Screenshot of Juice Rap News' The Internet, featuring Julian Assange (right). (Screenshot)
28 Sep 2015

If The Internet Could Rap … (Juice Rap News)

How is the Internet doing? What would the Internet say if it could speak … or rap? Juice Rap News takes a look at the State of the Internet in their latest video.

Screen capture from the Snowden Treaty website.
24 Sep 2015

‘Snowden Treaty’: Global Campaign to Promote Privacy, Protect Whistleblowers

Journalists and activists will present an international treaty they want countries to sign to promote privacy and protect whistleblowers.

File: A close-up of the touch screen of a smartphone using Verizon networks. (Flickr / Robert Scoble)
16 Sep 2015

U.S. Wrongly Argues Verizon Wireless’ Participation In NSA Program Is Classified

In a challenge to the constitutionality of the National Security Agency’s phone records surveillance program, President Barack Obama’s administration claims whether Verizon Wireless participated in the program is a state secret. This is remarkable given there is irrefutable evidence from government documents of Verizon Wireless’ involvement in a similar challenge to this program.

Overpass Light Brigade activists hold lit signs reading "MONEY CORRUPTS" on  July 9, 2014. (Flickr / Light Brigading)
11 Sep 2015

Doing Time Without The Rule Of Law, And Other Shadowproof Reader Feedback

Shadowproof Mailbag: Citizens United means we’re all “doing time” and only the 1% benefit from the law. Why we must bring Wall Street to justice. What the comic book fantasies of the intelligence community reveal about mass surveillance.

File: An FBI agent uses a laptop inside a vehicle. (FBI)
04 Sep 2015

Justice Department’s New Stingray Surveillance Policy Has Major Loophole

On September 3, the Justice Department announced a new policy which will require the FBI, Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to get a warrant when using Stingray surveillance in domestic crime investigations. But the new policy contains a potentially major “exceptional circumstances” loophole that is undefined and could fuel further abuses of privacy.

File: A gavel rests atop a printed document. (Flickr / Brian Turner)
28 Aug 2015

Key Constitutional Issues Avoided as Lawsuit Against NSA Surveillance Heads Back to Lower Court

Today, a federal appeals court vacated a preliminary injunction against the National Security Agency’s phone records surveillance program, and the lawsuit was sent back to the lower court for further proceedings if appropriate. But the U.S. Court of Appeals did not rule on whether the program, exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was lawful or not.

File: Close-up of a hand hovering above a smartphone in a dark room. (Flickr /
20 Aug 2015

High-Tech Youth Surveillance, Rikers Island And The Pitfalls Of Jail ‘Reform’

New York City will begin a surveillance pilot program aimed at keeping juvenile defendants accused of committing certain felonies off of Rikers Island. As The New York Times reported on August 14, eligible youth between the ages of sixteen and eighteen will be outfitted with lightweight bracelets tethered electronically to smartphones that are to be carried with them at all times and cannot be turned off.

File: A dome or "halo" style surveillance camera, photographed on February 19, 2006. (Flickr / Obeck)
17 Aug 2015

Workers To Face Biosurveillance From Employers

The modern work environment was already becoming more than a bit Orwellian, with employees being electronically spied on by their bosses to ensure productivity, but now the corporate push for total information awareness of workers is hitting new levels of creepiness. According to a report in Bloomberg, companies are now using biosurveillance technologies to monitor workers.

File: A sign outside a payday loan shark announcing their services, photographed on October 8, 2012. (Flickr / HelenCobain)
13 Aug 2015

Data Brokers Charged For Selling Payday Loan Info To Scammers

Yesterday, The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged data brokers with illegally selling payday loan applicants’ financial information to a scam operation that then fraudulently took at least $7.1 million from those customers’ bank accounts.

A cluster of radomes (radar domes) hiding surveillance antennae at Pine Gap Defence Base in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, photographed from nearby Mount Gillen on September 22, 2013. Pine Gap is believed to be a key part of the international ECHELON dragnet surveillance system. (Wikimedia Commons / Mark Marathon)
06 Aug 2015

Journalist, Who Unmasked ECHELON, On 40 Years Exposing The Global Surveillance State

Kevin Gosztola interviews Duncan Campbell, recently published in The Intercept, about his 4 decades as a journalist dedicated to uncovering the surveillance state and the international ECHELON program. Campbell says less has changed for today’s journalists than you might think.