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The Mass Surveillance State featured in Munk Debates

MUNCIE, Indiana –(NEWS) Every year, Canada’s Munk debates feature high-level, high-profile debates on burning policy issues. This year, they debated the mass surveillance state, and the participants were Glenn Greenwald and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian on the anti-surveillance side (Con) and former NSA and CIA chief Michael Hayden and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz on […]

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How a Flashlight App Illuminated Smartphone Privacy Problems

By Nathaniel Mott On December 5, 2013It’s hard to know who is monitoring your location, online activities, or the people with whom you interact. It’s even harder to know how they got that information. Did they intercept messages between data centers…

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National Security Agency: “Can’t Search Its Own Emails”

by Justin Elliott, ProPublica The National Security Agency is a “supercomputing powerhouse” with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture. But ask the NSA, as […]

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National Security Agency & High Tech Spying

Does the National Security Agency Tap That? by Justin Elliott, ProPublica Among the snooping revelations of recent weeks, there have been tantalizing bits of evidence that the NSA is tapping fiber-optic cables that carry nearly all international phone and Internet data. The idea that the NSA is sweeping up vast data streams via cables and […]

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NSA Snooping Black Hole of Information

The NSA Black Hole: 5 Basic Things We Still Don’t Know About the Agency’s Snooping by Justin Elliott and Theodoric Meyer ProPublica Last week saw revelations that the FBI and the National Security Agency have been collecting Americans’ phone records en masse and that the agencies have access to data from nine tech companies. But […]

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Everything We Know So Far About Drone Strikes

(photo above is a MQ-9 Reaper Drone, formerly known as the Predator, Wikipedia Commons) Everything We Know So Far About Drone Strikes by Cora Currier, ProPublica You might have heard about the “kill list.” You’ve certainly heard about drones. But the details of the U.S. campaign against militants in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia — a […]