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Twitter hosts Snowden for anti-surveillance conversation

Twitter co-founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey, made an online appearance yesterday as moderator for a Q&A with exiled whistleblower, Edward Snowden. In it he pitched him questions from the wider Twitterverse and gave Snowden a platform for a strong anti-surveillance message, one that Twitter seems to agree with considering its …

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Edward Snowden thinks NSA hacker leak was a warning

Yesterday the news hit that an organisation appeared to have hacked the command and control server for an NSA-tied hacking group, purportedly known as Equation Group. Looking at the information and tools released, Edward Snowden thinks this was a warning from a foreign nation. Equation Group is an NSA-linked hacking …

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Snowden: the CIA did not ‘accidentally’ destroy torture report

American whistle blower and Russian resident Edward Snowden, doesn’t believe the CIA when it claims it “accidentally,” destroyed a 6,700 page torture report, claiming that it never does anything like that without proper consideration. “When the CIA destroys something, it’s never a mistake,” he said. The CIA was recently quoted in the …

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Panama money laundering leak totalled 2.6 terabytes of data

In what is being hailed by many as the biggest leak of confidential, incriminating data in the history of whistleblowing, more than 2.6 terabytes of data were handed over to journalists as part of the Panama Papers release. Pointing the finger of corruption at everyone from Vladimir Putin to the …

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Edward Snowden uses Demolition Man tech to talk at CES

Edward Snowden has made an appearance at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Not, as you might expect, in person, but on a display with its own locomotion, looking rather like the meeting room in Demolition Man. The technology was really important, Snowden said, because it allowed him to talk at …

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U.S. and EU near agreement on data sharing

Since the Edward Snowden revelations about the NSA, GCHQ and international data gathering and sharing came out in 2013, the world has been trying to figure out the right balance between privacy and security. To that end, the European Commission has been in talks with U.S. representatives to renegotiate “safe …

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White house officially denies Edward Snowden pardon

One of the more exciting, burgeoning aspects of modern democracy, is the fact that people can organise far easier than ever before. That’s why when Edward Snowden fled to China and eventually Russia in 2013, releasing documents on government spying that embarrassed and incriminated many agencies around the world, more …

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Former US attorney general claims deal with Snowden possible

When Edward Snowden fled the US to China and ultimately Russia in 2013, after releasing documents to publications like The Guardian and The Intercept, it seemed likely that he would never be able to return home. Branded as a traitor by the Obama administration and various international intelligence agencies, his …

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Edward Snowden calls on Redditors to reject Patriot Act

Section 215 of the United States Patriot Act is set to expire on the 1st of June, potentially killing off a lot of the NSA and other US based intelligence forces’ abilities to spy on individuals without going through official channels. That’s something that a  lot of US law-makers don’t …

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Snowden journalist declares UK biggest threat to free speech

Gleen Greenwald, the man who Edward Snowden initially chose as the mouthpiece for his whistle blowing document leaks, has called out the UK, its government and Prime Minister David Cameron, as the biggest threat to democracy and freedom of speech in the world, not the terrorist organisations they so often …

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NZ journalist promises big spying revelations

It’s no secret at this point that every member of the Five Eyes spying network (essentially every English speaking nation) has been snooping on not only their citizens, but everyone else’s over the past few years, under the guise of anti-terrorism efforts. Despite this though, new revelations every few months …

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CITIZENFOUR wins an Oscar and Snowden does an AMA

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CITIZENFOUR, the recently premiered documentary by Laura Poitras about the beginning of the Edward Snowden NSA revelations, has won an Oscar for “Best Documentary” at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. The film shows Snowden’s efforts to expose the gross abuses of the US government’s National Security Agency, along with the help of Laura Poitras …

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Spies probably have the keys to your phone

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Everything your phone transmits to and receives from your network providers phone tower is encrypted, so that only the network operator can receive your calls and data and route them as you request. This is all encrypted with a set of keys on the sim card inside your phone and another set …

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Kaspersky claims NSA hid spyware in HDD firmware

Hot off of the heels of breaking news on the biggest digital bank heist run in history, Kaspersky labs, the anti-malware firm, has released a new batch of information that indirectly paints the NSA and the US government as having inserted malware into the firmware of commercial hard drives. While …

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Investigatory Powers Tribunal finds GCHQ spying unlawful

For the first time in the history of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal – a court designed specifically to look into complaints against Britain’s intelligence agencies – it has found the actions of GCHQ unlawful in its dealings with the NSA and how it spied on British citizens for many years, hoovering …

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Kim Dotcom pledges to kill NSA spying, Skype with MegaChat

Kim Dotcom may not be everyone’s favourite ex-hacker, activist or gamer, but he does have a penchant for building something from ashes. His big move last year was the creation of MEGA, an encrypted file locker platform that was born from the ruins of his previous hit service, MegaUpload and …

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More than a quarter self-censor online after Snowden leaks

A survey recently appeared online from CIGI-Ipsos, that looked at how people felt about different aspects of online life. Part of it quizzed them on the aftermath of Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, with over 60 per cent saying they were aware of him and almost 40 per cent saying they had taken …

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Dotcom and Snowden to speak at New Yorker Festival

If you’re planning to head down to Manhattan this weekend to one of the many venues hosting talks, chats and interviews with some of the world’s most interesting people at the New Yorker festival, don’t forget that both the whistle blower Edward Snowden and legally embattled – and now no-longer …

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NZ PM denies mass surveillance, admits some data gathering

Following on from Kim Dotcom’s “Moment of Truth,” event held earlier this week, where Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Glen Greenwald, all accused New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key of being complicit in his intelligence agency (GCSB) spying on New Zealand citizens, the PM has made a statement to the …

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Edward Snowden talks ‘MonsterMind,’ the NSA’s Skynet

Edward Snowden is back in the news again today, after detailing to Wired during an extensive interview, that the NSA is working on a system that will not only be able to pinpoint DDOS and other more nefarious attacks against the US and shut them down automatically, but potentially even launch …

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Human Rights Watch declares NSA surveillance unlawful

The Human Rights Watch and American Civil Liberties Union have come out with a report to condemn the actions of the US government and spy agencies like the NSA, which have been mass collecting data on American and international citizens. The 120-page document is titled, “With Liberty to Monitor All: …

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Edward Snowden appears at TED via demolition man robot

TED talks are known for making us think about issues in a different or deeper way and bringing ideas to the fore, but rarely are they something we’ve already been talking about for almost a year. However that’s what happened yesterday with a TED talk in Vancouver, when out from …

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Snowden document courier branded terrorist

David Miranda, the man who was detained after trying to transfer thousands of secretive documents from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden to his partner and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, has lost his lawsuit against the British government and has ultimately been labelled a potential terrorist suspect, thanks to a very loose …

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