By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Internet freedom activist Aaron Swartz, who was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment Friday, struggled for years against a legal system that he felt had not caught up to the information age. Federal prosecutors had tried unsuccessfully to mount a case against him for publishing reams of court documents that normally cost a fee to download. He helped lead the campaign to defeat a law that would have made it easier to shut down websites accused of violating copyright protections.
A German company offers surveillance technology for use against political opponents.
The intense rivalry between Facebook and Google just got juicier.
"Even if American companies, as they claim, only sell to governments and law enforcement, there's no real regulation of end-users, even in the United States, let alone China and Russia," said Christopher Soghoian, an online privacy advocate and graduate fellow at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University.
He said cellphones can be monitored easily with a widely available device called an IMSI catcher because "almost all voice traffic is unencrypted."