Whistleblower Edward Snowden has officially come out of the shadows and joined Twitter using the handle @Snowden, which was verified within two hours of joining.
In the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attack, and despite vehement opposition from civil liberties groups, France’s parliament passed in May 2015 a bill allowing the government to monitor the phone calls and emails of suspected terrorists without prior authorization from a judge.
The United States makes an improper division between surveillance conducted on residents of the United States, and the surveillance that is conducted with almost no restraint upon the rest of the world. This double standard has proved poisonous to the rights of Americans and non-Americans alike. In theory, Americans enjoy better protections. In practice there are no magical sets of servers and Internet connections that carry only American conversations. To violate the privacy of everyone else in the world, the U.S. inevitably scoops up its own citizens’ data. Establishing nationality as a basis for discrimination also encourages intelligence agencies to make the obvious end-run: spying on each other’s citizens, and then sharing that data. Treating two sets of innocent targets differently is already a violation of international human rights law. In reality, it reduces everyone to the same, lower standard.
In 2010, Anonymous launched Operation Payback, after several companies, including Visa, MasterCard and PayPal, refused to process payments to WikiLeaks. It also publicly supported the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011, attacking the website of the .
Rev. John Ellison, who conceived the idea of using a computer to create a concordance of the Bible.