For a few hours on Tuesday, it looked like the House of Representatives would finally vote to give Americans some much-needed online privacy protection against government abuse. The House seemed set to agree to a powerful reform of the Patriot Act: an amendment that would implement key privacy safeguards on our web browsing and search histories that would protect them from being accessed wholesale by the Trump administration.
But now, so-called #resistance hero Adam Schiff may have—once again—helped kill that reform.
Day in and day out, local newsrooms are doing heroic work in the face of the coronavirus. On-the-ground coverage has been crucial for communities looking to stymie outbreaks and for hospital workers who lack critical protective gear. Journalists have been declared “essential” workers in states that are on lockdown. And as online outlets drop their paywalls, more Americans than ever are relying on reporters to get them vital information. No surprise, then, that traffic to news websites is surging, with some local outlets seeing 100% gains in readership.
We already know the Trump administration, led by Attorney General William Barr, wants to find a way to ban end-to-end encryption — a vital security protection used by millions of Americans on their phones every day. Now a bipartisan group of senators, including leading Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal, are bizarrely trying to help Barr irreparably damage Americans’ privacy.
The latest salvo in the government’s long-running war on encryption comes in the form of the EARN IT Act (that’s short for “Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act”), a bill that attempts to help blunt child exploitation on the…
The Senate is now firmly entrenched in hearing arguments over whether to hear witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial, and yet again, a key issue — former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s conversations with Trump about Ukraine — was first uncovered by the press.
Time and again during the impeachment saga, journalists have provided the public — and Congress — with evidence of wrongdoing. Indeed, we might not even know about the Ukraine scandal at all if it weren’t for leaks to the press. The Bolton news — that he allegedly had direct conversations with the president about blackmailing Ukraine —…
The Trump administration is now engaged in a multipronged effort to pressure tech companies to weaken encryption protecting the privacy of billions of people. And make no mistake: They are blatantly lying about it to try to get their way.
First, Trump’s Justice Department targeted WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption for messaging late last year. Now, it’s going after Apple and the encryption that prevents criminals or governments from gaining access to the data on your iPhone.
Attorney General William Barr gave a speech this week castigating Apple for “refusing” to help unlock the iPhone of a Saudi national who killed three…
The rapid fallout of the Trump administration’s shocking assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani has been both unsettling and predictable to anyone who has warned of the grave dangers of provoking a larger war with Iran.
It’s clear the Trump administration is actively deceiving the American public. It’s clear a war with Iran would be an unmitigated disaster — no matter who is in charge. The message from Democrats, and really any politician, should be simple: Stop another Middle East war at all costs.
Bernie Sanders’ has repeatedly touted how his “radical” positions in 2016 — Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage, debt-free college — have caught on with the public and become increasingly mainstream Democratic positions for the 2020 election.
But on foreign policy, as Sanders has tried to carve out a new way forward, it’s been an entirely different story. Throughout the Democratic primary, reform of U.S. foreign and national security policies has been an afterthought for many of the candidates, or outright ignored by others. …
“Where were you at 6 p.m. last night?” asked a marketing email sent to journalists immediately following Halloween last week. It was sent by Ring, Amazon’s doorstep surveillance system that sends video directly to the police.
“If you were trick-or-treating,” it continued, “you were part of the millions of people out ringing doorbells this Halloween!” On Instagram, Ring boasted about just how many millions of children it had recorded on video. Apparently, the company was hoping reporters would write a cute story; instead everyone was extremely disturbed.
Once again, Mark Zuckerberg was back on Capitol Hill to defend his company.
The Facebook founder was grilled Wednesday by members of the House Financial Services Committee in a wide-ranging hearing that touched on election interference, the tech behemoth’s planned cryptocurrency, and misleading political ads. It’s that last issue — whether to allow politicians to continue to pay for ads that may have misleading or false content in them — which has proven to be the most pressing controversy for Facebook in recent weeks.
Once more, we have a major privacy scandal on our hands, and once more we’re reminded why we can’t trust our elected officials.
In a newly declassified court ruling the FBI has been secretly violating the privacy rights of Americans on a massive scale by trawling for private communications on huge swaths of citizens without a warrant. …
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