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FBI Can Activate Android Microphones, Record Secretly
August 3, 2013 | 12:34 pm

FBIIt’s no big secret that the U.S. government can use some extreme methods in order to maintain justice and security for the nation by gathering information on suspects. Even before Snowden leaked all the NSA data, most of us had a pretty decent idea that the U.S. government has always been keeping a watchful eye over everyone. The shock from the leaks likely came from the scope and depth of all the information-gathering and spying. If you think the government couldn’t possibly dig even deeper, guess again. Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal reported that the FBI uses custom-designed hacker tools to spy...

Why Your Kindle is an Open Book to the Government
December 19, 2012 | 2:00 pm

  In 1987, the Federal Bureau of Investigation approached Columbia University librarian Paula Kaufman  with a request: keep an eye out for commies. She refused to cooperate with the bureau's "library awareness" program and her defiance helped spark a nationwide backlash against government snooping into Americans' reading habits. Even knowing the government might be watching, people realized, could change what you choose to read—and in turn alter what you think ... Read Full Article ...  Source: Mother Jones * * *      ...

FBI releases Child ID App
August 9, 2011 | 10:57 am

Screen Shot 2011 08 09 at 10 56 18 AM This isn't ebook related, but I mention it as a public service since I know that a lot of our readers have Apple equipment.  Here is the description of the app from the App Store: The free FBI Child ID app provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your child so that it's literally right at had if your child goes missing.  You can show the pictures and provide physical identifiers such as height and weight to security or police officers on the spot.  Using a special tab on the app, you canals quickly and easily...

Wikipedia founder Jimbo Wales creates censorship controversy, surrenders editing privileges
May 10, 2010 | 2:04 pm

Here’s an interesting story on Making Light, with more details at the “Fandom Wank” blog. Last month, Larry Sanger (co-founder of Wikipedia, founder of competing crowd-sourced encyclopedia Citizendium) reported to the FBI that Wikipedia was hosting images that could be considered child pornography. (Later, Wiki admins noted that they had checked with their legal department and been informed the images did not violate federal law, nor had they heard from the FBI in response to Sanger’s complaint.) A couple of weeks ago, Fox News picked up the story and began asking corporate donors to the Wikimedia Foundation “if...