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Movie Theaters Are Resorting To Scare Tactics (And Oliver Stone) To Get You To Turn Your Phone Off

Source: Movie Theaters Are Resorting To Scare Tactics (And Oliver Stone) To Get You To Turn Your Phone Off – Digg

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New law makes police cam footage off limits to public

Geezus, North Carolina, you’re turning into Florida! The short (some might even say “truly conservative”) answer here is that all activities performed by uniformed officers in the service of the public should be public record. Let’s protect our brothers and sisters in blue, but let’s protect the public interest as well. End of line.

The bill signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory details who can view and obtain footage from body and dashboard camera. The footage is no longer public record.

Source: New law makes police cam footage off limits to public | abc11.com

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Pokémon Go Is a Government Surveillance Psyop Conspiracy

Maybe. It’s just plausible….

Less than a week after Pokémon Go’s launch, our streets are already filled with packs of phone-wielding, Weedle-catching zombies. They’re robbing our teens, filling our churches with sinners, and tricking our children into exercising. But worst of all, Pokémon Go is turning us all into an army of narcs in service of the coming New World Order.

Source: Pokémon Go Is a Government Surveillance Psyop Conspiracy

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Big Brother is listening as well as watching

Remember: the wider you cast your net, the more chaff you have to sift through. Wanton surveillance is wasteful, ineffective, and unconstitutional.

The professed goal of audio surveillance on mass transit systems may be to protect passengers. But privacy advocates say it crosses a line, amounting to violations of free speech and the right to be free from unwarranted and ‘unreasonable’ searches.

Source: Big Brother is listening as well as watching | CSO Online

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Moral economy and software development: software without politics is recipe for totalitarianism

We are already seeing this with software companies showing up at arms trade shows. Weaponized software marketed not for governments to wage cyber warfare against their adversaries, but to track and control their own citizens more efficiently. Orwell warned us about this 70 years ago. Did we listen?

Moral economy and software development: software without politics is recipe for totalitarianism

Source: Moral economy and software development: software without politics is recipe for totalitarianism / Boing Boing

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‘State of Surveillance’ with Edward Snowden and Shane Smith

National hero Edward Snowden explains–with chilling detail–the real world dangers of the illegal government surveillance programs he disclosed and the reality that they aren’t used to stop terrorism.

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Secret Text in Senate Bill Would Give FBI Warrantless Access to Email Records

I look at countries who openly publish every piece of legislation that gets debated on and actively invite the public to be part of the legislative process by maintaining extremely high levels of transparency in their government, even going so far as to redesign their legislative houses with symbolically large viewing galleries and windows–you know, countries like Germany who have first-hand knowledge of the dangers of secrecy and backroom dealings in the houses of government–and then I look at my United States of America….

The stealth change would expand the reach of the FBI’s already highly controversial national security letters.

Source: Secret Text in Senate Bill Would Give FBI Warrantless Access to Email Records

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Safe and Sorry – Terrorism & Mass Surveillance

Let us not–out of fear–destroy what we are most proud of: democracy and your fundamental rights and liberties.

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Rand Paul Says No Pardon for Snowden—Or the US Government

This is an interesting take on the Snowden kerfluffle: a moderate view that says that Snowden should be punished within the context of his alleged crime (essentially amounting to a slap on the wrist compared to the current administration and Republican frontrunners’ plans to hang him, or worse) but also saying that the US government must also be held accountable to the higher crimes committed against the People of the United States.

People always want to cast Edward Snowden as a hero or as a villain, but the presidential hopeful says he has “mixed feelings.”

Source: Rand Paul Says No Pardon for Snowden—Or the US Government | WIRED

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California Now Has the Nation’s Best Digital Privacy Law

Say what you want about California’s liberal politics, this is Constitutional conservatism at its finest. It’s also a great first step at protecting our inalienable right to be secure in our persons against unreasonable searches and seizures and upholding due process. Your move, America.

New law requires state law enforcement get warrant or other court order to obtain digital data held by companies, track GPS location or search mobile devices.

Source: California Now Has the Nation’s Best Digital Privacy Law | WIRED