Surveillance

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Amnesty International Responds to U.K. Government Surveillance
Elsayed-Ali, Sherif
Article
2015
A British tribunal admitted on Wednesday that the U.K. government had spied on Amnesty International and illegally retained some of its communications.
Australian government orders ASIO raids to suppress East Timor spying evidence
Head, Mike
Article
2013
The Abbott governmen ordered Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) and Australian Federal Police (AFP) raids on the homes and offices of a lawyer and former intelligence agency whistleb...
Big Brother's Getting Bigger
Smith, Jack A.
Article
2012
Government surveillance and attacks on the privacy of American citizens were bad enough under the Bush regime but they are getting even worse during the Obama years.
Big Oil's Chokehold on Canadian Democracy
Dobbin, Murray
Article
2014
The fight against Big Oil corporatism may be the most important one you ever support.
The Big Secret That Makes the FBI's Anti-Encryption Campaign a Big Lie
McLaughlin, Jenna
Article
2015
McLaughlin discusses how hacking techniques and their increasing use are justified in a prevalent way by the American government.
Bold Scientists: Dispatches from the Battle for Honest Science
Riordon, Michael
Book
2014
Accounts of scientists working in the public interest despite powerful opposition.
The boss is spying
Lin, Htun
Article
2013
The data mining by large U.S. corporations gets less attention than U.S. government surveillance. It goes beyond the tracking of every mouse-click, purchase and "like" registered by every consumer on ...
Bringing the Battlefield to the Border: The Wild World of Border Security and Boundary Building in Arizona
Miller, Todd
Article
2012
The U.S.-Mexican border has not only become Ground Zero for every experiment in immigration enforcement and drug interdiction, but also the incubator, testing site, showcase, and staging ground for ev...
Canada's Spy Groups Divulge Secret Intelligence to Energy Companies
Groves, Tim
Article
2012
Documents raise fears that info on environmentalists, indigenous groups and more shared with industry at biannual, secret-level, briefings.
Capitalist Surveillance State: Everyone's a Target: Threatening Reporters, Spying on Public
Article
2013
There is an inherent tendency for the state, which governs on behalf of a minuscule, ruthless class of obscenely wealthy exploiters, to attempt to amass ever greater power to control the population be...
The Computers are Listening: How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text
Froomkin,Dan
Article
2015
Top-secret documents from the archive of Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency can now automatically recognize the content within phone calls by creating rough transcripts and phonetic repr...
Connexions Library: Human Rights and Civil Liberties Focus
Website
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on civil liberties and human rights.
Connexions Other Voices - April 30, 2017: Affirming life, resisting war, reporting UFOs
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
What do we do when those in power recklessly put the future of the entire planet at risk with their acts of aggression and military provocations, while they ignore the growing disaster of climate chan...
Connexions Other Voices - July 22, 2017: Secrecy and Power
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Secrecy is a weapon the powerful use against their enemies: us. This issue of Other Voices explores the relationship of secrecy and power.
The Corporate State of Surveillance: Opting Out
Nader, Ralph
Article
2013
America was founded on the ideals of personal liberty, freedom and democracy. Now mass spying, surveillance and the unending collection of personal data undermine civil liberties and our privacy right...
Corporations Spy on Nonprofits with Impunity: Dow Chemical vs. Greenpeace
Nader, Ralph
Article
2014
Here's a dirty little secret you won't see in the daily papers: corporations conduct espionage against US nonprofit organizations without fear of being brought to justice.
Data Mining You: How the Intelligence Community Is Creating a New American World
Engelhardt, Tom
Article
2012
Joseph K., that icon of single-lettered anonymity from Franz Kafka’s novel The Trial, would undoubtedly have felt right at home in Washington.
The Devil Operation
Boyd, Stephanie
Film/Video
A tale of corporate espionage unfolds in this exposé of torture, intimidation, and murder of Peruvian eco-activists and indigenous farmers. Shocking video footage, horrifying photos, and meticulous re...
#DomesticExtremist trend mocks UK police surveillance of protesters
Article
2015
Non-conformists across the UK are taking to social media to declare themselves #DomesticExtremists in a bid to raise awareness about secretive police powers.
Eavesdropping on the Planet: The Inalienable Right to Snoop?
Blum, William
Article
2013
Like a mammoth vacuum cleaner in the sky, the National Security Agency (NSA) sucks it all up: home phone, office phone, cellular phone, email, fax, telex … satellite transmissions, fiber-optic communi...
Edward Snowden's Warning to Canada
Snowden, Edward
Article
2015
Whistleblower Edward Snowden talks about Bill C-51 and the weak oversight of Canada's intelligence agencies.
EFF Launches IFightSurveillance.org and Counter-Surveillance Success Stories: Sources News Release
Article
2014
Sites Highlight How Opponents of Mass Surveillance Around the World Lead by Example
Eye in the Sky: Surveillance and the Art of Arnold Mesches
Wypijewski, Joann
Article
2014
Round about the turn of this century Arnold Mesches, who is neither monk nor medievalist nor Christian, began illuminating manuscripts from the world that long since had killed God but appropriated or...
