Myanmar’s Military Deploys Digital Arsenal of Repression in Crackdown

The generals who staged a coup last month use surveillance drones, iPhone cracking devices and hacking software, some of it from Western countries that bar sales of such technology to Myanmar.

#arms-trade, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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The Season of the Snitch

Narc-narc, who’s there?

#computers-and-the-internet, #facial-recognition-software, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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How the Military Behind Myanmar’s Coup Took the Country Offline

As the military seized power again, the generals moved quickly to take the country offline, criminalize online dissent and block social media.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #computer-network-outages, #computers-and-the-internet, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #data-centers, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #myanmar, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tatmadaw-myanmar, #telenor-communications-sa, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #zte-corp

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Clubhouse Cracked China’s Firewall. A People Shined Through.

China’s censors finally blocked Clubhouse, but not before users were able to bypass the caricatures painted by government-controlled media and freely discuss their hopes and fears.

#censorship, #china, #clubhouse-mobile-app, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mobile-applications, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Kevin Clinesmith, Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer, Is Sentenced to Probation

A judge rebuffed a request by prosecutors to impose a prison sentence on Kevin Clinesmith, who admitted doctoring an email used to help authorize a wiretap on a former Trump campaign aide.

#barr-william-p, #boasberg-james-e, #central-intelligence-agency, #clinesmith-kevin, #durham-john-h, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #justice-department, #page-carter, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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Facebook and the Surveillance Society: The Other Coup

We can have democracy, or we can have a surveillance society, but we cannot have both.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

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U.S. Says China’s Repression of Uighurs Is ‘Genocide’

The finding by the Trump administration is the strongest denunciation by any government of China’s actions and follows a Biden campaign statement with the same declaration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kazakhs-ethnic-group, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #political-prisoners, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #sterilization-reproductive, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

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Laura Poitras: Journalism Is Not a Crime

The Justice Department is setting a dangerous precedent that threatens reporters — and the truth.

#assange-julian-p, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #guardian-british-newspaper, #iraq, #national-security-agency, #news-and-news-media, #political-prisoners, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #washington-post, #whistle-blowers, #wikileaks

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Alibaba’s Software Can Find Uighur Faces, It Told China Clients

The website for the tech titan’s cloud business described facial recognition software that could detect members of a minority group whose persecution has drawn international condemnation.

#alibaba-group-holding-ltd, #china, #cloud-computing, #facial-recognition-software, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #racial-profiling, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #xinjiang-china

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U.S. Used Patriot Act to Gather Logs of Website Visitors

A disclosure sheds new light on a high-profile national security law as lawmakers prepare to revive a debate over it in the Biden administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #computers-and-the-internet, #daines-steve, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #privacy, #ratcliffe-john-lee-1965, #schiff-adam-b, #search-and-seizure, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #usa-patriot-act, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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Protests Over Security Bill in France Draw Tens of Thousands

Demonstrators accused the government of drifting toward repressive policies.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Intel and Nvidia Chips Power a Chinese Surveillance System

Intel and Nvidia chips power a supercomputing center that tracks people in a place where government suppresses minorities, raising questions about the tech industry’s responsibility.

#artificial-intelligence, #cameras, #china, #computer-chips, #computer-vision, #computers-and-the-internet, #facial-recognition-software, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #intel-corporation, #muslims-and-islam, #nvidia-corporation, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

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We Should Be Able to Use Apps Without Fear of Government Surveillance

We should be able to use a dating app without fear of winding up in a military database.

#data-mining-and-database-marketing, #mobile-applications, #poetry-and-poets, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Edward Snowden Will Seek Russian Citizenship Ahead of Son’s Birth

The former intelligence contractor, who became a fugitive after revealing mass U.S. surveillance, said he and his wife were taking the step to give the family more freedom crossing borders.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #russia, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Edward Snowden, in Russia Since 2013, Is Granted Permanent Residency

The former intelligence contractor still hopes to return to the United States. But the Russian authorities have given him the right to stay in Russia indefinitely.

