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 (...)

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(...)

Joseph Wood is pictured in this undated handout booking photo courtesy of the Arizona Department of Corrections. Photograph: Arizona Department of Corrections/Handout via Reuters

An Arizona inmate took almost two hours to die by lethal injection and his lawyers said he “gasped and snorted” before succumbing in the latest botche(...)

Facebook and the Manhattan district attorney’s office are in a bitter fight over a US government demand for the contents of hundreds of Facebook accounts.   Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.

Facebook and the Manhattan district attorney’s office are in a bitter fight over a US government demand for the contents of hundreds of Facebook acco(...)

Engineers at Palantir Technologies, surrounded by multiple monitors and interesting personal decor, at the company offices in Palo Alto, California. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/The New York Times

Palantir Technologies will not help you share, message, pin, post or chat. It does not exist to make you more social or connected, or even to help adv(...)

Jacob Phelps, grandson of Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps, demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty

Fred Phelps snr, once pastor of the infamously intolerant Westboro Baptist Church, is close to death, according to his son. Nathan Phelps(...)

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks via videoconference at the “Virtual Conversation With Edward Snowden” during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Austin Convention Cente. Photograph: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden urged delegates at a Texas technology conference to “fix” mass surveillance and warned that the (...)

Dennis McGuire, a murderer and rapist, was executed with an untested combination of drugs by the state of Ohio on January 16th. Photograph: Ohio department of rehabilitation and corrections via the New York Times

America Letter: Ohio’s execution of convicted murderer Dennis McGuire earlier this month with a new two-drug experimental concoction has stirred up(...)

As a young lawmaker defining himself as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama visited a centre for scholars in October 2007 to give a speech on terro(...)

Joe Rey, a grower at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, Colorado, waters marijuana plants at the company facility last night. Proprietors of the first marijuana retailers licensed to sell pot for recreational use in Colorado were busy rolling joints and stocking shelves with their leafy merchandise  ahead of the New Year’s Day grand opening that marks a new chapter in America’s drug culture. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

The world’s first state-licensed marijuana retailers legally permitted to sell pot for recreational use to the general public opened for business in (...)