Who Voted for and against the Defense of Marriage Act

Among Democratic senators voting for the Defense of Marriage Act:
Joe Biden
Harry Reid
Barbara Boxer
Bill Bradley
Dale Bumpers
Robert Byrd
Tom Daschle
Kit Dodd
Byron Dorgan
John Glenn
Tom Harkin
Frank Lautenberg
Pat Leahy
Carl Levin
Barbara Mikulski
Jay Rockefeller
Paul Wellstone

The list in the House is longer, but about as entertaining, including Chuck Schumer and Steny Noyer:

The Criminal N.S.A.

By JENNIFER STISA GRANICK and CHRISTOPHER JON SPRIGMAN
June 27, 2013
Jennifer Stisa Granick is the director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. Christopher Jon Sprigman is a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/28/opinion/the-criminal-nsa.html
THE twin revelations that telecom carriers have been secretly giving the National Security Agency information about Americans’ phone calls, and that the N.S.A. has been capturing e-mail and other private communications from Internet companies as part of a secret program called Prism, have not enraged most Americans. Lulled, perhaps, by the Obama administration’s claims that these “modest encroachments on privacy” were approved by Congress and by federal judges, public opinion quickly migrated from shock to “meh.”
It didn’t help that Congressional watchdogs — with a few exceptions, like Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky — have accepted the White House’s claims of legality. The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, and Saxby Chambliss, Republican of Georgia, have called the surveillance legal. So have liberal-leaning commentators like Hendrik Hertzberg and David Ignatius.
This view is wrong — and not only, or even mainly, because of the privacy issues raised by the American Civil Liberties Union and other critics. The two programs violate both the letter and the spirit of federal law. No statute explicitly authorizes mass surveillance. Through a series of legal contortions, the Obama administration has argued that Congress, since 9/11, intended to implicitly authorize mass surveillance. But this strategy mostly consists of wordplay, fear-mongering and a highly selective reading of the law. Americans deserve better from the White House — and from President Obama, who has seemingly forgotten the constitutional law he once taught.
The administration has defended each of the two secret programs. Let’s examine them in turn. <snip>

[ECP] Educational CyberPlayGround: K12 Newsletters – NASA

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration

NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.
As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.
For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html
 

Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.

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Internet Archive Sues to Stop Dangerous New Jersey Law

Matt Zimmerman
Senior Staff Attorney
Electronic Frontier Foundation
mattz@eff.org
+1 415 436-9333 x127
Internet Archive Sues to Stop Dangerous New Jersey Law
Putting Online Service Providers at Risk
Hearing Set for 10am Friday in Newark
Newark, NJ – The Internet Archive has filed a new legal
challenge against a New Jersey state law that aims to make
online service providers criminally liable for providing
access to third parties’ materials, conflicting directly
with federal law and threatening the free flow of
information on the Internet. A hearing on the Internet
Archive’s request for a preliminary injunction against the
law is set for 10am Friday at the federal courthouse in
Newark.
This is the second time that the Electronic Frontier
Foundation (EFF) is representing the Internet Archive in
order to block enforcement of a law that’s aimed at
combatting online ads for underage sex workers but instead
includes language that could put online libraries and other
service providers at risk. The New Jersey statute is an
almost carbon copy of a law successfully blocked by EFF and
the Internet Archive last year.
“The Internet Archive strongly supports law enforcement
efforts to combat child sex trafficking, but when lawmakers
aren’t careful, they can undermine the companies that
foster the production and exchange of legitimate online
content,” said Digital Librarian Brewster Kahle, founder of
the Internet Archive. “Our mission is to archive the World
Wide Web and other digital materials for researchers,
historians, and the general public. For us and others to
do this work, we need laws whose effects fall only on
lawbreakers so we can concentrate on the preservation of
history.”
The New Jersey law (section 12(b)(1) of the “Human
Trafficking Prevention, Protection, and Treatment Act”)
could impose stiff penalties – up to 20 years in prison and
steep fines – on ISPs, Internet cafes, and libraries that
“indirectly” cause the publication, dissemination, or
display of content that contains even an “implicit” offer
of a commercial sex act if the content includes an image of
a minor. Especially given the vagueness of the standard,
service providers would feel enormous pressure to block
access to broad swaths of otherwise protected material in
order to minimize the risk of such harsh penalties.
The New Jersey law squarely conflicts with both the First
Amendment and federal statute: Section 230 of the
Communications Decency Act (CDA 230). The First Amendment
bars vague criminal statutes because of the obvious risk of
sweeping and improper application, as well as the resulting
chilling effect on behalf of people subject to the law.
Moreover, CDA 230 ensures that Internet intermediaries are
protected from liability for what their users do and
establishes clear national Internet policy to avoid a
confusing patchwork of state laws.
“Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act requires
states to direct their law enforcement efforts towards
punishing criminals for their actions, not the providers of
the online services that they use,” said EFF Senior Staff
Attorney Matt Zimmerman. “The Internet is the greatest
tool for speech and communications ever invented, and it
can be used for everything from inspirational to criminal
purposes. However, targeting entities like the Internet
Archive and other service providers for users’ bad behavior
is enormously shortsighted and puts at risk the socially
beneficial content that their services facilitate.
Congress got it right: online speech is best protected when
the states leave providers alone.”
“Free speech is threatened when states pass vague and
draconian statutes like this one,” said Frank Corrado,
co-counsel with EFF on behalf of the Internet Archive in
this case. “It’s not enough to identify a serious problem
like sex trafficking. To fight it, especially when speech
is involved, the state has to be careful with its solution.
The state of New Jersey clearly did not do that here.”
Backpage.com, also a plaintiff in last year’s successful
court challenge to Washington’s law, has separately filed
suit asking the court to set aside the New Jersey statute.
For more on the New Jersey case,
Internet Archive v. Hoffman:
For more on the Washington case, Internet Archive v.
McKenna
:
For this release:
About EFF
The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading
organization protecting civil liberties in the digital
world. Founded in 1990, we defend free speech online, fight
illegal surveillance, promote the rights of digital
innovators, and work to ensure that the rights and freedoms
we enjoy are enhanced, rather than eroded, as our use of
technology grows. EFF is a member-supported organization.
Find out more at https://www.eff.org.

