Analysis How Did DHS Get Info About Portland Protests?

How Did DHS Get Info About Portland Protests?

A recent story in the Washington Post reports on documents leaked from the Department of Homeland Security that show the agency was watching the conversations of protesters in Portland as the agency built its massive presence against the rebellion there. The report describes the messages as “likely Portland-based encrypted messaging app users discuss TTPs [tactics, …

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Analysis Amazon wants to own everything retail, and that’s terrifying.

Amazon wants to own everything retail, and that’s terrifying.

In 2016, Amazon launched its Amazon Go grocery stores, where a customer installs an app, then sensors across the store track what products they put in their cart. To be clear, these are physical retails stores, not the online shopping carts we all use daily. To check out, customers simply leave the store and are …

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Analysis Don’t fall for Coronavirus email scams!

Don’t fall for Coronavirus email scams!

Scammers love to jump on anything that’s in the news and take advantage of the situation. Predictably, they’re now using the real global threat of Coronavirus to steal money and personal information via email. In this case, some of them are pretending to be from the World Health Organization. The WHO has a good page …

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Analysis “Privacy” Board: NSA Spying Was Fine, Except It Didn’t Work

“Privacy” Board: NSA Spying Was Fine, Except It Didn’t Work

The US Government’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board recently released their report on the Call Detail Records program used by the National Security Agency as part of its massive spying operation on people in the US. The PCLOB document, “Report on the Government’s Use of the Call Data Records Program Under the USA Freedom …

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Analysis Oppose the EARN IT Act

Oppose the EARN IT Act

A new bi-partisan effort to attack speech online has been introduced in Congress. If passed, the EARN IT Act could change how we interact with online services in a very negative way. The ability of platforms like Facebook, reddit, Twitter and so many others to provide places for us to create content hinges on a …

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