Privacy

Understanding the real motivations of Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, and Julian Assange.

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David Sanger and Thom Shanker have a lengthy story in the New York Times about various National Security Agency techniques for penetrating foreign computers and networks, including a strategy for accessing seemingly air-gapped computers. Two thoughts:

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If you think people shouldn't have access to your email address, you must not remember the phone book.

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The fatal flaw in the Obama administration's defense of metadata collection.

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The social web used to be about broadcasting your life. Maybe not any more. 

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Privacy and celebrity aren't particularly well-acquainted concepts. But actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and John Cusack appear in a new PSA video calling for an end to NSA surveillance practices.

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It’s the best way to stave off the oncoming onslaught of cyber-attacks.

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Snoopy, Snoopier, Snoopiest

A tip sheet for the scandals

How should you feel about the latest invasions of privacy? We asked Jeffrey Rosen to give us a tip sheet for the scandals.

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Getting Over It

Just last Friday, walking down the street, I saw a handmade sign above a dumpster warning passersby not to deposit their trash there. "Smile. You're on camera," said the sign. A few minutes later, reading on my phone, I came across a comment on a story about the NSA that quoted a computer firm executive as telling a crowd at a lecture he was giving, "You have no privacy. Get over it." Then, about twenty minutes after that, I went to send an e-mail on my computer and a little window popped up informing me that Safari, my Web browser, wanted "to access" my stored personal information.

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