[ECP] Educational CyberPlayGround: NetHappenings Newsletter

 

Surveillance – Spy

Who Controls Big Data?

AND THE GOOD NEWS IS YOU’RE NOT PARANOID

The modern American surveillance state is not really the stuff of paranoid fantasies; it has arrived. The American Surveillance State owes the public an explanation.
The public needs to decide if these policies are right or wrong.

Criminal investigators may not carry out unrestricted computer searches without proper evidence to support their probe because computer drives store a massive amount of sensitive private information protected by the Fourth Amendment, the Second Circuit found Tuesday.
QUESTION: How can the United States shape the global cyber landscape to promote U.S. economic interests, and develop a cyber domain that considers transparency, accessibility, security, and privacy?
We need to ask hard questions about technology. Not just “Is it cool?” but “Does it make our lives better, or more just? And does it make our world more secure?” ~ Gary Chapman
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[ECP] Educational CyberPlayGround: K12- Newsletter – NASA opportunities

Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration
NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.
As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.
For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.
http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/about/sequestration-NASA-education-guidance.html
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Check out the following NASA opportunities for the education community. Full descriptions are listed below.
Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
Audience: K-12 Educators
Next Event Date: June 13, 2013, at 4 p.m. EDT
Free Exploring Space Lecture — Attend in Person or View Online
Audience: All Educators and 9-Higher Education Students
Next Lecture Date: June 13, 2013, at 8 p.m. EDT
LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Bird Entry Deadline: June 15, 2013
Final Entry Deadline: July 15, 2013
CosmoQuest Lunar Surface Geology Workshop
Audience: 5-8 Educators
Workshop Dates: June 17-21, 2013
Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series
Audience: All Educators and Students
Event Dates: Each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August 2013
Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar
Audience: 6-8 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 19, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS Mentoring Project
Audience: 5-8 Educators and Students
Application Deadline: June 20, 2013
Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
Audience: 9-12 and Informal Educators
Event Date: June 20, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Von Kármán Symposium at California Institute of Technology
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Event Date: June 21, 2013
Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Langley Research Center
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: June 21, 2013
Institute Dates: July 22 – Aug. 2, 2013
Climate Change in the Classroom Summer 2013 Teacher Workshop
Audience: Educators of Grades 8-12
Registration Deadline: June 21, 2013
Online Workshop Dates: July 31 – Aug. 1, 2013
In-Person Workshop Dates: Aug. 5-6, 2013
2013 Lunar Workshops for Educators
Audience: 6-9 Educators
Workshop Dates: June 24-28, and July 8-12, 2013
Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Fall 2013 Session
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: June 26, 2013
Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 5 to the International Space Station
Audience: School Districts Serving Grades 5-12, Informal Education Institutions, Colleges and Universities
Inquiry Deadline: June 30, 2013
Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission
Audience: Middle School Educators and Students, and the Informal Education Community
Mission Dates: July 9-12, 2013
NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge
Audience: Higher Education Educators and Students
Early Registration Deadline: July 26, 2013
Regular Registration Deadline: Oct. 25, 2013
Presenters Needed for 2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: All Educators
Proposal Deadline: Aug. 2, 2013
2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Audience: K-12 Educators
Early Bird Registration Deadline: Nov. 10, 2013
Event Date: Feb. 6-8, 2014
Don’t miss out on upcoming NASA education opportunities.
For a full list of events, opportunities and more, visit the Educator and Student Current Opportunity pages on NASA’s website:
— Educators http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/current-opps-index.html
— Students http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/current-opps-index.html
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Free Education Webinar Series from the Aerospace Education Services Project
The Aerospace Education Services Project is presenting a series of free webinars throughout June 2013. All webinars can be accessed online. Join aerospace education specialists to learn about activities, lesson plans, educator guides and resources to bring NASA into your classroom.
Classroom Lunacy: Studying the Moon (Grades 3-8)
June 13, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Aerospace education specialist Sandy Kaszynski will share teaching strategies that guide students to understand the Earth-moon system in concrete ways. This webinar highlights NASA resources about the phenomena of moon phases and eclipses. Recent discoveries from the latest NASA missions also will be shared.
Engineering Design Process: Part 2 — Create, Experiment and Improve (Grades 3-12)
June 14, 2013, at Noon – 1 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist John Weis as he provides teachers with additional details outlining the final steps of the engineering design process: build, test, evaluate, redesign and share solution. Participants will also model experimental facilitation and the questioning process.
Exploring NASA Climate Change Resources (Grades 3-12)
June 17, 2013, at 4 – 5 p.m. EDT
Join aerospace education specialist Lester Morales as he discusses ways NASA is studying climate change. Participants will received a list of website tools and interactive remote sensing technologies to help bring an understanding of climate change into the classroom.
For more information about these webinars, and to see a full list of webinars taking place through June 2013, visit http://aesp.psu.edu/programs/webinars/.
Questions about this series of webinars should be directed to Chris Gamrat at gamrat@psu.edu.
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Free Exploring Space Lecture — Attend in Person or View Online
The 2013 Exploring Space Lectures will feature world-class scholars discussing the incredibly diverse worlds that make up our solar system. The lectures will be held at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., and are free to attend. Tickets are required. The lectures will be webcast live for free viewing. Lecture videos will be archived.
50 Years of Solar System Exploration: New Worlds, New Discoveries
Through the decades of planetary explorations, a wide variety of spacecraft (orbiters, landers, rovers and more) have revealed an amazing diversity of worlds, each with its own story to tell. Join James L. Green, director of planetary science at NASA Headquarters, as he guides attendees through the 50-year voyage of discovery.
The lecture will take place on June 13, 2013, at 8 p.m. Come early to see a free film and to meet the lecturer.
For more information, visit http://airandspace.si.edu/events/eventDetail.cfm?eventID=4980.
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LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013
NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State and Nike recently announced a challenge to identify 10 game-changing innovations that could transform the system of fabrics to one that advances equitable global economic growth, drives human prosperity and replenishes the planet’s resources.
Challenge organizers are interested in innovations with potential to scale in two years, as well as game-changing early stage technologies and prototypes. Innovations can be business models, financial instruments, technologies and programs that accelerate research, education and capacity building.
The LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 is open through July 15, 2013. Early bird submissions are due June 15, 2013. Ten innovators that apply by the June 15 early submission deadline will be selected to qualify for professional advice on submissions. The first 10 innovators will receive a special message from an astronaut or elite athlete.
Forum partners will select 10 innovators to present their technology solutions at the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 forum, which will be held Sept. 26-29, 2013, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
NASA and the LAUNCH Council — thought leaders representing a diverse and collaborative body of entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, government, media and business — will participate in the forum and help guide these innovations forward. The selected LAUNCH innovators will receive networking and mentoring opportunities from influential business and government leaders, as well as portfolio presentations.
