NSA effect: people are not reading about terrorist groups

Έχετε αμφιβολίες για το ότι τα διάφορα προγράμματα κατασκοπίας της ς των ΗΠΑ και συγκεκριμένα της υπηρεσίας πληροφοριών NSA, έχει κάνει τους ανθρώπους παρανοϊκούς; Ας το ξεκαθαρίσουμε σήμερα.

Jonathon Penney, of the Citizen Lab of the University of Toronto, analyzed Wikipedia's traffic and found that visits to terrorist-related entries were down by 30% following Edward Snowden's revelations of NSA's spy on online activity the citizens.

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In his study, 'Chilling Effects: Online Surveillance and Wikipedia Use', Penney appears to be checking monthly Wikipedia page hits for 48 topics the US Department of Homeland Security said it monitors on social media. These pages include tags such as: 'Al Qaeda', 'terror', 'weapons grade', 'Abu Sayyaf', 'Iran', 'extremism', 'Nigeria' and jihad.

The researcher discovered that 16 months prior to Snowden's revelations had specific 3.000.000 articles about a month's visits. In the post-Snowden era, visits fell sharply to 2 million in the first post-first revelation interval, and stabilized at just under 2,5 million 14 months later.

Penney's research highlights that government wiretapping programs discourage legitimate δικαιωμάτων του πολίτη από την απειλή νομικών κυρώσεων. Στην περίπτωση αυτή, στην information to find out what is happening around the world.

Penney concluded:

If people are afraid to be informed about important news and other important events, or from doing a simple search on the για τα θέματα του δικαίου, της ασφάλειας και της δημόσιας τάξης, όπως “τρομοκρατία”, τα αποτελέσματα θα έχουν επίσης σοβαρές επιπτώσεις στη δημόσια τάξη και τη δημόσια σύσκεψη στο συγκεκριμένο θέμα. Με τους ανθρώπους δυνητικά διατηρημένους στον φόβο που αποτρέπει αυτές τις βασικές πράξεις of information, they will be less informed, and the wider processes of democratic consultation will be weakened.

His research could help one filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of the non-profit organization Wikipedia against the NSA and the Department of Justice. The lawsuit claims that the of the US violated the Fourth through mass surveillance programs.

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