Sen. Barbara Boxer Will Not Seek Reelection in 2016

January 8, 2015 - GamePolitics Staff

One of the most critical voices of NSA mass surveillance in the Senate will not seek re-election in 2016. Senator Barbara Boxer announced in a video for her political action committee (featuring her grandson as the interviewer) that she will not seek reelection to the Senate during the 2016 election cycle. Instead she'll focus her efforts on her political action committee, Pac For Change.

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NSA Does Document Dump on Christmas Eve

December 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Boing Boing points out that the National Security Agency quietly dumped a cache of documents on its web site on Christmas Eve. Perhaps the agency was hoping that holiday revelers would miss the document dump. The release of these heavily redacted documents - quarterly and annual reports to the President's Intelligence Oversight Board from Q4/2001 to Q1/2013 - were in response to the ACLU's ongoing Freedom of Information Act requests - which the group went to court for multiple times in 2014.

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Sen. Wyden Introduces Bill Banning Software and Hardware 'Back Doors'

December 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has introduced a bill that would ban the use of backdoors to circumvent encryption on phones and other data. The bill is called the Secure Data Act, and would prohibit government agencies from requiring software or device makers that would provide a means of circumventing encryption to secure data.

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Appeals Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Idaho Woman's Case Against NSA Next Week

December 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An appeals court will hear oral arguments in Smith v. Obama, a case filed by an Idaho nurse against the Nation Security Agency's controversial telephone data collection program, in Seattle on Monday, Dec. 8.

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U.N. To Vote On Resolution Condemning Mass Surveillance

November 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to an AFP report (by way of GIGA OM), the United Nations is set to vote on a resolution that will condemn mass surveillance activities from various governments and provide some sort of legal redress for those who have been unduly targeted by such activities.

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Report: NSA Official Warned NSA Director About Bulk Surveillance Back in 2009

November 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

An unnamed high ranking NSA official had a strong disagreement with then-director Keith Alexander in 2009 over the bulk metadata program, according to a new Associated Press report (as highlighted by Ars Technica).

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Is The NSA's Water Supply About to Be Cut Off By Utah Lawmakers?

November 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Is the State of Utah on the verge of cutting off the National Security Agency's water supply? A bill introduced in the state legislature and making its way through the legislative process could very well do just that. The bill was written and put forth by Utah State Rep. Mark Roberts (R- District 67); it prohibits cooperation between the federal spy agency and any "political subdivisions of the state."

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Senate Fails to Pass 'USA Freedom Act'

November 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The US Senate fell short of enacting the USA Freedom Act, the first bill in 30 years that attempted to seriously curtail the spying activities of the National Security Agency. The bill had the support of both privacy advocacy groups like the EFF and lawmakers. The bill needed 60 votes to pass and came just two votes shy of hitting that milestone: the final vote was 58 yeah, 42 nay - with a majority of Republicans (41 of the 42 votes) voting against the bill.

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EFF Calls on Americans to Support the Passage of the USA Freedom Act

November 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Internet rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling on all internet users to call their elected representatives this week and tell them to support the Senate's USA FREEDOM Act.

While the bill isn't perfect, it is the first piece of legislation to tackle the NSA's unchecked power in 30 years, according to the EFF. The USA Freedom Act would - according to the EFF - do the following:

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Senate To Take Up 'USA Freedom Act' This Year

November 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Never underestimate the power of a lame duck congress. Newsweek reports that the NSA surveillance reform bill, AKA the USA Freedom Act, will get a vote this year, thanks to a big push by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont).

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EFF Promotes Cindy Cohn to Executive Director of Digital Rights

November 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has promoted its long-time legal director Cindy Cohn to the position of executive director of its digital rights division. Cohn, who has been serving in the legal director role since 2000, is best known for going after the National Security Agency's domestic spying programs long before Edward Snowden's leaks surfaced.

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Senate Loses Major Critic of Mass Surveillance in Sweeping Election

November 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sometimes when politicians lose elections it's a bad thing for certain issues. Last night Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) lost his bid for reelection against Rep. Cory Gardner (R) in a tidal wave victory that turned over control of the Senate to the Republicans.

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NSA CTO Cannot Moonlight for Private Security Firm

October 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It turns out that it's not cool for the National Security Agency (NSA) chief technology officer Patrick Dowd to work "up to 20 hours a week" for IronNet, a private consulting firm founded and run by former NSA chief Keith Alexander. An internal review of this situation was recently undertaken by the NSA and the agency decided that it simply was not a good idea.

