Privacy Matters

If J. Edgar had biometrics: state repression isn't new, but technology raises the stakes

Some of us are very worried. If you regularly read this blog, you are likely one of the worriers.

Speaking in Walpole tonight on the NSA

From the Walpole Peace and Justice Group, which is hosting me tonight at the Walpole Public Library:

Can democracy exist in a surveillance society?

Eben Moglen, professor at Columbia Law School, has published video and text from his not-to-be-missed lecture, 'Snowden and the Future', given in two parts during October 2013 at Columbia.

Mysterious plastic bag shrouded surveillance cameras puzzle onlookers

This morning at Boston's South Station I saw surveillance cameras covered up with plastic bags. Are these new cameras that have yet to be fully unwrapped? Or did someone play a funny prank on the surveillance state? Perhaps it's an art project?

Whatever the explanation, I prefer it to the naked camera.

Was the government hiding FISA related illegal surveillance from criminal defendants way back in 2004?

Newly released documents pertaining to the FBI’s surveillance of the editors of an anti-war news site shed new light on how the government has long kept the existence of information derived from foreign intelligence surveillance secret from criminal defendants.

Secrecy: the oxygen of the deep state, the enemy of democracy

“But this secrecy...has become a god in this country, and those people who have secrets travel in a kind of fraternity...and they will not speak to anyone else.” - Senator J. William Fulbright, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, November 1971

Whoever is elected Mayor of Boston today has an opportunity to stem the rising tide of police militarization

The next mayor of the City of Boston, who will be elected to office today, has the opportunity to stem the rising tide of an increasingly militarized police force. He should seize it.

Senator Markey introduces drone privacy bill

How times have changed: Eric Schmidt on privacy in 2009 and today

My how Edward Snowden has changed things.

Back in 2009, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told CNBC that "if you are doing something you don't want anybody to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

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