LAUNCH was created to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to global sustainability challenges. LAUNCH searches for visionaries whose ideas, technologies or programs show great promise for making tangible impacts on society in the developed and developing worlds.
For more information about the LAUNCH Systems Challenge 2013 and how to enter, visit http://www.launch.org/challenges/systems-2013.
Inquiries about this challenge should be directed to http://www.launch.org/contact.
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CosmoQuest Lunar Surface Geology Workshop
Join astronomers and educators from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and CosmoQuest to learn how your students can conduct authentic astronomy research in the classroom. The workshop is open to middle school educators and will take place June 17-21, 2013, in Edwardsville, Ill.
Participants will receive practical ideas for bringing citizen science into the classroom. Free materials and a stipend will be provided. Optional continuing professional development units and graduate course credit are available.
For more information, visit http://www.smdeponews.org/programs-events/cosmoquest-lunar-surface-geology-workshop-for-middle-school-educators-june-17-21/.
Questions about the workshop should be directed to Georgia Bracey at gbracey@siue.edu.
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Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series
The INFINITY Science Center in Mississippi invites the public, both young and old, to meet some of the leading researchers in the world studying the Gulf of Mexico. INFINITY is hosting the First Annual Center for Gulf Studies Summer Speaker Series. These lectures will take place each Monday at 11 a.m. CDT through August. The lectures are free with paid admission to the INFINITY Science Center.
Researchers associated with the Center for Gulf Studies will discuss what they are learning and discovering about the Gulf and its importance to our living, playing and working in and around its waters. Next week’s lecture on June 17, 2013, will include a discussion titled “What’s in the Water?” led by Dr. Alan Schiller, and retired Rear Admiral Ken Barbor will discuss “Charting the Waters in the 21st Century.”
For more information, including a full list of upcoming lectures, visit http://www.visitinfinity.com/news-events/1958/.
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Newton’s Laws of Motion: Lunar Nautics Web Seminar
As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences for educators, the NASA Explorer Schools and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a 90-minute live professional development Web seminar for educators on June 19, 2012 at 6:30 EDT. This Web seminar features three lessons for grades 6 – 8 that address the middle school Engineering Design performance expectations in the Next Generation Science Standards. The lessons focus on a real-world understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion and common misconceptions associated with the laws. The featured lessons are Rocket Staging: Balloon Staging, Lunar Landing: Swinging Tray and Lunar Base Supply Egg Drop.
This is the only time during this school year that this seminar will be offered.
For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar1.aspx
To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.
Email any questions about this opportunity to NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.
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NASA GIRLS and NASA BOYS Mentoring Project
NASA is looking for the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators. To jump-start the future of potential explorers, Women@NASA has created a mentoring project that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for middle school students. Participants will get to explore the possibilities of a career in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The project will feature one-on-one mentoring from NASA employees. Participants will complete online lessons with their mentors while virtually connected through Skype or Google Chat.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens in grades 5-8 or home-school equivalent. The mentoring project will take place over a five-week period during the summer.
Applications are due June 20, 2013.
For more information and to register online, visit http://women.nasa.gov/nasagirls/.
Questions about this opportunity should be directed to hq-women@nasa.gov.
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Engineering Design: Forces and Motion — The Great Boomerang Challenge Web Seminar
As part of a series of electronic professional development experiences, the NASA Explorer Schools project and the National Science Teachers Association are hosting a free 90-minute professional development Web seminar for educators on June 20, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. Learn how to incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards, High School Engineering Design Performance Expectations, into your curriculum. During the session, participants will be introduced to the Boomerang Design Challenge and learn how to incorporate this activity into science classes. The seminar also includes information about two unique extensions. In the first, students access a free computer simulation illustrating the airflow around an airfoil to determine the correct flow equation, and a second extension uses an interactive simulation to determine the airflow around various shapes of airfoils.
Due to popular demand, this Web seminar is being offered this one final time during the current school year.
For more information and to register online, visit http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/NES3/webseminar6.aspx.
To learn more about the NASA Explorer Schools project, visit http://explorerschools.nasa.gov.
Email any questions about this opportunity to the NES Help Desk at NASA-Explorer-Schools@mail.nasa.gov.
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Von Kármán Symposium at California Institute of Technology
A one-day symposium will be held at the California Institute of Technology on June 21, 2013, to commemorate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Theodore von Kármán. Dr. von Kármán was a key figure in aerodynamics, and his work on supersonic and hypersonic airflow characterization was groundbreaking. Being a true visionary with many international contacts, he founded or helped to found many institutions, notably the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the International Academy of Astronautics and the California Institute of Technology, where he served as the first director of Graduate Aerospace Laboratories.
Registration is $75 and includes a luncheon and a closing reception.
For more information, including the symposium agenda and instructions for registering, visit http://www.lcpm10.caltech.edu/symp.html.
Questions about this symposium should be directed to vks@caltech.edu.
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Pre-Service Teacher Institute at NASA’s Langley Research Center
NASA Langley Research Center’s Office of Education and the National Institute of Aerospace are sponsoring a two-week Pre-Service Teacher Institute taking place July 22 – Aug. 2, 2013, in Hampton, Va. This session is for education majors preparing to teach grades K-8.
Participants will engage in hands-on learning experiences designed to develop their skills for teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics using NASA-developed resources. Participants will have opportunities to interact with NASA scientists and engineers, making real-world connections to standards-based classroom content. Full-time rising junior or senior undergraduate and graduate students, including career switchers, are invited to apply. Students who participate will receive a stipend for attending.
Applications are due June 21, 2013.
For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/resources/Outreach/K-12-Education-Outreach/PSTI.aspx.
Please email any questions about this opportunity to Shannon Verstynen at shannon.verstynen@nianet.org.
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Climate Change in the Classroom Summer 2013 Teacher Workshop
The Climate Change in the Classroom — Summer 2013 Teacher Workshop is an opportunity for teachers of grades 8-12 to learn about climate change in today’s headlines and to enhance their understanding about this complex global issue for use across curricula.
Participants will explore climate science with researchers at NASA and Columbia University’s Center for Climate Research on the frontlines of advancing scientific understanding. Online workshop sessions will take place July 31 – Aug. 1, 2013. In-person workshop sessions will take place Aug. 5-6, 2013, at Columbia University in New York City.
Participants will receive a stipend and will have the opportunity to receive graduate credits. Applications are due June 21, 2013.
For more information and to download an application, visit http://ccsr.columbia.edu/education/hot-one-world-one-climate/.
Questions about this workshop should be directed to Carolyn Harris at Cah40@columbia.edu.
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2013 Lunar Workshops for Educators
NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, mission is sponsoring a pair of workshops for educators of students in grades 6-9. These workshops will focus on lunar science, exploration and how our understanding of the moon is evolving with the new data from current and recent lunar missions.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has allowed scientists to measure the coldest known place in the solar system, map the surface of the moon in unprecedented detail and accuracy, find evidence of recent lunar geologic activity, characterize the radiation environment around the moon and its potential effects on future lunar explorers and much, much more!
Workshop participants will learn about these and other recent discoveries, reinforce their understanding of lunar science concepts, gain tools to help address common student misconceptions about the moon, interact with lunar scientists and engineers, work with LRO data and learn how to bring these data and information to their students using hands-on activities aligned with grades 6-9 National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks.
Workshops will take place: June 24-28 and July 8-12, 2013, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to tour the LRO Mission Operation Center and the Goddard spacecraft testing facilities.
Each workshop will be limited to 25 participants. Interested educators are encouraged to apply early to secure a spot. Qualified applicants will be accepted in the order they apply.
For more information and to register for the workshops, visit http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/lwe/index.html.
Questions about these workshops should be directed to Katie Hessen at Katie.K.Hessen@nasa.gov.
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Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars — Fall 2013 Session
Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars, or LARSS, is offering a 15-week fall internship at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. Internships are available for rising undergraduate juniors, seniors and graduate students at accredited U.S. colleges, universities and community colleges. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. The grade point average requirement is a 3.0 out of a 4.0.
The internship includes doing a research project under the supervision of a researcher, attending technical lectures by prominent engineers and scientists and presenting project results at a poster session. Additional elements include tours of Langley wind tunnels, computational facilities and laboratories, as well as several networking activities.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due June 26, 2013.
Note: Spring and summer sessions are also offered. Please see the website for details.
For more information and to apply online, visit http://www.nianet.org/LARSS-2012/index.aspx.
Please email any questions about this opportunity to Debbie Murray at Deborah.B.Murray@nasa.gov.
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Student Spaceflight Experiments Program — Mission 5 to the International Space Station
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announce an authentic science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, opportunity for school districts across the U.S. and space station partner nations. The newest flight opportunity, Mission 5 to the International Space Station, or ISS, gives students across a community the ability to design and propose real experiments to fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station. This opportunity is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, or SSEP.
Each participating community will receive a real microgravity research mini-laboratory capable of supporting a single microgravity experiment, and all launch services to fly the mini-lab to the space station in spring 2014 and return it to Earth. An experiment design competition in each community — engaging typically 300+ students — allows student teams to design and propose real experiments vying for their community’s reserved mini-lab. Content resources for teachers and students support foundational instruction on science in microgravity and experimental design. Additional SSEP programming leverages the experiment design competition to engage the community, embracing a learning community model for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.
This competition is open to students in grades 5-12 and college. Informal education groups and organizations are also encouraged to participate. Interested communities must inquire about the program no later than June 30, 2013. The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education is available to help interested communities in the U.S. secure the needed funding.
To learn more about this opportunity, visit the SSEP Mission 5 to International Space Station National Announcement of Opportunity at http://ssep.ncesse.org/2013/05/to-school-districts-announcing-student-spaceflight-experiment-program-ssep-mission-5-to-the-international-space-station-for-2013-14/.
SSEP is enabled through a strategic partnership with NanoRacks LLC working with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a national laboratory. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (http://www.iss-casis.org/) is a national partner on SSEP. To view a list of all SSEP national partners, visit http://ssep.ncesse.org/national-partners/.
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please email SSEP National Program Director Jeff Goldstein at jeffgoldstein@ncesse.org.
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Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission
Students and educators are invited to join NASA for the Sally Ride EarthKAM Summer 2013 Mission from July 9-12, 2013. Guide your students in hands-on research as they program a camera aboard the International Space Station to take pictures of specific locations on Earth. The optional online curriculum at the Sally Ride EarthKAM website is targeted at middle school students, but could easily be adapted for other grade levels. All students and educators are welcome — including participants in summer and after-school programs.
For more information and to register for the upcoming mission, visit the Sally Ride EarthKAM home page at https://earthkam.ucsd.edu/.
If you have questions about the EarthKAM project, please email ek-help@earthkam.ucsd.edu.
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NASA Night Rover Energy Challenge
Registration is open for teams seeking to compete in the $1.5 million energy storage competition known as the Night Rover Challenge, sponsored by NASA and the Cleantech Open of Palo Alto, Calif.
To win, a team must demonstrate a stored-energy system that can power a simulated solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate through multiple cycles of daylight and extended periods of darkness.
During the Night Rover Challenge, energy storage systems will receive electrical energy from a simulated solar collector during daylight hours. During darkness, the stored energy will be used for simulated thermal management, scientific experimentation, communications and rover movement. A winning system must exceed the performance of an existing state-of-the-art system by a predetermined margin. The winning system will be the one that has the highest energy-storage density.
The challenge is extended to individuals, groups and companies working outside the traditional aerospace industry. Unlike most contracts or grants, awards will be made only after solutions are demonstrated successfully.
Early registration closes on July 26, 2013. Regular registration closes on Oct. 25, 2013.
For information about the Night Rover Challenge and how to register a team, visit http://www.nightrover.org.
This is a Centennial Challenge in which NASA provides the prize purse for technological achievements by independent teams while the Cleantech Open manages the competition as NASA’s allied organization. For more information about the Cleantech Open, visit http://www.cleantechopen.org.
NASA’s Centennial Challenges program is part of the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and its Centennial Challenges program, visit http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech.
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Presenters Needed for 2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
The 20th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, or SEEC, is taking place Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. The goal of SEEC is to encourage K-12 educators to use space to teach all subjects in their classrooms. Over 700 educators gather for this event each year.
Conference organizers are looking for 170 interactive sessions that present exciting classroom activities. All sessions must have a hands-on component; lecture sessions will not be accepted. Proposals are due Aug. 2, 2013.
For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/education-programs/teacher-programs/teachers-seec/.
If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2129 or email seec@spacecenter.org.
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2014 Space Exploration Educators Conference
Make plans to attend the 20th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 6-8, 2014, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curricula and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.
Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.
Early bird registration closes on Nov. 10, 2013.
For more information, visit http://spacecenter.org/education-programs/teacher-programs/teachers-seec/.
If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2129 or email seec@spacecenter.org.

