Now the debate has reached the highest office in the land and President Obama delivered a speech about the current role of the government security apparatus and how widespread Internet surveillance programs should work in the future.
The National Security Agency (NSA) vacuumed up nearly 200 million text messages around the world, according to a new report in the Guardian. The program, Dishfire, used the text messages to dig further into personal details, such as travel plans, location, credit card information and the individual’s contact list.
The most damning bits of the report, though, say the government collected “pretty much everything it can,” including phone metadata from the “untargeted and unwarranted.” In other words, from an average person who isn’t suspected of doing anything wrong. Read more
President Obama visits the Apple store in the hopes that they can get the government working again in today’s viral video.
Twitter measures the world’s reaction to President Obama’s prime time speech on Syria.
As the Obama Administration weighs how and when to take action against a Syrian regime that reportedly used chemical weapons against its own people, YouTube, Twitter and even Reddit have played a key role in both breaking the news and keeping the world informed.
New documents from Edward Snowden’s cache reveals that the U.S. government paid tech companies, such as Google, Yahoo!, Facebook and Microsoft, millions of dollars to keep their operations compliant in the wake of a federal court ruling.
We talked to digital media strategist Nick Westergaard of Brand Driven Digital about social media tools for social advocacy.
Facebook Android Update Includes Ability for Home Users to Dock Their Favorite Apps (AllFacebook)
Facebook released an update to its Android application Thursday, and the biggest change is a new feature for its Home Android overlay — a new favorites tray that will allow users to store and access shortcuts to their favorite Android apps. The docking feature is aimed at addressing one of users’ biggest issues with home — complaints that it was difficult to access their non-Facebook Android apps.
This year’s crop of April Fool’s Day pranks on social media will test your sense of humor and your sense of smell. What were your favorite pranks this year?
On January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama proposed 23 executive actions to reduce gun violence in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, CT. This timeline shows the Twitter community’s response to his speech.