Category Free Speech

Be Careful What You Say, NYPD’s ShotSpotter May Be Listening – ANIMAL

The civil liberties organization Electronic Frontier Foundation has raised concerns about the system’s ability to record people’s voices. “It’s documented, and it highlights exactly what kinds of concerns we have. The capability of ShotSpotter to record voices should be a huge issue wherever it is deployed, and yet it is hardly discussed,” said Nadia Kayyali, […]

School of Privacy – VPN and TOR Ban Looming on the Horizon for Russia | TorrentFreak

The country is now looking at ways of bringing this to an end, with Russia’s main web-blocking body supporting a worrying proposal by a Russian MP to ban use of these tools via School of Privacy – VPN and TOR Ban Looming on the Horizon for Russia | TorrentFreak.

New NYPD Anti-Terror Unit Will Get Machine Guns To Police Protesters: Gothamist

Initial reports of Commissioner Bratton’s plans suggest the opposite of progress. His demands for less oversight of the NYPD and a more militarized police force that would use counter-terrorism tactics against protestors are deeply misguided and frankly offensive. We need an NYPD that is more accountable to New Yorkers and that stops criminalizing our communities, […]

C.I.A. Officer in Leak Case, Jeffrey Sterling, Is Convicted of Espionage – Democratic Underground

The conviction is a significant victory for the Obama administration, which has led an unprecedented crackdown on officials who speak to journalists about security matters without the administration’s approval. Prosecutors prevailed after a yearslong fight in which the journalist, James Risen, refused to identify his sources.The case revolved around a C.I.A. operation in which a […]

Turkish academics threaten Twitter with legal action – Al Jazeera English

The notice was sent a day after the government proposed a new law to strengthen its control over the internet by attempting to reintroduce some elements of legislation annulled by the country’s top court last year. Altiparmak and Akdeniz’s notice provides examples of alleged rights violations in Turkish court orders restricting internet access which, according […]

NSA secretly uses scapegoats, data mules and innocent victims’ PCs for botnets | Computerworld

As for digital war strategy phases, surveillance is apparently so common that the NSA doesn’t even rank it above “Phase 0.” After Phase 0 detects vulnerabilities, “stealthy implants” are used to infiltrate enemy systems and allow for “Phase Three” or “permanent access.” We previously looked at the NSA’s ANT catalog, which contains exploits the NSA […]

Dozens Arrested in France for Verbally Supporting Terrorism | News | teleSUR

Dieudonne was arrested Wednesday after he posted on his Facebook page, “Tonight, as far as I’m concerned, I feel like Charlie Coulibaly,” after he returned from last Sunday’s unity march against extremism in Paris. The phrase mixes the popular slogan “Je suis Charlie” used by people who have condemned the attacks against the satirical magazine […]

North Korea: Nothing to Celebrate on Leader’s Birthday | Human Rights Watch

“Kim Jong-Un picked up where his father and grandfather left off, continuing to rule based on repression and fear,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director. “North Korean victims who have fled have let the world know the gravity of rights crimes committed by the government, so now Kim Jong-Un is redoubling efforts to silence and […]

VIDEO. Plusieurs tirs et explosions contre des mosquées en France

La façade a été soufflée», a confirmé le procureur de la République à Villefranche-sur-Saône, Grégoire Dulin. «Aucune hypothèse n’est privilégiée» sur l’origine de cet acte, selon le magistrat. L’enquête a été confiée à la police judiciaire. «Je crains que ce soit lié à l’événement dramatique qui est survenu ce mercredi», a expliqué pour sa part […]

The Lawyer Who Represented Terrorists Heads to Prison, as Unapologetic as Ever | Village Voice

“I’m busier than ever,” he says, and with the wave of a hand proceeds to tick off a list. “I’m in the final draft of an appeal on U.S. v. Amina Ali, which is due August 23. I’m preparing for a trial on a significant drug-and-gun conspiracy in the Northern District of New York sometime […]

Symantec Uncovers Sophisticated, Stealthy Computer Spying Tool » The Constantine Report

The research, published today, comes from the same team at Symantec that four years ago helped discover and ferret out the capabilities of Stuxnet, the world’s first digital weapon. It is believed to have been created by the combined efforts of the U.S. and Israel and used to sabotage the Iranian nuclear research program.The team […]

Can taking pictures near Ferguson get a person sacked?

“The head of security for Drury was in there, and he pretty much called me a terrorist, saying that I dishonorably served my country for posting those pictures and videos on Facebook,” Paffrath said.The pictures he took and posted on Thursday were of dozens of vehicles marked with the logos of the Department of Homeland […]

JOHANNESBURG: South African puppeteer to challenge gagging order | Celebrities | NewsObserver.com

Chester Missing is a puppet.Comedian Conrad Koch, who is the ventriloquist for Missing, says that he will fight the gag order against his puppet in court.The white comedian strongly denies allegations that tweets criticizing the singer Steve Hofmeyr amount to hate speech.The singer said the tweets, which came from the Twitter account of the puppet, […]

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