Police spy on U.S. protesters’ social media
Police spy on U.S. protesters’ social media

The fact that police spy on U.S. protesters’ social media accounts is probably not news and, yet, it’s still shocking in its Orwellian revelations. The news once again comes up as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram all moved Oct. 11 to cut off access to a particular private company, Geofeedia, which, it was alleged, selling to […]

Tech giants redouble support for online privacy
Tech giants redouble support for online privacy

As the tech giants redouble support for online privacy, official Washington intensely debates the future of government online surveillance and safety on the Internet hangs in the balance. Some of the world’s largest tech firms – all of which happen to be American – redoubled their opposition to allowing government agencies, police and spy agencies […]

Wikipedia suing NSA, challenging mass surveillance
Wikipedia suing NSA, challenging mass surveillance

Wikipedia is suing the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) in an effort to stop that agency’s mass surveillance program and “protect the rights of our users around the world.” Suing under the banner of the Wikimedia Foundation, which operates Wikipedia, the world’s most popular online encyclopedia, is joined in the suit by  The National Association […]

Twitter gains allies in transparency lawsuit
Twitter gains allies in transparency lawsuit

Media companies are beginning to flock toward Twitter’s effort to release more information about government surveillance requests. Twitter sued the U.S. government in October 2014 to try to force the release of more information about how many – and what kind of – suveillance requests the government makes of it and other social media companies. Like […]

Government snooping on the social channels – increasing
Government snooping on the social channels – increasing

Government snooping on the social channels appears to be increasing with the release of each new transparency report by the major social networks. Twitter released its fifth transparency report last week and revealed a 46 percent increase in government requests for account information, removal requests and copyright infringements since its previous report: 2,058 requests for […]

Turns out, India owns censorship on Facebook
Turns out, India owns censorship on Facebook

Oh sure, Turkey grabbed the headlines with its (failed) attempts to censor Twitter and YouTube but, as it turns out, the champ of censorship may be India. At least, one could argue that case based on information released April 11 by Facebook in its second report on attempts by world governments to collect data and […]

Today we stand opposed to mass online surveillance
Today we stand opposed to mass online surveillance

Today – Feb. 11 – is the day we need to all stand firm to tell governments and large corporations the world’s citizens should not be subjected to mass online surveillance. Designated, “The Day We Fight Back,” by a broad coalition of activist groups, companies and online platforms, the day is designated world-wide as a […]

Major tech firms reboot on government surveillance
Major tech firms reboot on government surveillance

Eight of the world's largest tech firms – all U.S. companies – are banding together today to counter aggressive online government surveillance with a strongly worded letter.  Well, okay, and five strongly worded principles to let the world governments know they are mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore.  Launching the website, […]

Google: 100 percent increase in government snooping.
Google: 100 percent increase in government snooping.

Google says government requests for personal data of its users have increased 100 percent since 2010.  From January to June 2013, the United States government – alone – made nearly 11,000 requests for personal information on nearly 22,000 Google users, which is also 83 percent of all requests made by all governments during the same time […]