Dan Coats, left, then director of national intelligence, told Congress in 2019 about the potential danger of a pandemic.
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Warnings about major disease outbreaks are supposed to come from national and international medical intelligence and surveillance agencies that most Americans have never heard of.
Blowing the whistle carries major risks.
In many instances, whistleblowers find the abusive power they have revealed turned against them, both ending their careers and harming their personal lives.
The US government wants to seize all the proceeds from Snowden's new memoir.
Many of Baltimore’s city services are crippled by a cyberattack.
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Ransomware has crippled governments and companies around the world, encrypting data and demanding payment for the decryption key – though that's no guarantee of recovering the information.
What’s the best way to keep data secure?
The FBI and police officials say they need to decrypt secure communications to fight crime. But they have other options, and modern threats make clear the importance of strong encryption.
When is it okay for the government to keep a secret?
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What's the best way for spy agencies to protect the public: secretly exploit software flaws to gather intelligence, or warn the world and avert malicious cyberattacks?
A professor who once held top secret clearance explains how levels of classification work and where handling sensitive information gets tricky.
Trump and Lavrov in the Oval Office on May 10, 2017. (Russian Foreign Ministry via AP)
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Whispering secrets is a sign of a lack of trust.
How can investigators get into digital files?
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The technical consensus is clear: Adding 'backdoors' to encryption algorithms weakens everyone's security. So what are the police and intelligence agencies to do?
The world is searching – will we protect ourselves?
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The latest release from WikiLeaks, of information about CIA hacking efforts, is yet another reminder of how Americans and our government must better protect our secret information.
Government agencies and contractors are now less trusting of their workers, and keeping a much closer eye on them, both on and off the job.
The public must prepare to stand up for a free press, and against online censorship and surveillance.
Should one person lead two different government agencies?
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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?
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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?
Cybersecurity just got even more difficult.
The top cyberspy agency couldn't stay immune from attacks forever. What does it mean for governments, companies and internet users as a whole that the NSA has been hacked?
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.
The Tribute in Light is seen on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. 9/11 was the beginning of major changes in the intelligence community.
The tactics used by America's current and potential future enemies are constantly changing. Higher education can help by producing graduates able to work in intelligence communities.
Notions of the ‘right to know’ forced Hillary Clinton to defend her use of a private email account as secretary of state - a far cry from the days when citizens didn’t even know how their representatives voted.
The idea of the right to know as the 'lifeblood of democracy' is a surprisingly modern development. And in an age when transparency is prized, privacy and secrecy can still be justified in many cases.
What are the similarities between 28 and 44?
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The National Security Agency’s eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone calls. The United States Postal Service’s computers recording names and addresses on selected mail. The Obama Administration…