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Venezuelan government shuts down internet in wake of protests

Venezuelan government shuts down internet in wake of protests

Don’t expect one whole heck of a lot of tweets coming out of Venezuela in the immediate future as President Nicolas Maduro’s government has shut down the internet and select TV channels. Having shut down Twitter access for the area this past week, Venezuela’s state-run ISP CANTV has been cut in areas such as San Cristobal. This area is a regional capital in the west of the country and CANTV controls the vast majority of internet connectivity in the area.

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Federal License Plate Reader Database sought by Homeland Security

Federal License Plate Reader Database sought by Homeland Security

This week a job listing posted by the Department of Homeland Security has suggested that they’re aiming for a Federal License Plate Reader Database in the near future. This database would hold instant connections to the people behind the wheel at any given time. License plate readers are not a new idea - a massive database containing every license plate ever made certainly would be a new concept.

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AT&T DOJ transparency report shows 300k+ government data demands

AT&T DOJ transparency report shows 300k+ government data demands

It’s AT&T up next with their transparency report regarding the United States Department of Justice and the amount of demands they’ve been sent over the past year. These demands are of several different varieties, one category for National Security, another for U.S. Criminal & Civil Litigation Demands. While National Security demands are still stuck in the stacks between zero and nine-hundred and ninety-nine, localized crime searching is a bit more specific.

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Snowden pilfered coworker’s password to access data

Snowden pilfered coworker’s password to access data

Edward Snowden's breach of NSA data prompted a sweeping internal investigation into how he managed to pull off his mission. According to an agency memo acquired by the folks at NBC News, Snowden managed to access some of the data in part by stealing one of his coworker's passwords. That coworker has since been stripped of his security clearance and has resigned.

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Snowden Nobel Peace Prize nomination up for “stable and peaceful world order”

Snowden Nobel Peace Prize nomination up for “stable and peaceful world order”

This week it's been made clear that two members of Norway's Socialist Left Party intend on adding Edward Snowden to their shortlist for possible recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize - nominating him, that is. While the nomination certainly makes sense given the aim of award itself, critics on both sides have begun to set in for this NSA leakster, gainer of one massive amount of publicity over these past 12 months.

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Gov loosens data grip, tech companies given go-ahead for better transparency

Gov loosens data grip, tech companies given go-ahead for better transparency

As NSA-related news continued to surface, consumers demanded transparency and tech companies felt the heat. Bound on one end by the government and hounded on the other by users, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and similar formed a coalition to reform government surveillance, all the while seeking permission to increase the numbers it is allowed to publish. A legal battle was ignited, and today the Department of Justice announced a settlement of sorts.

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