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NSA surveillance programs renewed by Senate

The US Senate voted Thursday to extend NSA surveillance programs first revealed by Edward Snowden. Photo-illustration by Jason Seiler With little debate, the US Senate voted 65 to 34 Thursday to renew the law authorizing key surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency. The programs, k

CNET - 2018-01-18 18:25:00

Episode 15: Interview with Yan Zhu, Privacy Engineer

Yan Zhu is renowned security and privacy engineer. She is currently working as a Senior Software Engineer at Brave and a Technology Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She is an open web standard author, technology speaker, and open source contributor. Some of her contributions include HTT

MAPPINGTHEJOURNEY.COM - 2018-01-18 07:00:54

After calling for surveillance reform, Democrats help kill it

After years of tangling with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), civil liberties activists seemed to have her onboard with their fight to curtail the vast warrantless surveillance program exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. They were optimistic Tuesday when she headed into a major vote ov

LA TIMES - 2018-01-17 19:40:00

Prosecute Former Spymaster James Clapper for Lying to Congress Now. Time is Running Out.

C-SPANJames Clapper, then the Director of National Intelligence, flat out lied to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) at Senate hearing on March 12, 2013 when he was asked whether the National Security Agency collects "any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans." Clapper replied, "

REASON.COM - 2018-01-17 17:30:00

China Blockchain Firm Pursues Hong Kong Tycoon's Boutique Hotel

Sharing Economy International Inc., a Chinese textile machinery maker with blockchain ambitions, said it's pursuing the acquisition of a boutique hotel from Hong Kong property billionaire Lee Shau-kee. A unit of Sharing Economy is offering to buy the Mira Moon Hotel from Lee's Hong Kong-listed hospi

BLOOMBERG - 2018-01-17 07:32:11

Senate advances bill to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday advanced a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as a final push by privacy advocates to derail the measure came up one vote short. The vote marked a disappointing end to a years-long effort by a coa

REUTERS - 2018-01-17 01:05:51

Step up on FISA reform, Democrats 

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to authorize warrantless searches of Americans' phone calls and e-mails by the CIA, FBI, and NSA. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi had a chance to block this assault on the Constitution, but instead greased its passage. It's now up to Senate Minority


Spielberg's 'Post': Clumsy, Inaccurate, Anti-Trump Twaddle

Tom Hanks (as Ben Bradlee) and Meryl Streep (as Kay Graham) star in Twentieth Century Fox's THE POST. Photo Credit: Niko Tavernise. Steven Spielberg's "The Post," starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, tells the story of the Washington Post's decision in 1971 to publish parts of the Pentagon Papers,


The House Has Voted. They Will Allow Warrantless Surveillance.

In 2013, documents leaked by former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden ignited a national debate on the agency's warrantless surveillance program and citizens' right to privacy in the digital age. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives held a vote that may have put an end


'The Post'

In 1971, the New York Times broke one of the most important stories in history when it made public certain parts of the "Pentagon Papers." Working at the behest of former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, military analyst Daniel Ellsberg compiled a top-secret study of American involvement in Viet N


The Guardian, Britain's Left-Wing News Power, Goes Tabloid

LONDON - The Guardian, the British newspaper that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of national security leaks in the United States but whose aggressive international expansion has brought heavy losses, switched to a tabloid print format on Monday as part of efforts to cut costs. The newspaper's


New Zealand spy agency illegally accessed immigration data

On December 12, New Zealand's government-appointed Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn released a report on the Security Intelligence Service (SIS), revealing that for almost 20 years the internal spy agency illegally accessed personal information held by the Customs and Immig


Chelsea Manning, convicted of giving military documents to Wikileaks, files candidacy to challenge Sen. Cardin

Chelsea Manning, the transgender Maryland woman convicted of sharing thousands of military documents with Wikileaks, has filed her candidacy to challenge Sen. Ben Cardin in this year's election. Manning declared her intentions Jan. 5 with the Federal Election Commission, which posted the document on


Chelsea Manning is challenging Maryland Democratic Senator Benjamin L Cardin in the 2018 elections

Whistleblower and torture survivor Chelsea Manning has filed papers to challenge Senator Benjamin L Cardin for his seat in the 2018 midterm elections. Cardin has served as a Maryland Senator since 2007, and was in the Maryland state government and then a Congressman from Maryland for 20 years pri


Warrant, even at back door

The House recently rejected an effort to require intelligence agencies to seek warrants to examine the communications of American citizens. (Associated Press File) As its name suggests, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is supposed to target foreign subjects. But in renewing the law recently


Chelsea Manning says she's running for US Senate

Famous for handing a huge cache of secret documents to WikiLeaks, the transgendered Manning has filed a statement of candidacy with the US elections commission. Former soldier Chelsea Manning received Out magazine's Newsmaker of the Year award last year. Now it looks like she'll be running for Senat


Microsoft Finally Brings End-to-End Encryption to Skype

In the world of technology, end-to-end encryption has become more important than ever before. Given our society's tendency to use instant messaging and social media apps on a daily basis, the information we distribute should be encrypted at all times. Skype, one of the world's most popular communica


Brexit, Facebook, Julian Assange: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here's the sign-up.) Good morning. Here's what you need to know: Emilie Knig, 33, spent the past five years living in Syria, where she was a prominent propagandist and recruiter for the Islamic State. Now she wants to return home - to France. The quandary her ca


With Support From Nancy Pelosi, House Gives Trump Administration Broad Latitude to Spy on Americans

With bipartisan backing, the House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would renew - and perhaps expand - one of the government's most sweeping surveillance authorities for six years with minimal changes. The measure, which passed 256-164, reauthorized Section 702 of the Foreign Intellige


Congress Renews Warrantless Surveillance-And Makes It Even Worse

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted not only to extend wireless surveillance under Section 702, but to expand it in important ways. In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency was legally collecting millions of Americans' phone calls and electronic communications-i