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The Giant List of Things Mark Zuckerberg Swears He’ll Get Back to the US Congress on

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat for 10 hours of questioning before US House and Senate committees this week. Most of his answers were versions of those already found in official Facebook statements. But when he received a tough question, rather than answer on the spot, he vowed to get to the bottom of it. We’ve made a simple worksheet to help him remember all the points his team needs to follow up on. Read More >>

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Why Researchers Are Targeting a Shadowy FBI Programme Called ‘Gravestone’

If you’re the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), tasked with rapidly uncovering plots involving terrorism and cybercrime, you want access to as much intelligence as you can get your hands on. After all, your successes are rarely rewarded with a ticker-tape parade, but when you fail, well, there’s lots of career-ending blame and congressional testimony to go around. Read More >>

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Facebook Hires Incompetent Former New York Times Staffer to Handle ‘Transparency’

When you know everything about two billion people but don’t want to tell anyone what you know, it’s tough to convey an image of transparency without actually being transparent. One solution that Facebook has come up with is hiring Liz Spayd, a former public editor for the New York Times to “consult” on “transparency” in an effort to get everyone to shut the hell up about it. Read More >>

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Twitter is Suing for the Right to Show How Many Fed Requests it Gets

In the past, companies like Facebook and Microsoft have released so-called transparency reports about the government surveillance requests they've received—but per government restrictions, the numbers have been relatively vague. Today, Twitter just filed a lawsuit to lift the restrictions on what they're allowed to disclose. In other words, actual transparency. Read More >>

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The Intelligence Community Finally Released a Transparency Report

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence quietly posted its first ever transparency report on Tumblr this week. Complete with "Top Secret" written on the top, the three-and-a-half page document details basic statistics about the intelligence community's actions. It's not very revealing. At all. Read More >>

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Apple Wishes It Could Tell You More About Government Info Requests

Like everybody and their sister in Silicon Valley, Apple is now publishing transparency reports. The Cupertino company's first ever disclosure on the number of government information requests just hit the web, and like everybody else, the number of requests from the U.S. government is super high. Read More >>

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Twitter Is the One Place the Number of Copyright Notices Is Actually Down

Last June, Twitter hopped on the transparency train and released its first report indexing information requests, copyright takedown notices, and removal requests from governments around the globe. Now the second report is out, with its own site and some new details on what the U.S. government in particular is doing. And weirdly enough, copyright takedown requests are actually down from the past six months. Read More >>