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May 25 2012

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04:14
Obama officials demand full, reform-free renewal of the once-controversial power to eavesdrop without warrants

May 22 2012

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20:42
While some attribute the Internet surveillance silence to an attempt to avoid picking sides in the high stakes privacy and security battle, documents obtained under the Access to Information Act offer a different, more troubling explanation. My weekly technology law column notes (Toronto Star version, homepage version) in the months leading up to the introduction Bill C-30, Canada's telecom companies worked actively with government officials to identify key issues and to develop a secret Industry - Government Collaborative Forum on Lawful Access.
Michael Geist - How Canada's Telecom Companies Have Secretly Supported Internet Surveillance Legislation

May 09 2012

surveyork
21:15

HM the Queen, in her first speech to the British Parliament in two years, announced albeit briefly the U.K. government’s plan to monitor all Web activity in the country.

It puts the U.K. en par with the United States, Russia, and China in how it monitors its citizens’ Web activity.

May 05 2012

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11:09
Ricken Patel on the freedom of the web: 'We need to move from the defensive to the offensive' | Technology | guardian.co.uk
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11:02
CNET learns the FBI is quietly pushing its plan to force surveillance backdoors on social networks, VoIP, and Web e-mail providers, and that the bureau is asking Internet companies not to oppose a law making those backdoors mandatory.

May 04 2012

surveyork
12:21
Now, with CISPA, the clampdown on Internet freedom comes in the guise of a bill aimed at cyber terrorism that should give Internet entrepreneurs - and all business leaders - nightmares. And yet, this time, major Internet and technology companies, including Facebook and Microsoft, supported the bill, on the grounds that it would create a clear procedure for handling government requests for information. Microsoft, at least, belatedly dropped its support after recognising that the law would allow the US government to force any Internet business to hand over information about its users' online activities.

April 26 2012

surveyork
23:09
The problem with this sort of blank check "notwithstanding" clause is that even if the people who write the law have only good intentions, it provides substantial legal cover to others who might not. Given the amount of sharing that already takes place between corporations and government institutions, there's simply no need to give investigators the right to invade the privacy of any citizen at will--not when such a privilege could so obviously be abused.
surveyork
07:56

The US House will be voting on CISPA on Friday. With President Obama threatening to veto the bill if it reaches his desk unamended, the tech companies in support of this bill are becoming increasingly isolated. If we can peel them off, it's unlikely CISPA will pass unless radically altered.

The next 24 hours will be critical. Use the buttons to the right to email your friends and family, or to share on Twitter, Facebook,and Tumblr.

Reposted bycyberdemonskuxy

April 22 2012

surveyork
09:37
WASHINGTON – A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to a propaganda campaign of sorts, waged on the Internet through a series of bogus websites.
Misinformation campaign targets USA TODAY reporter, editor – USATODAY.com

April 17 2012

surveyork
23:00
Digital Journal recently reported on CISPA, the official title of this controversial act being H.R. 3523, and that it is feared that CISPA is far worse than SOPA and PIPA in its possible effects on the Internet. Now Demand Progress is reporting that, despite his remarks recently about protecting privacy and the free internet, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is actually in support of the act.
Facebook supports cispa
Demand Progress
Facebook supports CISPA
Facebook has signed on in support of CISPA, the new bill which would potentially let ISPs block websites, cut off users accused of piracy and give the military broad new abilities to spy on the internet. The Center for Democracy and Technology has said, "CISPA has a very broad, almost unlimited definition of the information that can be shared with government agencies and it supersedes all other privacy laws." It is suggested that internet users visit their web page to find out more about CISPA. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation: "An ISP could even interpret this bill as allowing them to block accounts believed to be infringing, block access to websites like The Pirate Bay believed to carry infringing content, or take other measures provided they claimed it was motivated by cybersecurity concerns."
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg supports CISPA? (updated with video)
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22:51
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22:41

 

Dear AT&T, Facebook, Microsoft, Verizon, and all the companies supporting CISPA,

We believe that cyber security is important, but it should not come at the expense of our civil liberties. As your users, and because we value our privacy, we urge you to stand up for our rights and drop your support of the the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act.

surveyork
16:17
What is Facebook thinking?  They've signed on in support of CISPA -- the new bill that would obliterate online privacy, give the military crazy new abilities to spy on the Internet, and potentially let ISPs block sites and cut off users accused of piracy.

April 10 2012

surveyork
22:05

CISPA Is The New SOPA: Help Kill It

Here's their next move: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, would obliterate any semblance of online privacy in the United States.  It's up for a vote later this month.

CISPA would provide a victory for content owners who were shell-shocked by the unprecedented outpouring of activism in opposition to SOPA and Internet censorship.

April 03 2012

surveyork
19:57
Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall have been blowing the whistle: Law enforcement is using a secret interpretation of the PATRIOT Act to spy on people who aren't connected with terrorism.  The FBI operates under a cloak of secrecy, so we only know about this because these two courageous senators are defying the intelligence agencies and speaking out. 

February 20 2012

surveyork
03:01

H.R. 1981, the nefariously entitled "Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act," is actually a wide-ranging Internet surveillance bill that has no place in the United States of America. (Why not call it the Protecting Kittens From Harm Act? Or the American Prosperity Guarantee Act -- just a B.S. name so that politicians in the House and Senate are strong-armed into voting for it, even though it contains utterly insane 1984-style Big Brother surveillance provisions. WebProNews recently called H.R. 1981 a "turd wrapped in cotton candy," actually one of the more diplomatic assessments of the bill.)

It's on the fast-track to becoming law, and it's authored by Rep. Lamar Smith, who created SOPA.

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Think of the children!

August 10 2011

surveyork
16:02
"A direct assault on Internet users" is what the ACLU is calling it.  Yesterday a U.S. House committee approved HR 1981, a broad new Internet snooping bill.  They want to force Internet service providers to keep track of and retain their customers' information -- including your name, address, phone number, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses.
URGENT: Congress Pushing Broad New Internet Snooping Bill | Demand Progress

June 13 2011

surveyork
11:51
WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is giving significant new powers to its roughly 14,000 agents allowing them more leeway to search databases, go through household trash or use surveillance teams to scrutinize the lives of people who have attracted their attention.
FBI expands agents' powers
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