Eyes Wide Open
Article
2013
The recent revelations, made possible by NSA-whistleblower Edward Snowden, of the reach and scope of global surveillance practices have prompted a fundamental reexamination of the role of intelligence...
Fake cell phone 'towers' may be spying on Americans' calls, texts
Munoz, Eduardo
Article
2014
More than a dozen 'fake cell phone towers' could be secretly hijacking Americans' mobile devices in order to listen in on phone calls or snoop on text messages, a security-focused cell phone company c...
FBI Ignored Deadly Threat to Occupiers: US Intelligence Machine Instead Plotted with Bankers to Attack Protest Movement
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2012
Dcuments show that the FBI and other intelligence and law enforcement agencies began a campaign of monitoring, spying and disrupting the Occupy Movement at least two months before the first occupation...
The FBI: Silent Terror of the Fourth Reich
Whitehead, John W.
Article
2017
Lately, there's been a lot of rhetoric comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. The concern is that a Nazi-type regime may be rising in America. That process, however, began a long time ago.
The FBI's secret biometrics database they don't want you to see
Article
2016
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wants to prevent information about its creepy biometric database, which contains fingerprint, face, iris, and voice scans of millions of Americans, from getti...
Fighting Secrecy and the National Security State: An Interview With Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Co-Producer of WikiLeaks's "Collateral Murder" Video
Bernstein, Dennis
Article
2013
An interview with Iceland Member of Parliament Birgitta Jonsdottir of the Pirate Party on the status of the international struggle against government secrecy and surveillance.
First Nations Under Surveillance: Harper Government Prepares for First Nations "Unrest"
Diabo, Russell; Pasternak, Shiri
Article
2011
There needs to be unity on the ground with coordinated political actions between First Nations Peoples in order to protect, defend and advance First Nation pre-existing sovereignty, and First Nation A...
GCHQ and European spy agencies worked together on mass surveillance
Borger, Julian
Article
2013
Edward Snowden papers unmask close technical cooperation and loose alliance between British, German, French, Spanish and Swedish spy agencies.
Genetic Testing of Citizens Is a Backdoor into Total Population Surveillance by Governments and Companies
Wallace, Helen
Article
2014
The new Chief Executive of the National Health Service (NHS) in England, Simon Stevens, was recently reported arguing that the NHS must be transformed to make people’s personal genetic information the...
Die Globale Teleueberwachung des 21. Jahrhunderts
Article
Es entsteht zur Zeit eine globale Teleuberwachung, die sich von allen ethischen oder diplomatischen Voreingenomenheiten freimacht.
Government Spying Aims to Silence Us
Spritzler, John
Article
2013
What the ruling class is aiming at, with these occasional "leaks" about its spying on us, is not so much to collect information about us but rather to make us feel so totally spied upon that we will b...
GovernmentSources.ca
Website
A portal with information about government, Canadian and international, with articles, documents, books, websites, and experts and spokespersons. The home page features a selection of recent and impor...
Here come the thought police
Spratt, Michael; Moore, Chelsea
Article
2014
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has declared his intention to fast-track legislation expanding CSIS and police powers of “surveillance, detention and arrest.”
How California police are tracking your biometric data in the field: Agencies are using mobile fingerprint scanners, tattoo and facial recognition software
Brown, J Pat; Maass, Dave
Article
2015
EFF and MuckRock got together to reveal how state and local law enforcement agencies are using mobile biometric technology in the field by filing public records requests around the country. Thousands ...
How Drug Courier Profiles Begot Terrorism Watch Lists: The Drug War and the Fourth Amendment
Bovard, James
Article
2013
More than a million names are now included on the catch-all terrorist watch list maintained by U.S. government agencies.
If U.S. Mass Media Were State-Controlled, Would They Look Any Different?: Snowden Coverage
Cohen, Jeff
Article
2013
The Edward Snowden leaks have revealed a U.S. corporate media system at war with independent journalism. Many of the same outlets that missed the Wall Street meltdown and cheer-led the Iraq invasion h...
India's UID And The Fantasy Of Dataveillance
Karunakaran , Binu
Article
2009
The perils of establishing nationwide identity systems have always been a hot topic of debate in countries that attach great value to privacy and human rights of its citizens. In India, there is not e...
Information Overload: Driving a Stake Through the National Security State
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2012
Here’s an idea. Let’s all start salting all of our conversations and our written communications with a selection of those 300 key words. If every liberty-loving person in America virus were to do thi...
Inside NSA, Officials Privately Criticize 'Collect It All' Surveillance
Maass, Peter
Article
2015
As Members of Congress struggle to agree on which surveillance programs to re-authorize before the Patriot Act expires, they might consider the unusual advice of an intelligence analyst at the Nationa...
Intelligence Online
Website
Online newsletter dealing with intelligence issues.
IntelligentSearch.ca
Website
A web portal featuring topics related to research and the Internet. The home page features a selection of recent and important articles. A search feature, subject index, and other research tools make ...
The Intercept
Website
A platform to report on the documents previously provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, with a long-term mission is to produce fearless, adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues.
