by on September 11, 2018
Supreme Court nominee discussed notable surveillance cases during Thursday testimony. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill September 6, 2018 in Washington, DC. On Thursday, during the second-to-last day of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) had an interesting exchange over recent privacy cases with the Supreme Court ju...
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by on September 6, 2018
Strong encryption can be a threat to law enforcement and national security, the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand said in a statement issued Sunday. "The increasing use and sophistication of certain encryption designs present challenges for nations in combating serious crimes and threats to national and global security," maintained the countries, which are known as the "Five Eyes" based on an agreement they entered to cooperate on signal i...
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by on August 30, 2018
The conspiracy theorist Alex Jones faces three defamation lawsuits filed by the relatives of Sandy Hook victims. A Texas judge denied the motion by the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought against him and his Infowars operation by the parents of a Sandy Hook shooting victim, in a ruling released on Thursday. The lawsuit was filed in state district court in Austin by Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Pozner, parents of Noah Pozner, who was 6 years old wh...
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by on August 12, 2018
Two 11-year-old children, shown here, were able to hack into a replica of the Florida secretary of state on Friday during the annual hacking conference, DEFCON.  An 11-year-old boy on Friday was able to hack into a replica of the Florida state election website and change voting results found there in under 10 minutes during the world’s largest yearly hacking convention, DEFCON 26, organizers of the event said. Thousands of adult hackers attend the convention annually, while this year a...
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by on July 31, 2018
As of midnight Wednesday, instructions to build a 3D-printed firearm will be accessible to the public. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., leaves after speaking at the Senate Democrats’ downloadable 3D printed guns news conference in the Capitol on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. With the clock ticking toward the release of publishable blueprints of 3D-printed guns, Democrats held a press conference Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to implore the White House to stop it. As of Wednes...
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by on July 30, 2018
Local campaigns certainly need the digital expertise. Upset about "everything" in the outcome of the 2016 election, data scientist Anela Chan wanted to use her tech skills in some way to make sure future elections turned out differently. A veteran of Tumblr now working at a large media company in New York, Chan hooked up with Tech for Campaigns, which calls itself "the digital arm for progressive and centrist campaigns." In 2017 she helped a Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of ...
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by on July 24, 2018
The founder of the “Walk Away” movement, which encourages ordinary Americans to upload videos and photos of themselves saying they have left the Democratic Party, said that the claims it is a “Russian bot” campaign are false. Brandon Straka, the founder of the "Walk Away" movement. “The recent attempts by left-wing media to invalidate the real testimonials, feelings, and experiences of the real people who have joined the #WalkAway Campaign is yet another desperate denial of the reality...
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by on July 19, 2018
Hide and seek could take on new meaning if schools take RealNetworks up on this offer. The company is offering K-12 learning institutions free facial recognition software that can be downloaded via its website, Technology Review reports. The software is called SAFR, and according to a press release, it uses IP-based cameras and other hardware to “recognize staff, students, and visitors in real time to help improve school safety.” It also promises to “streamlin[e] entry, record keeping, ca...
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by on July 17, 2018
The country’s leading manufacturer of voting machines has switched gears and admitted that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems sold over the course of a six-year period. This comes as a reversal of a previous public statement from the vendor in question. The admission comes by way of an April letter sent to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) by Election System and Software (ES&S) and recently obtained by Motherboard. The letter notes: [ES&S] provided pcA...
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by on July 11, 2018
There's big business at New York's federal courts in suing companies whose websites are unusable by the blind. Over the years, Manhattan attorney Jeffrey Gottlieb reckons he has brought more than 100 lawsuits against companies that haven't made their websites usable by the blind. Although federal law prohibits plaintiffs from collecting large amounts of damages, the cases are so irksome to the business community that Congress is asking the Trump administration to crack down on them. "T...
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by on July 4, 2018
A federal probe into Facebook’s sharing of user data with Cambridge Analytica now involves the FBI, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department, the Washington Post reported. Representatives from these agencies have joined the Federal Trade Commission in the inquiry, the newspaper reported, citing five unnamed people familiar with the matter. Those people spoke on condition of anonymity because the probes are not complete. The probe reportedly centers on what Face...
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by on June 15, 2018
A company run by former officials at Cambridge Analytica, the political consulting firm brought down by a scandal over how it obtained Facebook users’ private data, has quietly been working for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election effort, The Associated Press has learned. FILE - In this May 31, 2018, Brad Parscale, campaign manager for President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election, boards a bus after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, May 31, 2018, to motorcade back to th...
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