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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'Stop The Spies' Hopes to Kill Australia's 'Mandatory Data Retention' Bill

October 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is shining a spotlight this week on a new Australian bill that would make it so that Internet service providers in the country would have to collect and store personal user data and give law enforcement agencies access to it for up to two years. The unnamed bill, currently being referred to as the "mandatory data retention bill," will be introduced to the Australian federal parliament during the week of October 27.

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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 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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Report: Chinese Government Raids Four Microsoft Offices

July 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Reuters and the South China Morning Post (by way of GIGA OM) are reporting that at least four of Microsoft's offices in China have been raided by the Chinese government.

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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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Rights Groups Urge President Obama to Veto CISA

July 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and 35 other rights groups and organizations, companies, and security experts have banded together to roundly denounce the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA).

The groups sent a letter on Monday asking U.S. president Barack Obama to veto S. 2588 of 2014. The group's letter says that this new reincarnation of the failed CISPA bill from last year fails to offer a comprehensive solution to cybersecurity threats and "contains inadequate protections for privacy and civil liberties."

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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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Spy Satellite Agency Wants to Utilize 'Video game Technology' for Improving Data Collection

June 23, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The National Reconnaissance Office is looking closely at technology used for video games to help it improve how it gathers and analyzes intelligence data, according to a research proposal released Monday and reported on by USA Today. The NRO specifically wants to take advantage of the video game industry's "innovative algorithms" and "enhanced visualization techniques," according to the proposal.

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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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Federal Judge Warns Government to Stop Destroying Classified Documents on Spying

June 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A federal judge has ruled that the United States government must immediately halt the destruction of classified documents and file a brief explaining its actions today. The federal government must not destroy any more documents and file a brief by noon today on its spying activities, a federal judge ruled, responding to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's request for an emergency hearing.

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Glen Greenwald: Snowden Saw Himself as a Video Game Hero

May 15, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Edward Snowden was inspired by video games, according to what one of the key journalists responsible for releasing the details contained in the classified documents leaked by the former NSA contractor tells GQ. Greenwald says that Snowden saw himself as video game hero fighting against an seemingly insurmountable force, much like a video game protagonist does.

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USA Freedom Act Gets Key House Committee Approval

May 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This week a key House committee approved a package of NSA reforms that would end the spy agency's practice of collecting Americans' phone records. It took lawmakers nearly a year after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden disclosed the program's existence to do something about it.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 32-0 on Wednesday to rein in the NSA with the USA FREEDOM Act. The bill would place new requirements on the government when it comes to gathering, targeting and searching telephone metadata for intelligence purposes.

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EFF Urges Everyone to Support the 'USA Freedom Act'

May 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is calling on the Internet community to support the USA Freedom Act and oppose other "supposed reform bills." The rights group is calling on the Internet community to strongly oppose reform bills like the FISA Improvements Act, which pretends to fix the problems with the NSA's mass surveillance spying programs but instead gives the agency and the government more power to continue spying (like bills from lawmakers like Representatives Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger, and Senator Dianne Feinstein).

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NSA Throwdown: John Oliver vs. 60 Minutes

April 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new Time Magazine article notes that comedian John Oliver's new show on HBO, "Last Week Tonight" has done a better job of grilling the National Security Agency (NSA) about warrantless surveillance than the long-running CBS Sunday evening news program "60 Minutes."

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Declassified FISC Order Shows Verizon Lost Challenge to NSA's Mass Surveillance Program

April 29, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A newly declassified order (via Courthouse News) reveals that the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court affirmed the government's authority to collect phone records, rejecting a challenge to the government from Verizon related to its mass surveillance of Americans' call data.

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CISPA Sponsor Rep. Mike Rogers Will Not Seek Reelection

March 28, 2014 - James Fudge

While it's never good to revel in someone's departure from public service, privacy and internet reform advocates probably can't help to feel some satisfaction in hearing that one of its biggest adversaries in Congress will not seek reelection.

President Calls for End to NSA's Bulk Phone Metadata Collection... Sort Of

March 27, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Today President Obama issued a statement announcing plans to push for an adjustment to the National Security Agency's collection of phone metadata, but opponents say his suggestions may not go far enough. The White House offered support for legislation to end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection, instead putting the data into the care of phone companies.

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President Obama Plans to Call for an End to NSA Bulk Phone Data Collection

March 25, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

President Barack Obama is expected to put forward a proposal that would end the National Security Agency’s collection of a huge amount of data on U.S. mobile calls, according to what an unnamed Obama administration official told Politico. The proposal is a familiar one: the NSA would eliminate the database of phone data it stores, instead relying on accessing the data from carriers who would be required to store it for up to 18 months.

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White House Meeting With Tech Companies Today Over Privacy Issues

March 21, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Top executives from tech companies including Facebook, Google and more are meeting with President Obama today to talk about “issues of privacy, technology, and intelligence,” according to what one White House official tells Politico. The administration declined to provide a list of those attending the meeting.

