Peter Van Buren,Courtesy: TomDispatch.com, November4,2013
If it’s Tuesday, this must be Belgium -- the title of a 1969 romantic comedy -- could now fit two intertwined phenomena: the madcap global travels of Secretary of State John Kerry and the nonstop journey of the latest revelations from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Prabir Purkayastha, NewsClick, 11th October, 2013
The internet governance is back in the news with Snowden's NSA revelations and the US government's blatant violations of its “stewardship” of the internet. Bruce Schneier, one of the leading cyber security experts and a key contributor to many of its standards says, “I have resisted saying this up to now, and I am saddened to say it, but the US has proved to be an unethical steward of the internet. The UK is no better.” The Brazilian president has recently stated that internet governance needs to change. This only adds to the 2011 IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) proposal – to have a multilateral body under the UN govern the internet instead of the internet being governed by the US. As it exists, the internet is run by institutions that are all US entities and operate under a contract with the US government.
Newsclick Production, October 4,2013
Prabir Purkayastha speaks on the Surveillance State at a panel discussion on “Idea of India: A People's Agenda” organised by the Centre for Policy Analysis in New Delhi. He delineates how the US policies under Obama have transformed from 'Yes, We Can' to 'Yes, We Scan.'
Julian Assange, Courtesy: The Stringer (Australia), August 27, 2013
It has been revealed today, thanks to Edward Snowden, that Google and other US tech companies received millions of dollars from the NSA for their compliance with the PRISM mass surveillance system.
Nick Anderson, Courtesy: truthdig.com
Trust me... this is for your own protection....
Newsclick Report, August 10,2013
Yesterday, Obama held a press conference on the NSA trying to assuage the anger in the US on NSA's wholesale snooping on US ctizens. His response -- as has been widely pointed out addressed on trying to soothe the American people while continuing NSA's activities. For the rest of the wor5ld, there was not even an attempt to address their concerns. We reproduce two pieces from techdirt.com on Obama's press conference.
Prabir Purkayastha, July 25, 2013
IT is ironical that along with the government announcing that the telecom companies are the first line of defence in cyber security, it has also announced 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in telecom.
Latin America Experts, July 19, 2013
The supposed “irony” of whistle-blower Edward Snowden seeking asylum in countries such as Ecuador and Venezuela has become a media meme. Numerous articles, op-eds, reports and editorials in outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and MSNBC have hammered on this idea since the news first broke that Snowden was seeking asylum in Ecuador.
Vijay Prashad, July 11, 2013
The days are longer now, which means that sleep is hard to come by.
Glenn Greenwald, Kaz and Roberto José Casado
RIO - In the last decade, people residing in or transiting through Brazil, as well as companies operating in the country, have become targets of espionage carried out by the National Security Agency of the United States (the NSA).