Corporate Governance and Surveillance

The 4th Amendment, Corporate Governance and Surveillance.

Corporate Governance and Surveillance

 
Corporate Governance and Surveillance
#1 the government tells the companies that they are legally required to comply, and that as corporations they are legally forbidden to reveal the subpoenas/requests for information. Apparently the laws Congress has passed since 9/11 support this position. So the commands from the government probably start near the top of the company, and work their way down.
#2  if  CEOs were to quit every time a government tells them to do something they don’t agree with, few would remain.
#3: the government both prosecutes and persecutes individual whistleblowers in these situations.
Q: Did none of these people resign in protest?  Did none ask to be reassigned?  Were they all convinced by the NSA’s argument that “it’s the only way to keep you safe”?  Or were they simply cowed into silence, afraid to act, afraid to move, afraid to not do what was asked?
Michael Woodford’s _Exposure_, about his very brief tenure as president of Olympus, and the accounting scandals that came to light during his time, which he refused to sweep under the rug.  He became a major whistleblower, and much of Olympus’s board resigned, and some were prosecuted, as a result.
The Surveillance State
Shouldn’t IT/Networking/Internet professionals have standards that, hopefully, distinguishes us from… say… China and the State-run ISP of North Korea
Why these activities are so pernicious, is that regardless of how appropriate the intended consequences anyone can paw over the data can use it for any purpose.
Big Data, Internet Surveillance, and 4th Amendment:
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”
 

