U.N. Special Rapporteur: Governments Must Not “Backdoor” Encryption for Spying

U.N. Special Rapporteur: Governments Must Not “Backdoor” Encryption for Spying

A landmark new United Nations report is “the first attempt to create a legal framework for digital security,” David Kaye, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on freedom of expression, told The Intercept in an interview Thursday. The report is urging governments not to ban or mandate surveillance “backdoors” in encryption and anonymity tools that are used>>

Emails Reveal Dairy Lobbyist Crafted “Ag-Gag” Legislation Outlawing Pictures of Farms

Emails Reveal Dairy Lobbyist Crafted “Ag-Gag” Legislation Outlawing Pictures of Farms

Dairy lobbyists helped author one of the latest “ag-gag” laws criminalizing the act of taking pictures of abuse at farms.

What Happens #IfThePatriotActExpires? ISIS, Hellfire, Doom

What Happens #IfThePatriotActExpires? ISIS, Hellfire, Doom

Anonymous senior officials claim that not renewing three sections of the Patriot Act is “playing national security Russian Roulette” in a time of unspecified “mounting terrorism threats.” Vigilant citizens take to Twitter to illustrate the consequences.

U.N. Report Asserts Encryption as a Human Right in the Digital Age

U.N. Report Asserts Encryption as a Human Right in the Digital Age

Encryption is not the refuge of scoundrels, it is an essential tool needed to protect the right of freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age, a new United Nations report concludes.

Legendary Journalist in Private: “It Is All Fraudulent, All of It, Everywhere”

Legendary Journalist in Private: “It Is All Fraudulent, All of It, Everywhere”

“The scenery of politics is ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous,” wrote Teddy White to a friend. “Yet I must report all this as serious.”

Loretta Lynch Joins Obama Administration Fearmongering Over Encryption

Loretta Lynch Joins Obama Administration Fearmongering Over Encryption

The new Attorney General expressed “grave concerns” about how encryption is hampering law enforcement, joining the ranks of Obama administration officials who are trying to make a crucial feature of the Internet seem like something nefarious.

U.S. Border Questionnaire: Is Anyone in Your Family a “Martyr”?

U.S. Border Questionnaire: Is Anyone in Your Family a “Martyr”?

“Do you have any relatives or friends who have been martyred fighting in the defense of your beliefs?” If you’re a Muslim-American, that is one of questions you might get at a U.S. port of entry.

TSA Body Scanner Lobbyist Now Overseeing Spending on TSA Security

TSA Body Scanner Lobbyist Now Overseeing Spending on TSA Security

Rapiscan Systems lobbied aggressively to win a major contract with the Transportation Security Administration to provide X-ray body scanners at airports, only to lose the contract in 2013 after the company failed to deliver software to protect the privacy of passengers. Rapiscan now has a friend on the inside. Earlier this month, Rapiscan lobbyist Christopher>>

First Look Media Publishes Warrant “Canary,” Releases Software for Managing Canaries

First Look Media Publishes Warrant “Canary,” Releases Software for Managing Canaries

Our warrant canary lets the public know that we have not received a secret subpoena, warrant or other legal compulsion that we are prohibited from disclosing.

First Look Publishes Open Source Code To Advance Privacy, Security and Journalism

First Look Publishes Open Source Code To Advance Privacy, Security and Journalism

The Intercept and its publisher, First Look Media, strongly believe in the benefits of free and open source software — in part because we rely on such software every day. To keep our journalists and sources safe, we use secure communication tools like the data-encryption system GnuPG, the Off-the-Record secure messaging protocol, the SecureDrop communications>>