Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

"These leaks about a potential Executive Order from the White House are troubling on many levels, from the order's potential to violate the First Amendment, to its apparent disregard for the independence of agencies like the FCC and the FTC, to its intent to unilaterally limit Section 230 which promotes moderated online communities free of hate speech and misinformation," said Chris Lewis, president and CEO of Public Knowledge.

U.S. FTC probes Facebook's acquisition practices - WSJ

U.S. FTC probes Facebook's acquisition practices - WSJ

The company's acquisition practices are the main focus of the probe, as the FTC looks into Facebook buying technology-based startups to keep them from challenging it, the report said.

US Attorney General demands encryption backdoors at all costs and for you to just accept it

US Attorney General demands encryption backdoors at all costs and for you to just accept it

President Trump’s Attorney General, William Barr, has demanded the tech industry create encryption backdoors because he views encryption as a security risk. There isn’t any way for lawful access to exist without materially weakening the security provided by encryption.

Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook at Congress antitrust hearing: How to watch

Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook at Congress antitrust hearing: How to watch

Getty Images Congress on Tuesday will be tackling one of the biggest questions facing the tech industry in decades: Have companies like Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon become so big that they need to be broken up ?Already, the battle lines have been drawn.

Opinion | Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers

Opinion | Intel Executive: Rein In Data Brokers

It is easier than ever for sensitive information to spread, and we urgently need legislation that allows the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to protect Americans from having their personal data collected and sold without their consent.

Australia's anti-encryption laws being used to bypass journalist protections, expert says

Australia's anti-encryption laws being used to bypass journalist protections, expert says

“In June 2019, the Australian federal police executed two search warrants in relation to secrecy offences in part 6 (offences by and against public officers) and part 7 (official secrets and unlawful soundings) of the Crimes Act,” the Department of Home Affairs stated.

The $199 PineBook Pro Linux Laptop Gets An Awesome Privacy Feature And July Pre-Order Date

The $199 PineBook Pro Linux Laptop Gets An Awesome Privacy Feature And July Pre-Order Date

Pine64 just posted its July Update, and it's a welcome flood of information that includes a previously unannounced feature and the long-awaited pre-order date for the $199 PineBook Pro Linux laptop.

This Is How You're Being Manipulated

This Is How You're Being Manipulated

At a preliminary U.S. Senate hearing today on the subject of potentially putting legislative limits on the persuasiveness of technology - a diplomatic way of saying the addiction model the internet uses to keep people engaged and clicking - Tristan Harris, the executive director of the Center for Humane Technology, told lawmakers that while rules are important, what needs to come first is public awareness.

Bringing big tech to heel: how do we take back control of the internet?

Bringing big tech to heel: how do we take back control of the internet?

Under the regulation, the idea that you control your data footprint has been accepted and embedded with privacy protocols placing enforceable rules on how corporations harvest and then monetise personal information.

At the Frontiers of Surveillance Capitalism

At the Frontiers of Surveillance Capitalism

In the first section of her sprawling book, Zuboff traces the birth of surveillance capitalism to the moment in 2003 when Google filed a patent titled “Generating User Information for Use in Targeted Advertising.” In Google’s early days, she explains, the company linked advertising only to search queries.

The Surveillance Threat Is Not What Orwell Imagined

The Surveillance Threat Is Not What Orwell Imagined

George Orwell repeatedly delayed crucial medical care to complete 1984, the book still synonymous with our worst fears of a totalitarian future — published 70 years ago this month. For 19 years, private companies practicing an unprecedented economic logic that I call surveillance capitalism have hijacked the Internet and its digital technologies.

Protecting Yourself from Amazon Violating Your Air Rights and Privacy by Drone Trespassing

Protecting Yourself from Amazon Violating Your Air Rights and Privacy by Drone Trespassing

However, drone deliveries would also violate the air rights home owners and renters all over the US.

2024 is Mr. Orwell’s 1984

2024 is Mr. Orwell’s 1984

You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows and you don’t have to be paranoid to recognize that new technologies have enabled citizens of the industrialized world to be watched, measured, rated, judged and analyzed daily to a degree that even Winston Smith, the hapless worker bee from George Orwell’s prescient 1949 novel 1984, might find intrusive.

Empowering User Privacy and Decentralizing IoT with Mozilla WebThings

Empowering User Privacy and Decentralizing IoT with Mozilla WebThings

Before we look at the design of Mozilla WebThings, let’s talk briefly about how people think about their privacy when they use smart home devices and why we think it’s essential that we empower people to take charge. From our user research, we’ve learned that people are concerned about the privacy of their smart home data.

Privacy-protecting Tor Browser arrives on Android

Privacy-protecting Tor Browser arrives on Android

Ordinary browsers' private or incognito modes erase records of what websites you visited from your phone or laptop. There's no version of the Tor browser for iOS "due to restrictions by Apple ," Tor said in its announcement. Apple and the Tor Project didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Elizabeth Warren applauds Facebook cofounder's call to break up the tech giant into 3 companies

Elizabeth Warren applauds Facebook cofounder's call to break up the tech giant into 3 companies

Sen. Elizabeth Warren , the Massachusetts Democrat who is running for president in 2020, has celebrated the Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes' call to break up Facebook two months after she rolled out her own plan to break up the largest US tech companies, including Amazon, Google, and Facebook.

