Protecting sources: Raising the stakes

“No matter how careful you are from that point on, no matter how sophisticated your source, journalists have to be sure that they make no mistakes at all in the very beginning to the very end of a source relationship or they’re placing people actively at risk… It’s a constantly increasing list and one that we’re not even aware of today. I would say lawyers, doctors, investigators, possibly even accountants. Anyone who has an obligation to protect the privacy interests of their clients is facing a new and challenging world and we need new professional training and new professional standards to make sure that we have mechanisms to ensure that the average member of our society can have a reasonable measure of faith in the skills of all the members of these professions.” … More Protecting sources: Raising the stakes

Surveillance: Guns for hire

“In light of the absence of guidelines and oversight, together with its clandestine nature, this technology is uniquely vulnerable to misuse, By analyzing the tools and their proliferation at the hands of companies like Hacking Team and Gamma Group, we hope to support efforts to ensure that these tools are used in an accountable way, and not to violate basic principles of human rights and rule of law.” … More Surveillance: Guns for hire

Bug ’em all and let Echelon sort ’em out…

One I wrote earlier: Edward Snowden’s revelations are not new: Follows my 8 November 2001 article about a British-led campaign to allow the mass surveillance of the European public led by European officials, working since September 1995 to arm themselves with the power to access the communications records of Europe’s telephone and internet users – whether … More Bug ’em all and let Echelon sort ’em out…