Alexander acknowledged that there are issues (we assume a conflict of interest) with allowing the arrangement to continue as well.

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NSA Launches Internal Review of CTO's Work for Private Security Firm

October 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to this Reuters report, the National Security Agency (NSA) has launched an internal investigation into a top official’s part-time work for a private cybersecurity firm founded by former NSA director Keith Alexander.

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Highlights From Sen. Ron Wyden's Roundtable on 'The Impact of Mass Surveillance on the Digital Economy'

October 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Earlier this month we reported that Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) would be hosting a roundtable on government spying this week called "The Impact of Mass Surveillance on the Digital Economy," with leading executives from the tech sector.

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The American Library Association's Long Fight For Privacy

October 3, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

If there was ever a seemingly unflappable group of individuals it is America's librarians, who take the privacy of their patrons very, very seriously. Since the introduction of the Patriot Act the group representing our nation's librarians has been fighting to protect its patrons from government intrusion.

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Sen. Ron Wyden to Host 'The Impact of Mass Surveillance on the Digital Economy' Roundtable Next Week

October 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) will host a "Chairman's Roundtable" on Oct. 8 to discuss the impact of mass surveillance by the government (through agencies like the NSA) on the digital economy.

Joining Sen. Wyden will be the Executive Chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt; Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Microsoft, Brad Smith; Facebook General Counsel, Colin Stretch ; Dropbox General Counsel, Ramsey Homsany; and Lead Partner at Greylock Partners, John Lilly.

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ACLU: NSA Spying Authority Relies Heavily on Reagan-Era Executive Order

September 30, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and discussed at length in a new post on the ACLU's official blog by Alex Abdo (a staff attorney in the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project), most of the National Security Agency's (NSA) authority to collect data and spy on both international and domestic targets is derived from Executive Orde

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Edward Snowden Named 'Right Livelihood Award' Recipient

September 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has been honored with a Swedish human rights award for leaking classified documents that revealed the NSA vast intelligence gathering operations throughout the world. Snowden will receive the Right Livelihood Award -- often referred to as the "alternative Nobel" -- alongside Alan Rusbridger, editor of British newspaper The Guardian who published a series of articles based on the cache of documents leaked by Snowden to media outlets around the world.

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Yahoo Participated in PRISM Program 'Under Duress'

September 12, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Yahoo announced this week that it wants to release 1,500 pages of documents related to a protracted court battle with the National Security Agency over its participation in the PRISM program. The NSA surveillance program was revealed last summer as part of the Edward Snowden leaks. During that time a leaked slide about PRISM showed that Yahoo was one of the program's first participants, and began contributing to the database in March of 2008.

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Edward Snowden: The Worst NSA Secrets Have Not Been Revealed

August 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In an in-depth interview with Wired former NSA contractor Edward Snowden said that the most damaging and damning information about the NSA's spying activities have yet to be revealed. He says that there could be a "smoking gun" hidden within those unrevealed secrets from the cache of classified documents he took from NSA computers.

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Edward Snowden Granted Three More Years of Asylum by Russian Government

August 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has been approved by the Russian government for another three years, according to Politico, Snowden could return to the United States if he's willing to face charges for leaking thousands of classified documents to the media, but the chances of that happening are somewhere between slim and none.

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Former State Department Official Asks What Data The NSA is Collecting on Americans

July 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

John Napier Tye, a former State Department section chief for Internet freedom, is calling on the government to answer questions related to a recent op-ed published by the Washington Post.

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EFF, ACLU Join Lawsuit Against Government's Bulk Surveillance Program

July 16, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho announced today in a joint press release that they will join Anna Smith's legal team in her challenge of the government's bulk collection of the telephone records of millions of Americans.

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Report: NSA Knew About GCHQ's Destruction of Guardian Laptop Containing Snowden Documents

July 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

On August 20 of last year, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that the White House had no information on a story about the UK spy agency GCHQ demanding that newspaper The Guardian destroy a laptop under the government's supervision containing what was believed to be a cache of documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

"I’ve seen the published reports of those accusations, but I don’t have any information for you on that…," he said at that time. "The only thing I know about this are the public reports about this."