Internet Companies: Confusing Consumers for Profit
Cordozo, Nate
Article
2015
In the age of information, companies are hungry for your data. They want it - even if it means resorting to trickery.
Is Lockheed Martin Shadowing You?: How a Giant Weapons Maker Became the New Big Brother
Hartung, William D.
Article
2011
The increasing influence and role of Lockhead Martin, the giant weapons corporation.
Journalistic Malpractice at the Post and the Times: Rejecting the Offer of Evidence of US War Crimes
Lindorff, David
Article
2013
Wikileaks source Bradley Manning is evidence that the USA’s two leading news organizations, the Washington Post and the New York Times, are not willing to report critically of the government.
The Last Post Files: Fighting subversion or protecting the government from embarrassment?
Weinberg, Paul
Article
2013
The Last Post was one of the best alternative publications of the 1970s. While the small team of journalists was creating solid investigative journalism, the RCMP Security Service was keeping a close ...
Legal Lessons From the Green Scare: When the Constitution is No Obstacle to the FBI
Rosenfeld, Ben; Regan, Lauren
Article
2010
Green Scare prosecutors and their coordinators in Washington are willing to destroy individual lives to score political points, and to trample their own rules in the process.
Lessons of the Snowden Revelations: You are the Target!
Lopez, Alfredo
Article
2013
We in the Left have long worried about “police state tactics”. Now we have to confront the police state structure. It’s here and it can morph into a real police state with very little effort. Opposing...
The Logic behind Mass Spying: Empire and Cyber Imperialism
Petras, James
Article
2013
Revelations about the long-term global, intrusive spying by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other allied intelligence apparatuses have provoked widespread protests and indignation and threat...
Mass Incarceration for Profit
Dolinar, Brian; Kilgore, James
Article
2015
In the face of growing public criticism and improved technologies, companies like Securus search for new ways to remain competitive while marketing themselves as providers of a quality service that ke...
Mass Surveillance is Driven by the Private Sector: The Lesson of Hacking Team's Malware
Blunden, Bill
Article
2015
A report published by Privacy International as well as an article posted by Vice Motherboard clearly show that both the DEA and the United States Army have long-standing relationships with Hacking Tea...
Metadata Is More Intrusive Than Direct Listening Of Phone Calls Says Snowden
Countercurrents
Article
2014
Government monitoring of “metadata” is more intrusive than directly listening to phone calls or reading emails.
Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence : In a World Without Privacy, There Are No Exemptions for Our Spies
Engelhardt, Tom
Article
2013
Given how similar they sound and how easy it is to imagine one leading to the other, confusing omniscience (having total knowledge) with omnipotence (having total power) is easy enough. It’s a reasona...
Nature, science & power: Questions need to be asked...
Riordon, Michael
Website
2014
Here many questions will be asked, some answers attempted. This blog connects to a new book: Bold Scientists: dispatches from the battle for honest science, published in 2014 by Between the Lines.
The New Police Surveillance State: The Rising Price of Political Assembly
Rosen, David
Article
2012
Police are increasingly being deployed to restrict if not prevent mass political actions, especially directed at the banks.
No News is Not Good News: Cops Taping Protesters & Journalists
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2010
If cops photograph and videotape protesters and journalists, it's news if it happens in China, but when it happens in the U.S., as it routinely does, the media are silent.
The No-Nonsense Guide to Global Surveillance
Tudge, Robin
Book
2011
In the world of CCTV, email and DNA, this book shows the extent to which Big Brother is watching us all.
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
Greenwald, Glenn
Book
2014
Glenn Greenwald recounts his 10-day trip to Honk Kong where he acquired the Snowden Files. Additionally, Greenwald discusses the NSA's unprecedented abuse of power, as well as the media's habitual avo...
No Safe Harbor: How NSA Spying Undermined U.S. Tech and Europeans' Privacy
O'Brien, Danny
Article
2015
The spread of knowledge about the NSA's surveillance programs has shaken the trust of customers in U.S. Internet companies like Facebook, Google, and Apple: especially non-U.S. customers who have disc...
NSA and GCHQ target Tor network that protects anonymity of web users
Ball, James; Schneier, Bruce; Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2013
The National Security Agency has made repeated attempts to develop attacks against people using Tor, a popular tool designed to protect online anonymity, despite the fact the software is primarily fun...
The NSA Has Effectively Destroyed Internet Privacy: Snowden's Latest
Lopez, Alfredo
Article
2013
Whistle-blower Edward Snowden prove that the NSA, working with its British counterpart the Government Communications Headquarters has conducted an intentional and largely sucessful campaign to destroy...
NSA learning how to snoop on pacemakers
Article
2016
The NSA is seeking new ways to satisfy its hunger for raw data by exploiting the so-called internet of things, an emerging network connecting objects such as vehicles, home appliances and biomedical d...
The Obliteration of Privacy: Snowden and the NSA
Kandutsch, Carl E
Article
2014
It’s remarkable how little outrage Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations have provoked in the American public. One often heard response is something like, “Well, I don’t have anything to hide, so I don’t c...
