The U.S. Needs a Data Protection Agency

The U.S. Needs a Data Protection Agency

You have the right to know if companies are using your information for profit.You need a way to protect yourself, and you deserve a place that will look out for you.

A dark web tycoon pleads guilty. But how was he caught?

A dark web tycoon pleads guilty. But how was he caught?

“Perhaps the greatest overarching question related to the investigation of this case is how the government was able to pierce Tor’s veil of anonymity and locate the IP address of the server in France,” Marques’s defense lawyers wrote in a recent filing.

Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

Microsoft Outsourced Skype, Cortana Voice Analysis to China With Virtually No Security in Place: Report

A man walks past Google offices in Beijing in 2014.Photo: Greg Baker/AFP (AP)Microsoft had “no security measures” on a program that had humans transcribe user voice recordings from its Skype video calling service and Cortana assistant, the Guardian reported on Friday, even when those workers were located in China.

On Privacy versus Freedom

On Privacy versus Freedom

It’s also true that decentralised systems are harder to evolve than centralised ones - you can’t just push out a given feature with a single app update, but you have to agree and publish a public spec, support incremental migration, and build governance processes and community dynamics which encourage everyone to implement and upgrade.

Facebook and Google’s pervasive surveillance poses an unprecedented danger to human rights

Facebook and Google’s pervasive surveillance poses an unprecedented danger to human rights

Facebook and Google’s omnipresent surveillance of billions of people poses a systemic threat to human rights, Amnesty International warned in a new report as it called for a radical transformation of the tech giants’ core business model.

Internet freedom is declining around the world—and social media is to blame

Internet freedom is declining around the world—and social media is to blame

The news: Governments worldwide are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and spy on citizens, think tank Freedom House has warned in its latest report.

Librem 13 – Purism

Librem 13 – Purism

The Librem 13 is the first ultra-portable laptop for the security-conscious road warrior—designed chip-by-chip, line-by-line, to respect your rights to privacy, security, and freedom.When you use a Purism computer you know you are operating the best hardware and software, while keeping your rights to privacy, security, and freedom in mind.

Tech Tudor: The Draconian CASE Copyright Act is about to be passed undermining the freedom of millions of Netizens

Tech Tudor: The Draconian CASE Copyright Act is about to be passed undermining the freedom of millions of Netizens

What's worse is that if you received one of these notifications through email/post and accidentally happen to ignore it, you are almost certainly in for this fine with a limited ability to appeal:.Considering the apathy and ignorance about internet freedom by the average American, the fear is that most people simply won't do that.

Facebook isn’t free speech, it’s algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage

Facebook isn’t free speech, it’s algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage

What you read on Facebook is determined entirely by Facebook’s algorithm, which elides much — censors much, if you wrongly think the News Feed is free speech — and amplifies little.

Why Hong Kong protesters don’t just want privacy from China, they need it to survive

Why Hong Kong protesters don’t just want privacy from China, they need it to survive

Protesters in Hong Kong aren’t just faced with opposition from the Chinese government, they’re also faced with opposition from international corporations that acquiesce to China’s demands and party line to avoid damaging their access to the lucrative Chinese market.

Massachusetts: Tell Your Lawmakers to Press Pause on Government Face Surveillance

Massachusetts: Tell Your Lawmakers to Press Pause on Government Face Surveillance

Massachusetts residents: tell your legislature to press pause on government use of face surveillance throughout the Commonwealth.The city council of Somerville, Massachusetts voted unanimously in July to ban government face surveillance altogether, becoming the first community on the East coast to do so.

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: US heading in 'same direction as China' with online privacy

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: US heading in 'same direction as China' with online privacy

While Cambridge Analytica has since shut down, Wylie said the tactics it used could be deployed elsewhere, and that is why data privacy regulation needs to be dramatically enhanced.

Tails - Launching our donation campaign for 2020

Tails - Launching our donation campaign for 2020

We often hear complaints about software projects that are meant to fight surveillance, like Tor and Tails, getting funds from the US government.

First Librem 5 Smartphones are Shipping

First Librem 5 Smartphones are Shipping

Earlier this month, Purism announced an iterative, transparent shipping schedule for the highly anticipated Librem 5, security and privacy focused smartphone.“Seeing the amazing effort of the Purism team, and holding the first fully functioning Librem 5, has been the most inspirational moment of Purism’s five year history,” stated Todd Weaver.

End the NSA's Call Detail Records Program Once and for All

End the NSA's Call Detail Records Program Once and for All

Ever since USA FREEDOM reformed the CDR program in 2015, the civil liberties community and members of Congress have repeatedly asked the NSA for information about how widespread the NSA’s surveillance is, but the agency has been unable or unwilling to provide that information.

