Where's the Evidence That Mass Surveillance Actually Works?
Officials are again pointing to the need for mass surveillance to take down terrorists. Here’s what we know about how well it works.
The First Library to Support Anonymous Internet Browsing Has Turned Off Tor
A library in a small New Hampshire town started to help Internet users around the world surf anonymously using Tor. Until the Department of Homeland Security raised a red flag.
A Beginner's Guide to Protecting Your Communications From Prying Eyes
In an age of ubiquitous surveillance, there are still some things you can do to keep your communications private—and not all of it is high-tech.
Secret Memos Reveal Warrantless Surveillance of Internet Activity
The Obama administration has stepped up the National Security Agency's surveillance program on U.S. soil to search for signs of hacking.
The Hidden Intelligence Breakdowns Behind the Mumbai Terrorist Attacks
After Edward Snowden, the government said its controversial surveillance programs had stopped a terrorist—David Coleman Headley. The claim is largely untrue.
Two Years Later, Snowden’s Mangled Laptop Is More Than an Empty Symbol
The British government's demand that physical computers be destroyed is both nonsensical and ruthless—and that’s what makes it so disturbing.
The World's Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy
Werner Koch’s code powers the email encryption programs around the world.
A Quick Guide to Encrypting the Data You Store and Transmit
Here are some techniques that anybody can use to protect their privacy online.
Secrecy, Surveillance, and Misinformation: Lessons From Moynihan
Rereading the late senator in a post-Edward Snowden and Julian Assange era.
Standards Agency Suggests Dropping Its Own Encryption Standard
The decision follows revelations about the NSA’s covert influence on computer security standards.
Does the NSA Tap That? What We Still Don't Know About the Agency's Internet Surveillance
In a secret effort, the National Security Agency appears to be vacuuming up large swathes of the Internet.
Privacy: Rebelling Against the New Surveillance and NSA Spying
Commercial products and artistic projects that hint at how we might protect ourselves from government detection in the future, should we so choose.
What Happens if (or When) Edward Snowden Faces a Jury?
The George Zimmerman trial has provoked a national conversation on race. The NSA probably doesn't want one on security.
Told You So: Julian Assange, the NSA, and Edward Snowden
In their book Cypherpunks, Julian Assange and three other Internet activists predicted much of what Edward Snowden revealed about the NSA.
Why Don’t Americans Seem to Care About Government Surveillance?
Prism and the NSA’s phone tapping programs were supposed to be emergency measures designed to combat terrorism. But what happens when the threat of terrorism is the norm?