The Common Ground Movement | The Common Ground

This approach begins with a simple and undeniable premise: that there is no way that anyone is going to convince everyone else to accept one unified belief system. Liberals will never convert the conservatives, and the conservatives will never convert the liberals. We’re never going to all agree on the wedge issues, and it’s not … [Read more…]

Encryption Works: How to Protect Your Privacy in the Age of NSA Surveillance | Freedom of the Press Foundation

Defending yourself against the NSA, or any other government intelligence agency, is not simple, and its not something that can be solved just by downloading an app. But thanks to the dedicated work of civilian cryptographers and the free and open source software community, its still possible to have privacy on the Internet, and the … [Read more…]

Optic Nerve: millions of Yahoo webcam images intercepted by GCHQ | World news | The Guardian

In one six-month period in 2008 alone, the agency collected webcam imagery – including substantial quantities of sexually explicit communications – from more than 1.8 million Yahoo user accounts globally. via Optic Nerve: millions of Yahoo webcam images intercepted by GCHQ | World news | The Guardian. Of course, if you have nothing to hide … [Read more…]

How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations – The Intercept

Critically, the “targets” for this deceit and reputation-destruction extend far beyond the customary roster of normal spycraft: hostile nations and their leaders, military agencies, and intelligence services. In fact, the discussion of many of these techniques occurs in the context of using them in lieu of “traditional law enforcement” against people suspected (but not charged … [Read more…]

Interview with Laura Poitras | Mousse Contemporary Art Magazine

Just look at the former East Germany. Countries spy on each other, we know that. But when a country starts to spy on its own citizens, it’s really about control, and authoritarianism, and squashing dissent. And to make people feel that they are at risk to engage in any kind of activity that is perceived … [Read more…]