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Privacy, Secrecy, and Openness - US

The mission of this working group is to focus on discussions about privacy, secrecy, and openness issues.

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U.S. Government Scientists Go 'Rogue' in Defiance of Trump

           

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reuters.com - by Steve Gorman - January 26, 2017

Employees from more than a dozen U.S. government agencies have established a network of unofficial "rogue" Twitter feeds in defiance of what they see as attempts by President Donald Trump to muzzle federal climate change research and other science.

Seizing on Trump's favorite mode of discourse, scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and other bureaus have privately launched Twitter accounts - borrowing names and logos of their agencies - to protest restrictions they view as censorship and provide unfettered platforms for information the new administration has curtailed.

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Getting Tenants to Share Energy Data

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energymanagertoday.com - March 5th 2015 - Linda Hardesty

There are a number of reasons why tenants may not want multifamily building owners to have access to their utility data, according to a WegoWise blog posting. This can create a problem for building owners who want to benchmark energy usage.

One big reason tenants may not want to share data is privacy. Tenants are often concerned that landlords will use the information to somehow increase their rent, void their lease or otherwise take advantage of them, says the WegoWise post.

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Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet

cfr.org - Council on Foreign Relations - June 2013

Overview

This CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force warns that "escalating attacks on countries, companies, and individuals, as well as pervasive criminal activity, threaten the security and safety of the Internet." The number of "state-backed operations continues to rise, and future attacks will become more sophisticated and disruptive," argues the Task Force report, Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet.

With the ideal vision of an open and secure Internet increasingly at risk, the Task Force urges the United States, with its friends and allies, "to act quickly to encourage a global cyberspace that reflects shared values of free expression and free markets."

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Openness the New Model for Society

 

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No Straight Lines - by Alan Moore - September 7, 2013

It has been said that privacy is dead. Not so. It’s secrecy that is dying. Openness will kill it.

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German Minister Floats US Company Ban

German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has raised the possibility of punishing American companies who violate future European privacy rules. AFP.

spiegel.de - Spiegel International - August 5, 2013

With the NSA spying scandal continuing to make headlines in Europe, the German Justice Minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, has raised the possibility of new, tangible measures to punish corporations that participate in American spying activities.

In an interview with Die Welt, the liberal Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger called for the creation of EU-wide rules to regulate the protection of information, and said that, once those rules are in place, "United States companies that don't abide by these standards should be denied doing business in the European market."

In recent weeks, the German foreign intelligence service (BND) has also come under attack for its own close cooperation with the NSA.

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NSA Warned to Rein in Surveillance as Agency Reveals Even Greater Scope

NSA officials James Cole, Robert S Litt and John Inglis appear before House committee. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP

NSA officials testify to angry House panel that agency can perform 'three-hop queries' through Americans' data and records

guardian.co.uk - by Spencer Ackerman - July 17, 2013

The National Security Agency revealed to an angry congressional panel on Wednesday that its analysis of phone records and online behavior goes exponentially beyond what it had previously disclosed.

John C Inglis, the deputy director of the surveillance agency, told a member of the House judiciary committee that NSA analysts can perform "a second or third hop query" through its collections of telephone data and internet records in order to find connections to terrorist organizations.

NSA warned to rein in surveillance as agency reveals even greater scope

Spender Ackerman in Washington

guadian.co.uk, Wednesday 17 July 2013


The National Security Agency revealed to an angry congressional panel on Wednesday that its analysis of phone records and online behavior goes exponentially beyond what it had previously disclosed.

John C Inglis, the deputy director of the surveillance agency, told a member of the House judiciary committee that NSA analysts can perform "a second or third hop query" through its collections of telephone data and internet records in order to find connections to terrorist organizations.

"Hops" refers to a technical term indicating connections between people. A three-hop query means that the NSA can look at data not only from a suspected terrorist, but from everyone that suspect communicated with, and then from everyone those people communicated with, and then from everyone all of those people communicated with....

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Web’s Reach Binds N.S.A. and Silicon Valley Leaders

Boundless Informant is a Secret NSA Tool to Data-Mine the World

      

The color scheme ranges from green (least subjected to surveillance) through yellow and orange to red (most surveillance). Note the '2007' date in the image relates to the document from which the interactive map derives its top secret classification, not to the map itself.

mashable.com - by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai - June 8, 2013

The NSA has a tool that records and analyzes all the flow of data that the spy agency collects around the world. Think of it as a global data-mining software that details exactly how much intelligence, and of what type, has been collected from every country in the world. It's aptly called "Boundless Informant."

The tool's existence was revealed on Saturday by The Guardian, which obtained a series of top-secret documents that explain what Boundless Informant is and does.

Nokia Knows Where You'll Be 24 Hours From Now

wirelessdesignmag.com - businessinsider.com
- by Geoffrey Ingersoll - August 13, 2012

Not only does your phone know where you are, but it knows where you are going to be. It may even know why you're going there.

He calls it the "Interdependence and Predictability of Human Mobility and Social Interactions," but the algorithm researcher Mirco Musolesi and his team recently tested in the UK stirs up thoughts reminiscent of Phillip K. Dick's Minority Report, and all the moral trappings that come with it.

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Mirco Musolesi - Interdependence and Predictability of Human Mobility and Social Interactions (6 page .PDF file)
http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~musolesm/papers/mdc12.pdf

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