead the Director of National Intelligence and the NSA released a statement about the story later that evening.

Edward Snowden deserves the Sakharov Prize

A deserving recipient of the 2013 Sakharov prize would be the American whistleblower Edward Snowden, writes Stefan Svallfors. By exposing the US Prism spying program, Snowden made it possible for us to say ?No ? this is not a development and a society we want?, he argues.

Stefan Svallfors is Professor of Sociology at Umeå University (Sweden) and the Institute for Future Studies (Denmark). This op-ed was originally published in Swedish in Sydsvenska dagbladet on 29 August 2013.


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