Monthly Archives: November 2013

NSA using online activity to discredit and blackmail targets

The US authorities have studied online sexual activity and suggested exposing porn site visits as a way to discredit people who spread radical views, the Huffington Post news site has reported. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25118156 It published a document, leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, identifying two men said to be vulnerable to accusations of […]

The choice: Black Friday versus “Buy Nothing Day”

Black Friday and it’s massive popularity – the term Black Friday has been used more than 2 million times on Twitter in the past 24 hours – has a dark side. The vast volume of shoppers has led to chaotic scenes and outbreaks of violence. Stampedes and shootings have plagued the day, resulting in four […]

US armed services stole software licenses worth $224m

The US government has agreed to pay $50m (£31m) after it  pirated “thousands” of copies of military software. Apptricity, based in Texas, has provided logistics programs to the army since 2004 and said it had discovered last year the software had been installed on many more machines than had been licensed.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25137089 The Department of […]

NSA looked to overcome all obstacles to total omniscience

The National Security Agency, intent on maintaining its dominance in intelligence collection, pledged last year to push to expand its surveillance powers, according to a top-secret strategy document. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/23/us/politics/nsa-report-outlined-goals-for-more-power.html?hp&_r=0 In a February 2012 paper laying out the four-year strategy for the N.S.A.’s signals intelligence operations, which include the agency’s eavesdropping and communications data collection around […]

Web creator warns of overarching surveillance and censorship

Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee has warned that the democratic nature of the net is threatened by a “growing tide of surveillance and censorship”. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25033577 The warning came as he launched his World Wide Web Foundation’s annual web index report, tracking global censorship. It suggests that 94% of the countries in the index do not […]

Walmart refuses to join Bangladesh fire compensation fund

One year after the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh, many retailers that sold garments produced there or inside the Rana Plaza building that collapsed last spring are refusing to join an effort to compensate the families of the more than 1,200 workers who died in those disasters.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/23/business/international/us-retailers-decline-to-aid-factory-victims-in-bangladesh.html?ref=us The International Labor Organization is working with […]

Duke lacrosse rape victim sent to prison for murder

A black US woman who falsely accused three white Duke University athletes of rape in 2006 has been convicted of stabbing her boyfriend to death. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25061046 In the state of North Carolina, Crystal Mangum was found guilty of the second-degree murder of Reginald Daye, 46. During the eight-day trial in Durham, North Carolina, Mangum acknowledged […]