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Should one person lead two different government agencies? U.S. government images

Should NSA and Cyber Command have separate leadership?

The key factor to consider is not cooperation, but rather focus: One is an offensive military unit and the other a defensive civilian agency.
What can ‘Snowden’ teach us about cybersecurity? Jürgen Olczyk/Open Road Films

‘Snowden,’ a picture of the cybersecurity state

The new movie about the NSA leaker is a new way for the public to learn about government surveillance, communications technology and privacy. How well does it prepare the public for that discussion?
The stoush between China and the US over spying is becoming toxic. Shutterstock

Cyber espionage and the new Cold War of US-China relations

The members of China’s military charged over cyber espionage by the US will never see American justice, but the case does break new ground in a fractious US-China relationship increasingly characterised…
The US Justice Department says members of the People’s Liberation Army hacked into US businesses to steal trade secrets. Jim Lo Scalzo/AAP

US Chinese military charges a smokescreen for its own spying

In a surprising move, a US District Court has charged five members of the Chinese military with hacking six US companies to obtain commercial secrets over the last eight years. The move has been denounced…
Someone get a fire extinguisher! Just, you know, maybe not Mark Zuckerberg. cibomahto

The internet is on fire but Snowden’s heroes can’t save us

Just ahead of the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, Edward Snowden has sent what he hopes will be a strong message to the powers that control the internet in a video link streamed live to South by…
Can you spot your Facebook data? National Security Agency

Obama’s reformed NSA may look much the same as before

President Obama faced a difficult task in his speech on reform of the NSA’s surveillance activities. As an accomplished orator, crafting a well-received speech was obviously within his capabilities, but…
Make the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns known and we’ll all be better off. David Shankbone

Make surveillance work for the people: let them spy back

Privacy – in our bedrooms, at work, on the street and on the internet – is important to everyone. But every week brings another story demonstrating the ongoing shredding of privacy that undermines those…
The dark web is under threat. Fir0002

Anonymity will be the next victim of internet censorship

The worrying developments in UK internet freedom over the last year make predictions for 2014 gloomy to say the least. Censorship now affects us all, so we should be thinking about it. And it’s not politically…
Minority report: it’s not just a fantasy. You are being tracked by tech. Creative Commons

Like it or not, we are all complicit in online snooping

The revelations that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been deploying a software tool (PRISM) that enables federal agencies to engage in the online equivalent of phone tapping have generated a…

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