Facebook says it shouldn’t be broken up because it is very successful

Facebook says it shouldn’t be broken up because it is very successful

In response to a stunning op-ed from Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes published in The New York Times this morning, the company says it welcomes more accountability for its actions from lawmakers in Washington, but it says breaking up Facebook by decoupling Instagram and WhatsApp from its core service would be a step too far.

A Facebook cofounder has written a blistering New York Times op-ed arguing that Mark Zuckerberg's social network should be torn apart

A Facebook cofounder has written a blistering New York Times op-ed arguing that Mark Zuckerberg's social network should be torn apart

Chris Hughes, who founded Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg in a Harvard dorm room in 2004, has turned on his former business partner in a blistering New York Times op-ed article.

Calls for “Lightweight” Encryption are Short-Sighted and Dangerous

Calls for “Lightweight” Encryption are Short-Sighted and Dangerous

There is a NIST competition going on right now to adopt a new lightweight encryption standard that targets 112-bits of security. One is the concept of a “barely safe” margin of safety and a the second is that hardware advancements are eliminating the need for lightweight cryptography altogether.

New report reveals that the UK police are secretly downloading content from suspects' mobile phones on a massive scale

New report reveals that the UK police are secretly downloading content from suspects' mobile phones on a massive scale

Key points: Privacy International have today published a report entitled 'Digital Stop and search: how the UK police can secretly download everything from your mobile phone' , based on Freedom of Information requests to 47 police forces across the UK about their use of 'mobile phone extraction' technologies, which enable them to download all the content and data from a mobile phone.

Moxie Marlinspike >> Blog >> We Should All Have Something To Hide

Moxie Marlinspike >> Blog >> We Should All Have Something To Hide

Even ignoring this obvious potential for new abuse, it’s also substantially closer to that dystopian reality of a world where law enforcement is 100% effective, eliminating the possibility to experience alternative ideas that might better suit us.

How to unlock an iPhone you've forgotten the password to, even if it's disabled

How to unlock an iPhone you've forgotten the password to, even if it's disabled

Dave Johnson/Business Insider Instead, you need to reset the iPhone to its factory settings and then restore your apps and data from a backup. After it's erased, it'll be returned to its factory settings and you can follow the directions to restore the iPhone with a recent backup.

How to Sweep For Bugs and Hidden Cameras

How to Sweep For Bugs and Hidden Cameras

Bugs always need a way to deliver the data they're gathering to their owners, so deep bug sweeps should go beyond regular electronics detection to scan for laser beam and microwave transmission setups.

The Irony of Glenn Greenwald Cuddling Up with Bill Barr, the Grandfather of Ed Snowden’s Phone Dragnet

The Irony of Glenn Greenwald Cuddling Up with Bill Barr, the Grandfather of Ed Snowden’s Phone Dragnet

Glenn’s denialism is all the more remarkable, though, given that this same guy who wrote two books on abuse of presidential power is choosing to trust a memo from Bill Barr that was obviously playing legalistic games over what the public record says.

The privacy risks of unchecked facial-recognition technology

The privacy risks of unchecked facial-recognition technology

The Washington state Legislature this session took up what would have been a landmark bill to put a moratorium on the acquisition and use of facial recognition technology by government agencies.

100% price increase?

100% price increase?

The app store is pretty ignorant of this fact, that’s why we’re currently evaluating alternative distribution models that allow more flexible pricing. Where I am living this is less than one pizza, which for sure has not years of development put into it.

Amazon’s Antitrust Antagonist Has a Breakthrough Idea

Amazon’s Antitrust Antagonist Has a Breakthrough Idea

Once-robust monopoly laws have been marginalized, Ms. Khan wrote, and consequently Amazon is amassing structural power that lets it exert increasing control over many parts of the economy.

Web 3.0: The decentralised web promises to make the internet free again

Web 3.0: The decentralised web promises to make the internet free again

But it could also be a decentralised web that challenges the dominance of the tech giants by moving us away from relying so heavily on a few companies, technologies and a relatively small amount of internet infrastructure Peer-to-peer technology When we currently access the web, our computers use the HTTP protocol in the form of web addresses to find information stored at a fixed location, usually on a single server.

Why the 2020 US election campaign will be brutal for Big Tech

Why the 2020 US election campaign will be brutal for Big Tech

The Massachusetts senator is calling for legislation that would designate the companies as “platform utilities” and the appointment of regulators who would unwind technology mergers that undermine competition and harm innovation and small businesses.

Zuckerberg’s new privacy essay shows why Facebook needs to be broken up

Zuckerberg’s new privacy essay shows why Facebook needs to be broken up

In “ A Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking ,” a 3,200-word essay that Zuckerberg posted to Facebook on March 6, he says he wants to “build a simpler platform that’s focused on privacy first.” In apparent surprise, he writes: “People increasingly also want to connect privately in the digital equivalent of the living room.” Sign up for The Download Your daily dose of what's up in emerging technology Zuckerberg’s essay is a power grab disguised as an act of contrition.

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