Sharon Weinberger is a national security reporter with a focus on science and technology issues.
Most recently, she was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., where she was working on a history of the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). She has been a Knight Science Fellow at MIT, an International Report Project Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a Carnegie Fellow at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, and an Alicia Patterson Fellow. Her writing on military science and technology has appeared regularly in Nature, BBC, Discover, Slate, Wired, and the Washington Post among other publications. She is the author of Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon’s Scientific Underworld (Nation Books, 2006) and a forthcoming history of DARPA (Knopf).
A document created by an intelligence fusion center with the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis appears to serve as a primer for law enforcement on encryption, noting that increasing “public awareness of government surveillance has contributed to the rising consumer demand for covert messaging apps.”
As of last July, over 3,500 suspected terrorists included in the U.S. government’s central terror database were “confirmed dead” and another 13,000 were “reportedly dead,” yet many of their names continued to be actively monitored in databases like the no-fly list.