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What Press Freedom Means When You Can Just Press 'Tweet'

Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court argument about whether sex offenders can be barred from social media had the justices observing that even the president uses Twitter. But the ubiquity of social media in politics is only the most superficial aspect of how new forms of publishing are challenging the First …

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Worried the CIA Hacked Your Samsung TV? Here's How to Tell

A data dump from WikiLeaks says the CIA can spy on you through your internet-connected Samsung television, which means government spies could know a …

Yes, the NSA Can Spy on Every US Citizen

We've learned from investigations that the NSA and FBI have direct access to the servers of numerous tech-industry giants including Google, Facebook, and Apple through the use of PRISM—a program that enables intelligence analysts to intercept any form...<p>NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland.</i> …

Comey: 'There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America'

<b>(CNN) —</b> FBI Director James Comey warned Wednesday that Americans should not have expectations of "absolute privacy," adding that he planned to finish his term leading the FBI.<p>"There is no such thing as absolute privacy in America; there is no place outside of judicial reach," Comey said at a Boston …

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What The Wikileaks CIA Revelations Mean In A Big Data, IoT And AI Enabled World

For me, the most shocking revelations to come out of Wikileaks’ release of classified CIA documents relating to the agency’s spying activities has been how the alleged vector of attack has changed to targeting consumer electronic devices.<p>Whether it is iPhones, Android devices or Samsung Smart TVs, …

American Spies: how we got to mass surveillance without even trying

Review: law prof explains how the road to bad law is paved with good intentions.<p>While <i>American Spies</i> was written prior to Donald Trump winning the …

Protect your phone from secret spyware

The smartphone has become one of the most important tools in millions of Americans’ lives. It tracks your movements, displays emails and text messages, and notifies you of every birthday and appointment. Every second, information floods your smartphone. Unless you switch them off, your apps work …

German foreign intelligence service 'spied on journalists from BBC, New York Times and Reuters'

Journalists from the BBC, Reuters and <i>New York Times</i> were among those spied on by the German foreign intelligence service, according to …

Surveillance state? More than half of councils give body cameras to staff

More than half of UK councils have given body-worn cameras to their officials to snoop on minor offences such as littering, bad parking and …

The Real Reason Dystopian Fiction Is Roaring Back

From the "everything old is new again" files: Bygone dystopian fiction is officially back in vogue. As reported last month, Penguin Random House has …

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Orwell’s “1984” and Trump’s America

I have, I’m afraid, a terrible confession to make: I have never been a huge fan of George Orwell’s “1984.” It always seemed, in its extrapolations from present to future, too pat, a little lacking in the imaginative extrapolations we want from dystopian literature. As the British author Anthony …

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Report: Germany's spy agency monitored journalists across the globe

The German Intelligence Agency (BND) has spied on journalists from the BBC and 'The New York Times,' reported 'Der Spiegel.' Press rights watchdogs …

Government spies can see everything you’re doing with your phone on a plane

If you like your privacy, don’t fly the friendly skies with your phone connected to in-flight networks. American and British intelligence have been surveilling phone use aboard civil aircraft since at least 2005, according to a new investigation by Le Monde based on secret documents from former …