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In Germany, Obama Encounters a Tough Crowd for Defense of Surveillance

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, June 19 2013

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President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel found themselves in a verbal minefield when it came to an ongoing controversy over U.S. National Security Agency surveillance, which loomed large over Obama's visit to Germany Tuesday and Wednesday. Read More

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Canada Has its Own Version of PRISM, Reveals Toronto Newspaper

BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, June 11 2013

President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Pete Souza via Wikipedia)

While it may not have a Bond film-worthy name like PRISM, it turns out Canada has a surveillance program of its own. Canadian news outlet The Globe and Mail learned about the program through Access to Information requests filed with the government. They sifted through hundred of records, although extensive passages were redacted for reasons of national security so there are still lingering questions and concerns.

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A New Online Petition Asks the White House to Ban Google Glass

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, May 7 2013

A new We the People petition is calling on the White House to ban "Google Glass from use in the USA until clear limitations are placed to prevent indecent public surveillance," although so far it only has about a dozen signatures. Read More

Mac Computer Users Experiencing a Sharp Rise in Malicious Cyber Attacks

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, October 9 2012

Mac computers have long been considered far more secure than those on the Windows operating system. Over the past year, however, there has been a sharp rise in the number of malware attacks directed at Mac users — particularly those who work for human rights organizations, reports Andy Greenberg for Forbes. Read More

Journalists Who Neglect Digital Security Put their Sources at Risk

BY Lisa Goldman | Wednesday, September 5 2012

Journalists are putting their sources — and sometimes their own lives — at risk by failing to implement digital security strategies, article the American Journalism Review. Read More

Just How Social Are the London Olympics?

BY Jon Worth | Thursday, July 26 2012

At one level the XXXth Olympiad that starts Friday in London will be the most social Olympics ever. Athletes, volunteers, spectators and the media covering the event will be armed with an ever-greater array of social media tools on their smartphones and computers, and the ability for social networking is greater than at any games that has taken place in the past. But that should not be news, right? Every Super Bowl or World Series is going to be more social than the previous editions, simply as the requisite technology becomes more mainstream, and the boundary between mainstream and social media becomes more blurred. Instead the right question to ask is whether the way social media like Twitter or Facebook are being used during these games is maximizing their potential, and – if not – what lessons can be learned for the future. Read More

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[OP-ED]: My Government's Commitment to the Surveillance State – the UK Queen's Speech

BY Jon Worth | Monday, May 14 2012

Jon Worth argues that the Queen's Speech, delivered last week, presages a return to the "Big Brother" state in the UK. Read More

The Europe Roundup: The Art of Surveillance

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, January 18 2012

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A European parliamentary inquiry will serve to shape a comprehensive EU approach on Internet freedom and human rights. Meanwhile the German government is testing a spyware used by former Egypt government, raising many concerns. But surveillance might also be material for artists. Read More

French Interior Minister Moves to Block 'CopWatch' Site

BY Nick Judd | Monday, October 3 2011

France's interior minister is seeking to block a website dedicated to monitoring police activity, France 24 reports: Interior Minister Claude Gueant has filed a legal motion to block a new police-monitoring website that ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: Ushahidi-Based Websites Spread to Fight Corruption

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, September 15 2011

Bulgaria | shahidi-Based Websites Spread to Fight Corruption Several Eastern Europe countries are struggling for democracy and transparency; Bulgaria is one of the most involved in the process. Transparency ... Read More