Year Started At POGO: 2017
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Areas of expertise: Cybersecurity, Privacy, Surveillance
Andrea Peterson is a journalist with extensive experience reporting on cybersecurity, privacy, and surveillance. From 2013 to 2016, she covered technology policy for The Washington Post. While at the Post, she helped break stories from the cache of National Security Agency documents leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden, and news about the Obama administration’s internal deliberations about encryption policy. Prior to the Post, Andrea reported for Think Progress. Her work has also been published by Slate, Science Progress, and the Sunlight Foundation. Andrea earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and East Asian languages and cultures from the University of Kansas.
Lax enforcement of a key lobbying disclosure law and the use of middlemen makes it hard to track foreign propaganda in the United States.
White House tech support discovered the suspected breach after Kelly turned his phone in to tech support staff this summer.
White House officials are reviewing a third email account associated with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s private email domain.
The White House has launched an internal probe of private email use, pulling batches of emails on the White House server to and from private accounts of senior aides, according to four officials familiar with the matter.
The independent government agency that’s supposed to ensure your privacy and civil liberties are respected by surveillance programs is practically paralyzed as Congress is debating key spying powers.
The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) expanded its investigative staff this week with three hires that bring a wealth of experience unearthing stories involving homeland security, government surveillance, and federal spending.
During an investigation into leaks from a Senate Intelligence Committee staffer, the Justice Department went after journalist Ali Watkins’ data—seizing years of records related to her email accounts and phone number, according to a letter Justice sent to Watkins.
POGO talks with the NSA’s first independently-appointed Inspector General.
We must learn from the failings of the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation to make future oversight efforts better.
Whistleblower retaliation concerns have even infected the offices that are supposed to be a safe haven for those who report abuse in the Intelligence Community.
Suspicious trades in the run-up to President Trump’s steel tariff announcement are just the latest potential conflict of interest involving the one-time White House advisor.
The target of one of the first indictments to come out of the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election reportedly visited the White House as recently as this summer.
Even with a new chairman, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a key government watchdog, won’t be able to return to full strength without a quorum of at least three members.
The Trump administration is jettisoning important accountability measures along with the ban on giving certain military equipment to local police forces.
Even the revised version of a Department of Justice warrant seeking information about an anti-Trump organizing site raises serious constitutional concerns.
A new tool from Taxpayers for Common Sense provides the most comprehensive public snapshot of unclassified cybersecurity spending.
Fritz Schwarz, Jr., on what made the Church Committee work—and why Congressional investigations today are harder.