#moscow-russia, #national-security-agency, #navalny-aleksei-a, #putin-vladimir-v, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

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China Has a New Plan to Tame Tibet

It failed to coax cultural assimilation with economic incentives. Now it’s going for coerced labor and micromanaging people’s very lifestyles.

#agriculture-and-farming, #buddhism, #china, #chinese-language, #communist-party-of-china, #dalai-lama, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #forced-labor, #han-chinese-ethnic-group, #himalayas, #immigration-and-emigration, #immolation, #inner-mongolia, #jamestown-foundation, #jiang-zemin, #labor-and-jobs, #language-and-languages, #lhasa-tibet, #minorities, #nomadic-people, #politics-and-government, #qinghai-province-china, #religion-and-belief, #reuters-group-plc, #sichuan-province-china, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tashi-wangchuk, #tibet, #vocational-training, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

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‘Impossible Objects’ That Reveal a Hidden Power

The artist Trevor Paglen peers into the history of photography and its relationship to state surveillance.

#art, #carnegie-museum-of-art, #computer-security, #computer-vision, #opposing-geometries-exhibit, #paglen-trevor, #photography, #pittsburgh-pa, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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The Intercept Promised to Reveal Everything. But It Didn’t Protect a Source.

Internal documents show how a source ended up in jail — and the fallout in the newsroom.

#att-inc, #blackwater-worldwide, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #first-look-media-inc, #greenwald-glenn, #intercept-the-magazine, #justice-department, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #omidyar-pierre-m, #poitras-laura, #presidential-election-of-2016, #reade-tara, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #vanity-fair, #whistle-blowers, #winner-reality-leigh

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Court Approves Warrantless Surveillance Rules While Scolding F.B.I.

The release of a newly declassified ruling follows a separate decision by an appeals court that a defunct National Security Agency program was illegal.

#boasberg-james-e, #bush-george-w, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act-fisa, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #privacy, #ratcliffe-john-lee-1965, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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With Hacks and Cameras, Beijing’s Electronic Dragnet Closes on Hong Kong

Under a new national security law, the police are targeting the social media accounts of executives, politicians and activists. American internet giants are struggling to respond.

#chow-agnes-1996, #computer-security, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #hong-kong, #lai-jimmy, #national-security-law, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #wong-joshua-1996, #yahoo-inc

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Military Surveillance Planes Didn’t Spy on Protesters, Pentagon Report Finds

But the Air Force’s inspector general concluded that National Guard officials failed to obtain prior approval from Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper to use the planes.

#air-national-guard, #defense-department, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #inspectors-general, #military-aircraft, #national-guard, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-air-force, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Court Upholds Decision to Dismiss Video in Robert Kraft Case

The Patriots’ owner refused to take a plea in the case involving visits to a Florida spa, instead arguing that police surveillance violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

#florida, #kraft-robert-k, #new-england-patriots, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer Expected to Plead Guilty in Durham Investigation

Prosecutors are not expected to reveal any evidence of a broad anti-Trump conspiracy among law enforcement officials.

#barr-william-p, #central-intelligence-agency, #clinesmith-kevin, #durham-john-h, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #horowitz-michael-e, #inspectors-general, #justice-department, #mueller-robert-s-iii, #page-carter, #presidential-election-of-2016, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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Is TikTok More of a Parenting Problem Than a Security Threat?

Even as the White House moves against the Chinese social media app, the intelligence agencies do not see it as a major issue along the lines of Huawei.

#5g-wireless-communications, #central-intelligence-agency, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #gordon-susan-m, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #pompeo-mike, #sasse-benjamin-e, #senate-committee-on-intelligence, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tiktok-bytedance, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warner-mark-r, #wechat-mobile-app

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Don’t Ban TikTok. Make an Example of It.

There is plenty the U.S. government could do to ensure that TikTok acts responsibly without getting rid of it altogether.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-politics-and-government

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China Is Harvesting DNA From Millions of People. Is This the Future of Policing?

The Chinese police are systematically collecting genomic data from tens of millions of people.