On Being Watched in the 60s: When Police Power was Embraced as a Form of Government
Smith, Sam
Article
2013
There would seem to be the notion that the Sixties were the product of immaculate conception. In fact, they were more an act of conversion, conversion of the isolated, unfocussed, dispersed and inarti...
On Locational Privacy, and How to Avoid Losing it Forever
Blumberg, Andrew J.; Eckersley, Peter
Article
2009
Over the next decade, systems which create and store digital records of people's movements through public space will be woven inextricably into the fabric of everyday life. We are already starting to ...
Online Rights for Online Workers - Privacy at Work
Website
Deals with workers' right to privacy in the face of online surveillance by employers.
Online Survival Kit
Article
2013
This Online Survival Kit offers practical tools, advice and techniques that teach you how to circumvent censorship and to secure yo communications and data. This handbook will gradually be unveiled ov...
An Online Tracking Device That’s Virtually Impossible to Block
Angwin, Julia
Article
2014
A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.
The Orwellian Re-Branding of 'Mass Surveillance' as Merely 'Bulk Collection'
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
Just as the Bush administration and the U.S. media re-labelled "torture" with the Orwellian euphemism "enhanced interrogation techniques" to make it more palatable, the governments and media of the Fi...
Orwell's Triumph: How Novels Tell the Truth of Surveillance
Frank, Sam
Article
2015
Novels may be the best medium for describing a distopian world in which everyone is under constant surveillance.
The Other Police State: Private Cops vs. the Public Good
Rosen, David
Article
2013
A revealing study on "Spooky Business: A New Report on Corporate Espionage Against Non-profits" written by Gary Ruskin confirms one’s worst suspicions about the ever-expanding two-headed U.S. security...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - July 2, 2016: Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn, and Contempt for Democracy
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Article
2016
Brexit, the British vote to leave the European Union, has thrown the political elites into turmoil and confusion. The referendum was supposed to be a safe political manoeuvre, a way to produce an appe...
The Police State is Real: It Has Happened Here
Roberts, Paul Craig
Article
2013
The Bush regime’s response to 9/11 and the Obama regime’s validation of this response have destroyed accountable democratic government in the United States. So much unaccountable power has been concen...
Police State: US Government-Funded Database Created to Track "Subversive Propaganda" Online
MacEgan, Matthew
Article
2014
The creation of the Truthy database by Indiana University researchers has drawn sharp criticism from free-speech advocates and others concerned over government censorship of political expression.
Political activist Ken Stone takes CSIS to task for alleged harassment
Weinberg, Paul
Article
2015
What is it like to be targeted by Canada's spy agency? Veteran anti-war and environmental activist Ken Stone knows firsthand and is willing to talk about it.
Political Persecution in Puerto Rico: Uncovering Secret Files: Against The Current vol. 85
Ayala, César
Article
2000
In the summer of 1987 Puerto Rico was shaken by revelations that the island's police was collecting information on so called “political subversives,” and that it was in possession of thousands of exte...
Preparing for a Digital 9/11
Greenberg, Karen
Article
2012
In recent years, in one of the more dangerous, if largely undiscussed, developments of our time, the Bush and then Obama administrations have launched the first state-planned war in cyber space. First...
Profiled: From Radio to Porn, British Spies Track Web Users' Online Identities
Gallagher, Ryan
Article
2015
Amid a renewed push from the U.K. government for more surveillance powers, more than two dozen documents being disclosed by The Intercept reveal for the first time several major strands of GCHQ’s (Gov...
Radio Frequency ID Removes Freedom
Article
2006
Radio Frequency ID violates the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and is part of the stealthy forging of a police state.
Real-Time Face Recognition Threatens to Turn Cops' Body Cameras Into Surveillance Machines
Kofman, Ava
Article
2017
For years, the development of real-time face recognition has been hampered by poor video resolution, the angles of bodies in motion, and limited computing power. But as systems begin to transcend thes...
Reflections on a whistleblower: Two years after Snowden
Tzabiras, Marianna
Article
2015
Two years after Snowden, the international state of surveillance and the ranks of whistleblowers both continue to grow.
The Return of COINTELPRO?: Time to Target the Real Terrorists
McNamara, Tom
Article
2013
The FBI was using its offices and agents across the country as early as August 2011 to engage in a massive surveillance scheme against Occupy Wall Street. The documents show a government agency at its...
Revealed: How DOJ Gagged Google over Surveillance of WikiLeaks Volunteer
Gallagher, Ryan
Article
2015
The Obama administration fought a legal battle against Google to secretly obtain the email records of a security researcher and journalist associated with WikiLeaks.
Rights and Freedoms State Fear The Global attack on rights: New Internationalist March 2005
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2005
A look into rights and freedoms, the connection to occupation, and their state in different parts of the world.
Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
Blum, William
Book
2005
A mini-encyclopedia of the numerous un-humanitarian acts perpetrated by the United States since the end of the Second World War.
Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada From the Fenians to Fortress America
Whitaker, Reg; Kealey, Gregory S.; Parnaby, Andrew
Book
2012
A history of political policing in Canada.