THE 4TH AMENDMENT

Security
Beginners Eyes: Digital Birds: Nothing is what it seems. The Illusions of Security:
The Known and Unknown Rules, becoming part of the borg. The Masters, The Humplings, and The Dregs but so what! You never get the truth from the company Memo ~ Timothy Leary.
Email Privacy
Another Court of Appeals upholds 4th Amendment rights in email. June 2007
A significant opinion was decided by the 6th Circuit Warshak v. US, upholding 4th Amendment protections for emails. The 6th Circuit ruled, agreeing with an amicus brief filed by EFF, that “A [government] seizure of e-mails from an ISP, without either a warrant supported by probable cause, notice to the account holder to render the intrusion the functional equivalent of a subpoena, or a showing that the user maintained no expectation of privacy in the e-mail, amounts to” a 4th amendment violation. This case is doubly important because the government primarily argued that the 4th Amendment shouldn’t matter, as it complied with most (but not all) of the relevant administrative subpoena statute, with its lesser standards of proof. Details: US statutes offer some privacy for emails, based on distinctions like ‘sent’ vs. ‘in transit’ vs. ‘stored’ vs. ‘read or unread.’ These categories, their standards of proof and the protections they offer, are hotly debated themselves because the US has several statutes (the Wiretap Act, ECPA, etc.) that protect some emails and computer uses, most cases never have to address the 4th Amendment issue. The case can be decided just based on whether the statute was followed. A recent case, Councilman, may be familiar to readers as an example of a case that involved the intricacies of these statutes. But the issue has always been lurking as to whether or not there is additional 4th Amendment protection above and beyond the statutes – especially as amendments (like the Patriot Act) have pared back the protections or standards in these statutes. The court today signaled there clearly is independent 4th Amendment protection, and ruled that some portions of ECPA were constitutionally inadequate.
~ Ethan Ackerman
http://www.eff.org/legal/cases/warshak_v_usa/ http://volokh.com/posts/1182181742.shtml
http://howappealing.law.com/061807.html#026198
Big Data
Infringements on Privacy – What is Protected and Private?
Cellphone Data On 4th Amendment Grounds
10/26/2012 Judge Protects Cellphone Data On 4th Amendment Grounds, Cites Government’s Technological Ignorance
Magistrate Judge Smith points out that part of the issue is that the principals involved (the assistant US Attorney and a special agent) seemed to lack essential knowledge of the underlying technology, and that this lack of knowledge prevented them from recognizing the overreach of their request.
Various US government agencies have spent a lot of time and energy hoping to ensnare as much cell phone data as possible without having to deal with the “barriers” erected by the Fourth Amendment. The feds, along with Los Angeles law enforcement agencies, have bypassed the protections of the Fourth Amendment by deploying roving cell phone trackers that mimic mobile phone towers. The FISA Amendments Act has been used as a “blank check” for wholesale spying on Americans and has been abused often enough that the Director of National Intelligence was forced to admit these Fourth Amendment violations publicly.
The good news is that a few of these overreaches are receiving judicial pushback.
Surveillance – Who’s Watching the N.S.A. Watchers?
Welcome to a world where Google knows exactly what sort of p0rn you like, and more about your interests than your partner does. Welcome to a world where your cell phone company knows exactly where you are all the time. Welcome to the end of private conversations, because increasingly your conversations are conducted by e-mail, text, or social networking sites. you do or is done on a computer, is saved, correlated, studied, passed around from company to company without your knowledge or consent; and where the government accesses it at will without a warrant.
Senators: NSA phone sweeping has been going on since 2007
http://thehill.com/
“Everyone’s been aware of it for years, every member of the Senate,” said Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee.  Under the auspices of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He said he was not aware of a single citizen filing a complaint about it.
I love the comment that “nobody complained about it” —  maybe because nobody knew about it!
“There’s another way to phrase that and that is that the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.” – Donald Rumsfeld
NSA/FBI also tapped into major Internet Companies
https://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9239899/NSA_FBI_mining_data_directly_from_major_Internet_companies_report_says
“the only members of Congress who know about PRISM were bound by oaths of office to hold their tongues.”
Q: Does this “oath to hold their tongues” supersede their oath to uphold the Constitution to the United States against enemies both foreign and DOMESTIC?
Good timeline: Electronic Surveillance Under Bush and Obama
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/06/07/us/07nsa-timeline.html

NYT: President Obama’s Dragnet By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
https://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/opinion/president-obamas-dragnet.html
The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive branch will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it.
So that’s what the NYT “discovered” that we have today: a 1997 type of control.  Perhaps they can also announce the ’97 solution.
In 1997 All these methods, besides the obvious advantages of a legal and centralized control method, provide however a back door into each person’s or company’s private businesses by giving government agencies the possibility of easy decryption of otherwise private messages. One could add that these methods make network systems insecure also by design, whereas before they were insecure by accident.
… in http://mcwg.org/mcg-mirror/cert.htm — one of the most visited pages in the Internet at the time. The paper also showed in ’97 that PGP and PKI would not work for encryption (sorry, even if done right) and that’s why we started to develop a secure system that anyone can use well and it’s now ZSentry.  http://zsentry.com
So, why are the NYT and people here claiming surprise today? This is all actually very old old news. This was a new (’97) type of control — and was devised because the Internet is at odds with centralized control, so Internet control must be decentralized in order to be effective.

Q: How Does the How the military and civil service always manage to control the administration’s position on such things?
A #1: from  Mark Stahlman Brooklyn NY
In early 1960, Eisenhower gave his farewell speech in which he famously named the “military-industrial complex” and, as most have forgotten, the equally dangerous “scientific and technological elite.”
As a man who had both made history and who personally knew dozens of others with “world-historic” ambitions, most notably the Rockefeller brothers, even he couldn’t stop the *machine* that came rolling out of WW II to dominate US policy and actions — domestic and foreign.
Following the Nixon impeachment, what President was safe?  Was Reagan *really* the President?  How about Clinton after he was also “impeached”?  No one thought that George W. Bush was really the “decider” — did they?
The NYTimes endlessly complains about how Obama is “detached” and “too cool.”  Of course he is.  Why would he want to know what’s going on?  He’s a law professor from Chicago, without the experience or personality to actually “run” anything.
Only 57.5% of eligible voters actually cast ballots in the 2012 election and Gallop has just fallen on their sword over how they mis-estimated the makeup of the turnout — which was skillfully “engineered” to give Obama an apparent “victory” where everyone knows he really won because many Republicans *really* didn’t want Romney, so they stayed home.
The US hasn’t had an over-reaching *strategy* since the Cold War and that was designed in the 1950s.  Instead, we have a situation where “no one” is in charge and “no one” really has a comprehensive picture of what is actually going on or what to do about strategically.
Instead, the MACHINE is running the place.  If the technology *wants* it to be done, then it is budgeted and “cleared” legally, since, as we all know, the Constitution requires actual people to apply it — but the *people* have retreated into their “fall-out” shelters, hoping to survive the conflagration.
It has been a *very* long time since the US has had either a leader or a leadership group or a process like this. As a result, the *BUS* is “driving” itself and, for better-and-worse, the rest of the world both knows and fears where it is heading  . . . !!
A #2  John Dougan acm.org
The civil service controls what the politicians see and hear (substantially&nbsp;in a policy proposal sense, certainly also in an&nbsp;intelligence&nbsp;information sense) so of course they have substantial control of the discourse. I think they also have an advantage in that relatively few people in the US think of the civil service as its own entity, with its own goals, directions and interests. This enable it to operate in more of a stealth mode. Lobbyists certainly understand this.
Organization,  is about linkages. Society may be thought of as the workings of an intricate machine, with all the parts working happily at their complementary functions.
http://www.troynovant.com/Franson/Vance/Dodkins-Job.html

