MPAA: We Shut Down YTS/YIFY and Popcorn Time
TorrentFreakNov 04


New FBI Program Trains Teachers, Students to Snoop On Muslims
Common DreamsNov 03
Rights groups are charging that a new FBI program to counter "extremism," expected to be unveiled shortly, employs games and online tools that encourage teachers and students to snoop on--and discriminate against--Muslims, in violation of their most fundamental civil liberties.

Entitled 'Don't Be a Puppet,' the program "leads the viewer through a series of games and tips intended to teach how to identify someone who may be falling prey to radical extremists," New York Times journa
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"Boaters Have "No Expectation of Privacy" According to DHS's New Boater Surveillance Program
Mass Private INov 03


Police Use Terrorism Act to Seize a Journalist's Computer
The Anti-MediaNov 02
A BBC journalist recently had his computer confiscated by British police because he was conducting interviews with people the government suspected were terrorists. Journalist Secunder Kermani has been working with BBC's Newsnight for just over a year and has developed a reputation for obtaining exclusive interviews with Western-born ISIS fighters. This reputation caught the eye of the British government, which used powers granted through the Terrorism Act to confiscate the reporter's property.... (more)

SPLC Unhinged: Almost Everyone Is a "Conspiracy Theorist"
The New AmericanNov 02


School Bans Hispanic Student's "Racist" Mariachi Halloween Costume
InfowarsOct 31


US Court Won't Halt NSA Phone Spying
PressTVOct 30
A US federal appeals court has rejected efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to stop bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records.

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said on Thursday that Congress wanted the National Security Agency (NSA) program to continue during a six-month transition period before a new law takes effect.

"An abrupt end to the program would be contrary to the public interest in effective surveillance of te
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Not Wearing Blackface This Halloween? NC State Worries You May Be Hitler
Campus ReformOct 30


Right to Be Forgotten Now Lives in Australia: Court Says Google Is The 'Publisher' of Material It Links to
TechdirtOct 29
Earlier this year, we wrote about a ridiculous lawsuit in Australia where Janice Duffy was suing Google because the search engine returned links to some Ripoff Report pages that Duffy claimed were defamatory. As we noted at the time, this is just a ridiculously misguided lawsuit on multiple levels. It's not target... (more)

Senior Former Intelligence Official Admits That 'The Point' of CISA Is Surveillance
TechdirtOct 28
Senator Ron Wyden -- who has been fighting back against secret laws expanding surveillance for years -- made it clear months ago that CISA was really "a surveillance bill by another name." Of course, if you just read the bill it might not appear that way, because you need to understand how it works with a variety of secret orders and... (more)

Senate Passes Controversial Cybersecurity Bill CISA 74 to 21
The GuardianOct 28


'Hate Crime' Laws Are Just Another Way For Governments to Punish People They Don't Like
TechdirtOct 28
Two recent legislative efforts have been mounted to add police to the rolls of "disadvantaged" citizens in need of the additional shelter of "hate crime" laws. Hate crime laws are immediately problematic. They add additional punishments to criminal acts already punishable under existing laws. It's exactly the sort of thing justice ... (more)

Orwell Estate Sends Copyright Takedown Over The Number '1984'
TorrentFreakOct 27


Police Cite 'Terrorism' to Justify Buying 'Stingray' Spy Devices, Use Them Exclusively For Ordinary Crimes
ACLU.orgOct 26
State police in Michigan have been secretly using hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of cell site simulator equipment to locate and track cell phones since at least 2006, according to records obtained by the ACLU and ACLU of Michigan. And although the agency justified its initial purchase of the surveillance gear as "vital to the war on terrorism," the records show that the department used its cell site simulators in 128 run-of-the-mill investigations last year--not a single one of which wa... (more)

CISA Amendment Would Allow US to Jail Foreigners For Crimes Committed Abroad
The GuardianOct 25


Fearing Lawsuit, Most Popular Popcorn Time Fork Shuts Down
TorrentFreakOct 25


CISA Moves Forward: These 83 Senators Just Voted to Expand Surveillance
TechdirtOct 23


Virginia Attorney General Shuts Down School Bus Cameras
TheNewspaperOct 23


University Says Using The Term "Politically Correct" Is a Politically Incorrect "Microaggression"
InfowarsOct 22
If you thought that the war on language being waged by some American colleges was out of control, you ain't seen nothing yet.

