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Covering tech policy for @WashingtonPost via @TheSwitch. Opinions here mine, but feel free to borrow them. Tips? andrea.peterson[at]washpost[dot]com

Snowden filmmaker Laura Poitras: ‘Facebook is a gift to intelligence agencies’ — In January 2013, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras received an e-mail that would eventually change what the world knew about government surveillance. The e-mail came from Edward Snowden, using the alias Citizenfour.

How Twitter and Google want to move beyond the password — Nearly everyone hates passwords -- they're hard to remember and can lead to major security headaches when users don't practice good digital hygiene such as using a unique password for each service. Now Google and Twitter have both unveiled new tools for moving beyond the much maligned password, or at least for making them more secure.

Men experience slightly more online harassment - but young women are hit with the most severe forms — Online harassment is pervasive, a new Pew Research study shows. Forty percent of American adults say they have personally experienced such harassment, while 73 percent have seen it happen to others. And those figures become more extreme if you look at younger, more tech savvy users: 65 percent of Internet users ages 18-29 have been the target of online harassment and 92 percent have witnessed it.

Federal Trade Commission names Ashkan Soltani chief technologist — The Federal Trade Commission announced Tuesday that Ashkan Soltani, an independent privacy researcher who contributed to the Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting on revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, will be its new chief technologist.

Liberals are more likely to unfriend you over politics - online and off — Data from the Pew Research Journalism Project shows that conservatives are less likely to have their views challenged on social media - but liberals are more likely to block or unfriend someone online because they disagree with something they have posted.

The biometrics revolution is already here - and you may not be ready for it. — The future is here, and it's biometric identification: You will soon be able to unlock the most recent iPad model with your fingerprint; banks are reportedly capturing voice imprints to catch telephone fraud; and the FBI's facial recognition database is at "full operational capacity" (although it still pales in comparison to Facebook's database).

Stop worrying about mastermind hackers. Start worrying about the IT guy. — Mistakes in setting up popular office software have sent information about millions of Americans spilling onto the Internet, including Social Security numbers of college students, the names of children in Texas and the ID numbers of intelligence officials who visited a port facility in Maryland.

Data leak at largest U.S. bond insurer left personal accounts visible via a Google search — A parade of headlines over the past year have warned of the dangers of cyberattacks, with big retailers and the financial industry falling victim to hackers who leave only faint digital trails in their wake. But sometimes, big data leaks or breaches are just the result of simple human errors.

Banks are struggling with cybersecurity. That doesn’t bode well for other industries. — Banks are supposed to be among the most secure places on earth, guarded against physical attacks and cyber intrusions by extensive security measures. But after JPMorgan Chase, the country's largest bank, said this week that more than 80 million customers were affected by a breach of its computer system, security experts warn that Wall Street remains vulnerable to cyberattacks and other industries may be even worse off.

Librarians won’t stay quiet about government surveillance — In September 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft called out the librarians. The American Library Association and civil liberties groups, he said, were pushing "baseless hysteria" about the controversial Patriot Act. He suggested that they were worried that spy agencies wanted to know "how far you have gotten on the latest Tom Clancy novel."
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