XKEYSCORE, NSA's most powerful tool of mass surveillance, is a degradation of our freedoms and our democracy.
Article by Morgan Marquis-Boire, Glenn Greenwald and Micah Lee for The Intercept
One of the National Security Agency’s most powerful tools of mass surveillance makes tracking someone’s Internet usage as easy as entering an email address, and provides no built-in technology to prevent abuse. Today, The Intercept is publishing 48 top-secret and other classified documents about XKEYSCORE dated up to 2013, which shed new light on the breadth, depth and functionality of this critical spy system — one of the largest releases yet of documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Unfortunately, and unlike what the mainstream media is reporting, the new EU announcement presents disastrous Net Neutrality rules.
Article by for Glyn Moody Arstechnica
A two-tier Internet will be created in Europe as the result of a late-night "compromise" between the European Commission, European Parliament and the EU Council. The so-called "trilogue" meeting to reconcile the different positions of the three main EU institutions saw telecom companies gaining the right to offer "specialised services" on the Internet. These premium services will create a fast lane on the Internet and thus destroy net neutrality, which requires that equivalent traffic is treated in the same way.
According to new reports, it appears as though top European Union decision-makers are about to enable a dangerous plan desired by Big Telecom providers that would effectively force many of our favourite websites into a slow lane online.
The new rules will allow deep-pocketed media conglomerates to create “specialized” channels that will dwarf the speeds the vast majority of the websites, services, and apps that we love and rely on – leaving them in the dust. There’s no doubt such a move will badly hurt innovation, creativity, and freedom of expression online.
As it stands right now, these rules would, in effect, destroy the Internet as an open playing field in the EU by undermining the principle of “Net Neutrality.” This is nothing less than a full out assault on the open Internet in Europe, and will impact millions more who rely on EU-based websites and services in their daily lives. The draft rules–as described by the European Commission–present three major threats:
The UN Declaration of Human Rights says human beings have the right to free expression, to culture, to equality, to life, liberty, and security. Without access to the web, it's increasingly hard to exercise these basic human rights, making connectivity itself a right by extension.
Turns out the NSA has been spying France since 1995.
Article by Martin Untersinger for The Intercept
PARIS — On Wednesday, France woke up to find that the National Security Agency had been snooping on the phones of its last three presidents.
Top-secret documents provided by WikiLeaks to two media outlets, Mediapart and Libération, showed that the NSA had access to confidential conversations of France’s highest ranking officials, including the country’s current president, François Hollande; the prime minister in 2012, Jean-Marc Ayrault; and former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac.
The TPP would criminalize your online activity, invade your privacy, and cost you money.
Article by Aimee Chanthadavong for ZDNet
The Australian Productivity Commission has raised concerns about how increasingly stringent intellectual property rights regulations could potentially impose restrictions on bypassing technological protection measures (TPMs), and encourage anti-competitive behaviour.
On Wednesday the U.S. Senate passed the Fast Track bill, which will give Obama the power to fast-track the secretive, internet-censoring Trans-Pacific Partnership. Now more than ever we need to speak out! Tell Trade Ministers not to censor the Internet at StoptheSecrecy.net
A few weeks ago, we reached out to the OpenMedia community for help to crowdfund a billboard to spread awareness about our NoFakeInternet.org campaign, and pressure Facebook into making its controversial Internet.org service one that promotes access to the full, real, open Internet and respects Net Neutrality.
I’m proud to report that we reached our stretch goal! Just the other day, we saw webcam confirmation that our community’s advertisement was up and running on a key highway in the San Francisco Bay area, one that Facebook execs certainly take on the drive to work.
Nancy Pelosi switches to yes on #TAA vote, which paves the way for a final Fast Track vote today.
The battle to stop #FastTrack may be over - but the battle to stop the #TPP is just beginning. Speak out now at stopthesecrecy.net
Article by George Zornick for The Nation
The Senate narrowly invoked cloture on fast-track trade legislation Tuesday morning, setting up a final vote Wednesday that will surely send the bill to President Obama’s desk for his signature.