Cybersecurity

Edward Snowden's Other Motive for Leaking: Better Encryption

He wasn't just trying to spark debate. He also wanted programmers to build better security systems.

CIO Briefing

Is State Surveillance a Legitimate Defense of Our Freedoms?

NSA critics and defenders agree on a few things -- a point highlighted by Michael Hayden comments.

Cybersecurity

Analysis: A Key NSA Overseer's Alarming Dismissal of Surveillance Critics

The NSA's inspector general mischaracterized Edward Snowden's critique of the agency in remarks at Georgetown.

Data

Analysis: DHS Explores Mass Surveillance of Car Trips

The government wants a national database noting where license plates were spotted. Congress should regulate the runaway data-collection industry instead.

CIO Briefing

The Holy See: Lethal Drones Pose Urgent Ethical Issues

Vatican U.N. rep warns the U.S. about the moral pitfalls of its targeted killing program.

CIO Briefing

The Staggering Power of NSA Systems Administrators

Reflections on the Ex-PFC Wintergreens of the national-security state

IT Modernization

The Era of iSpying: Court Upholds Warrantless Cell-Phone Tracking

Americans shouldn't have to surrender their privacy in order to carry a smartphone.

CIO Briefing

Local Anti-Drone Activism Begins: 'If They Fly in Town, We Will Shoot Them Down'

Will surveillance-state opponents start to fight at the municipal level, as anti-nuclear activists did in the 1970s and 1980s?

Cybersecurity

Today's Vote on NSA Spying Is Vital, Whether It Succeeds or Not

Every congressional representative is about to go on record: Do they support data collection on all phone calls or not?

IT Modernization

What the NSA Does With the Data It Isn't Allowed to Keep

The rules surrounding what information must be destroyed remain shrouded in secrecy. By what right?

CIO Briefing

In a Secret Drone War, Immoral Kill Deals Will Always Tempt Us

Killing targets simply because foreign governments want them dead carries a high potential for blowback.

CIO Briefing

Commentary: Let's Make Drone Strikes Safe, Legal, and Rare

It would be easy to replace our current killing program with a slightly altered one with sufficient protections for innocent civilians, American citizens, and rule of law.

CIO Briefing

Senator Graham: America Has Killed 4,700 People With Drones

The figure is in line with the findings of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Is that where he got it? Or does he know something we don't?

Emerging Tech

Like a Swarm of Lethal Bugs: The Most Terrifying Drone Video Yet

An Air Force simulation says researchers are at work on killer robots so tiny that a group of them could blend into a cityscape.

Data

Video Blogger Grills Obama on Transparency

Leaked guidelines on drone strikes prompt tough questioning on Google hangout.

CIO Briefing

Commentary: When the U.S. shoots a human should pull the trigger

Weapons systems that fire autonomously are the ultimate example of elites insulating themselves from accountability.

CIO Briefing

Video: How drones misidentify targets; a retired general speaks

He warns that their operators lack important context, and gives a chilling example from the field.

CIO Briefing

Rand Paul launches a preemptive strike against domestic drone use

The Kentucky senator proposed legislation that would force police to follow the Constitution by getting a warrant before using unmanned aerial vehicles.