NSA gets thumbs-up for online spying against foreigners

Jul 3, 2014

NSA gets thumbs-up for online spying against foreigners

Endorsement of the NSA’s Internet surveillance programs by a bipartisan privacy board deeply disappointed civil liberties activists Wednesday while providing a measure of vindication for beleaguered U.S. intelligence officials. James Clapper, director of national intelligence, welcomed the conclusion by the independent Privacy and Civil ...

With few checks, court gave NSA OK to spy on 193 nations: paper

Jul 1, 2014

With few checks, court gave NSA OK to spy on 193 nations: paper

The U.S. National Security Agency has been authorized to intercept information “concerning” all but four countries worldwide, top-secret documents say, according to The Washington Post. “The United States has long had broad no-spying arrangements with those four countries — Britain, Canada, Australia and New ...

NSA releases first statistics on surveillance sweep

Jun 28, 2014

NSA releases first statistics on surveillance sweep

The U.S. National Security Agency released its first “transparency report” Friday, as part of an effort to quell the firestorm over reports of its massive data collection efforts. The NSA report said that in 2013, it obtained fewer than 2,000 orders from the secret ...

BBC news to turn Japanese with translated website

Jun 27, 2014

BBC news to turn Japanese with translated website

by Elizabeth Kerr

A recent job posting for a digital editor for BBC World Japan sparked interest online, with local Web-watchers noting that the job description called for a Tokyo-based editor with fluent Japanese to head up a team that will publish content from the main BBC ...

Big broadcasters vanquish upstart Aereo at U.S. Supreme Court

Jun 26, 2014

Big broadcasters vanquish upstart Aereo at U.S. Supreme Court

Broadcast and cable TV are not dead yet. In a decision that could crimp consumers’ hopes to cut the cord from their cable operators, the U.S Supreme Court said Aereo Inc., a video streaming service backed by media mogul Barry Diller, violated copyright law ...

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of cellphone hacking

Jun 25, 2014

Murdoch protegee Brooks cleared of cellphone hacking

Rebekah Brooks, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper arm, was acquitted Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into phones and bribe officials in a case that has shaken the British political establishment. A jury at London’s Old Bailey court cleared Brooks ...

U.S. to fund anti-militant TV in Nigeria

Jun 7, 2014

U.S. to fund anti-militant TV in Nigeria

The United States is financing a new 24-hour satellite TV channel in northern Nigeria meant to counter insurgencies by the militant Islamist Boko Haram and other groups in the region, The New York Times reported on Friday. A U.S. official confirmed the project was ...

Stone ready to tackle film about Snowden

Jun 4, 2014

Stone ready to tackle film about Snowden

Oliver Stone will write and direct a film about Edward Snowden, one of two high-profile films in the works about the National Security Agency leaker. Stone announced Monday he plans to adapt “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man,” ...

China's youth 'can't feel' Tiananmen

Jun 3, 2014

China's youth 'can't feel' Tiananmen

by Didi Tang

Born in 1989, Steve Wang sometimes wonders what happened in his hometown of Beijing that year. But his curiosity about prodemocracy protests and the crackdown on them passes quickly. “I was not part of it,” he said. “I know it could be important, but ...

China enforces amnesia about Tiananmen

Jun 2, 2014

China enforces amnesia about Tiananmen

by Joe Mcdonald

Remember June 4, Shi Shusi asked the 1.5 million readers of his popular microblog last year. Moments later, his postings were erased. A note from the microblog operator said they were “inappropriate publicity.” This year, a discouraged Shi hasn’t posted anything about the anniversary ...