Mainstream Media Fail to Break Even One of Four Obama Scandals
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/06/06/Mainstream-Media-Did-Not-break-Even-One-of-Four-Obama-Scandals
But one thing is for damn sure, whatever that scandal is, you can bet the American mainstream media will be playing catch up and not carrying the glory of breaking a story about a major White House scandal. Fact: Over the past few weeks, four major scandals have broken over the Obama administration, and it is a very sad (and frightening) truth that our pathetic, American, lapdog mainstream media is not responsible for breaking even a single one.
This disclosure was made by a British newspaper not U.S. Journalists.
Perhaps the recent monitoring of (Associated Press) reporters inhibited them from pursuing the matter.  Will this lead to the UK and USA going forward with expanding the UK’s Official Secrets Act to include disclosing secrets of foreign countries?

DNI Statement on NSA Disclosures June 6
http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/710150/dni-statements-on-disclosure-of-classified.pdf
Address some of the questions raised in the WaPo/Guardian articles and of course, includes the usual statements about “balancing privacy/security” and how such disclosures hurt the country, etc,

What We Don’t Know About Spying on Citizens: Scarier Than What We Know
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/06/what-we-dont-know-about-spying-on-citizens-scarier-than-what-we-know/276607/
The NSA’s surveillance of cell-phone calls show how badly we need to protect the whistle-blowers who provide transparency and accountability.
Yesterday, we learned that the NSA received all calling records from Verizon customers for a three-month period starting in April. That’s everything except the voice content: who called who, where they were, how long the call lasted — for millions of people, both Americans and foreigners. This “metadata” allows the government to track the movements of everyone during that period, and a build a detailed picture of who talks to whom. It’s exactly the same data the Justice Department collected about AP journalists.
We know the FBI has issued tens of thousands of ultra-secret National Security Letters to collect all sorts of data on people — we believe on millions of people — and has been abusing them to spy on cloud-computer users. We know it can collect a wide array of personal data from the Internet without a warrant. We also know that the FBI has been intercepting cell-phone data, all but voice content, for the past 20 years without a warrant, and can use the microphone on some powered-off cell phones as a room bug — presumably only with a warrant.
NSA’s ECHELON program from a 2000 European investigation, and about the DHS’s plans for Total Information Awareness from 2002, but much less about how these programs have evolved.
For a lot of this, we’re completely in the dark.
And that’s wrong.
The U.S. government is on a secrecy binge. It overclassifies more information than ever. And we learn, again and again, that our government regularly classifies things not because they need to be secret, but because their release would be embarrassing.
Knowing how the government spies on us is important. Not only because so much of it is illegal — or, to be as charitable as possible, based on novel interpretations of the law — but because we have a right to know. Democracy requires an informed citizenry in order to function properly, and transparency and accountability are essential parts of that. That means knowing what our government is doing to us, in our name. That means knowing that the government is operating within the constraints of the law. Otherwise, we’re living in a police state.

We need whistle-blowers.
The rest of society isn’t grateful enough for what they did to defend their reputations or help them get another job. Whistleblowers are utterly dependent on how other people tell their story: will the focus be on their motives (disgruntled, troublemaker, security risk, politically inept) or whether what they did was for the greater good?
Manning trial draws focus on to Obama’s security state
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/9799dbd4-ce02-11e2-a13e-00144feab7de.html
In the three years it has taken the US military to bring Bradley Manning to trial, the Obama administration might have hoped some of the political heat surrounding the biggest leak of classified information in US history would have dissipated.
Free Bradley Manning petition to the White House
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/free-bradley-manning/6qFjYRhj
if you agree with it, please sign it and send it to your friends on facebook and on your email lists.

Dept. of Homeland Security: Laptops, Phones Can Be Searched Based on Hunches
http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/06/05/dept-of-homeland-security-laptops-phones-can-be-searched-based-on-hunches/
The 23-page report, obtained by The Associated Press and the American Civil Liberties Union under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, provides a rare glimpse of the Obama administration’s thinking on the long-standing but controversial practice of border agents and immigration officers searching and in some cases holding for weeks or months the digital devices of anyone trying to enter the U.S. the US Government also asserts that such warrantless searches can be done within 100 miles of the US border[1]. Two thirds of the US population lives within that distance.[2]
[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_search_exception:
§ 287 (a) (3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act,
66 Stat. 233, 8 U.S.C. § 1357(a)(3), which simply provides
for warrantless searches of automobiles and other conveyances
“within a reasonable distance from any external boundary of the
United States,” as authorized by regulations to be promulgated
by the Attorney General. The Attorney General’s regulation,
8 CFR § 287.1, defines “reasonable distance” as “within 100
air miles from any external boundary of the United States.”
[2] http://www.aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/fact-sheet-us-constitution-free-zone
* What we found is that fully TWO-THIRDS of the United
States’ population lives within this Constitution-free or
Constitution-lite Zone.   That’s 197.4 million people who live
within 100 miles of the US land and coastal borders.
* Nine of the top 10 largest metropolitan areas as determined
by the 2000 census, fall within the Constitution-free Zone.
(The only exception is #9, Dallas-Fort Worth.) Some states are
considered to lie completely within the zone: Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan,
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Welcome to the era of Total Information Awareness and ain’t it grand?
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57588055-38/welcome-to-the-era-of-total-information-awareness-and-aint-it-grand/
The problem isn’t the National Security Agency. It’s the Patriot Act and what it represents as we watch the modern surveillance state take shape — in secret.