Israel eased export controls on surveillance technologies amid criticism

Israel eased export controls on surveillance technologies amid criticism

Israel is a major exporter of surveillance technology, according to a June 2019 report by U.N. Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression David Kaye, which called for a global moratorium on such exports until a human rights compliant regime was put in place.

Anxious parents spy on US summer camps by phone

Anxious parents spy on US summer camps by phone

Summer camp surveillance is booming.While boys and girls at camps across the US are making new friends and trying unfamiliar activities in bucolic settings, the camps themselves are providing daily updates to tens of thousands of parents on their offspring.

Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize N.S.A.’s Deactivated Call Records Program

Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize N.S.A.’s Deactivated Call Records Program

Eventually, the Obama administration and Congress agreed on a reform law that would end the N.S.A.’s bulk collection of domestic calling data, but preserve its ability to swiftly gain access to records held by telecoms when a judge agreed that a specific number had terrorism links.

Data isn't the new oil, it's the new CO2

Data isn't the new oil, it's the new CO2

The line of inquiry defending pervasive surveillance in the name of “individual freedom” and individual consent is tired and should be retired.But first let’s all admit that the line of inquiry defending pervasive surveillance in the name of “individual freedom” and individual consent gets us nowhere closer to understanding the threats we are facing.

Tell Rep. Adam Schiff to remove this dangerous secrecy provision from this year’s intelligence bill

Tell Rep. Adam Schiff to remove this dangerous secrecy provision from this year’s intelligence bill

As Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press explained, “if the changes advocated by the CIA are adopted, the law would indefinitely criminalize the disclosure of the identity of anyone with a classified relationship to an intelligence agency regardless of whether they have ever served abroad.”.

More N.S.A. Call Data Problems Surface as Law’s Expiration Approaches

More N.S.A. Call Data Problems Surface as Law’s Expiration Approaches

Another newly disclosed inspector general report, written in 2016 and also obtained by the A.C.L.U., showed that even though intelligence officials frequently asserted during the post-Snowden debate that the program was vital, the National Security Agency never developed metrics to measure the value of the information it had gathered under the Section 215-era program.

GitHub - tg12/RUBC: R U Been being censored?

GitHub - tg12/RUBC: R U Been being censored?

Are you being censored by your government or your ISP? Is your ISP censoring you because someone told them to? Use this tool to check. Is your free speech at stake by a repressive regime or government. Why not check with this free tool.

New US visa requirements threaten privacy and freedom of expression

New US visa requirements threaten privacy and freedom of expression

As shown by a newly released report from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law, the Department of Homeland Security, specifically Customs and Border Protection, can share social media data with federal, state and local government agencies, along with law enforcement and even multilateral governmental organizations and foreign states.

Microsoft: The open source company

Microsoft: The open source company

Stallman, who liked to be called by his initials, RMS, in tribute to the way he logged on to the computer, used the Hacker Ethic as a guiding principle for his best-known work, an editing program called EMACS which allowed users to limitlessly customize it its wide-open architecture encouraged people to add to it, improve it endlessly.

Freedom of press in Europe no longer self-evident

Freedom of press in Europe no longer self-evident

The murder of the Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova in February provoked a wave of anger, resulting in Prime Minister Robert Fico’s resignation. However, half a year later, the state of press freedom in the country is still in limbo.

We messed up everything. And it’s great.

We messed up everything. And it’s great.

We need more interactions, more connections between those social platforms to let users be really free. Can we get back our freedom on the internet with a secure data privacy. It’s a decentralized social networking protocol based upon the [ActivityStreams] 2.0 data format.

How can we prevent the Orwellian 1984 digital world? — GNU MediaGoblin

How can we prevent the Orwellian 1984 digital world? — GNU MediaGoblin

LibrePlanet is the Free Software Foundation's annual conference. In 1992, Torvalds freed the kernel Linux, which filled the last gap in GNU. The views of the speaker do not represent the Free Software Foundation.

Big Tech and the Rise of Surveillance Capitalism

Big Tech and the Rise of Surveillance Capitalism

Zuboff points out in her brilliant book that all pervasive, stealthy and omnipresent surveillance capitalism has exploited human experience to collect free raw material for translation into behavorial data.

“I have nothing to hide. Why should I care about my privacy?”

“I have nothing to hide. Why should I care about my privacy?”

There are two sets of reasons to care about your privacy even if you’ve got nothing to hide: ideological reasons and practical reasons. You might be okay with governments or security agencies or companies having your private information.

How to use a FreedomBox running open source software to regain control of your online privacy

How to use a FreedomBox running open source software to regain control of your online privacy

Even more impressive is the fact that Moglen also had a solution back then: to move people to a world of distributed Internet services, with no one controller that had privileged access to our personal data.