The Servility of the Satellites: The Snowden Affair and the Destruction of Effective Democracy in Europe
Johnstone, Diana
Article
2013
Recent revelations confirm the completion of the transformation of the "Western democracies" into something else, an entity that as yet has no recognized name. The outrage against the Bolivian Preside...
Snowden leak: MI5 has gathered so much data it may actually be missing 'life-saving intelligence'
Article
2016
British spies may have missed potentially "life-saving intelligence" because their surveillance systems were sweeping up more data than could be analyzed, a leaked classified report reveals. The docum...
Snowden, Surveillance And The Secret State
Cromwell, David; Edwards, David
Article
2013
There is plenty to be said about living under a giant system of government surveillance. Just don't expect the corporate media to explore the full extent of what it really all means.
Snowden's NSA Leaks Catalogued In First Searchable Database Of The Surveillance Documents
Halleck, Thomas
Article
2015
Canadian journalists and researchers have teamed up to create the world's first fully-searchable index of the classified documents revealing NSA surveillance leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
A Social History of Wiretaps: Memory's Half-Life
Price, David
Article
2013
American’s century-long distrust of electronic surveillance is shifting to Americans accepting and internalizing new levels of state surveillance.
The Soft Cage: Surveillance in America from Slavery to the War on Terror
Parenti, Christian; Rossetti, Chip (eds.)
Book
2004
Parenti explores the history of American surveillance from colonial times to the present. What this historical evidence clearly reveals is a continuum of the culture of surveillance. The weakest, most...
Someone's Watching You! : From Micropchips in your Underwear to Satellites Monitoring Your Every Move, Find Out Who's Tracking You and What You Can Do about It
Lee, Forest
Book
2011
An expose and explanation of the little-known secret surveillance programs run by both the public and private sectors, including practical steps on how to keep your private life private.
Sources HotLink - June 30, 2016
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2016
Articles about the FBI and the information it gathers, Donald Trump and the media, and the role of pharmaceutical companies in suppressing information.
Spies Hacked Computers Thanks to Sweeping Secret Warrants, Aggressively Stretching U.K. Law
Fishman, Andrew; Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
British spies have received government permission to intensively study software programs for ways to infiltrate and take control of computers. The GCHQ spy agency was vulnerable to legal action for th...
The Spy Who Fired Me: The human costs of workplace monitoring
Kaplan, Esther
Article
2015
Kaplan discusses the growing practice of employers monitoring the internet use of their employees.
Spying by the Numbers: Hundreds of Thousands Subject to Government Surveillance and No Real Protection
Quigley, Bill
Article
2013
Thanks to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden many more people in the US and world-wide are learning about extensive US government surveillance and spying. There are publicly available numbers which sho...
Spying on Democracy: Government Surveillance, Corporate Power, and Public Resistance
Boghosian, Heidi
Book
2013
Heidi Boghosian documents the disturbing increase in surveillance of ordinary citizens and the danger it poses to our privacy, our civil liberties, and to the future of democracy itself.
Submission to the MacDonald Commissionon the R.C.M.P
Article
The authors of this submission are concerned with the presence of the RCMP Security Services at events such as trade union meetings.
Surveillance and the Corporate State: Spying, Control and Murder Under the Imperial Presidency
Urie, Rob
Article
2013
With all of the fear mongering the subject has received in recent decades, Americans have in fact had remarkably little to fear directly from ‘terrorism.’
Surveillance Capitalism: Monopoly-Finance Capital, the Military-Industrial Complex, and the Digital Age
Foster, John Bellamy; McChesney, Robert W.
Article
2014
A massive corporate sales effort and military-industrial complex constituted the two main surplus-absorption mechanisms in the U.S. economy in the first quarter-century after the Second World War, fol...
Surveillance Self-Defense
Website
Modern technology has given those in power new abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on innocent people. Surveillance Self-Defense is EFF's guide to defending yourself and your friends from surveill...
Surveillance USA: NSA and the PRISM Project
Kampmark, Binoy
Article
2013
The government is merrily going about its business of keeping tabs on you in virtually every conceivable way.
Ten Steps You Can Take Right Now Against Internet Surveillance
O'Brien, Danny
Article
2013
One of the trends we've seen is how, as the word of the NSA's spying has spread, more and more ordinary people want to know how (or if) they can defend themselves from surveillance online. With a few ...
The Terrifying World of Electronic Monitoring: From Drone Strikes to Martha Stewart
Kilgore, James
Article
2013
Electronic monitoring is about tracking and marking. The GPS technology that is trending in electronic monitors tracks people’s every movement with the purpose of marking them for punishment if they d...
13 Things the Government is Trying to Keep Secret From You: Constitutional Black Out
Quigley, Bill
Article
2013
The President and the Government are intentionally keeping massive amounts of information about surveillance secret.
Thirteen Ways Government Tracks Us
Quigley, Bill
Article
2012
Privacy is eroding fast as technology offers government increasing ways to track and spy on citizens. Here are thirteen examples of how some of the biggest government agencies and programs track peopl...
