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Fighting Government Surveillance with Industry Transparency Reports

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Natasha Tusikov

Baldy Centre for Law and Social Policy, University of Buffalo,  State University of New York

Classified files leaked by Edward Snowden reveal that the Internet surveillance programs operated by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its allies are heavily reliant upon data drawn from U.S.-based Internet firms like Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Apple and Facebook. Reaction to the Snowden files continues to reverberate worldwide with anger from political leaders and the public directed towards the NSA and companies that facilitate its surveillance programs. Continue Reading →


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Corporate Gatekeepers on the Internet

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By Natasha Tusikov, Baldy Centre for Law and Social Policy, University of Buffalo at the State University of New York

Who makes the rules that govern how we use services and technologies on the Internet, and how are those rules implemented and enforced? Public concern over Internet surveillance peaked in 2013 with Edward Snowden’s dramatic disclosure of highly classified files. The Snowden files reveal that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its allies are highly reliant upon large, U.S.-based Internet firms, particularly Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Facebook, among others. These firms are ideally suited to facilitate mass surveillance as many of their applications and services are premised upon sharing personal information and cultivating ever-expanding social and professional networks. Continue Reading →