According to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, using the term “politically correct” as a pejorative is a politically incorrect “microaggression”.

A campaign entitled ‘Just Words' which seeks to “raise awareness of microaggressions and their impact” asserts that the terms “politically correct” and “PC” have “become a way to deflect, [
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UK Goes Full Orwell: Government to Take Children Away From Parents If They Might Become Radicalized
TechdirtOct 22
If there are two edicts I try to follow whenever I'm writing, they are, first, write what is true and, second, avoid cliche at all costs. I bring that up only as a preface before saying the following: the UK is walking down an Orwellian path. It's nearly the cliche of cliches to say something like this, and yet it happens that the cliche is true. While there is most certainly a real thing known as a threat from Islamic terrorism, there is also such a thing as overreaction. What started as the Br... (more)

Tech Giants Drop CISA Support as Controversial Spy Bill Heads For Vote
Common DreamsOct 22
Following a number of dedicated grassroots campaigns by consumer rights advocates, technology companies are coming out against the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) as the controversial surveillance bill barrels toward a vote in the U.S. Senate.

Some of the industry titans now publicly opposing CISA are Google, Apple, and Twitter, among other well-known companies, while those who support the bill include Verizon, AT&T, and Cisco.

CISA would allow tech com
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School Suspends Student Elections Because 'Not Enough Minorities Won'
InfowarsOct 21
A middle school principal is withholding the results of a recent student body election because they ‘weren't diverse enough.' Principal Lena Van Haren of Everett Middle School in San Francisco, Calif., said the candidates who were elected ‘weren't representative' of the ‘diverse student body.'

“That is concerning to me because as principal I want to make sure all voices are heard from all backgrounds,” she said
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Entertainment Distributors' Push For Site-Blocking Power Get More Extreme
EFF.orgOct 17
Major entertainment companies are asking the courts for more and more power over the basic operation of the Internet. On Tuesday, the major U.S. record labels filed suit against a Florida startup called Aurous, which is developing a music player application that uses BitTorrent. We've all seen this movie before--the labels' complaint looks similar to the ones they once filed against Napster, Grokster, Aimster, Kazaa, a... (more)

Reports: Department of Transportation to Require All Drones Be Registered
TechdirtOct 17
We've been waiting forever for the FAA to finally come up with some sort of rules around public drone use in the US. Earlier this month we noted that the FAA had simply ignored the mandated deadline to put rules in place. And in the few cases where the FAA has said stuff, it's been ridiculous or just confusing.

However, reports are emerging tha
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Mass Panic At Texas School After Student Says 'Gum'
InfowarsOct 15
A school in Hays County, Texas was sent into a state of panic Wednesday when a student asked for some gum. Because the word “gum” sounds like the word “gun”, well… PANIC.

KCEN News reports that the student at Lehman High School asked a classmate for some gum, but a student who overheard thought he was asking for a gun.

Cue frothing insanity, as a searc
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Research Shows How NSA Exploits Flaws to Decrypt Huge Amounts of Communications Instead of Securing The Internet
EFF.orgOct 15
According to an award-winning paper presented at a security conference earlier this week by a group of prominent cryptographers, the NSA has likely used its access to vast computing power as well as weaknesses in the commonly used TLS security protocol in order to spy on encrypted communications, including VPNs, HTTPS and SSH. As two of the researchers, Alex Halderman and Nadia Heninger explained, it was previously known that the... (more)

DOJ Creates New Position to Target "Anti-Government Views"
Activist PostOct 14
“Americans motivated by anti-government views and racist ideologies” will be the focus of a new Department of Justice position, John Carlin told a George Washington University crowd today.

The Associated Press reports:
The Justice Department is creating a new position to coordinate investigations into violent homegrown... (more)

Wikileaks: ISPs to Hand Over Copyright Infringer Details Under TPP
ZdnetOct 13


Leaked TPP Chapter Proposes Drastic Copyright Changes
TorrentFreakOct 12


California Law Requires Police to Get a Warrant Before Accessing Your Data
EFF.orgOct 09
Californians can rest assured that law enforcement can't poke around in their digital records without first obtaining a warrant. Today, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed S.B. 178, the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act (CalECPA).

After months of pressure from public interest groups, media organizations, privacy advocates, tech companies, and thousands of members of the public, California's elected leaders have updated the state's privacy laws so that they are in line with
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