It’s a warning to all journalists that they could one day face a similar trial and conviction simply for carrying out their official duties. This feeds into a wider picture of a politicised judiciary and the use of trials to crack down on all opposition voices
Mohamed Lotfy, executive director of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms, responds to the sentencing of three Al-Jazeera staff in Egypt.
CNN also has a #FreeAJstaff timeline.
New York’s Union Theological Seminary voted unanimously to become the world’s first seminary to divest from fossil fuels, taking with it the school’s $108.4 million endowment and calling the globe’s addiction to oil “profoundly sinful.”
The move follows the divestments of dozens of churches around the world and a call from Pope Francis for Christians to become better stewards of the Earth in an effort to slow the “catastrophic threat” of climate change.
Look at all those #reporter #notebooks! Did I write all that? The things I find while cleaning… #partylikeajournalist (at News Tribune)
Don’t ask for your privacy. Take it back. Today we #ResetTheNet to stop mass spying. Encrypt everything! Learn how: http://thndr.it/PVxjUl
Where are the U.S. outlets for #ResetTheNet? Hope they’ll take a look, as #NSA surveillance affects their #journalism. #freepress #stopwatchingus
A coalition of nearly two-dozen tech companies and civil liberties groups is launching a new fight against mass internet surveillance, hoping to battle the NSA in much the same way online campaigners pushed back on bad piracy legislation in 2012.
The new coalition, organized by Fight for the Future, is planning a Reset the Net day of action on June 5, the anniversary of the date the first Edward Snowden story broke detailing the government’s PRISM program, based on documents leaked by the former NSA contractor.
“Government spies have a weakness: they can hack anybody, but they can’t hack everybody,” the organizers behind the Reset the Net movement say in their video (above). “Folks like the NSA depend on collecting insecure data from tapped fiber. They depend on our mistakes, mistakes we can fix.”
To that end, the groups are calling on developers to add at least one NSA resistant feature to mobile apps, and on websites to add security features like SSL (Secure Socket Layer), HSTS (HTTP Strict Transport Security), and Perfect Forward Secrecy to better secure the communication of users and thwart government man-in-the-middle attacks.
They also want mobile apps and websites to post a Reset the Net splash screen on June 5 and are distributing a privacy packet for users that contains a bundle of various free software tools, like Adium and Pidgin (for encrypted chat), Textsecure, and Redphone (encrypted phone calls and text messaging) and GPG (for encrypted email).
The NSA isn’t only spying on your web data, they are also collecting your texts and call records, tracking your phone’s location, peeking through your webcam and mic to build their facial recognition database, hacking your phone applications, pretending to be Facebook to infect your computer and watching your bank transactions in real time.
They use the information they gather to blackmail officials, shift public opinion by setting millions of fake profiles on social networking sites and monitor and crush dissent.
NOW is the time to 'Reset The Net'!