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June 2013

@abulsme tweets from 2013-06-08 (UTC)

  • I think we just passed our home visit inspection for me adopting Amy! Woo! 02:58:16
  • RT @chrislhayes: Here' something to chew on: the gov't has the capability of basically turning any cell phone on remotely and using it as a… 03:22:48
  • Explains corp denials -> Reading – Tech Companies Concede to Surveillance Program (Claire Cain Miller) 03:42:38
  • On the corp side, the existence of systems to process legal requests is not surprising or outrageous. 03:46:10
  • The question is if govt is abusing the process to request overly broad or indiscriminate in their requests. 03:48:39
  • Highly targeted requests related to a specific investigation is probably OK (although the FISA Process with gag orders and such sucks). 03:49:30
  • The thing that would be more problematic would be just massive scale data requests for the purpose of wide scale data mining. 03:51:44
  • Of course the companies themselves do that kind of large scale data retention for their own later data mining, which has its own issues. 03:53:10
  • But govt doing it has a whole different, and perhaps more serious, set of implications. 03:53:48
  • Reading – Obama Calls Surveillance Programs Legal and Limited (Baker/Sanger) 04:00:24
  • Unless rules for these things are defined by public legislation, not secret policy that can be changed at will by the pres, still no good. 04:01:43
  • Reading – ACLU Considering Legal Options In Wake Of NSA Revelations (Eric Lach) 04:54:56
  • Reading – Doublespeak Denials Of PRISM Hid The Truth About Participation (Josh Constine) 06:43:13
  • Picture getting muddier -> Reading – No evidence of NSA's 'direct access' to tech companies (Declan McCullagh) 06:51:54
  • Reading – Solving the mystery of PRISM (Marc Ambinder) 06:56:54
  • Reading – Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks (Greenwald/MacAskill) 15:57:44
  • Reading – What If China Hacks the NSA's Massive Data Trove? (Conor Friedersdorf) 16:00:32
  • RT @declanm: Google+ chief architect Yonathan Zunger flatly denies, in detail, participation in #PRISM. And takes on the #NSA.… 17:34:20
  • Reading – Is a democratic surveillance state possible? (Mike Konczal) 17:39:14
  • Reading: Justice Department Fights Release of Secret Court Opinion Finding Unconstitutional Surveillance (David Corn) 17:48:16
  • Reading – What is PRISM? Part 2 (Kevin Drum) 17:55:15
  • RT @wikileaks: WaPo should stop speaking about its source, how long it had data etc. This isn't amateur hour. Source needs to get to Ecuado… 17:57:20
  • Reading – TV white spaces forum paves the way for wireless broadband across Africa (Darren Murph) 18:00:51
  • RT @fmanjoo: "making it easier for the government to get the information is not, which is why Twitter could decline to do so."… 18:04:46
  • Reading: We Misunderstood Barack: He only wanted the Domestic Surveillance to be Made Legal not to End It (Juan Cole) 18:08:22
  • Reading – The PRISM spin war has begun (Elias Groll) 18:12:49
  • Reading – ‘I Cannot Figure Out Why This Was Classified to Begin With’ (James Fallows) 22:16:32
  • Reading – Boundless Informant: the NSA's secret tool to track global surveillance data (Greenwald/MacAskill) 22:24:16
  • Reading – Public Documents Contradict Claim Email Spying Foiled Terror Plot (Ben Smith) 22:38:27