There had long been rumours of a Government Communications Headquarters-run surveillance network called Echelon, that was tapping into phone and now, internet traffic

Over a decade ago, not long after Ireland got its first transatlantic internet cable links to the US, one international consortium toyed with putting (...)

Ben Wizner: detects a greater political sophistication and awareness in Silicon Valley. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Edward Snowden’s lawyer, Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s speech, privacy and technology project, was in town this week.I (...)

Edward Snowden is now ’more socially connected than he has ever been in his life’, his lawyer Ben Wizner said in Dublin today. Photograph: The Guardian/EPA

Even before the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden of the NSA’s mass surveillance programmes, it was clear to those had been following closel(...)

Ben Wizner, lawyer for Edward Snowden, speaking at the Secile project conference at the RIA in Dublin today. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Society needs to think about “worst case scenarios” for the use of data kept on citizens for the purposes of mass surveillance, the lawyer for NSA whi(...)

Light brigade: Austin during SXSWi. Photograph: Michael Buckner/Getty

If you stop for a moment, say by the escalators in the cavernous convention centre in Austin, Texas, and try to take it all in, it makes no sense. (...)

Bradley Manning is escorted by military police as he arrives for sentencing at Fort Meade, Maryland, yesterday. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Rallies in support of Bradley Manning – including a march to the White House – were organised in several American cities last night in reaction to the(...)