#australia, #biometrics, #california, #chengdu-china, #china, #commerce-department, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #europe, #forensic-science, #fujian-province-china, #gedmatch-inc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #guizhou-china, #hunan-province-china, #india, #inner-mongolia, #kenya, #kuwait, #malaysia, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #police, #police-department-nyc, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #thailand, #thermo-fisher-scientific-inc, #tibet, #united-states, #xinjiang-china

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Popular Chinese-Made Drone Is Found to Have Security Weakness

Researchers found a potential vulnerability in an app that helps power the drones, highlighting U.S. officials’ concerns that Beijing could get access to information about Americans.

#android-operating-system, #china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #dji-innovations, #drones-pilotless-planes, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Google Coronavirus Apps Give it Way to Access Location Data

Some government agencies that use the software said they were surprised that Google may pick up the locations of certain app users. Others said they had unsuccessfully pushed Google to make a change.

#android-operating-system, #apple-inc, #bluetooth-wireless-technology, #computer-security, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #denmark, #general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr, #germany, #global-positioning-system, #google-inc, #gps, #ios-operating-system, #latvia, #merkel-angela, #mobile-applications, #princeton-university, #privacy, #sap, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #switzerland, #wurtzburg

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F.B.I. Agent in Russia Inquiry Saw Basis in Early 2017 to Doubt Dossier

Newly declassified documents added more fodder for the continuing political fight over an aspect of the Trump-Russia investigation.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act-fisa, #justice-department, #new-york-times, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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Be Wary of TikTok, Just Don’t Ban It

There’s good reason to remain skeptical about the Chinese-owned company, but for now it’s one of the best social media platforms.

#china, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #mobile-applications, #musical-ly-inc, #privacy, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tiktok-bytedance

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E.U. Court Strikes Down Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer Pact

The ruling is the latest twist in a campaign by privacy-rights activists in Europe to prevent personal information from being transferred to countries with looser protections.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #european-court-of-justice, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #privacy, #privacy-shield, #schrems-max, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

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TikTok Enlists Army of Lobbyists as Suspicions Over China Ties Grow

The viral social media app has beefed up its lobbying operation to counter several potential actions in Washington that could threaten the company’s future.

#beijing-bytedance-technology-co-ltd, #defense-and-military-forces, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Virus-Tracing Apps Are Rife With Problems. Governments Are Rushing to Fix Them.

As countries race to deploy coronavirus-tracking software, researchers are reporting privacy and security risks that could affect millions of people and undermine trust in public health efforts.

#amnesty-international, #computer-security, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #google-inc, #mobile-applications, #norway, #privacy, #qatar, #smittestopp-mobile-app, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Hong Kong Security Law Sets Stage for Global Internet Fight

As the city grapples with new restrictions on online speech, American tech giants are on the front line of a clash between China and the United States over the internet’s future.

#censorship, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #computer-security, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #hong-kong, #mobile-applications, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tiktok-bytedance, #twitter, #whatsapp-inc

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China’s Software Stalked Uighurs Earlier and More Widely, Researchers Learn

A new report revealed a broad campaign that targeted Muslims in China and their diaspora in other countries, beginning as early as 2013.

#android-operating-system, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #lookout-inc, #mobile-applications, #muslims-and-islam, #peoples-liberation-army-china, #privacy, #smartphones, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #syria, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group

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Florida Court Will Hear Video Appeal in Robert Kraft Case

An appellate court will decide whether video evidence is admissible in the case against the New England Patriots owner. It was thrown out by a court in Palm Beach County, Fla., in May 2019.

