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Off-centre extremism: Facebook, Google auto-takedown videos

Get ready for extremist videos with off-centre camera work, lighting overlays and shrunken content – Google and Facebook are now automatically taking down videos thought to be related to terrorism, so the uploaders may need to find a way to get around it. Although neither Facebook or Google have announced …

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Daesh has its own encrypted chat app

In an effort to help obscure its communications from the many worldwide intelligence agencies trying to hunt them down, members of terrorist group Daesh now have their own encrypted chat application. This follows members of the organisations being kicked off of the likes of WhatsApp, Telegram and other platforms. Governments …

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France considering blocks on Tor, free Wi-Fi

Politicians of the world are still scrambling to react accordingly in the wake of increased numbers of terrorism linked attacks in recent weeks, but the overarching response has been focused on technology and surveillance than anything else. France may well go further than most though, as it’s said to be …

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U.S. technology group rejects calls for encryption weakening

One of the less surprising outcomes of the Paris Attacks last week, was governments and intelligence agencies around the world citing it as a prime example of why they need more resources and better access to civilian communications and browsing histories. While in the U.K. the government has discussed bringing …

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Telegram messaging app shuts down ISIS broadcast channels

The Telegram encrypted messaging application, that allows for the dissemination of text, photos and video to thousands of those subscribed to certain channels, has started blocking and deleting ones found to have links to the so-called Islamic State. So far we’re told that 78 channels, in as many as 12 different …

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FBI wants encryption backdoor to combat ISIS

Another day, another leading public figure who’s calling for the breaking of encryption so that it can effectively track terrorist organisations. This time it’s the head of the FBI, James Comey, who said that his policing agency needed a “backdoor” to encryption standards so that the FBI could track the …

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Theresa May wants to vet BBC shows for extremism

In her continued attempt to stamp out ‘extremism’ wherever she thinks it might be, British home secretary, Theresa May, has called for regulatory body OfCom to be given powers to vet TV shows before broadcast to see whether they have any extremist material not suitable for viewing audiences. This move has …

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Obama critical over Chinese net security terrorism laws

US President Barack Obama has criticised Chinese plans to implement new anti-terror laws which would see all tech firms doing business in the country forced to hand over encryption keys and to provide back doors in software to allow the military to gain digital access to whatever they want.  While …

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David Cameron to ban effective encryption if re-elected

David Cameron has had a hard on for banning things online for years now. His big focus in 2013-14 was certain types of pornography, which ultimately led to mandatory filters on new broadband accounts and the banning of such innocuous actions in British porn production as face-sitting and female ejaculation. But …

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Woman receives five year sentence for Facebook terrorism

35 year old Runa Khan from Luton, has been jailed for five years and three months, after being found guilty of promoting terrorism over Facebook. The mother of six was found to be disseminating information on secretive routes into Syria, as well as owning a phone containing images of children and …

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Game developer branded as a terrorist by letting agent

Be careful showing your landlady any screenshots you have from playing Defcon, as you could find yourself suspected of terrorism. That’s the situation Henry Smith found himself in, after his letting agent saw whiteboard drawings he’d made to help figure out elements of a game he was working on: Global …

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Parliament rushes through snooping laws after EU rights ruling

The British government is rushing through a new set of laws to allow intelligence agencies like GCHQ and ISPs, to continue legally collecting meta-data on phone calls and digital communications, and in some cases the content of those conversations, in the wake of the EU ruling data retention as a human rights …

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UK joins US in mobile charge flight check

We heard the other day that all flights going into the US might require you to prove that your mobile phone isn’t a bomb, by turning it on, and now it looks like the UK is following suit. Changes made to passenger advice on the government’s website suggests that all …

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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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Angry Birds data used by GCHQ and NSA

In the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks from early 2013, the western world and specifically US and British citizens, have come to accept that the NSA and GCHQ have no doubt snooped in our conversations, metadata, Facebook posts and more, with the excuse that they’re protecting us from terrorism. …

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