A bipartisan bill pulls together existing efforts to dramatically reform the NSA in the wake of Snowden disclosures.
Verizon has a contract with the New York City that promises fiber access in every neighborhood. However, the availability of the service has been frustratingly spotty, skipping buildings, floors, and blocks without clear explanation.
Mass surveillance of the kind practiced by the NSA produces a chilling effect on journalism, because sources do not feel they can have a private conversation with a reporter.
U.S. President Barack Obama came into office pledging open government, but he has fallen short of his promise. Journalists and transparency advocates say the White House curbs routine disclosure of information and deploys its own media to evade scrutiny by the press.
A new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists tries to capture the invisible impact of the Obama administration’s troubled relationship with the press.
If there's one thing AT&T loves to talk about, it's how government regulations designed to protect consumers are really annoying. In particular, the company says that century-old rules designed to spread phone service to all Americans should be eliminated as the country moves from traditional phone lines to all-IP (Internet Protocol) networks, a transition AT&T wants to see happen by 2018 or 2020.
Digital literacy classes encourage novice public Internet users -- the 6 percent of the adult U.S. population that has no home Internet access and relies on community computer centers to get online -- to apply for jobs, open online bank accounts, and complete a GED. But they aren’t adequately teaching them how to use the Internet securely and protect their privacy -- in part because they lack the time and expertise. That’s like teaching someone how to drive but forgetting about seatbelts or stop signs.
Most Internet users know that websites and advertisers monitor what they do online and use that information to pitch products and services. What’s not as well known is that these companies can track individuals as they move between devices like personal computers, cellphones and tablets. This type of “cross-device” tracking raises significant privacy concerns because most users are simply unaware that it is taking place.
Gen. Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Agency and the military’s Cyber Command, asked the telecom industry to help set the record straight on what he believes is a media mischaracterization of government surveillance programs.
You might think that Gen. Keith Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency, would be looking to lower his agency's profile after a stream of embarrassing leaks about its surveillance activities. Instead, he's doubling down, asking for new powers to secure the U.S. financial industry -- and using some rather suspect arguments to support his demands.
Last month, our Web We Want campaign announced the launch of our Small Grants program, through which we made a limited number of small grants to national and global digital rights efforts. We’ve been overwhelmed with the response to our initial submission process. In just one month, we received more than 70 responses and awarded 13 initial small grants.
The template for attacking people with malware used by the NSA is in widespread use by criminals and fraudsters, as well as foreign intelligence agencies, so it's important to understand and defend against this threat to avoid being a victim to the plethora of attackers out there.
However long the shutdown, we can count at least that much additional delay, and probably much more, once the FCC is back in business.
Rep. Justin Amash, a vocal opponent of NSA spying programs, says that congressional oversight of intelligence programs is "broken."
There are no physical signs you've entered the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000-square-mile area that covers the eastern half of West Virginia. But the silence gives you a signal. Somewhere around the Virginia-West Virginia state line, the periodic buzzes and pings of our smartphones stopped.
Freedom House's annual Freedom on the Net report is out, and like in most such reports, the actual rankings are largely unsurprising. Iceland, the frozen whistleblower nirvana, ranked first, and second was Estonia, the tiny Baltic country that gave us Skype. China, Cuba, and Iran came in last, obviously. One thing that is a total grab bag, though, is the list of countries that had the largest declines in Internet freedom.
What's been clear for years is that the press clings to its preferred storyline: When Republicans obstruct Obama's agenda, the president's to blame for not changing the GOP's unprecedented behavior. In other words, "both sides" are to blame for the GOP's radical actions and the epic gridlock it produces. The media lesson for Republicans? There's very little political downside to pushing extremism if the press is going to give the party a pass.
Google has made a change to its search algorithm to downgrade sites that post mugshot photos, but this decision raises some troubling questions about how much we rely on Google to choose what we see and don’t see.
Over the past several months, the Obama Administration has defended the government’s far-reaching data collection efforts, arguing that only criminals and terrorists need worry. The nation’s leading internet and telecom companies have said they are committed to the sanctity of their customers’ privacy.
There's a direct connection between the shutdown and hyperbolic, partisan journalistic outlets driven more by profits than the search for truth.