#florida, #football, #fourth-amendment-us-constitution, #kraft-robert-k, #national-football-league, #new-england-patriots, #orchids-of-asia-jupiter-fla, #prostitution, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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U.S. Watched George Floyd Protests in 15 Cities Using Aerial Surveillance

From Minneapolis to Buffalo, Homeland Security officials dispatched drones, helicopters and airplanes to monitor Black Lives Matter protests.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #drones-pilotless-planes, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #homeland-security-department, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Council Forces N.Y.P.D. to Disclose Use of Drones and Other Spy Tech

The bill, which the mayor is likely to sign, compels the police to disclose the technology they use and data they collect.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #center-on-privacy-and-technology-at-georgetown-law-center, #city-council-nyc, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #facial-recognition-software, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #law-and-legislation, #new-york-city, #police, #police-reform, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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China Is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Men and Boys, Using U.S. Gear

Even children are pressed into giving blood samples to build a sweeping genetic database that will add to Beijing’s growing surveillance capabilities, raising questions about abuse and privacy.

#china, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #genetics-and-heredity, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #ministry-of-public-security-of-the-peoples-republic-of-china, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tests-medical, #thermo-fisher-scientific-inc

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Europe Rolls Out Contact Tracing Apps, With Hope and Trepidation

Italy and Germany activated apps this week as tools to avoid a second wave of coronavirus infections, fueling a debate about privacy rights.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #contact-tracing-public-health, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #france, #germany, #google-inc, #italy, #mobile-applications, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Pentagon Denies Spying on Americans Protesting Police Killings

The Defense Department’s top intelligence official said that he had not been ordered to conduct surveillance on citizens, and that he supported their right to demonstrate peacefully.

#defense-department, #defense-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #house-committee-on-intelligence, #national-geospatial-intelligence-agency, #national-guard, #national-security-agency, #schiff-adam-b, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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The Real Dangers of Surveillance

What Americans can learn from the protests in Hong Kong.

#amazon-com-inc, #e-commerce, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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The Brilliant Astronomer Who Devised New Tactics to Fight Anti-Gay Bias

In 1957, Franklin Kameny was fired from a government job for being gay. His bold fight against bias, Eric Cervini shows in “The Deviant’s War,” inspired a movement.

#books-and-literature, #cervini-eric, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #kameny-franklin-e, #stonewall-riots-1969, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #the-deviants-war-the-homosexual-vs-the-united-states-of-america-book, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Crisis in the Liberal City

The George Floyd protests expose the fault lines in metropolitan America.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #liberalism-us-politics, #police-department-nyc, #republican-party, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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A.C.L.U. Accuses Clearview AI of Privacy ‘Nightmare Scenario’

The facial recognition start-up violated the privacy of Illinois residents by collecting their images without their consent, the civil liberties group says in a new lawsuit.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #clearview-ai-inc, #computer-vision, #computers-and-the-internet, #facial-recognition-software, #illinois, #privacy, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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House Pulls Surveillance Measure After Trump Tells Republicans to Vote No

A bipartisan compromise to reinstate expired F.B.I. powers to investigate terrorism and espionage collapsed amid bipartisan opposition.

#barr-william-p, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act-fisa, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #house-of-representatives, #page-carter, #pelosi-nancy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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House to Vote on Limiting F.B.I. Power to Collect Americans’ Internet Data

Lawmakers compromised on an ambiguously worded amendment that narrows a failed but popular Senate proposal.

#federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act-fisa, #house-committee-on-intelligence, #law-and-legislation, #lofgren-zoe, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #schiff-adam-b, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #usa-patriot-act

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A Sudden Coronavirus Surge Brought Out Singapore’s Dark Side

The pandemic seemed to pass over the city-state. Then the government was blindsided by an outbreak among poor migrant workers in packed dormitories.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #foreign-workers, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #singapore, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Intelligence Chief Declassifies List of Obama-Era Names in Unusual Step

Richard Grenell has given the list to the Justice Department as the president and his allies press to reshape perception of the Russian investigation.

#barr-william-p, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #flynn-michael-t, #grenell-richard, #justice-department, #office-of-the-director-of-national-intelligence, #rice-susan-e, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

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One Journalist’s Wary, Frustrating Relationship With Edward Snowden

In “Dark Mirror,” Barton Gellman writes about being one of the few journalists to whom Snowden leaked classified documents about government surveillance.

#books-and-literature, #dark-mirror-edward-snowden-and-the-american-surveillance-state-book, #gellman-barton, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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