Surveillance and (un)democratic societies: blurred borders…

Feds Wait Until Late Friday To Admit That, Yeah, They Ignored The 4th Amendment | Techdirt. 23 July 2012 and the original article from the Wired to which the post refers: “U.S. Admits Surveillance Violated Constitution At Least Once”, The wired 20 July 2012

Scary and sad. Scary because it is our liberties at stake. If the US does it, no doubt others do. Sad because to renegate on what we fought for not long ago, just because it is the internet, is absolutely dispiriting. although as Lord Philip, chancellor of Essex, said in his speech for graduation on 19 July 2012, optimism and realism are not antagonistic views of the world.

For other posts on similar theme: “Australia Wants To Join The Snooper’s Club: Why That’s Bad For All Of Us“, TechDirt 20 July 2012

Syria Briefly Deletes Itself From The Internet, Because That Worked So Well In Egypt & Libya“, TechDirt 24 July 2012

with Skype calls not being now exempt of wiretapping (legal or not): “Skype No Longer Willing To Claim That Its Calls Are Untappable By Law Enforcement” TechDirt 24 July 2012

and Google helping enforcement against drug cartels. The idea may be good, but where are the safeguards against abuse? “Google To Help Take On Mexican Drug Cartels” TechDirt 20 July 2012

and other corporate responsabilities about software patches (which principles remain based on money making….) “Charging $40,000 To Issue A Patch Makes Games ‘Better,’ Microsoft?” TechDirt 23 July 2012

and the warning by President Obama himself that cyberattacks are not that dramatic although real: “Obama Talks Toxic Clouds And Runaway Trains, But The Real Cybersecurity Solution Is Still Simple And Obvious” TechDirt 20 July 2012


About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
This entry was posted in Corporate Responsibility, Countries - US, Filtering, Investigation-2- Interception of communication, Investigation-4- Searches and seizures, Prevention - Security, Privacy, Surveillance. Bookmark the permalink.

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