Five Eyes look to ‘engage’ with tech companies

Officials from the so-called "Five Eyes" group of English-speaking countries, which closely cooperate on surveillance and intelligence matters, are pushing to work even more closely not only with each other, but with major private sector players in the tech industry. Following a conference late last month in Ottawa, official representatives of the countries involved -- … Continue reading Five Eyes look to ‘engage’ with tech companies

UKUSA surveillance ‘special relationship’ likely to survive, expand in Trump era

Amidst ongoing criticism of President Donald Trump's attitude towards Russia, a fear has reportedly emerged in some segments of the US intelligence community that America's longstanding intelligence sharing relationships with other countries could suffer. Recent events seem to indicate, however, that this is unlikely. Historically, America has had its strongest intelligence sharing relationships with its … Continue reading UKUSA surveillance ‘special relationship’ likely to survive, expand in Trump era

Election hacking fears fuel cyber arms race

As US officials loudly argue over how to best go about hacking foreign governments, other countries are taking note, and an international hacking arms race seems to be picking up pace. Of the many unexpected topics that came into play in this year's cartoonish US presidential election, one that received considerable attention was Russian hacking … Continue reading Election hacking fears fuel cyber arms race

U.S., other countries issue drone declaration, but key players absent

The United States was one of 44 countries to sign a declaration Wednesday that sets the stage for a conference next year to create formal rules regarding the export and use of armed, unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as drones. "As a world leader in the development and deployment of military UAVs, the United States … Continue reading U.S., other countries issue drone declaration, but key players absent

UKUSA Intel ‘Special Relationship’ to Survive Brexit

Reactions to Britain's recent vote to leave the European Union - the so-called Brexit - have been diverse, ranging from uncertainty in the financial world to reports of increased racism on the streets in the U.K., but one thing that appears largely unchanged by the decision is Britain's intelligence and military alliance with the United … Continue reading UKUSA Intel ‘Special Relationship’ to Survive Brexit

Three Years Later, Snowden Revelations Continue

Three years after his disclosures about mass surveillance first made headlines, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has recently been back in the news as revelations related to the documents he leaked continue to emerge. Vice published a story today based on documents recently released in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit … Continue reading Three Years Later, Snowden Revelations Continue