Over Easy: ISPs Favor Regulation — When It Helps Them

By: Friday December 5, 2014 5:00 am

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are vehemently against regulation when it will even remotely constrain their anti-competitive behavior — such as being regulated under Title II of the Telecommunications Act for net neutrality — but they’re quite happy to support regulations that protect their iron grip on the broadband market.

 

Your ISP May Be Up to No Good

By: Friday November 14, 2014 4:30 pm

A network tampering activity implemented by a popular Internet Service Provider (ISP) and in development by another has come under some scrutiny.

Verizon has been quietly tracking the Internet activity of more than 100 million cellular customers by inserting “supercookies” into their cell phone web browsing — powerful markers that even sophisticated users find it difficult to evade. The tracker functions even if a customer uses a private browsing mode or clears cookies. Privacy advocates say this tracking can expose our Internet behavior to outsiders, including to government intelligence services, and also may violate federal telecommunications and wiretapping laws. (AT&T’s program is not as sophisticated, and is still being developed and tested, so is not yet being deployed.)

NSA Director Profited Off AT&T Spying

By: Wednesday November 5, 2014 11:51 am

Yet even more fallout from former NSA Director Keith Alexander’s financial disclosures. Alexander’s investments have already become a matter of controversy when it seemed as though he was trading on inside information related to opaque commodity markets heavily influenced by Russia and China.

Mysterious Phony Cell Towers: Who Is Spying on You Now?

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 1:10 pm

A security researcher identified multiple “fake” cell phone towers around the United States, many near military bases, designed to intercept calls and texts without your knowledge, and to potentially inject spyware into your phone by defeating built-in encryption.

The researcher has located a number of towers; what he can’t figure out is who built them and who controls them.

Satire: NSA Quits Spying on Americans Out of Disgust

By: Tuesday August 26, 2014 2:24 pm

Citing an endless river of filth, vacuous conversations, idiotic Tweets and endless cat videos, the NSA announced it is “freaking done” with spying on Americans.

NSA Spying Costs U.S. Companies Up To $180 Billion in Lost Overseas Business

By: Friday August 1, 2014 8:15 am

The German government will end its contract with Verizon. Brazil dumped Boeing for Swedish company Saab to replace its fighter jets. Sources told Bloomberg News“The NSA problem ruined it” for the U.S. defense contractor.

Unfettered NSA spying has cost U.S. companies up to $180 billion in lost overseas business. The number is expected to grow.

Could Facebook End the Cable Companies’ Chokehold on Broadband Access With Its New Solar Powered Drones?

By: Friday March 28, 2014 11:20 am

Many will feel a great sense of schadenfreude to read today that Facebook announced its plans to bring wireless internet to rural communities with the acquisition of British-based aerospace company Ascenta.

Education Privatizers Data Mining Students

By: Wednesday January 8, 2014 11:00 am

The education privatization movement aka “Ed reform” is looking to use spy technology on students. Of course they would only use the data to assist instruction never to sell products and services, that’s not what for-profit schools would do – would they?

AT&T Refuses to Disclose to Shareholders What Data It Shares With the NSA

By: Friday December 6, 2013 3:59 pm

AT&T, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, has informed shareholders it will not disclose any details on its dealings with the National Security Agency.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California filed a “shareholder proposal” with AT&T after it was revealed in the news that the company is sharing data with the US government. It demanded that AT&T “publish semi-annual reports, subject to existing laws and regulation, providing metrics and discussion regarding requests for customer information by US and foreign governments, at reasonable cost and omitting proprietary information.”

AT&T’s Contract With the CIA – One of Payoffs for Lavishly Funding Obama & Other Political Campaigns?

By: Thursday November 7, 2013 11:10 am

AT&T, one of the largest telecommunications companies, has a more than $10 million contract with the CIA to provide the intelligence agency with data on calls that cross the company’s networks all over the world. The company provides the information for “overseas counterterrorism investigations,” and targeting foreign suspects, but the information being provided to the CIA sometimes involves data from Americans’ international calls.

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