NSA’s secret partners expand the surveillance Dragnet

Huge volumes of private emails, phone calls, and internet chats are being intercepted by the National Security Agency with the secret cooperation of more foreign governments than previously known, according to newly disclosed documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden. A Link to the piece published by the Intercept and the Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information . ES

Global impact of Snowden revelations: increased awareness, few real reforms

A global analysis of the impact of the Snowden revelations shows that the revelations have caused an insignificant number of tangible reforms adopted to address the concerns raised by the Snowden disclosures. Also the media coverage of the revelations has been diminishing steadily in non-US and non-English language media. Link to A Crisis of Accountabilty  -report compiled by Simon Davies. ES

Privacy and anonymity in the US.

In September 2013 the Pew Internet research center published results of a survey concerning anonymity, privacy and security online. The results showed that in the US. most internet users would like to be anonymous online at least occasionally, but many think it is not possible to be completely anonymous online. The findings in a national survey showed: that 86% of internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints—ranging from clearing cookies to encrypting their email, from avoiding using their name to using virtual networks that mask their internet protocol (IP) address. And 55% of internet users have taken steps to avoid observation by specific people, organizations, or the government. Still, 59% of internet users do not believe it is possible to be completely anonymous online, while 37% of them believe it is possible.

Link to the report. ES