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4 Reasons the Left Should Care About Data and Surveillance | Novara Media
4. The way in which our data is sold and used is inherently capitalist – and surveillance is becoming more invasive as a result
capitalism  data  surveillance  government  corporatesurveillance  governmentsurveillance  indie  radar  facebook 
august 2017 by laurakalbag
UK government says it will NOT try to ban encryption - Business Insider
“We accept and completely recognise the importance of encryption”
uk  government  encryption  uturn  roundup  17jul15 
july 2015 by laurakalbag
The Department of Homeland Security is opening an office in Silicon Valley | Fusion
Summary: The Department of Homeland Security is opening an office in Silicon Valley, largely in an attempt to recruit from Silicon Valley companies. If only we knew the implications of this move on the NSA programs such as PRISM…
us  security  government  surveillance  1may15  indie  indieroundup 
may 2015 by laurakalbag
Hosting Companies Threaten To Leave France Over (Yet Another) Surveillance Law. But Where Could They Go? | Techdirt
Summary: New French surveillance laws, expanding on the existing invasive surveillance laws are forcing web hosting companies out of the country, as they refuse to comply with the French government’s demands for data retention, and even start talking about “data black boxes” for “algorithmic surveillance.”
france  hosting  data  government  surveillance  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  moody 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
UK Mass Surveillance Is Facing a Ruling From Europe's Human Rights Court | VICE News
A joint appeal was filed by groups including Privacy International, Amnesty, and Liberty in response to a ruling in December by the UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), which found that mass surveillance of internet traffic going in and out of the country, and an intelligence sharing regime between the US and UK, was lawful.

Although the UK has ruled that such mass surveillance is lawful, campaigners believe it may breach Articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which enshrine the rights to privacy and freedom of expression respectively. Privacy International and the other groups are seeking a ruling from ECHR that industrial scale mass surveillance violates human rights law.
masssurveillance  eu  surveillance  government  humanrights  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Don’t Keep the Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks Secret -
As it considers fast track here, Congress must address the secrecy, and the views of the privileged advisers, that shaped the agreement. Otherwise, “fast” will be little more than a euphemism for “avoid the public, and benefit the fortunate few.”
tpp  TTIP  indie  indieroundup  transparency  us  government  tradeagreement  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
NSA dreams of smartphones with “split” crypto keys protecting user data | Ars Technica
National Security Agency officials are considering a range of options to ensure their surveillance efforts aren't stymied by the growing use of encryption, particularly in smartphones. Key among the solutions, according to The Washington Post, might be a requirement that technology companies create a digital key that can open any locked device to obtain text messages or other content, but divide the key into pieces so no one group could use it without the cooperation of other parties.

"I don't want a back door," Adm. Michael S. Rogers, director of the NSA, recently said during a speech at Princeton University, at which he laid out the proposal. "I want a front door. And I want the front door to have multiple locks. Big locks."
splitkey  encryption  backdoors  frontdoors  indie  indieroundup  government  surveillance  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
NSA and the Stasi – a cautionary tale on mass surveillance | openDemocracy
Modern mass surveillance achieves this omnipresence with a fraction of the manpower. Spies can scoop up massive quantities of electronic communications directly from the cables that deliver them and the servers that store them. Cold War snoops have been pushed aside by computers and algorithms.
surveillance  government  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  stasi 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Are Google and eBay Bowing to the Kremlin’s Data Localization Demands? · Global Voices
Google and online marketplace eBay may be caving to Russia's controversial new data retention law that requires Internet companies to store Russian users’ data in Russia. Shifting data centers into Russian territory could leave Google and eBay customers vulnerable to greater levels of surveillance.
russia  government  surveillance  tracking  dataretention  indie  indieroundup  notincluded  google  ebay 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Privacy International calls on Europe’s top human rights court to rule on British mass surveillance | Privacy International
Privacy International and several other human rights organisations are taking the UK Government to the European Court of Human Rights over its mass surveillance practices, after a judgement last year found that collecting all internet traffic flowing in and out of the UK and bulk intelligence sharing with the United States was legal.