Thousands Join Legal Fight Against UK Surveillance — And You Can, Too
Gallagher, Ryan
Article
2015
Thousands of people are signing up to join an unprecedented legal campaign against the United Kingdom’s leading electronic surveillance agency.
The Thrust Toward Opacity: Shh! It's a Secret!
Glickman Gene
Article
2013
Lately we’ve been bombarded by Secrets. We don’t know many of the details, but we do know of their existence, at least some of them. Let’s turn briefly to some specifics, first in the area of intellig...
Top-Secret Document Reveals NSA Spied on Porn Habits as Part of Plan to Discredit 'Radicalizers'
Article
2013
The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of a proposed plan to harm the reputations of those whom the a...
Two out of Three Investigative Journalists in US Believe They're Being Spied On
Lazare, Sarah
Article
2015
In the wake of the NSA mass surveillance scandal, a vast majority of investigative journalists believe that the U.S. government is spying on them, and large numbers say that this belief impacts the wa...
Uber Plans to Track Users Should Not Be Allowed, Says Privacy Group
Chatterjee, Pratap
Article
2015
A formal complaint has been filed against Uber, the car ride company, by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a non-profit advocacy group. The NGO says Uber plans to use their smart phone...
Uncivil Obedience: The Tactics and Tales of a Democratic Agitator
Borovoy, A. Alan
Book
1991
How to push for social change without breaking the law.
US Government Systematically Spying on Citizens
Fisher, William
Article
2010
The US government has been systematically violating the privacy rights of U.S. citizens.
Very Mention of Snowden's Name Makes Prosecutors Tremble
Froomkin, Dan
Article
2015
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has become such a powerful symbol of government overreach that federal prosecutors in a terror case in Chicago are asking the judge to forbid defense attorneys from ev...
Le Viol du Courier/Violation of the Mail
Article
The League on Human Rights presents arguments against the legality and acceptability of Bill C-26. This bill, introduced to Parliament in February 1978, aims to authorize the opening of first-class ma...
Vodafone Reveals Existence of Secret Wires that Allow State Surveillance
Garside, Juliette
Article
2014
Wires allow agencies to listen to or record live conversations, in what privacy campaigners are calling a 'nightmare scenario'.
A Walking Tour of New York's Massive Surveillance Network
Currier, Cora
Article
2016
So it felt a bit risky to be climbing up a street pole on Wall Street to closely inspect a microwave radar sensor, or to be lingering under a police camera, pointing and gesturing at the wires and ant...
War Against the People: Israel, The Palestinians and Global Pacification
Halper, Jeff
Book
2015
Governments today are waging a 'war against the people' -- whether 'securitization' against asylum seekers in Fortress Europe, 'counterinsurgency' in Afghanisation, or the subliminal war of policy and...
The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State
Harris, Shane
Book
2010
An exploration of how and why the American government increasingly spies on its own citizens.
West Germany: Censorship and Repression in the Model State
Cutajar, Mario
Article
1979
In West Germany, repression is now 'democratically' sanctioned and seen as a model for other countries to adopt.
Whose National Security?: Canadian State Surveillance and the Creation of Enemies
Kinsman, Gary; Buse, Dieter K.; Stedman, Mercedes
Article
2000
Examines RCMP monitoring of trade unionists, Left-wing political groups, students, gays and lesbians, feminists, consumers' associations, Black activists, First Nations people, and Quebec sovereignist...
Why Do We Expose Ourselves?
Taylor, Astra
Article
2016
Among critics of technological surveillance, there are two allusions so commonplace they have crossed into the realm of cliché. One, as you have probably already guessed, is George Orwell's Big Brothe...
WikiLeaks Vault 7 Reveals CIA Cyberwar and the Battleground of Democracy
Hayase, Nozomi
Article
2017
WikiLeaks dropped a bombshell on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named “Vault 7”, the whistleblowing site began releasing the largest publication of confidential documents that have come fr...
With Power of Social Media Growing, Police Now Monitoring and Criminalizing Online Speech
Greenwald, Glenn
Article
2015
Criminal cases for online political speech are now commonplace in the UK, notorious for its hostility to basic free speech and press rights. As The Independent's James Bloodworth reported last week, "...
XKEYSCORE: NSA's Google for the World’s Private Communications
Marquis-Boire, Morgan; Greenwald, Glenn; Lee, Micah
Article
2015
The NSA's XKEYSCORE program, first revealed by The Guardian, sweeps up countless people's Internet searches, emails, documents, usernames and passwords, and other private communications. XKEYSCORE is ...
Youth Subdued: 8 Ways Young Americans Have Been Dominated
Levine, Bruce E.
Article
2011
Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. But now young Americans—even more so than older Americans—appear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely ...

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

AK Press
AK Press is a worker-run collective that publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, and other mind-altering material. We're small: a dozen people who work long hours for short mo...
Corporate Watch
Corporate Watch is a not-for-profit co-operative providing critical information on the social and environmental impacts of corporations and capitalism. Since 1996 our research, journalism, analysis an...