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Report: Small Percentage of NSA-Collected Data Relates to Actual Targets

July 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new story has emerged based on more leaked documents from the cache of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden concerning how much the data the NSA collects is related to American citizens.

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White House Panel: NSA Spying is Cool

July 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a not-so-shocking conclusion, the panel put together by President Barack Obama and tasked with examining the privacy and legal fallout from the massive National Security Agency spying activities revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden, has concluded in a new 191-page report that the NSA activity was lawful yet "close to the line of constitutional reasonableness."

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Report: 2010 Certification From FISC Gave NSA Broad Authority to Spy

July 1, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to top-secret documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency was authorized by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in 2010 to spy in one way or another on 90,000 targets in 193 countries. Any country that was not part of the "Five Eyes" group (a joint operation with spy agencies in U.S., England, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) was a potential target.

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House Amendment to Defense Appropriations Bill Cuts Funding for NSA Domestic Spying

June 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 293-123 to cut funding for NSA spying programs that are aimed at Americans. Late last night an amendment to a defense appropriations bill put forth by Reps. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Thomas Massie (R-KY) passed with wide support, though it still has to get the same approval in the U.S. Senate.

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House Passes Watered Down Version of 'USA Freedom Act'

May 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The US House of Representatives passed a watered down version of the USA Freedom Act today, much to the chagrin of privacy advocate groups that pushed hard for its passage because it had real reforms to the NSA's vast surveillance and information gathering programs. This new version of the bill strips a lot of what was good from the bill and continues to let the NSA conduct business (for the most part) as usual. Rights groups and supporters of the original bill are deeply disappointed with what the House passed today.

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E. Zachary KnightConster, when are unrealistic stretch goal demands anything new? They happen in every Kickstarter I have seen.01/27/2015 - 5:58pm
E. Zachary KnightAE: You forgot the "The video that conforms to my preconceived ideas about gender in games" option.01/27/2015 - 5:56pm
PHX Corp@Conster ok, randomly put 5 golden tickets into the boxes and anyone who gets a golden ticket gets to go and visit Willy Wonka's chocolate factory!, is a ultra-ridiculous stretch goal suggested by a backer01/27/2015 - 5:53pm
ConsterApparently they're unaware that unlike with video games, card games have a large constant factor in cost-per-unit.01/27/2015 - 5:24pm
ConsterIn other news, Exploding Kittens (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/elanlee/exploding-kittens) has over 100k backers now, a few of which are calling for unrealistic stretch goals.01/27/2015 - 5:23pm
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Andrew EisenFant4stic. Ugh, they're doing the "replace a letter with a number" thing. I hate that. Does anyone think that's cool or attractive? Anyone at all?01/27/2015 - 1:56pm
IvresseEh, trailer's still better than all the Fantastic Four movies combined, tbh...01/27/2015 - 12:45pm
Matthew WilsonIt will never happen, but I wish fox would sell the rights back to disney.01/27/2015 - 11:05am
E. Zachary KnightWell, they went with whimsical and carefree for the first two and they bombed, so now they have swung the pendulum all the way in the other direction hoping it works.01/27/2015 - 11:01am
Andrew EisenIt's like Fox is trying to scare us off.01/27/2015 - 10:57am
Andrew EisenMaybe I'm just a curmudgeon but this is so amazingly the wrong tone for the Fantastic Four. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-BVs-KCSiA01/27/2015 - 10:53am
ConsterSince the ads are in the USA, you're technically correct. Personally, though, I feel the same way as you but in the opposite order: while the ads were legal and the defacing isn't, I really appreciate the sentiment.01/27/2015 - 8:21am
MechaTama31I appreciate the sentiment of the Ms Marvel thing, but defacing *is* still defacing, and free speech is a license to spread hate, if that's really what you want to do with it.01/27/2015 - 7:42am
ConsterAm I the only one imagining the Deep Silver spokesperson making scare quotes Dr Evil style while saying 'incorrectly classified'?01/27/2015 - 7:22am
Michael Chandrahttp://www.telecompaper.com/news/kpn-vodafone-fined-for-net-neutrality-violations--106167501/27/2015 - 5:10am
Michael ChandraThe other for allowing people to watch HBO through an app without being charged for the data-traffic, which was steering customers in their internet behaviour. Both of them against the Net Neutrality Law. 01/27/2015 - 5:10am
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