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New NSA Surveillance Regulations

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A Visit From St. Nick

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World Fights Back Against the Biggest Brother in History

The United States’ vast and indiscriminate worldwide surveillance of ordinary people and heads of state has no historical precedent. Now countries around the world are fighting back using the United Nations as a vehicle for change.

Posted on Nov 28, 2013 READ MORE



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The Data Hackers

Inside your mobile phone and hidden behind your web browser are little known software products marketed by contractors to the government that can follow you around anywhere. No longer the wide-eyed fantasies of conspiracy theorists, these technologies are routinely installed in all of our data devices by companies that sell them to Washington for a profit.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE



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California Students’ Social Media Being Stalked

As if the NSA spying on our every move weren’t enough, now kids have to watch what they say online in and out of school. Some 13,000 middle and high school students in Southern California will have their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts scrutinized by social media monitoring service Geo Listening.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Lawrence Jackson

Would You Vote for Someone Who Kept Quiet About NSA Spying?

Whether he passes reforms or not, President Obama’s mass surveillance program has made him the closest thing we have to Big Brother. Will his top lieutenants, Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, take that funk with them into the next election?

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Sales of Orwell’s ‘1984’ Soar Amid NSA Surveillance Disclosure

In the wake of the National Security Agency snooping revelations, George Orwell’s dystopian novel is experiencing a renaissance. 

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Britons: ‘Spy on Us’

A 51 percent majority of British citizens support an invasive “snooping” bill according to a new poll, while 42 percent said the government should be able to break the law to conduct surveillance in the name of preventing terrorism.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE


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Stop Whining About Privacy, Bloomberg Says

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks your concerns about privacy in a world of city- and drone-mounted surveillance cameras are unimportant. His advice to radio audiences Friday morning? “Get used to it!”

Posted on Mar 23, 2013 READ MORE



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Your Private Bus Conversations May Soon Be Recorded

In cities across the country, the government is installing sophisticated audio surveillance equipment on public transit to listen in on passengers.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 READ MORE


Big Brother in Your Car

Your chipper TV friend Flo, otherwise known as Progressive Insurance’s ubiquitous shill, wants you to be excited—very excited.

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Big Brother Gets Established in NYC

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Wednesday revealed that for the last six months the city has been monitoring its residents via a network of roughly 3,000 closed circuit television cameras that feed into NYPD headquarters. The technology is termed the “Domain Awareness System.”

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Patriot Act Renewal

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Justice Dept. Wants Providers to Retain Internet Data

The Justice Department will ask Congress to make it mandatory for Internet service providers to retain data on their users’ activity. Law enforcement officials already can ask for data to be preserved, but Justice would like to have more robust snooping capabilities in order to investigate and prosecute “almost every type of crime.” (more)

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2011: A Brave New Dystopia

The two greatest visions of a future dystopia were George Orwell’s “1984” and Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World.” It turns out they were both right.

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Justice Dept. Hand-Slaps FBI for Spying on Greenpeace and Friends

The supervising bureaucrats at the Justice Department acknowledged that the FBI should not have been spying on activists, although they decided that the bureau was not targeting anti-war and environmental groups for political reasons.

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AP / Pat Sullivan

One Day, You’ll Have a Chip in Your Rear

Should your car help authorities track you? Should it be a traveling billboard? … Amid emerging technology, the role of the license plate is in flux and causing controversy.

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How to Lose Big Brother’s Interest

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Big Apple? More Like Big Brother

Citing the specter of terrorism, an appeals court overturned a decision that would have forced New York City to turn over documents detailing the surveillance of demonstrators, street performers and other ne’er-do-wells who may have threatened the 2004 Republican convention ... and our national security, of course.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 READ MORE


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U.K. to Monitor Families With In-Home Surveillance

With millions of cameras watching its citizens’ every move, Britain is already one of the world’s leading surveillance states. Now the government wants to go even further, putting cameras in 20,000 private homes “to make sure children attend school, go to bed on time and eat proper meals,” reports the Telegraph. Update

Posted on Aug 4, 2009 READ MORE


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businessweek.com

Privacy Intrusion With a Twist

Google on Wednesday officially announced its entry into the fray of contextualized advertising—serving up advertisements in accordance with a user’s prior Web-surfing habits. The move, which has raised alarm in the privacy community, carries an unprecedented privacy twist: Google users will now be able to see and edit the information the company collects about them.

Posted on Mar 11, 2009 READ MORE


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google.org/flutrends

Google: ‘I’m Feeling Sicky’

While worries over Google’s “big brother” surveillance practices still worry many, a softer, more health-conscious side of the search giant is partnering with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The tool, “Google Flu Trends,” uses the aggregate regional data obtained from flu-related searches to predict epidemics weeks before they can be diagnosed by traditional measures.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE


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theactorsgang.com

Tim Robbins on Orwell, Obama and the Media

It’s usually a reliable sign that a once-original idea has been utterly stripped of its impact by the time it becomes the premise for a reality television show. Not so for “Big Brother.” Several seasons of that particular televised train wreck have come and gone, and besides, Apple Computer also cashed in on the whole surveillance paranoia theme ages ago. Big Brother is watching. We get it.

Posted on Jun 2, 2008 READ MORE


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criminal-justice-online.com

Homeland Security Meets Reality TV

If you thought reality TV was only for wannabe warblers, petulant teens and bug-eating fetishists, guess again. The Department of Homeland Security, “as well as several other government agencies,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, is working with ABC on a new “unscripted” show called “Border Security USA,” brought to you, creepily enough, by the executive producer of “Big Brother.”

Posted on May 29, 2008 READ MORE


Dr. Al-Arian
tkb.org

Dr. Al-Arian’s Third Strike

The Palestinian activist Dr. Sami Amin Al-Arian, imprisoned for five years despite a jury’s failure to return a single guilty verdict against him, has gone on a hunger strike in a Virginia jail.

Posted on Mar 7, 2008 READ MORE


Orwell
guardian.co.uk

For Orwell, Life Imitated Art

It turns out that George Orwell, famed author of “1984” and originator of the term “Big Brother,” was spied on by his government for more than 10 years. Members of Britain’s MI5 suspected the writer of being a communist, until they bothered to read him, and were apparently baffled by his “bohemian” clothes.

Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE


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rte.ie

Who Wants to Win a Kidney?

If you thought reality television had already hit its nadir, guess again.  The creators of the “Big Brother” franchise have whipped up a shocking new premise for their next hopeful hit in the Netherlands: A terminally ill woman will, with advice from viewers, choose the winner ... of her kidneys.  Update:  Producers at Endemol have admitted that the show is a hoax.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


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indymedia.org.uk

Insert Orwell Reference Here

Street surveillance is taking an alarming turn for the interactive in England.  As part of a government plan to target “antisocial” behavior and petty crime, closed-circuit television cameras will be installed around the country with the capacity to talk back to people engaging in unseemly acts in public places.

 

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Spy on the Government

The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law by Lyndon Johnson in 1966, and has proved to be an indispensable tool for our democracy, but negotiating the bureaucracy can be intimidating. Luckily, the Bad Guys blog has collected a helpful assortment of FOIA resources. Check it out and find out what your government is up to.

Posted on Mar 18, 2007 READ MORE


Google’s Wi-Fi Plan Stirs Big Brother Concerns

The company’s free wireless service in San Francisco would allow Google to monitor all its users’ whereabouts—ostensibly to serve up location-specific advertising.
The feeling you just got? That would be the hairs on the back on your neck rising.

Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


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