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Telling Your Kids The Truth About Being Safe On The Internet

Neither the Net Cetera manual nor OnGuard Online ever acknowledge the threat to the privacy of American children posed by the electronic spying system created by the National Security Agency. They don’t even mention the existence of the NSA. They pretend that all cybersecurity threats come from unscrupulous individuals. [...]

James Langevin and Military General Talk Up Big Government Cyber Powers

Only one newspaper — the conservative Washington Times — has picked up on the cryptic but crucial conversation yesterday between Rep. James Langevin and General Keith Alexander in a sparsely attended hearing of the House Armed Services Committee yesterday. Langevin (chair of a congressional subcommittee on cybersecurity) asked General Alexander (head of the military’s National [...]

Obama Administration Seeks To Centralize Access To Online Accounts

The proposed system may, strictly speaking, be voluntary, but only in the sense that a driver’s license is voluntary. [...]

McConnell Solicits Billions for a Booz Allen Cyberwar, White House Not Buying

The United States is fighting a cyberwar today, and we are losing….

The United States must also translate our intent into capabilities. We need to develop an early-warning system to monitor cyberspace, identify intrusions and locate the source of attacks with a trail of evidence that can support diplomatic, military and legal options — and [...]

Amid Pats on the Back Over Civility, Old Media Misses NSA Cybersecurity Story

Look deep into this picture and glaze your eyes to find out how many “traditional media” newspapers have, in between pats on the back over their refusal to utter words like “poo,” bothered to provide any coverage of the agenda revealed in Senate hearings today to put the National Security Agency in charge of cybersecurity.

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DOJ, FBI, NSA, DHS Agree: Government Doesn’t Have Enough Cybersurveillance Power

Although he is apparently not on the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has just dropped by its hearing on cybersecurity to ask witnesses representing the Department of Justice, FBI, National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security if they are satisfied with their current authority under law to engage in online [...]

Watch Senate Cybersecurity Hearing for Hawkish Display of Fear and Spending

This morning at 10 AM, click here to watch a webcast of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Terrorism and Homeland Security as they hold a hearing on cybersecurity. 6 of the 7 witnesses are either government security officials or representatives from corporate security firms. Just 1 of the 7 witnesses is a civil liberties expert. [...]

Commission Reports That Its Work Is Very Very Important

Create a commission, and it’s going to conclude that it’s an important commission that should be listened to. Is that a surprise? [...]