Are spies manipulating your Facebook polls?

According to new revelations from Edward Snowden, a British spy agency is manipulating online polls, inflates YouTube numbers, directs online traffic, and manipulates the web in other ways for propaganda purposes. [Read more...]

Snowden revelations win Pulitzer Prize

The London Guardian and the Washington Post won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for publishing the revelations from Edward Snowden about the extent of NSA snooping.   After the jump, an excerpt and link to the complete slate of winners.  What does this list suggest about the role of journalism in this internet age? [Read more...]

Should the NSA revelations win the Pulitzer Prize?

One of the biggest stories in journalism last year had to do with the revelations from Edward Snowden about the extent of the National Security Administration’s surveillance program, which includes harvesting data from the cell phones and internet usage of non-accused American citizens as well as foreigners and their leaders.

Now the Pulitzer Prize committee is agonizing over whether to give the prestigious award to the newspapers that broke the story–the Washington Post and the London Guardian–even though it was illegal for their source to leak the classified material.  What do you think? [Read more...]

Man Without a Country

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been stuck in the transit zone of a Russian airport for a week.  The U.S. government cancelled his passport, so he can’t get on another airplane.  He has reportedly applied to 21 countries for asylum, all to no avail.  (Some would take him, but he has to get there first.)  What he should have done is settle in a country that would take him and then out himself as the leaker of the NSA internet and cell phone surveillance scheme.  What he should do now is turn himself in to American authorities and take his punishment like a man.

Still, whether he is a traitor or a hero, I feel sorry for him.  He is truly a Man Without a Country.  (Read that short story by Edward Everett Hale to get your patriotic juices flowing on this Fourth of July.) [Read more...]

European Union discovers USA’s espionage

More diplomatic embarrassment as additional Snowden papers reveal that the National Security Administration has been bugging the offices of the European Union in Washington, the United Nations, and even its headquarters in Brussels.  (Not just the internet and phone monitoring.  Old-fashioned microphones in the buildings.) So now our allies are mad at us. [Read more...]

Obama dissed by Snowden’s escape

China and Russia both gave NSA-whistleblower Edward Snowden safe passage on his way to asylum in Ecuador.  This, despite direct American pleas to stop him and turn him over.   Russia and China, usually on the receiving end of America’s criticisms for their violations of human rights, can now accuse the U.S. of violating the civil rights of its own citizens by eavesdropping on them.  There is also the resentment internationally that foreigners were particularly targeted.  At any rate, this whole fiasco of Snowden’s escape amounts to  a major diplomatic show of disrespect for the Obama administration. [Read more...]


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