government  surveillance  legal  lawsuit  law  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Escaping the whirlpool: debating 'stagnovation' - The Long and Short Season 3
Andrew Keen: “the operating system of 21st century economic life isn’t the answer to solving the two fundamental problems of late industrial economics: inequality and joblessness. Indeed, what it’s creating is a new “precariat” class of “gig” workers, selling their labour on networks like Uber, Airbnb and Taskrabbit.”
inequality  equality  government  innovation  patents  economy  society  indie  indieroundup  4april15 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Push Back at Government and Corporate Personal Privacy Incursions
“Today’s technology gives governments and corporations robust capabilities for mass surveillance. Mass surveillance is dangerous. It enables discrimination based on almost any criteria: race, religion, class, political beliefs. It is being used to control what we see, what we can do, and, ultimately, what we say. It is being done without offering citizens recourse or any real ability to opt out, and without any meaningful checks and balances. It makes us less safe. It makes us less free.” Excerpt from Bruce Schneier’s Data and Goliath on Scientific American
privacy  security  corporatesurveillance  government  surveillance  tracking  indie  indieroundup  4april15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Leave Facebook if you don't want to be spied on, warns EU
“The European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security services, finding that current Safe Harbour legislation does not protect citizen’s data.” By Samuel Gibbs on The Guardian
eu  facebook  safeharbour  privacy  government  surveillance  security  indie  indieroundup  27mar2015 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Why Mass Surveillance Can't, Won't, And Never Has Stopped A Terrorist
“[T]here is no scientific rationale for believing that adding irrelevant data about innocent people makes it easier to find a terrorist attack, and lots of evidence that it does not. You might be adding slightly more signal, but you’re also adding much more noise.” Bruce Schneier on Digg, from his book Data and Goliath
schneier  security  government  surveillance  corporatesurveillance  advertising  tracking  indie  indieroundup  27mar2015 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Global opposition to USA big brother mass surveillance
“Tech companies have a choice to make about the future of the internet. Should it be a place for expression, or repression? They can ask their users to leave privacy rights at the door when logging on, or give them control over their personal data,” said Salil Shetty.” on Amnesty International
surveillance  government  corporatesurveillance  privacy  indie  indieroundup  20mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
The future of in current discussion
“Instead of protecting the body, which in my opinion has over the last two years achieved external scrutiny of and ensuring promises made were kept, the independent assurance committee, the IAG, is to be scrapped.” By Jen Persson  data  government  uk  nhs  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
New Zealand Used NSA System to Target Officials, Anti-Corruption Campaigner - The Intercept
“New Zealand’s eavesdropping agency used an Internet mass surveillance system to target government officials and an anti-corruption campaigner on a neighboring Pacific island, according to a top-secret document.” By Ryan Gallagher on The Intercept
corruption  surveillance  government  newzealand  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
The Orwellian Re-Branding of "Mass Surveillance" as Merely "Bulk Collection"
“Just as the Bush administration and the U.S. media re-labelled “torture” with the Orwellian euphemism “enhanced interrogation techniques” to make it more palatable, the governments and media of the Five Eyes surveillance alliance are now attempting to re-brand “mass surveillance” as “bulk collection” in order to make it less menacing (and less illegal).” By Glenn Greenwald on The Intercept
government  privacy  surveillance  security  gchq  tracking  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
The Guardian view on surveillance: parliament’s slumbering scrutineer | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian
“Better late than never might have been a suitable verdict on Thursday’s ISC report if it had faced the facts and stopped there; but it also proposed some fixes. Yes, as the parliamentarians say, it would be nice to have transparent, codified rules to govern snooping. But what they seem to have in mind is a transparent and codified licence for the agencies to keep on keeping on.” Editorial on The Guardian
government  gchq  policy  law  spying  tracking  surveillance  goverment  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
UK spies keep data on race, political views and more
“The report’s big surprise, though, was the first official disclosure of the existence of the agencies’ bulk personal datasets, described by the committee as “large databases containing personal information about a wide range of people”, and used to identify people, establish links, and analyse behaviour and connections. The more sensitive information in these datasets covers things like racial or ethnic origin, religion, political views, medical conditions, sexual orientation and so on.” By David Meyer on TechEU
eu  technology  policy  government  surveillance  gchq  nsa  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
UK surveillance laws need total overhaul, says landmark report
“In the single most important revelation, the report reveals for the first time that the agencies have had the capability to trawl through personal records and form and examine “bulk personal datasets” without any statutory oversight.” By Patrick Wintour and Rowena Mason on The Guardian
gchq  snowden  indie  indieroundup  13mar15  privacy  security  tracking  surveillance  government  uk 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Does GCHQ really only use ‘a fraction’ of its data?
