Would reporter Bob Woodward have been able to protect Deep Throat’s identity from today’s surveillance tools?
Four decades on, in a digital era of surveillance and data storage, Watergate remains a useful yardstick for assessing the value of source confidentiality.
Nothing sinister, just taking a quick peek.
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An independent review recommends greater transparency but ultimately concludes surveillance can continue.
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.
Nothing of what William’s subjects had in life escaped the Domesday Book. Today, more covertly, those in power are using mass surveillance to collect all the digital details of our lives.
Almost 1000 years after their ruler demanded every detail of serfs' lives, the digital age and mass surveillance are creating a new and undemocratic imbalance between citizens and those with power over them.
Exasperating both the White House and the Republican leadership
The expiry at midnight, Sunday of three key provisions of the Patriot Act has thrown Washington into turmoil and halted surveillance programs – a panel of scholars gives their verdicts.
“I’m looking forward to the day all this needle-hunting is computerised, to be honest.”
The UK and other governments seem set on the idea that finding needles can be made easier by radically increasing the size of the haystack.
Court says no to government sifting through metadata.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals went beyond striking down the NSA's metadata surveillance program; the court also created a road map for Congress to balance privacy and security issues
It’s a lot more than just a timepiece.
The Apple Watch represents a significant shift from handheld technology to devices that become an invisible part of our lives.
Back in charge.
Freed of the Liberal Democrats' influence, here are some of the things the Conservative government has in store for us.
The French National Assembly, where the surveillance bill was passed.
Legislation is passed in France that would see state surveillance powers scale towards those in the US and UK.
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.
Miriam Stannage, The White House [chainsaw], 1999, digital photograph.
Copyright and courtesy of the artist.
As governments gain greater access to private information there is a need to protect our freedoms. Artists can make a distinct contribution to this debate by offering alternative perspectives.
How safe is your metadata once it’s been collected and stored?
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The new legislation forcing telcos and internet companies to store your metadata for two years creates a new set of secuirty risks.
The government can’t read your email, but it will be able to find out where you sent it to and from.
There are still unanswered questions about the data retention bill, but it's now too late to get answers before it is passed into law.
Journalists tackle the Prime minister Tony Abbott at a typical media conference at Parliament House in Canberra.
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The Abbott government's efforts to amend its data retention bill amid concerns about journalists protecting their sources is still a worry. And others should be concerned too, including MP.
Think less secret agent and more civil servant.
Proposals from the Intelligence Committee could bring GCHQ into the public eye like never before.
The metadata report disregards a range of reports demonstrating that retention is ineffective.
The endorsement of Australia's data retention bill raises questions about why the reforms are being pushed now, when they had been resisted by others for so long.
There are still unanswered questions about the government’s proposed metadata retention bill.
What the experts think of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security's report on the proposed metadata retention laws.
Questions still to be answered on what metadata is to be kept from internet connections.
The metadata retention debate is heating up with Prime Minister Tony Abbott telling us the cost of not going ahead with compulsory retention of metadata will be incalculable and will represent a form of…
Don’t expect anything to change inside the doughnut.
Two years after Edward Snowden’s allegations concerning mass surveillance, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the UK intelligence agencies complaints tribunal, has ruled that the manner in which the UK’s…