Professor David Murakami Wood, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies, discusses surveillance technologies in his PACTAC presentation, titled “Vanishing Surveillance: Securityscapes and Ambient Government.”
The data economy—the growth of mass data collection and tracking—is changing how power is perceived, Schneier said in his keynote speech. The Internet and technology has changed the impact a group can have on others, where dissidents can use the Internet to amplify their voices and extend their reach. Governments already have a lot of power to begin with, so when they take advantage of technology, their power is magnified, he said.
“That’s how you get weird situations where Syrian dissidents use Facebook to organize, and the government uses Facebook to arrest its citizens,” Schneier said.
Over the past few years, it’s become easier and cheaper to store data and search for the necessary item rather than to sort and delete. Email is a very good example of this shift in behavior. This change, spurred by the popularity of mobile devices and the push to move more data and services to the cloud has also made it easier to track user behavior. When corporations track users for marketing purposes, it seems benign, but the same actions come across as sinister when it’s the government…
…The government didn’t tell anyone they have to carry around a tracking device, but people now carry mobile devices. The government doesn’t require users to notify any agency about their relationships. Users will tell Facebook soon enough, Schneier noted. “Fundamentally, we have reached the golden age of surveillance because we are all being surveilled ubiquitously.”
Many people mistakenly believe that Condoleezza Rice simply served as the Secretary of State and didn’t have a role in the decision to go to war with Iraq. In fact, Condoleezza Rice was President Bush’s National Security Advisor during the lead-up to the Iraq War, and was intimately involved in the decision to go to war with Iraq and spoke publicly in support of it. She was an integral part of the Bush administration’s campaign of lies surrounding the war, working to further public support of the war by lying about Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction. In January of 2003, Rice published an editorial in the New York Times entitled ”Why We Know Iraq Is Lying”.
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“General Hayden’s suggestion that Chairman Feinstein was motivated by ‘emotion’ rather than a focus on the facts is simply outrageous. Over the past five years I watched Chairman Feinstein manage this investigation in an extremely thorough and professional manner, and the result is an extraordinarily detailed report based on millions of pages of internal CIA records, including operational cables, internal memos, and interview transcripts.
General Hayden unfortunately has a long history of misleading the American public – he did it on domestic surveillance when he was the head of the NSA, and he did it on torture when he was the CIA Director. The best way to correct this culture of misinformation is to give the American people a chance to review the facts for themselves, and I’ll be working with my colleagues and the administration to ensure that happens quickly.”
Documents show that Britain’s GCHQ intelligence service infiltrated German Internet firms and America’s NSA obtained a court order to spy on Germany and collected information about the chancellor in a special database. Is it time for the country to open a formal espionage investigation?
China has demanded an explanation from the US following reports that the National Security Agency (NSA) spied on Chinese telecoms provider Huawei. According to The New York Times, the NSA successfully infiltrated the networks of Huawei’s headquarters, accessing sensitive information and monitoring the communications made by some of the company’s top executives.
The $15 an Hour Campaign is heating up in Seattle.
Did you hear what Howard Schultz said about $15/hr?
$9,637 an hour!
That’s how much Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbuck makes! And guess what he said on Wednesday about businesses unable to afford a $15 an hour minimum wage: “That would not be the case at Starbucks, but I suspect that most companies, especially small and midsized companies, would not be able to afford it.”
Ok, Howard, then stop hiding behind small businesses and pay your workers 15 now!