Friday, October 17, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
From changing the outcome of online polls to artificially increasing website traffic, GCHQ has been blurring the line between online surveillance and state propaganda, according to new documents from NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
It has been more than a year since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked around 200,000 thousand secret government documents, blowing the lid off of the American government's spying methods and their vast phone-data surveillance program.
Today's Takeaways: Snowden's Lawyer Speaks Out, New Immigration Challenges Test System, Tea Party Support Slides
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
1. Wave of Immigration Tests Ill-Equipped System | 2. Chaos, Violence Erupt in Pakistan | 3. Tea Party Support Slides Among Republicans | 4. Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the GOP Face Off Against the Tea Party | 5. America's Police Departments See Influx of War Gear | 6. Snowden's ...
Friday, June 06, 2014
Our fluctuating interest in Snowden and his leaks one year later, your digital life after death, and the viral photo fiction that changed Tom Cruise's career.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Edward Snowden has managed to establish himself as one of the most polarizing names in the world. Beginning in June of 2013, the former CIA employee and NSA contractor leaked classified material that revealed a slew of secret US surveillance programs. Since then, he's been simultaneously championed as a patriot and traitor.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
By Alex Goldman
Update: Journalist Quinn Norton strongly disagreed with me on Twitter, so I asked her to write something about why she disagreed. I have attached her response to the bottom of the article.
One of the favorite tools of the internet hacker/troll collective Anonymous is the denial of service attack, or DDOS. Basically it works by flooding a site with so many queries that it becomes overwhelmed, and the rest of the internet can't access it. I've compared it in the past to the online equivalent of a sit-in - when deployed correctly, it disrupts business but causes no lasting damage.
According to the latest Snowden leaks, British authorities were using the same disruption methods against Anonymous that Anonymous was using against other parts of the internet.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Neera Tanden of The Center for American Progress discusses the president's expected proposals for addressing economic inequality in tonight's State of the Union address. Plus: How does Edward Snowden's presence in Russia during the Olympics complicate his chances of a deal? And a new book that compiles statistics about African Americans in 2014, from education to income to economic mobility and more.
→ Tonight: State of the Union Live Chat | Starts at 8:45pm
Friday, January 24, 2014
A recent Pew poll found that although 45% of Americans believe Snowden's leak helped the public, 56% wanted criminal charges brought against him. Did he act to protect the rights of Americans, or dismantle what he considers a surveillance state? Does it matter why he acted? Brooke talks to New Republic contributing editor Sean Wilentz about his cover story that asks that very question.
Beacon - Late November
Friday, January 17, 2014
President Barack Obama has announced a major overhaul of the National Security Agency's (NSA) surveillance practices. The president said that in order for the nation's intelligence community to be effective over the long haul, the trust of the American people must be maintained. To maintain that trust, the president said he would end the vast collection of phone data “as it exists” today. The Takeaway's Washington Correspondent, Todd Zwillich breaks it down with further NSA analysis from Pulitzer Prize winning author Lawrence Wright.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Cryptologists have their own opinions about how best to protect the American public. And because they design many of the privacy programs that the National Security Agency has thwarted, they have a unique perspective on how best to reform the agency. Joseph Bonneau, a cryptologist and winner of the NSA's Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper award for his work on passwords and encryption, discusses his profession's long history of conflict with the NSA.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
The Takeaway's Host John Hockenberry talked with Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who worked with leaker Edward Snowden to reveal the cache of classified NSA documents. Being involved with the leaks has forever changed Greenwald’s life. In a special two part interview, The Takeaway talks with Greenwald about everything from the safety of the United States to possible solutions to curb the NSA’s secretive surveillance plans. Here is a transcript of this interview.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
NSA officials are mulling a possible amnesty for leaker Edward Snowden. In exchange for the safe return of the rest of the documents he took from the NSA, Snowden could come back to the U.S. and avoid prosecution. The White House yesterday said that it opposes amnesty, while officials in the NSA are split. One supporter of an amnesty deal is Congressman Tom McClintock, a Republican representing California's Fourth District, who joins The Takeaway to discuss a possible deal.
Monday, December 16, 2013
“I think what we did made the threat much, much worse, and at the same time, destroyed many of the freedoms that we’ve all been taught define what the United States is all about,” says the investigative journalist.