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  • Sex and sabotage

    Through an extensive use of Oklahoma's Open Records Act, the Journal Record obtained emails, text messages and records of telephone calls that told how two Department of Environmental Quality staff members conspired with a state legislator to torpedo the agency's funding. The records show the lawmaker was romantically entangled with one agency official and also showed the agency's executive director sexually harassed other agency employees and promoted employees who were not qualified.

    Tags: oklahoma; Open Records Act; Department of Environmental Quality

    By M. Scott Carter

    Oklahoma Watch


  • Emergency text alert system inconsistent across college campuses

    In the wake of violence across college campuses in recent years, the wide range of percentages of college students who receive emergency notifications via text message reflect the inconsistent and patchwork emergency notification systems that U.S. universities and colleges use. In addition, universities vary on how they keep track of who and how many receive these alerts. But a review of university procedures at about two-dozen universities by Midwest student reporters revealed that universities automatically send out emergency notifications to school email addresses, but often allow students to opt-in for text messages. In fact, many schools do not require students to register for and receive text messages.

    Tags: college; college students; emergency notifications; text message; emergency notification system

    By Amy Harwath; Sarah Hadley; Rory Linanne; Danielle Sheppard; Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism; Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism


  • Sex Offender Preferential Treatment?

    An asst. cheerleading coach in a small town was registered as a sex offender after sending a teenager inappropriate text messages. He was sentenced to a 5 year supervised probation. But the judge who sentenced him went to the same church as the coach. Over time, the two became friends so the coach tried to use the friendship to his benefit and get off of his 5-year probation, early. He filed to have the remainder of his probation terminated after having only served half of it. The lead investigating agency was never informed, until we got involved. After we got involved, the coach eventually withdrew his request to end his probation early. So now, the registered sex offender is serving out his entire 5 years.

    Tags: sex offenders

    By Kiran Chawla; Robert Hollins

    WAFB-TV (Baton Rouge, La.)


  • Inside the Matrix

    The National Security Agency is America’s largest, most costly, and by far most secret intelligence agency. Because its mandate is to eavesdrop on all forms of communications, from email messages to cell phones calls to Google searches to Tweets, it is also the agency that poses the greatest potential harm to the privacy of American citizens. What few outside the intelligence community knew, until Wired’s April cover story, was just how much private data the agency was collecting, where they would store it all, how they would analyze it, and how much of a threat this capability posed to Americans. In the article I describe the agency’s hidden growth over the past decade, spending tens of billions of dollars on new eavesdropping centers around the county, in Georgia, Texas, Colorado and Hawaii. Most importantly, I focused on the final piece in that complex technological puzzle, a gargantuan and highly secret facility where all of that intercepted communications would be stored and analyzed. At a million square feet, the Bluffdale, Utah center could potentially hold up to a yottabyte of data, somewhere around 500 quintillion (500,000,000,000,000,000,000) pages of text, much of that communications to and from American citizens. I also revealed for the first time the NSA’s highly secret new supercomputer complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. To analyze the mountains of data in the Bluffdale center, much of it encrypted, the agency’s Oak Ridge scientists are working on a computer designed to operate at zetaflop speeds – a billion billion operations a second. Thus, the article outlines for the first time the NSA's growing -- and increasingly dangerous -- eavesdropping capabilities.

    Tags: National Security Agency; eavesdropping centers

    By James Bamford



  • Wired for Repression

    Bloomberg's series "Wired for Repression" revealed the extent to which Western companies have sold surveillance systems to authoritarian countries, including Iran, Syria, Bahrain and Tunisia, which have used them to track, imprison, torture and kill. The newest newest artillery for reprssive regimes, the gear allows authorities to intercept their citizens' e-mails and text messages, monitor Internet activity and locate political targets through cell phone technology.

    Tags: torture; surveillance; imprisonment; censorship

    By Vernon Silver; Ben Elqin

    Bloomberg Markets (Princeton, N.J.)


  • "Sexting DA"

    AP reporter Ryan Foley revealed that prominent Wisconsin District Attorney Ken Kratz was sending harassing text messages to female victims; women whom he was supposed to be protecting. When the sexual harassment was reported to the authorities, "legal regulators and colleagues" kept the allegations private in an attempt to protect the reputation of the DA.

    Tags: DA; Ken Kratz; district attorney; Wisconsin; public records; Jim Doyle; Calumet County; Crime Victims' Rights Board; Department of Justice; Chilton; Madison

    By Ryan Foley

    Associated Press


  • University Alert System Fails

    An armed robbery taking place just feet off of the University of Miami campus failed to trigger a system-wide emergency notification. The text messages and e-mails meant to alert students and faculty of the danger were never sent out. CBS4 uncovers the failure.

    Tags: armed robbery; University of Miami; alert; system; fail; students; crime; gunmen; e-mails; text messages; emergency;

    By Gio Benitez; Waverly Allen;

    WFOR-TV (Miami)


  • The Email Trial

    After requesting records from the Harris County Sheriff's Office to investigate possible corruption of the local County Commissioner, over 750,000 emails were deleted.

    Tags: e-mail; slave labor; surveillance; ranch house; text message; shredding;

    By Wayne Dolcefino; Steve Bivens; David Defranchi

    KTRK-TV (Houston)


  • Primetime Thursday -- Caught Cheating

    This Primetime investigation examined highschools and colleges across the United States, and found that cheating is all too common. Reporters talked with students who cheat and administrators who have to dole out the punishment. The investigation exposed new, high tech methods of cheating such as text messaging or hand-held internet devices. On the other hand, it also exposed new high-tech methods of catching cheaters, such as a website that scans documents for plagiarism. The investigators talked with students and parents to offer possible reasons for this trend.

    Tags: high school; secondary school; college; university; testing; exams; finals; academic honesty; ethics; professors

    By Charles Gibson;David Doss;Shelley Ross;George Paul;Jessica Velmans;Claire Weinraub;Ed Delgado;Alan Esner;Erik Olsen Chris Whipple;Ann Reynolds;Naria Halliwell

    ABC News


  • Wal-Mart Heiress; Term Papers

    ABC News 20/20 investigates academic cheating and plagiarism in colleges across the campus. The story also focuses on one of the most famous cases in which, Paige Laurie, the great-granddaughter of a Wal-Mart co-founder, paid her former roommate to do all of her papers and assignments while attending the University of Southern California. Reporters also look at why and how students cheat, from text messaging test answers to one another, to Internet "paper mills" which provide students with papers for a fee.

    Tags: academic cheating; Internet; "paper mills; " plagiarism; Edith Martinez; Paige Laurie;

    By David Sloan;John Stossel;Martin Phillips;Eric Hanan;Ruth Iwano;Shalini Sharma

    ABC News 20/20