Sources Experts & Spokespersons

Wikileaks
WikiLeaks is a multi-national media organization and associated library. It was founded by its publisher Julian Assange in 2006. WikiLeaks specializes in the analysis and publication of large datasets of censored or otherwise r...

Sources Library

BitTorrent study finds most file-sharers are monitored
2012
Anyone using file-sharing service BitTorrent to download the latest film or music release is likely to be monitored, UK-based researchers suggest. A Birmingham University study indicates that a file-s...
Companies that cooperate with dictatorships must be sanctioned
Sources News Release
2011
Reporters Without Borders condemns the criminal cooperation that exists between many western companies, especially those operating in the new technology area, and authoritarian regimes.
Covert Entry
Spies, Lies and Crimes Inside Canada's Secret Service
Mitrovica, Andrew
2002
A glimpse into the inner workings of Canada's secret service.
CSE monitors millions of Canadian emails to government
Hildebrandt, Amber; Seglins, Dave; Pereira, Michael
2015
Canada's electronic spy agency collects millions of emails from Canadians and stores them for "days to months" while trying to filter out malware and other attacks on government computer networks.
Devices that track, spy on cellphones found at Montreal's Trudeau airport
Radio-Canada's Brigitte Bureau
2017
CBC Radio-Canada investigation already found electronic surveillance devices near Parliament Hill.
EFF Demands Release of More Secret Surveillance Court Rulings
Sources News Release
2014
In a continuing campaign to uncover the government's secret interpretations of the surveillance laws underlying the National Security Agency (NSA)'s spying programs, the Electronic Frontier Foundation...
Electronic Frontier Foundation to Court: There's No Doubt the Government Destroyed NSA Spying Evidence
Sources News Release
2014
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) told a federal court today that there was no doubt that the government has destroyed years of evidence of NSA spying -- the government itself has admitted to i...
Email privacy
Wikipedia article
Email privacy is the broad topic dealing with issues of unauthorized access and inspection of electronic mail. This unauthorized access can happen while an email is in transit, as well as when it is s...
For journalists, danger lurking in your email
O'Brien, Danny
2012
Citizen Lab provided a disturbing look into the likely use of a commercial surveillance program, FinFisher, to remotely invade and control the computers of Bahraini activists. After the software insta...
Free Speech Groups Issue New Guide to the International 'Necessary & Proportionate Principles'
Sources News Release
2014
EFF and ARTICLE 19 Urges Governments to Preserve Fundamental Freedoms in the Age of Mass Surveillance
French surveillance law passes National Assembly, but it's not the last word
Marthoz, Jean-Paul
2015
After the Chalie Hebdo and Hyper Catcher killings, the French National Assembly authorized clandestine intelligence operations for mobile devices and the internet. While the french patriot act has alr...
Google voice search records and keeps conversations people have around their phones - but the files can be deleted
Griffin, Andrew
2016
How google search can record and store conversations picked up by a phone's microphone, as well as how to prevent this and delete the stored files.
How can you protect yourself from online snooping?
Sources News Release
2013
Reporters Without Borders has published an Online Survival Kit on its WefightCensorship.org website that has tools and practical advice that will allow you to protect your communications and data.
How the Government Secretly Demanded the IP Address of Every Visitor to Political News Site Indymedia.us
2009
Secrecy surrounds law enforcement's communications surveillance practices like a dense fog. Particularly shrouded in secrecy are government demands issued under 18 U.S.C. § 2703 of the Stored Communic...
How the US government secretly reads your email
Brooke, Heather
2011
Secret orders forcing Google and Sonic to release a WikiLeaks volunteer's email reveal the scale of US government snooping.
Huge Global Coalition Stands Against Unchecked Surveillance
Sources News Release
2013
More than 100 organizations from across the globe are taking a stand against unchecked communications surveillance, calling for the governments around the world to follow international human rights l...
Human rights organisations alarmed by bill that will give surveillance agencies dangerous new powers
Sources News Release
2015
Privacy International, Amnesty International, FIDH, the French League for Human Rights and Reporters Without Borders are alarmed by the expansive surveillance powers to be granted to surveillance agen...
Human Rights Watch Sues DEA Over Bulk Collection of Americans' Telephone Records
Sources News Release
2015
EFF Lawsuit Challenges Drug Enforcement Administration Surveillance of International Call Records
I, spy: Edward Snowden in exile
Rusbridger, Alan; MacAskill, Ewen
2014
The Guardian interviews Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked thousands of classified documents to media outlets. Snowden shares his views on the events that have occured since his exil...
IFJ Condemns U.S. Justice Dept for Secretly Gathering Associated Press Records
Sources News Release
2013
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined its affiliate, the Newspaper Guild-CWA, in condemning the U.S. Justice Department for secretly gathering the phone records of Associated Pr...
Journalists Welcome European Call to Review Anti-Terrorism Laws
Sources News Release
2009
Ministers of the human rights network of the Council of Europe have called on their governments to review anti-terrorism laws in the face of strong criticism from journalists that some laws are in pra...
Keystone Cops Sex Registry
Cain, Patrick
1998
Washroom sex might show up on Ontario's new offender list, but real pedophiles will probably go free.
