Briefing on the Technological Impact of NSA Surveillance
In light of recent revelations of the government’s surveillance practices, the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute will hold a briefing on Capitol Hill on the impact of that surveillance on users, national security, and the private sector. The briefing provided insight into how the technology and regulatory environment has led to the current situation and the ramifications of that surveillance on society and governance overall, while also considering the challenges confronting the Obama Administration’s external Review Group. Beyond the well-known issues over civil rights, this will be an important presentation on the technological implications of surveillance, and the dangers policy makers need to consider as they look to reform the government’s practices.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose, Calif.)
Member, House Judiciary Committee
Member, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
Director, Open Technology Institute and Vice President, New America Foundation
Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard
Author, Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive
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They look like ordinary street poles but they’re actually capable of a wide variety of features from playing music, to broadcasting messages via voice and digital display. It’s all controlled by an Ipad or a similar-type of device.
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“This technology, you know is taking us to a place where, you know, you’ll essentially be monitored from the moment you leave your home till the moment you get home,” said civil rights activist Daphne Lee.
And this system would never be hacked or abused in any way whatsoever.
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It’s not their intention now, but as soon as a government grant allows it to start, you can be sure recording will begin.
German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich confirmed Friday that he wants to bring Edward Snowden, the whistleblower at the heart of the National Security Agency scandal, to Germany from Russia to serve as a witness against the NSA. Previously, Green Party member Hans-Christian Strobele met with Snowden in Moscow, and received a letter from Snowden to be shared with German authorities. However, if Snowden leaves Russia, he will lose his temporary asylum there. RT’s Sam Sacks has more information on what it would take for Snowden to help German authorities.