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Identity Theft: How to Build a Hype

How to build a hype:

1. Read a Bureau of Justice Statistics Report, which finds that:

6.7% of U.S. adults were on the receiving end of “identity theft” last year, but this definition includes “attempted misuse” that was unsuccessful, and the most common way adults found out about such activity was to be contacted by [...]

173 Broken Promises: Barack Obama Still Refuses to Respond to Huge Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden

On June 22 2013, the petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, and has continued to gather signatures ever since.

That hundred-thousand mark is significant. It represents a promise to the American people.

“If a petition gathers enough online signatures, it will be reviewed by policy experts and you’ll receive an official [...]

Are You Allergic To Exploding Gluten?

Some evidence suggests that, although gluten can explode, the lack of gluten may also result in explosions. The Denver Post warns, for example, of the “exploding gluten-free market”. [...]

Should You Endorse the Necessary & Proportionate Principles of Government Surveillance?

At the end of November 2013, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and 322 other organizations proposed a set of principles to rein in unwarranted, unregulated, unquestioned surveillance of the world’s people by the world’s governments. They want you to endorse them.

The thirteen principles are listed below. Do you agree with them?

LEGALITY:Any limitation to the [...]

After the Creeping Octopus Satellite Launch, What Next for the National Reconnaissance Office?

The National Reconnaissance Office — “a joint Department of Defense – Intelligence Community organization responsible for developing, launching, and operating America’s intelligence satellites” — has launched NROL 39, its latest payload of classified spy satellites. For every launch, it develops a unique badge and motto. This time around, the badge incorporates an angry, creeping octopus:

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Why is the Massive Military Domestic Spying Program called CO-TRAVELER?

Yes, military. Let us not forget that the National Security Agency is a branch of the U.S. military.

You’ve already learned, thanks to the revelation by the Washington Post today, that the most massively armed military on the planet has been collecting tracking information on the whereabouts of hundreds of millions of innocent people, day [...]

The Data Security Plan at My Daughter’s School

1. Take the data. 2. Put it behind a door. 3. Put a “data” sign next to the door. 4. Lock the door.

I bet the plan works.

Is Twelve Years Indefinite Enough For You? Miami Protests Guantanamo January 11

It’s been 12 years that the United States has operated the Guantanamo center for indefinitely detaining people without charges or trials.

This January, it will have been 5 years since President Barack Obama took office, riding to the White House with the promise to close the Guantanamo center. What has President Barack Obama done to [...]

Deanonymization: Definitely Not Delovely

Earlier this evening I found myself perusing Facebook’s privacy policy. Facebook writes in reassuring tones that don’t reassure:

We only provide data to our advertising partners or customers after we have removed your name and any other personally identifying information from it, or have combined it with other people’s data in a way that it [...]

Obama Administration Agencies Blow Off Required Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Reports

This month, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued its second semi-annual public report on its investigations of the activities of the United States government and the extent to which those activities violate the constitutional rights of everyday people. A juicy tidbit in that report seems to have escaped notice. Let’s cover it.

Focus [...]

Wouldn’t It Be Great If a Civil Libertarian Ran for U.S. Senate? Now Ditch the Subjunctive: It Is Great.

“Vast NSA spying undermines our democratic freedoms and threatens international relations.”

Wouldn’t it be great to have a candidate for national public office who was willing to say something like this in blunt, bold, terms? It would be great to have someone in the U.S. Senate who says “the Senate should open its work to [...]