Government

NSA Has Access to Major Internet Companies' Servers, Thanks to Covert PRISM Program [UPDATE]

NSA Has Access to Major Internet Companies' Servers, Thanks to Covert PRISM Program [UPDATE]

Adriana Lee

The public is already reeling from the revelation that the National Security Agency, sanctioned by the White House, is covertly grabbing millions of Verizon customers' call data. But if that's not unsettling enough, there's even more evidence piling up now that we're living in a much deeper surveillance state than most people realized. The Guardian and The Washington Post both reported...

White House Defends NSA, Says Collecting Verizon Call Data Is Matter of National Security

White House Defends NSA, Says Collecting Verizon Call Data Is Matter of National Security

Adriana Lee

Earlier The Guardian broke the startling news that the National Security Administration has been secretly collecting phone records for every call on the Verizon network. With tens of millions of people's data at stake, this is the broadest surveillance initiative ever brought to light. Initially, none of the government officials had any comment on this, but now the White House has...

The Day of Blackouts: Thousands of Sites Protest SOPA by Going Dark (poll)

The Day of Blackouts: Thousands of Sites Protest SOPA by Going Dark (poll)

Adriana Lee

If you read Noah Kravitz’s illuminating post, “This is SOPA. You Might Want to Protest It,” turned on the news or hit your favorite website to find it offline or not updated, then you’ve got an inkling about the online protest that occurred today across thousands of websites (including this one). If not, or you aren’t clear about what SOPA is to begin with, then here’s the gist in a...