In this edition: the Washington Post's latest investigation into the NSA's data sweep; bald Barbie dolls for kids with cancer; and a fireworks display as seen by a drone.
ORDINARY AMERICANS CAUGHT UP IN NSA DATA SWEEP
An investigation carried out by American daily the Washington Post has found that ordinary citizens far outnumbered legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the NSA. The Post reviewed around 160,000 emails and instant message conversations intercepted between 2009 and 2012 and leaked by former CIA consultant Edward Snowden.
The data sweep did lead to the capture of terrorists but the majority of accounts investigated by the NSA belonged to ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else. And in theory, the NSA does not legally have the right to target American nationals.
Digital advocacy group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has responded to these latest revelations over the extent of the spying with an appeal to lawmakers, urging them to restrict the NSA`s authority. The group has launched the “Stand against Spying” platform which tracks US Congress activity and voting relating to government surveillance programs.
And web giants including Google, Mozilla and Twitter recently joined forces for the “Reset the Net” anti-surveillance campaign, aimed at raising awareness about the National Security Agency`s vast spying programs. The campaign also provides tips and tools so citizens can protect their telephones and computers from intrusive government surveillance.
BALD BARBIE DOLLS FOR KIDS WITH CANCER
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