Border Militarization Unacceptable Compromise

The Corker-Hoeven Amendment moved one step closer to being added to Senate Bill 744 yesterday with a 67-27 vote on a motion to invoke cloture.  The Corker-Hoeven Amendment deals a great blow to border communities and privacy advocates.  The Amendment essentially creates a separate country located on our southern border governed by Border Patrol Agents and unprecedented amounts of technological devices.  The amendment is so dramatic that Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told CNN that the U.S.

Surveillance Myth #1: I Have Nothing to Hide

In the public debate over secret NSA spying, we keep hearing three refrains to justify, or at least accommodate people, to the U.S. government's surveillance practices. These are, "the spying is legal, so there's nothing improper", "mass surveillance is the price we have to pay for national security" and "I have nothing to hide so why should I worry?" 

Center for Internet and Society Launches “Cookie Clearinghouse” to Enable User Choice for Online Tracking

The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) at Stanford Law School launched a new online privacy initiative today called the “Cookie Clearinghouse,” which will empower Internet users to make informed choices about online privacy. The Cookie Clearinghouse is being spearheaded by Aleecia M. McDonald, the Director of Privacy at CIS.

Whistleblowing about government surveillance - political offense or serious crime?

It seems like the world has been turned upside down when a US citizen flees to China seeking political asylum. And yet Edward Snowden is apparently hiding out in a secret location in Hong Kong after revealing that he is responsible for the leaked information on the US government’s PRISM program of surveillance. He explains his choice of refuge as being based on Hong Kong’s reputation for defending freedom of speech. He is also apparently considering Iceland as another potential refuge. But if the US chooses to prosecute him, will he be able to avoid being sent home to face charges? A key part of the answer lies in whether his leaking of official secrets qualifies as a ‘political offense’.


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