It's no surprise that tech companies such as Google and GoDaddy came under pressure to drop clients such as the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer following extremist violence in Charlottesville earlier this month. But given the ongoing controversies over internet censorship not only in the United States but around the world, it is also understandable … Continue reading Tech companies, governments cracking down on free speech online
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
The risk of foreign hackers shifting the outcome of the U.S. presidential election has likely been exaggerated. Nevertheless, officials and policy makers reportedly "do anticipate so-called cyber mischief, including the possible release of fake documents and the proliferation of bogus social media accounts designed to spread misinformation," according to NBC News. To fight back against … Continue reading US warning to Russia a real threat or PR posturing for US public?
In an opinion piece in the Washington Post yesterday, columnist Josh Rogin revealed what he said was potentially a "bad deal" that the Obama administration is pitching to Russia about increased cooperation in Syria. But it's hard to know what to make of the news, which the Russians won't comment on, and which comes amidst … Continue reading Russia and the US in Syria: Deals, disinfo and deception
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