In “The Burglary,” author Betty Medsger tells the story of a group of burglars in 1971 who stole files from a small FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania — a theft that provided evidence of wide scale surveillance of U.S. citizens. Medsger sat down with chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown to talk about the unlikely group and the consequences of their plot. Continue reading
The Central Intelligence Agency made its debut on Twitter today.
Although the @CIA handle was created Feb. 24, the intelligence agency waited until today to tweet for the first time. Already the handle has garnered more than 110,000 followers as the tweet goes viral. Continue reading
Five Chinese military officials were indicted by the U.S. for stealing trade secrets by hacking six American firms in the nuclear, metals and solar products industries. Gwen Ifill talks to Laura Galante of FireEye and former State Department official Susan Shirk and the unprecedented charges and the Obama administration offense against Chinese cyber attacks. Continue reading
National Security Agency surveillance is undermining U.S. technology sales, claims the CEO of networking giant Cisco.
John Chambers, in a letter dated May 15, wrote to President Barack Obama that the United States benefited economically because of the confidence of the “open, global Internet” and that said confidence was diminished due to allegations that “governments exploit rather than report security vulnerabilities.” If the allegations were true, he writes, it would impact global sales of all U.S. networking technology. Continue reading
The Pentagon said Wednesday that they have deployed at least one Global Hawk UAV to search for kidnapped girls in Nigeria. Continue reading
Revelations about the surveillance programs operated by the NSA have made Americans wonder how much of their lives is being monitored by the government. Judy Woodruff sits down with retired Gen. Keith Alexander, former director of the National Security Agency, to discuss the impact of the Snowden leaks, what President Obama knew about spying programs and how to balance privacy with security. Continue reading
A report from the Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED delves into a wide-scale surveillance system being developed for police forces. How can the trade off between safety and privacy be negotiated as technology gets more and more sophisticated? Continue reading
A White House review of how the government and private sector use large sets of data has found that such information could be used to discriminate against Americans on issues such as housing and employment even as it makes their lives easier in many ways. Continue reading
- With power of facial recognition and high-tech surveillance, where to draw the line between safety and spying?
The FBI’s Next Generation Identification program, officially launching this summer, will give police access to more data than ever before by way of biometrics—biological marks from facial scans and palm prints—to identify suspects. Some opponents worry this growing web of security will give police too much personal information without a warrant. The Center for Investigative Reporting’s Amanda Pike reports. Continue reading
A report from Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED takes a look at wide-area surveillance technology, described as “Google Earth with a rewind button and the ability to play back the movement of cars and people as they scurry about the city.” Continue reading