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Hackers and Journalists Unite!

At the 10th biennial Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE X) conference, one of the premiere get-togethers of the digital world, it was clear that the nefarious forces the cyberworld is now most concerned with are lodged within our own government.

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The 'War' Against Whistleblowers

Under the current presidential administration, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has brought espionage prosecutions against more people for alleged mishandling of classified information than all previous administrations combined, a New York conference was told Friday. “I think this war on whistleblowers, this war on journalists, and this war on hacktivists is really a war for [control of] information,” human rights attorney Jesselyn Redack said at the 10th biennial Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE X) conference. Redack, a former whistleblower […]

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Boston Marathon Bombing: TCR's Top News Story of 2013

We're still asking why. Eight months after one of the worst domestic terrorism incidents since 9/11, its impact continues to be felt on the nation's first-responder infrastructure and anti-terrorism efforts—as well as by the victims and their families. On April 15, two pressure-cooker bombs exploded at the crowded finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 183 others. For a nation that was beginning to relax its guard with the winding down of wars in Iraq and […]

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Can the Fourth Amendment Protect You From NSA Snooping?

Is it really constitutional for the National Security Agency (NSA) to collect “metadata” on Americans' phone usage? You've probably seen talking heads shouting back and forth about it, and wondered whether someone could just please give you a straightforward, accurate, thousand-word primer on the underlying constitutional doctrine. Well, here's your primer. I hope it's helpful, at least as a starter for cocktail party conversations. The Fourth Amendment forbids “unreasonable searches.” In my last Viewpoint essay, I described how “reasonableness” has […]

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