Military admits to filtering reports and content relating to government surveillance programs for thousands of personnel
The US army has admitted to blocking access to parts of the Guardian website for thousands of defence personnel across the country.
A spokesman said the military was filtering out reports and content relating to government surveillance programs to preserve "network hygiene" and prevent any classified material appearing on unclassified parts of its computer systems.
WASHINGTON — The movement to crack down on government surveillance started with an odd couple from Michigan, Representatives Justin Amash, a young libertarian Republican known even to his friends as “chief wing nut,” and John Conyers Jr., an elder of the liberal left in his 25th House term.
According to a new report, the United States government is now in fact the single largest buyer of malware in the world thanks to the shift to “offensive” cybersecurity and is leaving us all vulnerable in the process.
Speaking of the government’s new focus on offensive cybersecurity, former White House cybersecurity advisors Howard Schmidt and Richard Clarke both told Reuters that the government is putting so much emphasis on offensive measures that it ultimately leaves people in the U.S. at risk.
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.
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Last week Janet Napolitano just about tripled her old salary as Homeland Security Secretary now that she’s confirmed to be the next president of the University of California.
While the Board of Regents assured they’re in the business of education, they thought it made good business sense to pay her $575,000 a year. The regents said Napolitano is a remarkable person of character.
In addition, she gets a free house an $8,000 car allowance and $142,000 for relocation expenses.
In 1982, rock star Pete Townsend asked Americans to call their cable operators and, "Demand your MTV. I want my MTV!" It's 2014, and two-minute music videos on a cable channel have given way to high-definition movies, concerts and sports streamed live to your TV, computer and phone. So where the heck is my superfast gigabit Internet access? Who do I even call?
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.