Edward Snowden

  • Vysk QS1 Is An Otterbox For The Privacy Freak

    Vysk QS1 Is An Otterbox For The Privacy Freak

    On Saturday NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden called developers to design products that protect users’ privacy and Constitutional rights, saying he plans to promote such technologies.But Vysk Communication’s CEO Victor Cocchia has been working on developing such technology since 2012, long before Snowden addressed the Hope X conference last weekend. Cocchia spoke to me about his… Read More

  • Snowden Document Exposes Extensive List of British Spying Tools

    Snowden Document Exposes Extensive List of British Spying Tools

    The intelligence agency Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) — Britain’s National Security Agency (NSA) equivalent — commands a wide-ranging set of tools that enable it to hack into popular social media and communications outlets and plant false information on the Internet, according to a document published by The Intercept. The long list of options range from… Read More

  • Who Watches The Watchmen?

    Who Watches The Watchmen?

    In honor of the Fourth of July, let’s talk a little about how horrifically paranoid and counterproductive the US government has become. And I’m not even talking about Congress! Instead I mean our old friend the No Such Agency, who, it turns out, have been singling out for special treatment anyone who displays any interest in tools which might make the NSA’s life more difficult. Read More

  • Left-Field ISPs File Hopeless Legal Complaint Against UK Spy Agency GCHQ

    Left-Field ISPs File Hopeless Legal Complaint Against UK Spy Agency GCHQ

    In a move that feels a bit like turkeys complaining to Christmas, a consortium of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), in conjunction with Privacy International, have filed a legal complaint with the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal, a judicial body that claims to be independent from the British Government, over how the UK spy agency GCHQ reportedly operates. Read More

  • NSA Transparency Report Offers More Questions Than Answers

    NSA Transparency Report Offers More Questions Than Answers

    The Director of National Intelligence on Friday followed through on calls for the government to be more open about its NSA surveillance programs, releasing its first transparency report. The problem is the transparency report wasn’t all that transparent. When reading the report, I was immediately struck by the revelation that under the bulk telephony metadata collection program, there… Read More

  • House Of Representatives Passes Amendment To Cut Off Funding For NSA’s “Backdoor” Searches

    House Of Representatives Passes Amendment To Cut Off Funding For NSA’s “Backdoor” Searches

    The House of Representatives has passed by a landslide an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that will cut off funding to National Security Agency’s “backdoor” surveillance. The act, which places limits on how the NSA can gain access to communication, including email, online browsing, and chat histories, still has to gain Senate approval, but it represents a… Read More

  • Former Vice President Al Gore Declines To Call Edward Snowden A Traitor

    Former Vice President Al Gore Declines To Call Edward Snowden A Traitor

    Speaking at the Southland Conference, former Vice President Al Gore declined to call former NSA contractor Edward Snowden a traitor for leaking tens of thousands of secret government documents to journalists. Read More

  • NSA Chief: Snowden “Probably Not” A Russian Spy

    NSA Chief: Snowden “Probably Not” A Russian Spy

    Despite Congressional bloviation, the NSA doesn’t think that Edward Snowden is a foreign spy. NSA Chief Michael Rogers doesn’t think it likely that Snowden is working for Russia, or any other country’s intelligence apparatus. “Could he have? Possibly. Do I believe that’s the case? Probably not,” said Rogers. Read More

  • Smile: Your Selfie Is A Mugshot For The NSA

    Smile: Your Selfie Is A Mugshot For The NSA

    A report in The New York Times, based on documents from 2011 obtained by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, reveal that the US security agency’s reliance on facial recognition technology has grown significantly under the Obama administration — coinciding with a rise in popularity of taking and tagging self-portraits on online social networks. Read More

  • Read The Email Snowden Sent To The NSA

    Read The Email Snowden Sent To The NSA

    In an interview yesterday, former NSA contractor and now infamous leaker Edward Snowden indicated that the NSA had record of his internal complaints regarding government policy. Today the United States government released an email from Snowden asking several questions. Read More