Met police using surveillance system to monitor mobile phones
Gallagher, Ryan; Syal, Rejeev
2011
Civil liberties group raises concerns over Met police purchase of technology to track public handsets over a targeted area.
Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages
Greenwald, Glenn, et. al
2013
Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to allow users' communications to be intercepted, including helping the National Security Agency to circumvent the company's own encryp...
New Documents and Reports Confirm AT&T and NSA's Longstanding Surveillance Partnership
Rumold, Mark
2015
Reports today in the New York Times and ProPublica confirm what EFF's Jewel v. NSA lawsuit has claimed since 2008 -- that the NSA and AT&T have collaborated to build a domestic surveillance infrastruc...
NSA surveillance may cause breakup of internet, warn experts
Taylor, Matthew; Hopkins, Nick; Kiss, Jemima
2013
Internet specialists highlight moves by Brazil, Germany and India towards creating separate networks in order to block spying.
Obama defiant over NSA revelations ahead of summit with Chinese premier
Ackerman, Spencer; Roberts, Dan
2013
President says oversight of NSA surveillance programme should be left to Congress in comments criticising media 'hype.'
Old New York Police Surveillance Is Found, Forcing Big Brother Out of Hiding
Goldstein, Joseph
2016
From the mid-1950s to the early 1970s, police surveillance of political organizations in New York was extensive enough to require more than half a million index cards, simply to catalog and cross-refe...
Pakistan: Intelligence agency sought to tap all communications traffic, documents reveal
Rice, Mathew
2015
Every government seems to want to spy in Pakistan. The US National Security Agency (NSA) tapped the fibre optic cables landing in Karachi, among others, and used 55 million phone records harvested fro...
Police log 'domestic extremists' and keep database on activists
Forces survey and file details of peaceful protests and political activities
Lewis, Paul; Evans, Rob; Taylor, Matthew
2009
'Domestic Extremists' are persons involved in political meetings and protests who are photographed and added to a national database by the UK police. This surveillance falls under the purview of "ter...
Reporters Without Borders and Torservers.net, partners against online surveillance and censorship
Sources News Release
2014
Reporters Without Borders and Torservers.net have joined forces to create and maintain 250 additional relays for the Tor network.
San Diego's Facial Recognition Program Shows Why We Need Records on Police Use of Mobile Biometric Technology
Maass, David
2015
The New York Times has a story out on how San Diego police use mobile facial recognition devices in the field, including potentially on non-consenting residents who aren't suspected of a crime. One ac...
Seizure of AP phone records condemned as 'grave violation'
Sources News Release
2013
Reporters Without Borders regards the US Department of Justice's seizure of the records of thousands of Associated Press phone calls as an "extremely grave violation of freedom of information."
Software Meant to Fight Crime Is Used to Spy on Dissidents
Perlroth, Nicole
2012
Morgan Marquis-Boire works as a Google engineer and Bill Marczak is earning a Ph.D. in computer science. But this summer, the two men have been moonlighting as detectives, chasing an elusive surveilla...
The Stasi could only dream of such data
Britain, the birthplace of liberalism, has become the database state
Ash, Timothy Garton
2008
As technology increases the flow of stored data about individual actions, assurances of the "right to informational self-determination" must be hard won from governments. Government surveillance of ci...
Surveillance company Hacking Team's relationships with repressive regimes exposed
Privacy International
2015
A 400 gigabyte trove of internal documents belonging to surveillance company Hacking Team has been released online. Hacking team sells intrusive hacking tools that have allegedly been used by some of ...
Surveillance in the Time of Insecurity
Monahan, Torin
2010
Threats of terrorism, natural disaster, identity theft, job loss, illegal immigration, and even biblical apocalypse — all are perils that trigger alarm in people today. Although there may be a factual...
UN slams UK surveillance law, calls for privacy reforms in Canada, France and Macedonia
2015
In yet another blow to the UK's surveillance proponents, the UN Human Rights Committee has criticised the British legal regime governing the interception of communications, observing that it allows fo...
Unmasking the Five-Eyed monster, a global and secret intelligence-sharing regime
2013
Privacy International is proud to announce our new project, Eyes Wide Open, which aims to pry open the Five Eyes arrangement and bring it under the rule of law.
Who's the true enemy of internet freedom - China, Russia, or the US?
Morozov, Evgeny
2015
Beijing and Moscow are rightly chastised for restricting their citizens' online access – but it's the US that is now even more aggressive in asserting its digital sovereignty.
Why you shouldn't trust Geek Squad ever again
The government reportedly pays Geek Squad technicians to dig through your PC
Patrizio, Andy
2017
The Orange County Weekly reports that the company's repair technicians routinely search devices brought in for repair for files that could earn them $500 reward as FBI informants. That, ladies and gen...
Will the government's counter-extremist programme criminalise dissent?
Kundnani, Arun
2015
From 1 July, a broad range of public bodies - from nursery schools to optometrists - will be legally obliged to participate in the U.S. government’s Prevent policy to identify would-be extremists. Und...

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