How Congress unknowingly legalized PRISM in 2007
“unknowingly” ?? they just chose to marginalise their concerns in the name of protecting the homeland
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/06/how-congress-unknowingly-legalized-prism-in-2007/
WaPost backtracks on claim tech companies ‘participate knowingly’ in PRISM data collection
http://thenextweb.com/us/2013/06/07/wapost-backtracks-on-claim-tech-companies-participate-knowingly-in-prism-data-collection/
A slide depicting the top-secret PRISM program
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/us-tech-giants-nsa-data
NSA taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others, secret files reveal
• Top secret PRISM program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Skype and Yahoo
• Companies deny any knowledge of program in operation since 2007
The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.
The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called PRISM, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.
The Guardian has verified the authenticity of the document, a 41-slide PowerPoint presentation – classified as top secret with no distribution to foreign allies – which was apparently used to train intelligence operatives on the capabilities of the program. The document claims “collection directly from the servers” of major US service providers.
SA slides explain the PRISM data-collection program
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/politics/prism-collection-documents/

British government has access to Internet giants’ data via US spy agency.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/newspaper-british-government-has-access-to-internet-giants-data-via-us-spy-agency/2013/06/07/33217d60-cf7e-11e2-8573-3baeea6a2647_story.html
Britain’s Guardian newspaper says that the U.K. government has been secretly gathering communications data from American Internet giants through the medium of the U.S. National Security Agency. The paper says that it has seen documents showing how the British eavesdropping agency GCHQ has had access to America’s “Prism” system since at least June 2010.
Is Big Data turning government into ‘Big Brother?’ 6/06/2013
http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201306070302APONLINEDOMESTIC_US_NSA_Phone_Records_-1
With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials.
Documents: U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge
http://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/us-intelligence-mining-data-from-nine-us-internet-companies-in-broad-secret-program/2013/06/06/3a0c0da8-cebf-11e2-8845-d970ccb04497_story.html
The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.
The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers. But there has never been a Google or Facebook before, and it is unlikely that there are richer troves of valuable intelligence than the ones in Silicon Valley.
Welcome to the Bush-Obama White House: They’re Spying on Us The “Bush-Obama era” will be long remembered for curbing the Constitution. http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/welcome-to-the-bush-obama-white-house-they-re-spying-on-us-20130606
Welcome to the era of Bush-Obama, a 16-year span of U.S. history that will be remembered for an unprecedented erosion of civil liberties and a disregard for transparency. On the war against a tactic—terrorism—and its insidious fallout, the United States could have skipped the 2008 election. It made little difference. Despite his clear and popular promises to the contrary, President Obama has not shifted the balance between security and freedom to a more natural state—one not blinded by worst fears and tarred by power grabs. If anything, things have gotten worse.

Revealed: NSA collecting phone records of millions of Americans daily
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/06/nsa-phone-records-verizon-court-order
The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.
National Security Agency reportedly collecting info on *all* calls placed by Verizon subscribers
(Guardian)
“The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.  The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries … Under the Bush administration, officials in security agencies had disclosed to reporters the large-scale collection of call records data by the NSA, but this is the first time significant and top-secret documents have revealed the continuation of the practice on a massive scale under President Obama.”
CALEA 2.0
Let’s not forget that if the NSA+Verizon (et.al?) thing isn’t scary enough, the FBI wants to backdoor everything we own for spying, ala CALEA 2.0.
https://www.eff.org/mention/fbi-wants-backdoor-all-communications-software
Al Gore
In digital era, privacy must be a priority. Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?
@algore former vice president slammed the overreach of the NSA’s surveillance powers on Twitter.  http://t.co/KONSBtTWjc
Initial thoughts on the NSA-Verizon surveillance order
http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/blog/2013/06/initial-thoughts-nsa-verizon-surveillance-order
The WaPo and Guardian report this evening that through its PRISM program, NSA also is directly tapped into the systems of many leading Internet services, such as Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, AOL, Skype, and (as of April 2013) Apple.
Turn over call information (“telephony metadata”) to the National Security Agency (NSA).
The Fix
SOCOM-approved Silent Circle Resists Calls For Wiretap Backdoors
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130606/C4ISR01/306060013/SOCOM-approved-Silent-Circle-Resists-Calls-Wiretap-Backdoors
Silent Circle’s products are built completely around security and privacy. They meet the NSA’s “Suite B” standards. Emails are encrypted using the PGP protocol designed 20 years ago by Phil Zimmermann, the longtime security expert and privacy rights advocate who serves as the company’s president. Voice and video communications are encrypted by ZRTP, another Zimmermann invention.
Janke says the company has three customer bases: individual subscribers, enterprise clients, and governments. In the federal government, he said, there’s even been a surprising market coming from the Bring Your Own Device phenomenon: agencies, he says, buy Silent Circle for their workers to manage their personal smart phones.
The firm says U.S. Special Operations Command approved it as a commercial secure communications provider earlier this year.

Google Glass technology to be banned, infuriating a consumer watchdog group who accused the tech giant of hypocrisy
http://www.cnbc.com/id/100798068
Nonprofit organization Consumer Watchdog called Google executives hypocrites for the restrictions.
“Google has unleashed one of the most privacy invasive devices ever,” John M. Simpson, privacy project director at Consumer Watchdog, said in a press release.
“Google Glass aids and abets people who want to invade our privacy by videoing or photographing us surreptitiously, but when it comes to their own privacy Google executives jealously guard it.”