Freddy Martinez, a 27-year-old systems administrator, was in Chicago's Daley Plaza last February protesting National Security Agency surveillance programs when a sedan with the green-lettered license plates of an unmarked police vehicle pulled up nearby. He'd noticed trouble with dropped calls at previous demonstrations, including the 2012 NATO summit. He opened an app on his phone that spots nearby cellular transmitters and saw a new signal. He wondered if it might be coming from the car.
Developers of secure server Protonet asked for some $136,000 on a local crowdfunding website – and were rewarded with $1 million in an hour and a half. The record campaign, one year after Snowden’s NSA leaks, ended with more than $2 million raised.
Hamburg-based startup Protonet, which launched its first private cloud device in July 2013 – a month after the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the scale of US internet surveillance – on Wednesday proved the spying scandal is still in full swing.
Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user information.
There is an interesting court case going on right now in Wisconsin, which holds quite a bit of importance in the current digital era where the 5th Amendment is concerned. Jeffrey Feldman is accused of downloading child pornography from a file sharing site online, however federal agents hadn’t been able to get past the encryption on his computer’s hard drives in order to obtain evidence.
Former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden has accused the U.S. National Security Agency of routinely passing private, unedited communications of Americans to Israel, an expert on the intelligence agency said Wednesday.
James Bamford, writing in the New York Times, said Snowden told him the intercepts included communications of Arab- and Palestinian-Americans whose relatives in Israel and the Palestinian territories could become targets based on the information.
"It's one of the biggest abuses we’ve seen," Bamford quoted Snowden as saying.
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) -- Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and other Silicon Valley executives say controversial government spying programs are undercutting the Internet economy and want Congress to step up stalled reform.
For almost a decade, China has been using an army of sockpuppets known as the 50 Cent Party to control public opinion on the internet. Now, their ranks have swollen to around two million. They are the men and women who are paid by the government to sway public opinion by commenting on various message boards, blogs, and social media. Recently, the Chinese government has begun treating this as an official occupation. As other nations such as the US consider similar strategies, free and meaningful communication on the internet could become doomed to the past.