Monthly Archives: June 2014

NYT: Legal justification for drone killing of american questionable

The Obama administration on Monday reluctantly released its justification for killing an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, whom it considered a terrorist, in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen. But the rationale provides little confidence that the lethal action was taken with real care. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/opinion/a-thin-rationale-for-drone-killings.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region&region=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region&_r=1 Under orders from a federal appeals court, the Justice Department made […]

Google Nest allows more appliances to monitor homeowners

Google’s Nest division is to allow its “smart” thermostats and smoke alarms to communicate with third party products. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27981658 Initial tie-ups include letting Mercedes cars and Jawbone Up wristbands turn the heating on, and allowing Lifx’s wi-fi connected light bulbs to flash red if smoke is detected. Nest’s co-founder Matt Rogers told the BBC that […]

US shows the world where it stands on press rights in Egypt

In a chorus of condemnation, rights groups and some Western governments on Monday criticized jail terms imposed by an Egyptian court on three journalists from Al Jazeera’s English-language service, while the network itself said the punishment defied “logic, sense, and any semblance of justice.”  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/24/world/middleeast/sentencing-of-journalists-in-egypt-draws-condemnation.html?ref=world&_r=0 The sentences came one day after Secretary of State John […]

Employer surveillance is producing data profiles on workers

A digital Big Brother is coming to work, for better or worse. Advanced technological tools are beginning to make it possible to measure and monitor employees as never before, with the promise of fundamentally changing how we work — along with raising concerns about privacy and the specter of unchecked surveillance in the workplace. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/22/technology/workplace-surveillance-sees-good-and-bad.html?ref=us&_r=0 […]

First commercial attack drones sold to African mining firm

The maker of a drone that fires pepper spray bullets says it has received its first order for the machine. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27902634 South Africa-based Desert Wolf told the BBC it had secured the sale of 25 units to a mining company after showing off the tech at a trade show. It is marketing the device as […]

Recent global violence creates worst refugee crisis since WW 2

The number of people displaced by violent conflict hit the highest level since World War II at the end of 2013, the head of the United Nations refugee agency, António Guterres, said in a report released on Friday, warning, “Peace is dangerously in deficit.” http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/21/world/refugees-at-levels-not-seen-since-second-world-war.html?ref=world&_r=1 Pushed up dramatically by the war in Syria, the total […]

Civilian intelligence analyst infiltrates antiwar groups for US Army

A federal judge in Washington State has dismissed a lawsuit that accused a civilian intelligence analyst working for the military of breaking the law by using a fake name to infiltrate antiwar groups and trying to thwart protests by sharing information he collected with the Army, law enforcement agencies and private security firms. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/20/us/suit-by-protest-groups-on-spying-is-dismissed.html?ref=us Plaintiffs […]