Head of MI5, Andrew Parker, testifying to the first parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee in 2013.
By choosing to talk to MI5's most outspoken press critics, the spy boss has made a very shrewd move.
The dark web is often used for illegal activity and because of the way it's structured, it's hard to police.
Shifts in our communication infrastructures have reshaped the very possibilities of social order driven by markets and commercial exploitation.
Capitalism has become focused on expanding the proportion of social life that is open to data collection and processing – as if the social itself has become the new target of capitalism’s expansion.
What can ‘Snowden’ teach us about cybersecurity?
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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?
All in the hand shake.
Making the mechanical more human.
It’s a cat and mouse game that could put our online privacy and security at risk.
As governments look to new ways to step up surveillance, hackers find new ways to subvert it. Is there a way to end this cat and mouse game, described as a crypto-war?
They want you to keep it zipped.
The rise of leaktivism: specialised platforms and organisations that turn data into a weapon to strike at government and corporate power.
‘Et tu Brute?’
Make no mistake: the odds of a palace coup just narrowed slightly.
Western governments are threatening to undermine the encryption that keeps our online communications private.
An open letter signed by security experts from around the world is calling on governments to protect encryption rather than undermine it in a quixotic attempt to tackle terrorism.
Who’s watching, and who’s watching the watchers?
What kind of society do our so-called “Western and networked democracies” count as normal if humans are constantly objectified, monitored and profiled?
In a world where the gadgets have taken over, Bond feels somewhat antiquated but he is inevitably privileged by the demands of cinema.
James Bond may be pro-Snowden but Carrie Mathison’s lot aren’t so sure.
The battle for public opinion over whether Edward Snowden was right might just be won out, not in the press or the US Congress, but in fiction.
Former ASIO head David Irvine saw data retention and metadata as effective counter-terror measures. But experience overseas is proving otherwise.
The value and utility of the NSA’s metadata retention programs – which formed the template for Australia's metadata regime – have too often been over-exaggerated.
The high court’s ruling has Google and other tech companies rushing to build data centers in Europe.
The EU’s highest court invalidated a key data sharing agreement between the union and the US, exposing the deep cultural clash over privacy and surveillance.
Spying in plain sight.
Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA
If you're surprised that the US is spying on France... don't be.
No, don’t email me! Don’t you read the news?
Whether the story is true or not, we've seen that old threats still give intelligence agencies the jitters, even in the digital age.
The NSA has eyes and ears around the globe.
US intelligence agencies can no longer collect and store the telecommunications data of US citizens but other countries are strengthening their efforts.
When is a harbour not a safe harbour?
Snowden's surveillance revelations threaten to shatter a 15-year-old US-EU agreement on data protection, with consequences for major internet firms.
Think less secret agent and more civil servant.
Proposals from the Intelligence Committee could bring GCHQ into the public eye like never before.
Watching over us all.
After three deranged men murdered 17 people in Paris over the course of three days, millions took to the streets to express solidarity with the victims’ families and friends, intolerance of hatred and…