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Strata Week: President Obama opens up U.S. government data

By Jenn Webb
May 10, 2013

U.S. government data to be machine-readable, Nicole Wong may fill new White House chief privacy officer role The U.S. government took major steps this week to open up government data to the public. U.S. President Obama signed an executive order …

Strata Week: Court case sheds light on FBI stingray surveillance

By Jenn Webb
April 12, 2013

FBI and IRS push privacy envelope Details about how the FBI uses stingray or IMSI-catcher technology — and how much more intrusive it is than previously known — have come to light in a tax fraud case against accused identity …

Digging into the UDID data

By Alasdair Allan
September 6, 2012

Over the weekend the hacker group Antisec released one million UDID records that they claim to have obtained from an FBI laptop using a Java vulnerability. In reply the FBI stated: The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that …

Judith Krug: heroine of libraries, Internet, PATRIOT Act resistance

By Andy Oram
April 19, 2009

Consider giving a donation to your local public library this week in honor of Judith Krug, whose death at the age of 69 was announced this morning. Krug defended libraries and the Internet from censorship, and advised librarians how to protect their patrons from government spying on their reading habits.

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