“Perhaps the explanation for the discrepancy is that a small number of bearers could in fact be carrying the majority of the UK’s internet traffic. There seems to be some semantic shenanigans over the definitions of “blanket” and “bulk”.” By Geoff White on Channel 4 News
gchq  government  surveillance  tracking  privacy  indie  indieroundup  13mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Germany double-dealing over data legislation, say negotiators
“Germany is double-dealing on European data regulations, according to negotiators on a new EU regulation, by demanding high privacy standards in public while promising lobbyists to lower proposed standards in closed-door Brussels talks.” By Derek Scally on The Irish Times
eu  policy  regulation  privacy  security  surveillance  government  corporatesurveillance  indie  indieroundup  13mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Technology should be used to create social mobility – not to spy on citizens
“Why spy? Because it’s cheaper than playing fair. Our networks have given the edge to the elites, and unless we seize the means of information, we are headed for a long age of IT-powered feudalism, where property is the exclusive domain of the super-rich, where your surveillance-supercharged Internet of Things treats you as a tenant-farmer of your life, subject to a licence agreement instead of a constitution.” By Cory Doctorow on The Guardian
censorship  surveillance  privacy  activism  government  equality  indie  indieroundup  13mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
ISC report: intrusive mass surveillance is fine, so long as spies are more open about it - News - Gadgets and Tech - The Independent
“However, no amount of technical and legal jargon can obscure the fact that this is a parliamentary committee, in a democratic country, telling its citizens that they are living in a surveillance state and that all is well” Privacy International statement in an article by Andrew Griffin in The Independent
surveillance  government  privacy  security  terrorism  indie  indieroundup  13mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
The Cost of Surveillance – Ashkan Soltani
“If the cost of the surveillance using the new technique is an order of magnitude (ten times) less than the cost of the surveillance without using the new technique, then the new technique violates a reasonable expectation of privacy.” By Ashkan Solkani
surveillance  government  indie  indieroundup  privacy  security  13mar15 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Report Says UK Citizens Must Give Up Right To Privacy Because 'Terrorism', Reveals Huge Secret Government Databases | Techdirt
“Some things might happen that could have been prevented if you took all of the most oppressive, restrictive and privacy-infringing measures. That is the price you pay to live in a free society.” Quote by Isabella Sankey. Article by Glyn Moody on TechDirt.
indie  indieroundup  13mar15  privacy  security  surveillance  government  uk  gchq  snowden  terrorism  humanrights 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Canadian Spies Collect Domestic Emails in Secret Security Sweep
“Canada’s electronic surveillance agency is covertly monitoring vast amounts of Canadians’ emails as part of a sweeping domestic cybersecurity operation, according to top-secret documents.” By Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald
government  surveillance  tracking  privacy  canada  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
The Democratization of Cyberattack
“But here's the problem: technological capabilities cannot distinguish based on morality, nationality, or legality; if the US government is able to use a backdoor in a communications system to spy on its enemies, the Chinese government can use the same backdoor to spy on its dissidents.” By Bruce Schneier on Schneier on Security
backdoors  surveillance  government  hacking  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
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