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July 22nd, 7:28am 5 notes



"In this multi-disciplinary paper, we reveal interdependent legal and technical loopholes that intelligence agencies of the U.S. government could use to circumvent constitutional and statutory safeguards for U.S. persons. We outline known and new circumvention techniques that can leave the Internet traffic of Americans as vulnerable to surveillance, and as unprotected by U.S. law, as the Internet traffic of foreigners."

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July 22nd, 7:20am 42 notes

No system of mass surveillance has existed in any society that we know of to this point that has not been abused. When we look at the German Stasi for example, they were a state security bureau set up to protect their nation, to protect the stability of their political system, which they considered to be under threat. They were ordinary citizens like anyone else. They believed they were doing the right thing, they believed they were doing a good thing. But when we look at them in historic terms, what were they doing to their people? What were they doing to the countries around them? What was the net impact of their mass indiscriminate spying campaigns? And we can see it more clearly.

July 21st, 8:46am 187 notes

US “suspected terrorist” database had 1.5M names added to it in past 5 years



The scale of the secret blacklist was revealed in a civil suit over the Terrorist Screening Database, and it shocked the judge.

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July 16th, 9:18pm 63 notes

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July 15th, 7:07am 2,369 notes

PLEASE REBLOG Last chance to save Net Neutrality



There’s only 36 hours left comment on the FCC’s proposal to allow for Net Neutrality-shredding “Internet fast lanes” that let phone companies to pick Internet winners and losers—it’s time to act.

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