Privacy Matters

What's the FBI doing in Ferguson this week? What about DHS?

Olympics may come to Boston "because of how the city was able to shut itself down"

While some of the related meetings may be held in secret, everyone in Boston knows that our city is among four in the US that could be chosen to host the 2024 Olympic games. Why would the world chose Boston?

Security researchers can transmit information from computer to phone without wifi or Bluetooth

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You thought if you unplugged your computer from the internet it would be safe from prying eyes. You were wrong.

Boston's top cop pens public letter asking students not to overreact to racial discrimination

Last night, colleges and universities in the Boston area sent an email to their students at the request of Boston Police commissioner William Evans. The BPD top cop's letter asks students who intend to protest in the wake of the Darren Wilson grand jury announcement to do so peacefully. Evans also warns about "outside agitators."

Privacy and human rights groups release tool to identify government spyware

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Above: Promotional video from a company that sells spyware to governments.

State commission finds mandatory minimums for drug offenses should be scrapped

From the State House News service:

From locals to state to federal agencies, government preparing to crack down on dissent in Ferguson

The NSA is having a hard time tracking ISIS, but is still very good at spying on the rest of us

The Daily Beast reports that the US military (read: NSA) is having a hard time tracking ISIS members because ISIS is doing a good job maintaining operational security. These fighters are working hard to evade NSA spying, using encryption and commercially available software that lets them email each other on local networks, avoiding the NSA-tapped global internet.

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