“Human rights have not been in a crisis like this since the end of the Second World War,” says Manfred Nowak, the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture. We should listen. shhhcretly.com/2020/02/02/shhh

"No other candidate specifically aims to make the United States more closely resemble a freer country." Provocative article from the last cycle. niskanencenter.org/is-there-a-

I suspect history will look back on the Suleimani assassination as the moment the US lost the long war in Iraq. The political consequences will cost the government far more presence in the region than any Iranian response. nytimes.com/2020/01/03/world/m

"I GENERALLY CARE relatively little for the personal lives of people of note, but something that always nagged me just slightly about Edward Snowden’s 2013 revelations that the NSA was spying on pretty much everyone was — how angry was his girlfriend?" lareviewofbooks.org/article/sn

“Nearly every other legal system in the world condemns coercive confinement, and long ago replaced secret grand juries with public hearings... even knowing I am very likely to stay in jail for an even longer time, I’m never backing down.” gizmodo.com/chelsea-manning-re

À Noël, pensez à faire un don de dernière minute à @4TheRefugees. Je prie pour que le gouvernement du Canada réunisse les familles qui m'ont protégé et met enfin fin aux menaces contre elles. Link: fortherefugees.com/donate/ Story: ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1

Citizens would rise up in outrage if the government mandated that every person carry a tracking device revealing their location and identity 24 hours a day. Yet in the last decade we have become, app by app, subject to just such a system. nytimes.com/interactive/2019/1

Your smartphone broadcasts your exact location thousands of times per day to dozens of different companies. Each has the power to follow individuals wherever they go, in near-real time.

That’s not a glitch in the system. It is the system.

It is a federal crime to open a piece of junk mail addressed to someone else. Listening to a phone call without a court order can also be a federal crime.

But an increasing number of companies are warrantlessly tracking—and recording—your every movement. nytimes.com/interactive/2019/1

Even at protests, your phone is emitting a beacon, one that’s invisible to the human eye. This signal is captured and collected, sometimes many times per minute, and keeps broadcasting long after the protesters head to their homes and take off their masks. nytimes.com/interactive/2019/1

Absent sweeping reform, this is the whole world in ten years. Remember: both parties in the US defend mass surveillance programs. China's "advantage" here is not technological, but that there's no strong civil opposition to slow the descent into nightmare. nytimes.com/2019/12/17/technol

The government may steal a dollar, but it cannot erase the idea that earned it. I wrote this book, Permanent Record, for you, and I hope the government's ruthless desperation to prevent its publication only inspires you read it—and then gift it to another.nytimes.com/2019/12/18/us/poli

A donation to @FreedomofPress on helps us develop @SecureDrop, the high-security whistleblower submission system relied on every day by the world's most important newsrooms. Help us fight for the future of news, and keep whistleblowers safe: freedom.press/donate/

Y'all that answered "every ten minutes" might just wanna go ahead and throw your phone in the river before you read the answer, because you're not going to like it.

A journalist (@drzax) monitored their devices and found 72% of traffic was tracking-related, with 46 different servers contacted on the second night while they slept. Averaged across a week, how frequently were their devices transmitting? Answer in link: abc.net.au/news/2018-11-16/dat

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