A U.S. tech firm has developed security camera software that learns what suspicious behaviour to look for all on its own. How do you think this will affect our privacy?
Article by Paul Cooper for ITProPortal
Imagine a major city completely covered by a video surveillance system designed to monitor the every move of its citizens. Now imagine that the system is run by a fast-learning machine intelligence, that's designed to spot crimes before they even happen. No, this isn't the dystopian dream of a cyber-punk science fiction author. This is Boston, on the US East Coast, and it could soon be many more cities around the world.
Were you surprised to discover that the NSA knew about the Heartbleed bug two years ago and kept it secret? Here's why you shouldn't be.
Article by Julian Sanchez for The Guardian
The American intelligence community is forcefully denying reports that the National Security Agency has long known about the Heartbleed bug, a catastrophic vulnerability inside one of the most widely-used encryption protocols upon which we rely every day to secure our web communications. But the denial itself serves as a reminder that NSA's two fundamental missions – one defensive, one offensive – are fundamentally incompatible, and that they can't both be handled credibly by the same government agency.
A positive development in the fight against warrantless NSA surveillance in the U.S.: President Obama's privacy watchdog is speaking out against dragnet information gathering of citizens' private data. Do you think this is a step in the right direction? Sound off in the comments.
Article by David Kravets for Ars Technica
David Medine had not been on the job for a week as chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board when The Guardian dropped its first of many bombs supplied by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.
The list of organizations and individuals that the NSA illegally spied on grows. New revelations by Edward Snowden indicate that the NSA monitored communications of prominent human rights organizations and activists. What effect do you think these dragnet operations had on human rights groups?
Article by Luke Harding for The Guardian
The US has spied on the staff of prominent human rights organisations, Edward Snowden has told the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Europe's top human rights body.
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Experts are worried about how a potential Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger would affect broadband choice in the U.S. Do you think this merger will raise your monthly bill? Sound off in the comments
Article by Adi Robertson for The Verge
Comcast wants to own the internet — or, at least, the cables that carry it to most Americans’ homes. Yesterday, the company laid out its arguments for acquiring Time Warner Cable in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission. The merger, announced in February, would let Comcast take over markets that include, among other places, parts of New York, Texas, and Southern California. This would give Comcast a stranglehold on the US broadband market, but it’s not a sure thing yet. The Department of Justice and FCC must decide whether the merger poses a threat to competition for internet and cable services, and the Senate Judiciary Committee is questioning executives in a hearing today.
The U.S. is mad at other countries for taking action to prevent illegal NSA spying. Does that seem fair to you?
Article by Ken Hanly for Digital Journal
Recent U.S. criticism will increase the conflict between the U.S. and Europe over NSA spying. The office of the U.S.Trade Representative(USTR) claims that creating an EU-centric system to avoid NSA spying would violate international trade laws.
Disturbing reports suggest that the NSA has known about the Heartbleed bug, the security flaw that affects nearly two-thirds of the world's servers, for two years. Worse, it seems the NSA may have been exploiting this bug to spy illegally on American citizens.
Article by Konrad Krawczyk for Digital Trends
The U.S. National Security Agency was aware of the infamous Heartbleed bug for at least two years, having discovered it shortly after it emerged, and has routinely used it to collect data and spy on foreigners and likely on Americans, according to a Bloomberg report released on Friday