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African Media Outlets and Activist Groups Create Website to Expose Abuses of Power

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In October of 2006, Australian internet activist Julian Assange founded the website wikileaks.org. The purpose of the site was to expose governmental corruption and abuses of power by publishing secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources. “We are of assistance to peoples of all countries who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and institutions. We aim for maximum political impact,”   the organization says on its website. Now, a group of 19 media outlets and activists groups have

The Torture Report, Part 2: Is Torture A Necessary Evil? (Opinion Piece)

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In 1989, the CIA told Congress that, “…inhumane physical or psychological techniques are counterproductive because they do not produce intelligence and will probably result in false answers.”   Less than 15 years later, the CIA was torturing detainees in secret prisons around the world in an attempt to gather intel following the attacks of 9/11. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on this “enhanced interrogation” program, released this past Tuesday, appears to have confirmed what the CIA itself told Congress about the ineffectiveness of torture back

The NSA Just Admitted That Their Data Collection Systems Are Too Complex for Even Them to Control

If you weren’t aware, the NSA is facing a bunch of lawsuits over their overzealous surveillance programs, which were revealed last summer by Edward Snowden. One of these lawsuits, Jewel v. NSA, was actually filed before the revelations. The class-action lawsuit, filed on behalf of novelist Carolyn Jewel and a number of other ATT customers, challenges the constitutionality of the NSA programs which were collecting data on American’s telephone and internet activity. As part of the lawsuit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (who represents

#ResetTheNet Campaign: Major Websites Unite To Encourage Widespread Encryption Usage

Just last month, the House gutted the FREEDOM Act, which was put in place after the Snowden revelations to prevent mass cellular surveillance of American citizens in the future. Internet and privacy activists alike have grown tired of the government’s empty promises about protecting internet privacy. So they decided to launch a campaign to take the issue out of Washington’s hands and put into the hands of the public. The campaign, known as #ResetTheNet, was initiated by Fight for the Future, and encourages

WikiLeaks Reveals the Other “Mystery” Country Under Total NSA Phone Surveillance: Afghanistan

This past Tuesday, The Higher Learning reported on an article from The Intercept which revealed (via documents released to them by Edward Snowden) that the NSA has been monitoring and recording virtually every single phone conversation in the Bahamas. In their article, The Intercept admitted that the documents named another country as also being monitored under this extremely invasive program, but chose not to release the identity of the country because they worried that the revelation would almost certainly cause deaths. Despite their

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