Tribunal hearing legal challenge over GCHQ surveillance claims

A tribunal is hearing a legal challenge by civil liberty groups against the alleged use of mass surveillance programmes by UK intelligence services.

Privacy International and Liberty are among those challenging the legality of alleged “interception, collection and use of communications” by agencies.

It follows revelations by the former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden about UK and US surveillance practices.

The UK government says interception is subject to strict controls.

The case – also brought by Amnesty International and the ...

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You Might Be A Millennial If…

Does the iPhone4 make you feel nostalgic? Is LinkedIn your current rolodex? Using Zillow as your official real estate agent?

Born between the years of 1980-1999, America’s Gen Y (otherwise referred to as Millennials)  has certainly grown up in a world dominated by technology and have drastically changed social, political, and professional worlds. “We’re living in an age of  networks, not hierarchies; knowledge and wisdom is distributed rather than concentrated amongst gray hair.” – Fast Company

The better you understand the shifting ...

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What is Bitcoin?

Everyone is talking about Bitcoin these days. The virtual currency has begun to go mainstream with announcements that Virgin Galactic and WordPress would accept the currency. Even a university in Cyprus has begun to accept Bitcoin as tuition payments. Recently, the Senate even had a hearing on the currency. See Article 1 to read more.

So what is Bitcoin? You may want to read Bitcoin founder Satoshi Nakamoto’s original paper outlining the idea behind Bitcoin. Read the paper.

Bitcoin is a ...

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Fracking: Harmful or Beneficial?

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas from shale formations using water, chemicals, and sand at high pressure. Recently, fracking has led the US to, what it claims is, near self-sufficiency in gas. The practice has lowered the price of gas in the US, but environmentalists are concerned that the practice will contaminate water supplies. In France, the practice has been banned entirely and its highest court recently upheld the ban.  See Continue Reading

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The 3.9 Degrees of Separation

Everyone knows the concept of “6 degrees of separation”: the theory that every person on the planet can be connected to everyone else by no more than 6 steps, or introductions. This theory is often called the “small world phenomenon,” and this world of ours is getting even smaller, according to a new study created by the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. Researchers studied the phenomenon using Facebook, concluding that the average number of acquaintances separating people on the ...

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CISPA-Type Bills Just Won’t Die

Click here to read a copy of CISPA.

Even though CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) were killed off in Congress earlier this year, the same senators who championed it in the first place, keep trying to revive the idea behind both bills. Senator Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senator Chambliss (R-Ga.) are apparently working on drafting a new version of the bill that will “facilitate the sharing of cyber related information among companies with the ...

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We’re About to Lose Net Neutrality— And the Internet as We Know It

Once upon a time, companies like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and others declared a war on the internet’s foundational principle: that its networks should be “neutral” and users don’t need anyone’s permission to invent, create, communicate, broadcast, or share online. The neutral and level playing field provided by permissionless innovation has empowered all of us with the freedom to express ourselves and innovate online without having to seek the permission of a remote telecom executive. But today, that freedom won’t survive much ...

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Americans are Obsessed with Their Phones

According to quite a few recent studies, Americans are, simply, obsessed with their phones. One study conducted by researchers Mary Meeker and Liang Wu of Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers tracks trends among internet and mobile users. The report reveals that smartphone users check their phones an average of 150 times a day. Read full report here.

Another report, this time by the IDC, revealed that 79% of people ages 18-44 have their smartphones with them 22 hours a day. Read the full ...

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