Surveillance

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Do Chicago Police Have a Surveillance Slush Fund?

Friday, January 22, 2016

Using a barrage of FOIA requests, a group of techies and activists in Chicago is trying to uncover what surveillance equipment local police have, how it was obtained, and how it's used.

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France's (Latest) Patriot Act

Friday, November 27, 2015

After the Charlie Hebdo attacks, France passed a bill vastly expanding surveillance power, drawing comparisons to the USA Patriot Act. After the latest Paris attacks, more of the same.

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"Collect It All" Doesn't work

Friday, November 27, 2015

Debate about mass surveillance for counter-terrorism purposes has resurged post-Paris attacks. But evidence shows that bulk data collection isn't the solution to fighting terrorism. 

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The Patriot Act's Unintended Consequences

Friday, November 27, 2015

Ultimately, our assumption that the Patriot Act is at the center of our nation's struggle between privacy and security...may not be true. 

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Surveillance Beyond the Patriot Act

Friday, November 27, 2015

We all know the Patriot Act, but lesser-known programs like Executive Order 12333 account for the bulk of government surveillance--and receive even less oversight. 

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What's in the Bill?

Friday, November 27, 2015

For almost fourteen years we've been hearing about the Patriot Act. What's in it, again?

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Present At The Creation

Friday, November 27, 2015

A mere six weeks after 9/11, the USA PATRIOT Act was passed. Brooke and Bob relive the act's conception amid a climate of fear, confusion, and deceit.

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6 Months Later...

Friday, November 27, 2015

A special hour on the past, present and uncertain future of the USA Patriot Act.

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The Danger Of Reading The News

Friday, August 21, 2015

The Committee to Protect Journalists' Joel Simon says many media organizations are putting readers in danger by publishing without encryption. 

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Fighting for the Future (With the Tools of the Past)

Friday, August 21, 2015

A nonprofit harnesses the power of fax machines to protest cybersecurity legislation.

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Lies and Spies

Friday, August 21, 2015

Media scapegoats for the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, imagining a Trump presidency, and the NSA's "house philosopher."

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Librarians Vs. The Patriot Act

Friday, June 05, 2015

Once called the "library provision," Section 215 of the Patriot Act forced libraries to become headliners in the battle waged to protect American freedoms. 

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Surveillance Beyond the Patriot Act

Friday, May 29, 2015

The current Patriot Act debate suggests that mass surveillance comes primarily from Section 215. But other, less-known programs actually account for most of the metadata collected.

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The Patriot Act's Unintended Consequences

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ultimately, our assumption that the Patriot Act is at the center of our nation's struggle between privacy and security...may not be true. 

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After An Earthquake, Body Cams, and Veep

Friday, May 08, 2015

What the media get wrong about earthquakes, surveillance the public loves and hates, and the creator of HBO's Veep.

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Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Vs. NSA

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Wikimedia Foundation is suing the NSA over its "upstream" spy program. Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales discusses the "chilling effect" he says surveillance has on its users. 

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The Surveillance Stream

Friday, March 20, 2015

You've probably heard of the NSA's "Prism" program, which collects metadata. Wikimedia and other groups are now suing over a different surveillance apparatus called "upstream."

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Online Agitprop! Everyone's Doing It!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

On the most recent TLDR, I spoke to Max Seddon, foreign correspondent for Buzzfeed, about some recently unearthed documents that show a massive online pro-Russia propaganda effort with ties to The Kremlin

In that interview, Max made it clear that Russia is far from the only government that does this sort of opinion influencing, citing an AP report from a couple months ago about US efforts to sway public opinion in Cuba by creating its own "fake twitter." from the interview:

USAID set up an entire fake social network for cuban people to get around all the internet filters to Cuba that was meant to create some sort of thing that they could use to influence popular opinion in Cuba, which is closed off to the US, and it's very difficult to do well. because On the internet, people are smart, it's very easy to compare things, and use multiple sources of information and come to the right conclusions. They can tell when something is fake.

On Monday, Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept produced another example of this governmental internet meddling, this time from Britain's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). 

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A Year of Snowden

Friday, June 06, 2014

On the one-year anniversary of Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, Brooke reflects on the man who set off a global debate about surveillance and the right to privacy, and whose personal saga ...

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Bill Gates Files Anti-Google Glass Camera Detection Patent

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Looks like Bill Gates is firing some shots at Google Glass. A new patent on which Gates is listed as an inventor proposes a technology that would blur computer monitors or alert users when a camera is present.

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