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I Ramped Up My Internet Security, and You Should Too

By Julia Angwin ProPublica January 25, 2016   I Ramped Up My Internet Security, and You Should Too Here’s how ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin upped her defenses against hackers and spies.   Some people make dieting resolutions in the New Year. I make security and privacy resolutions, because those are the things that keep me […]

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U.S. officials have increasingly urged tech companies to create "backdoors" to encrypted communications as an aid to law enforcement, but tech leaders are largely resisting the call. (Photo: Christiaan Colen/flickr/cc)

Defending Digital Privacy, 200+ Groups & Experts Decry Global Attack on Encryption

By Nadia Prupis Common Dreams January 12, 2016   Defending Digital Privacy, 200+ Groups & Experts Decry Global Attack on Encryption ‘Encryption tools, technologies, and services are essential to protect against harm and to shield our digital infrastructure and personal communications from unauthorized access.’     A coalition of cyber activists and advocacy groups from 42 […]


Regulators Accuse Oracle Of Deceiving Customers About Security Of Java Updates

By Ashlee Kieler Consumerist December 21, 2015   Regulators Accuse Oracle Of Deceiving Customers About Security Of Java Updates     The owners of more than 850 million personal computers using Oracle’s Java Platform Standard Edition were misled about the security of their devices after software updates left the PCs susceptible to hack attacks according to […]

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"Congress has failed the Internet once again," said Evan Greer, campaign director at Fight for the Future. (Photo: Thomas Heylen/flickr/cc)

Lawmakers ‘Fail the Internet,’ Sneak Cyber Bill Into Must-Pass Omnibus

By Nadia Prupis Common Dreams December 16, 2015   Lawmakers ‘Fail the Internet,’ Sneak Cyber Bill Into Must-Pass Omnibus “It’s clear now that this bill was never intended to prevent cyber attacks, it’s a disingenuous attempt to quietly expand the U.S. government’s surveillance programs.”     A controversial cyber bill is included in the final text […]


If You Want Security, Pursue Liberty

By Ron Paul Ron Paul Institute December 14, 2015   If You Want Security, Pursue Liberty   Judging by his prime-time speech last week, the final year of Barack Obama’s presidency will be marked by increased militarism abroad and authoritarianism at home. The centerpiece of the president’s speech was his demand for a new law […]

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Does Fear Lead to Fascism? A Culture of Fear and the Epigenetics of Terror

By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute December 10, 2015   Does Fear Lead to Fascism? A Culture of Fear and the Epigenetics of Terror     “No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.”—Edward R. Murrow, broadcast journalist America is in the midst of an epidemic of historic proportions. […]


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Adobe Joins Its Critics, Tells People Not To Use Flash

By Mary Beth Quirk Consumerist December 1, 2015   Adobe Joins Its Critics, Tells People Not To Use Flash     After years of critics piling on top of Adobe Flash for its track record as one of the buggiest, crashiest (now a word), least secure, most vulnerable pieces of software ever to hit the […]


The Feds Won’t Stop Terrorism This Way

By Mark Nestmann Nestmann.com November 25, 2015   The Feds Won’t Stop Terrorism This Way     I was in London when news emerged from Paris that a squad of Islamic militants had massacred 130 people in restaurants, theaters, and other locations. The reaction was entirely predictable: a debate over what can be done to […]

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To France from a Post-9/11 America: Lessons We Learned Too Late

By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute November 21, 2015 (First published November 16, 2015)   To France from a Post-9/11 America: Lessons We Learned Too Late   “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ― Benjamin Franklin “Voice or no voice, the people […]


Baseless Calls to Expand Surveillance Fit Familiar, Cynical Pattern

By Cindy Cohn Electronic Frontier Foundation November 21, 2015   Baseless Calls to Expand Surveillance Fit Familiar, Cynical Pattern     Like clockwork, cynical calls to expand mass surveillance practices—by continuing the domestic telephone records collection and restricting access to strong encryption—came immediately following the Paris attacks. These calls came before the smoke had even […]

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Not everyone is a fan of the proliferation of CCTV cameras in the U.K. (Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

After Paris, there will be no stopping the surveillance state now

By Neil Macdonald CBC News November 21, 2015   After Paris, there will be no stopping the surveillance state now Public surveillance increasing at an ‘accelerating rate,’ researchers say, with Europe leading the way     An old acquaintance who spent years in Canada’s secret world, where he developed a you-don’t-know-the-half-of-it smile, regularly sends me […]


The Deep State: The Unelected Shadow Government Is Here to Stay

By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute November 11, 2015    The Deep State: The Unelected Shadow Government Is Here to Stay     “Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government, owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.” ― Theodore Roosevelt America’s next president will inherit more than a bitterly […]

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Fear of the Walking Dead: The American Police State Takes Aim

By John W. Whitehead The Rutherford Institute October 29, 2015   Fear of the Walking Dead: The American Police State Takes Aim   “Fear is a primitive impulse, brainless as hunger, and because the aim of horror fiction is the production of the deepest kinds of fears, the genre tends to reinforce some remarkably uncivilized […]

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