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Barrett Brown: five years ‘to investigate the prison-industrial complex’

Barrett Brown: five years ‘to investigate the prison-industrial complex’

Journalist Barrett Brown, who first exposed the sinister links between the cybersecurity industry and the US government, has been sentenced to five years' jail.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

Morrison inks $40 million deal with Cambodia? ... Qld Libs go on refugee pub crawl (sigh) ... better news for Barrett Brown ...

Snowden: mass surveillance is failing us, and we can defeat it

Snowden: mass surveillance is failing us, and we can defeat it

Edward Snowden's two public 'appearances' this week have expanded the debate on both the utility of mass surveillance and how ordinary internet users can defeat it.

The corrosive effect of surveillance secrecy

The corrosive effect of surveillance secrecy

The reflexive embrace of secrecy by governments over internet surveillance corrodes trust right across society, and most of all towards governments themselves.

Cyberhysteria: Obama criminalises research project (and <em>Crikey</em>?)

Cyberhysteria: Obama criminalises research project (and Crikey?)

The Obama administration's campaign against the press has extended to criminalising attempts to accurately cover the cybersecurity industry.

Reveal the truth about cybersecurity, face the wrath of the US

Reveal the truth about cybersecurity, face the wrath of the US

The US government continues to go after computer activists who seek to reveal the truth about the shadowy cybersecurity industry. The latest target is web-hosting company Cloudflare.

Online activists and exemplary punishment

Online activists and exemplary punishment

Across the world, authorities are wildly overreacting to the threat posed by online activism. History says it won't work. Expect more Aaron Swartzs, Bradley Mannings and Kim Dotcoms in coming years.

When sharing a URL is a criminal offence, as the internet chills

When sharing a URL is a criminal offence, as the internet chills

The indictment of an activist merely for sharing a URL shows the lengths governments will go to fight information activism.