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Sales of George Orwell's 1984 surge after Kellyanne Conway's 'alternative facts' Video SparkNotes: Orwell's 1984 Summary. UK security agencies unlawfully collected data for decade. The UK’s security agencies have secretly and unlawfully collected massive volumes of confidential personal data, including financial information, on British citizens for more than a decade, top judges have ruled.

UK security agencies unlawfully collected data for decade

The investigatory powers tribunal, which is the only court that hears complaints against MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, has ruled that the security services operated secret regimes to collect vast amounts of personal communications data tracking individual phone and web use and large datasets of confidential personal information without adequate safeguards or supervision for more than 10 years. The NSA and surveillance ... made simple - video animation. The Snowden leaks explained. Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security. US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward Snowden.

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

The files show that the National Security Agency and its UK counterpart GCHQ have broadly compromised the guarantees that internet companies have given consumers to reassure them that their communications, online banking and medical records would be indecipherable to criminals or governments. Revealed: Rio Tinto's plan to use drones to monitor workers' private lives.

In the remote Australian outback, multinational companies are embarking on a secretive new kind of mining expedition.

Revealed: Rio Tinto's plan to use drones to monitor workers' private lives

Rio Tinto has long mined the Pilbara region of Western Australia for iron ore riches but now the company is seeking to extract a rather different kind of resource – its own employees, for data. Thousands of Rio Tinto personnel live in company-run mining camps, spending not just work hours but leisure and home time in space controlled by their employer – which in this emerging era of smart infrastructure presents the opportunity to hoover up every detail of their lives. Rio Tinto is no stranger to using technology to improve efficiency, having replaced human-operated vehicles with automated haul trucks and trains controlled out of a central operations centre in Perth. The company is embarking on an attempt to manage its remaining human workers in the same way, and privacy advocates fear it could set a precedent that extends well beyond the mining industry. 'I got too rich in North Korea and had to fake my own death' – a defector's story ​

Dzhon Khen-mu’s decision to fake his own death and escape North Korea all began with a box of popular local herbs.

'I got too rich in North Korea and had to fake my own death' – a defector's story ​

Working as a hotel manager in the capital, Pyongyang, he was one of the few North Koreans allowed to be in close contact with foreign guests who were on state-sanctioned visits. One day, he gave a Japanese visitor a box of ginseng as a gift, who in turn gave hima $300 tip – an act of generosity that would change his life for ever, he explains from South Korea, where he has lived since 2003. Commercial activity is prohibited by North Korea’s collectivist leadership. But in the 1990s, as famine killed hundreds of thousands of people, a thriving black market emerged. By 2004, North Korea’s first industrial park had opened and authorities started to allowed citizens to slowly engage in business. Soon he says he had amassed around $100,000, a substantial sum in a country where the average salary is less than $1,000 a year.

A version of this article first appeared on RFE/RL. NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations explained. Two factors opened the way for the rapid expansion of surveillance over the past decade: the fear of terrorism created by the 9/11 attacks and the digital revolution that led to an explosion in cell phone and internet use.

NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations explained

But along with these technologies came an extension in the NSA’s reach few in the early 1990s could have imagined. Details that in the past might have remained private were suddenly there for the taking. Chris Soghoian Principal technologist, ACLU.

Nineteen eighty-four. Though all "thinking people," as they are still sometimes called, must by now have more than a vague idea of the dangers which mankind runs from modern techniques, George Orwell, like Aldous Huxley, feels that the more precise we are in our apprehensions the better.

Nineteen eighty-four

Huxley's "Ape and Essence" was in the main a warning of the biological evils the split atom may have in store for us; Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four speaks of the psychological breaking-in process to which an up-to-date dictatorship can subject non-cooperators. The story is brilliantly constructed and told. Winston Smith, of the Party (but not the Inner Party) kicks against the pricks, with what results we shall leave readers to find out for themselves.

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