Access & Censorship

‘Utterly horrifying’: ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine | News | The Guardian

Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way

‘Utterly horrifying’: ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine | News | The Guardian

Sandy Parakilas says numerous companies deployed these techniques – likely affecting hundreds of millions of users – and that Facebook looked the other way

Facebook’s Surveillance Machine – The New York Times

Mr. Grewal is right: This wasn’t a breach in the technical sense. It is something even more troubling: an all-too-natural consequence of Facebook’s business model, which involves having people go to the site for social interaction, only to be quietly subjected to an enormous level of surveillance. The results of that surveillance are used to fuel a sophisticated and opaque system for narrowly targeting advertisements and other wares to Facebook’s users.

Egyptian Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for Photojournalist Shawkan | PDNPulse

“Seeking the death penalty for a photographer who simply covered an opposition demonstration is a political punishment, not an act of justice,” RSF said. “Shawkan’s only crime was trying to do his job as a photographer. He must be freed at once.”

Journalist or Terrorist? Kashmir Photographer Is Jailed, Pending Answer – The New York Times

But the photographer, Kamran Yousuf, 21, has been stuck in jail since September — the victim, his friends and family say, of the Indian authorities’ strange and harsh definition of what a “real” journalist is.

NY Times Photographer: Trump Gives More Access Than Obama

Photojournalist Doug Mills made headlines back in November 2017 by Tweeting a black “photo” to protest the lack of access provided to the White House Travel Pool while President Trump was attending the APEC Summit in Vietnam.

However, Mills had much more positive things to say in a new interview that just aired yesterday on C-SPAN. Having covered both the Trump and Obama administrators, Mills stated that photographers are actually getting “a lot more” access to the current administration.

Reuters Publishes Account of Myanmar Massacre After Journalists’ Arrests – The New York Times

The news agency Reuters has published a detailed investigation into the massacre of 10 Rohingya men by Myanmar soldiers and villagers, saying that the work led the Myanmar authorities to arrest two of its reporters.

I just don’t abide censorship | You can’t have my job, but I’ll tell you a story

To my friends: I have withdrawn from the 18,000-plus member Facebook group “Kern County of Old” and have removed all of the contributions I’ve made to the site after the group’s administrators removed one of my photos.

Reuters Banned from Olympic Opening Ceremony for Leaked Photos

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reports that on Sunday, Reuters filed several photos of the Olympic cauldron being lit with fire during a rehearsal at the Olympic Main Stadium. There are strict media embargoes that are designed to prevent these details from being published, and Reuters violated them by publishing the photos without permission. Reuters then reportedly took the photos down after both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the PyeongChang organizing committed protested the publishing of the pictures.

He Leaked a Photo of Rick Perry Hugging a Coal Executive. Then He Lost His Job. – The New York Times

As a photographer for the Department of Energy, Simon Edelman regularly attended meetings with Secretary Rick Perry and snapped pictures for official purposes.

Now he is out of a job and seeking whistle-blower protections after leaking photographs of Mr. Perry meeting with a major energy industry donor to President Trump.

‘The New Normal’ in Pakistan: a Journalist on the Run From Gunmen – The New York Times

Fearing that his attackers would spot him from a distance, the investigative journalist Taha Siddiqui threw off his bright red sweater as he jumped into a ditch and crawled through mud and shrubs to reach a highway in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.

‘Proof of life’ of kidnapped SA photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed received

Wednesday will mark exactly one year since Mohamed was captured in Syria on his way back to the Turkish border after accompanying the Gift of the Givers. The two drivers who were captured with him were released immediately, being told that Mohamed had been held for “questioning”.

My Life as a New York Times Reporter in the Shadow of the War on Terror

My case was part of a broader crackdown on reporters and whistleblowers that had begun during the presidency of George W. Bush and continued far more aggressively under the Obama administration, which had already prosecuted more leak cases than all previous administrations combined. Obama officials seemed determined to use criminal leak investigations to limit reporting on national security. But the crackdown on leaks only applied to low-level dissenters; top officials caught up in leak investigations, like former CIA Director David Petraeus, were still treated with kid gloves.

How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue – The New York Times

For the first time, helped by recent advances in artificial intelligence, researchers are able to analyze large quantities of images, pulling out data that can be sorted and mined to predict things like income, political leanings and buying habits. In the Stanford study, computers collected details about cars in the millions of images it processed, including makes and models.

Photojournalist Jonathan Alpeyrie Tells His True Story of Surviving 81 Days in Captivity in Syria

For as long as he can remember, Jonathan Alpeyrie was fascinated by history and had a fierce passion for adventure. He loved the worlds he could escape to when his father read adventure classics to him, like Call of the Wild and Moby Dick. “As I got older, I was constantly reading history books, especially about Roman antiquity,” he says. “My uncles and grandparents fought in all the major wars including World War I, World War II, Indochina and Algeria. I played war in the backyard and drew maps of battles.”

Using Billions in Government Cash, Mexico Controls News Media – The New York Times

“If a professional reporter wants to cover the dirty elements of what is happening in the country today, neither the government nor private companies will give them a penny,” said Enrique Krauze, a historian who edits Letras Libres, a Mexican magazine that receives some government money. “This is one of the biggest flaws in Mexican democracy.”

How Facebook’s Political Unit Enables the Dark Art of Digital Propaganda – Bloomberg

In the U.S., the unit embedded employees in Trump’s campaign. (Hillary Clinton’s camp declined a similar offer.) In India, the company helped develop the online presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who now has more Facebook followers than any other world leader. In the Philippines, it trained the campaign of Rodrigo Duterte, known for encouraging extrajudicial killings, in how to most effectively use the platform. And in Germany it helped the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany party (AfD) win its first Bundestag seats, according to campaign staff.

The WIRED Guide to Digital Security | WIRED

IN AN AGE of nonstop breaches and hacks, getting a handle on your own digital security matters more than ever. But everyone has their own threat model—a set of concerns unique to themselves. The average smartphone user doesn’t need to know what a Faraday cage is; an NSA contractor probably already has a good grasp of security basics. (Or … do they?) In this guide, we’ve included a few ways to improve your online security posture based on those different levels of risk. These won’t prevent the next megabreach or banish ransomware from the earth. They’re not all-encompassing. But they’ll help get you in the mindset of the types of steps you should be taking based on your particular situation. And they’ll help ensure that the next time you read one of those paralyzing headlines, it doesn’t apply to you.

“I want to mourn him but I can’t”: the missing photojournalist and the battle to find him | Prospect Magazine

It’s more than three years since Kamaran Najm was captured in Iraq. Now his friends have lifted the media blackout