Scott Shane in the New York Times: "It is still unclear whether Mr. Snowden, the 30-year-old former N.S.A. contractor now holed up at a Moscow airport, will escape punishment. But he has succeeded in opening the government spying's trade-offs between civil liberties and security to the broadest and best-informed public debate in many years, even as intelligence officials are horrified at the exposure of their methods and targets." A new poll out this week suggests that up to 55% of Americans see Snowden as a whistleblower, rather than a traitor.
From The Guardian, where the Snowden revelations were originally published in 2013: Seven years after the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance of Americans' telephone records, an appeals court has found the program was unlawful – and that the US intelligence leaders who publicly defended it were… READ THE REST
View this post on Instagram sorry for posting my face twice in a row but here's an old one that seems relevant rn 💅 A post shared by Aiden :) (@aidenarata) on Mar 24, 2020 at 4:49pm PDT Image via EFF / Flickr (CC 2.0) READ THE REST
In the 1970s, the Soviets managed to intercept top secret communications in the US embassy in Moscow and nobody could figure out how. While an antenna was eventually found hidden in the embassy's chimney, it took years to determine how what data was being collected for transmission and how. As a last resort, all equipment… READ THE REST
Early adopters of wearables like smartwatches bought them because they were just a cool and new thing. After that opening wave, more traditional buyers joined in, many driven by the device's novel fitness and health-monitoring capabilities. But, in 2020, keeping tabs on your health through your smartwatch isn't just a novel idea anymore. For many,… READ THE REST
With so many of us sticking around the house and working from home, webcams have taken on an elevated importance. And, when we're all trying to look our best on Zoom video conferences and Skype sessions with family and friends, the capabilities of those tiny cams start to matter. While many computers have built-in webcams… READ THE REST
For the past few years, we've all seen it. Drones are a hot item. The allure of launching one of these crafts into the air and running it through its aerial paces is visceral. And, they're a whole lot of fun. But figuring out what type of drone is right for each type of potential… READ THE REST