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Senator Rand Paul Gets Standing Ovation at Berkeley Forum

March 20, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

When the Daily Caller and the San Francisco Gate report a positive in the same story, it doesn't mean that the apocalypse is in full swing; it generally means that something particularly interesting and possibly good has occurred.

Report: NSA Has Tools Capable of Capturing A Months Worth of a Target Country's Calls

March 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

This might keep you up at night, assuming that the National Security Agency's unprecedented levels of spying bother you: new documents obtained by the Washington Post and presented in this in-depth report details a system capable of capturing an entire country's calls and storing them for thirty days.

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Report: Lawmakers Close to Deal on Ending NSA Bulk Data Collection Program

March 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The House Intelligence Committee’s Republican and Democratic leaders are "close to" agreeing on legislation that would end the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of U.S. citizens’ telephone data, according to what top lawmakers are telling Politico.

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Goth_SkunkAnd at long last, I think I'm finally done.06/30/2015 - 3:08am
Goth_SkunkAnd if those progressive games fail to make any headway in the market, don't blame gamer culture for not being cultured enough to appreciate the product. Own up to the fact that the game either sucks, is not interesting, or both.06/30/2015 - 3:06am
Goth_Skunknor suggest that the games industry and culture is rife with toxicity because of it and needs to change for the good of the medium. There is room in the market for progressive games to co-exist with games like Hatred, not replace them outright.06/30/2015 - 3:04am
Goth_SkunkAnd if the overly violent content of most AAA games or the perceived mistreatment of women in such games bothers one, by all means criticize it, but do not under any circumstances suggest that it such content shouldn't exist or be promoted,06/30/2015 - 3:02am
Goth_SkunkGames, for the most part, let you do this! You can be the man or woman you're not. You can escape reality and immerse yourself in the experience. And that's wonderful! I play as female characters all the time in games I play, when the option is available.06/30/2015 - 2:59am
Goth_SkunkA choice that nature denied transgender people at birth! People don't undergo gender reassignment because they want to be transgender; they undergo gender reassignment because they want to be the gender they identify with!06/30/2015 - 2:52am
Goth_SkunkBut I think it gets silly when people start asking for the ability to play as a transgender protagonist. I mean, why would one do that? One usually has the option to create a character that's either a man or a woman, gay or straight. You have the choice!06/30/2015 - 2:50am
Goth_Skunkfirst two games, a move which was ultimately corrected in the 3rd game. By extension, Dragon Age has always had the option, and good on it!06/30/2015 - 2:45am
Goth_SkunkBut it certainly is good to see developers entertain the allowance of allowing the player to develop their protagonist to be homosexual if they want. The Mass Effect series was criticized rightly for not allowing a male homosexual romance plot in the06/30/2015 - 2:44am
Goth_Skunkand only just by the slimmest of margins. Homosexuality is sadly still a hot button controversy in the USA, which makes developing a noteworthy game with a hardcoded homosexual lead or theme a dangerous risk to take.06/30/2015 - 2:37am
Goth_SkunkThe United States is the largest single customer base for video games in the world, and it only just mandated by rule of its Supreme Court that marriage ought to be just as much an inalienable right for homosexuals as it is for heterosexuals,06/30/2015 - 2:35am
Goth_SkunkFor example, it would be difficult for a developer to produce a AAA quality game where the protagonist is hardcoded to be MtF transgender, and convince enough people to buy it in order to make it worth its production costs.06/30/2015 - 2:31am
Goth_SkunkNo Mecha, not woe unto those who ask for representation. By all means, ask and be represented. I don't have an issue with it, nor would I say anyone in GamerGate does either. But be reasonable about asking too.06/30/2015 - 2:27am
Goth_Skunkthat would've made Benedict Arnold raise a glass in toast.06/30/2015 - 2:25am
MechaCrashGamers are more than straight white men, but woe unto those who actually ask for representation!06/30/2015 - 2:24am
Goth_SkunkBut Games Journalism, who in the past has stood up for gamers and developers, when their hobby was under attack by idealogues and governments for being overly violent, suddenly switched sides in a move06/30/2015 - 2:24am
Goth_SkunkYet the media continues to push that narrative, and they will continue to do so until their medium dies out from obscelesence or when the old guard retires and is replaced by people who were raised by gamers, people who know the score.06/30/2015 - 2:20am
Goth_SkunkGamerGate, by my view, is far more diverse and inclusive that the purveying culture surrounding games journalism right now. The stereotypical gamer is a straight white male, but GamerGate has shown, time and time again, that this is not really the case.06/30/2015 - 2:18am
Goth_SkunkAfter all, you did just call it a "problem."06/30/2015 - 2:15am
Goth_SkunkAs opposed to setting the bar high, creating a culture clique that promotes exclusivity rather than inclusivity. Cronyism rather than diversity. Do you feel that inclusivity and diversity are just buzzwords to be used whenever convenient?06/30/2015 - 2:12am
 

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