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German lawmakers to question Edward Snowden about mass surveillance

BERLIN (Reuters) – German lawmakers decided on Thursday they want to question former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden as part of a parliamentary inquiry into the mass surveillance of German citizens, which he exposed. “A majority of the committee has decided that we want to hear Mr. Snowden,” said Roderich…

Günter Grass, Margaret Atwood and Martin Amis join 500 of the world’s leading authors to demand ‘digital bill of rights’ to curb surveillance

More than 500 of the world’s leading authors, including five Nobel prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and warned that spy agencies are undermining democracy and must be curbed by a new international charter. The signatories, who come from 81 different…

Indiscriminate surveillance fosters distrust, conformity and mediocrity: research

Recent disclosures about the scope of government surveillance are staggering. We now know that the UK’s Tempora program records huge volumes of private communications, including – as standard – our emails, social networking activity, internet histories, and telephone calls. Much of this data is then shared with the US National…

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