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539 BCE
The front side of the Cyrus Cylinder. (View Larger)
The Cyrus Cylinder, the Earliest Known Document in the History of Religious…
213 BCE – 206 BCE
Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huang.
Destroying Most Records of the Past Along with 460, or More, Scholars
313 CE
The Edict of Milan Proclaims "Religious Toleration"
October 18, 315 CEConstantine's Religious Toleration Does Not Apply to Jews 1088
The seal of the University of Bologna. (View Larger)
Foundation of the University of Bologna
August 1492Sultan Bayezid II Wellcomes Jewish Refugees from Spain 1644John Milton Issues Aereopagitica: "For Books are Not Absolutely Dead Things; but Doe Contain a Potencie of Life . . . ." April 1688The First American Public Document to Protest Slavery and One of the First Written Public Declarations of Universal Human Rights May 22, 1787 – 1807Foundation of the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade September 17, 1787 – June 21, 1788
Detail from The Constitution of the United States. Please click on the link below to view and resize full image.
The Constitution of the United States
August 26 – August 27, 1789
Detail of Déclaration des droits de l'Homme et du citoyen by Jean-Jacques le Barbier.  Please click on link below to view and resize entire image.
Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen
September 25, 1789 – December 15, 1791The Bill of Rights September 27, 1791Jews Receive Full Citizenship in France 1807William Wilberforce Crusades for the Abolition of Slavery in the British Empire 1862Abraham Lincoln's Surveillance of Telecommunications During the American Civil War January 1, 1863 – 1864Lincoln Issues the Emancipation Proclamation 1891 – 1905Government Surveillance of Refugee Reading Habits at the British Museum, 1891-1905 1925 – 1927Blue-Print for The Third Reich December 10, 1948The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is Adopted by the United Nations 1949Orwell's "Nineteen Eighty-Four" is Published November 4, 1952The National Security Agency is Founded 1953 – November 2011Ray Bradbury's Early Dystopian View of Books: "Fahrenheit 451" March 9, 1953"Once the government can demand of a publisher the names of the purchasers of his publications, the free press as we know it disappears." December 12 – December 14, 1954One of the Earliest Surviving British Television Dramas 1956Standing up to Censorship and McCarthyism During the "Second Red Scare" 1956"Nineteen Eighty-Four" Filmed 1965U.S. Senate Hearings on the Invasion of Privacy by Computers July 4, 1966President Lyndon B. Johnson Signs the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) March 1967U.S. Senate Hearings on Computer Privacy Occur Circa May – September 1967Protecting Security in a Networked Environment February 1970Rand Issues the First Systematic Review of Computer Security Issues June 13, 1971Daniel Ellsberg Releases the Pentagon Papers July 1973The Code of Fair Information Practice May 1974The Privacy Act of 1974 1976Public Key Cryptography is Suggested 1990The Electronic Frontier Foundation is Founded March 26 – March 28, 1991Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility 1994Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) March 1994"Selling Wine without Bottles" June 1994The First Web Analytics Vendor October 31, 1994Steve Jackson Games v. U.S. Secret Service 1996A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace 1997 – 2002The FBI Implements Carnivore April 1997The Newseum, an Interactive Museum of News and Journalism, is Founded June 26, 1997The Internet is Entitled to the Full Protection Given to Printed Material October 12, 1998The Digital Millenium Copyright Act November 29, 1999The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act is Enacted 2000
The front cover of Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace by Lawrence Lessig.
Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace
December 28, 2000Safeguarding Internet Security in China 2001
Lawrence Lessig
The Future of Ideas: The Fate of Commons in a Connected World
Edwin Black
IBM and the Holocaust
2001 – June 7, 2013Mail Isolation Control and Tracking (MICT) January 2002 – 2003The Information Awareness Office December 2002
Creative Commons logo
Creative Commons
April 14, 2003HIPAA: Privacy of Medical Records, Goes into Effect 2005
The FBI seal
NarusInsight Supercomputer Network Monitoring Software
October 19, 2005
The Electronic Frontier Foundation logo
Decoding Printer Tracking Dots
January 31, 2006
The Electronic Frontier Foundation logo
Hepting v. AT&T
February 6 – February 10, 2006
The Department of Homeland Security seal
The "Cyber Storm" War Game
December 2006
Julian Assange
"An Uncensorable System for Mass Document Leaking"
December 31, 2006
Julian Assange
Wikileaks Manifesto
May 25, 2007 – May 12, 2008
Google Street View image of St Johns Street in Manchester UK showing 8 different possible views
Google Introduces Street View in Google Maps
September 11, 2007 – June 6, 2013
A BoundlessInformant global heat map of data collection. The color scheme ranges from green (areas least subjected to surveillance) through yellow and orange to red (areas most subjected to surveilance).
The PRISM Surveillance Program
November 5, 2008Year After Year People Will Share Twice as Much Information December 8, 2008"Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency" December 2009 – January 12, 2010Google's Computers in China Come Under Attack, Initiating a Review of the Company's Operations in China January 15, 2010Exploit Code for Attacks on Google Released on the Internet April 27 – June 10, 2010Google Acknowledges that it Collected Wi-Fi Information Along with Cartographic and Imaging Information April 30, 2010Using the Twitter Archive for Historical Research June 2, 2010Social Networks Take a Machiavellian Approach to Privacy July 29, 2010Wikileaks Installs an "Insurance File" November 28 – December 8, 2010The Wikileaks U. S. Diplomatic Cables Leak December 27, 2010Founder of Wikileaks to Publish his Autobiography 2012The Anatomy of an Internet Attack by "Anonymous" January 17, 2012Major Websites Go Dark to Protest Web Censorship Legislation April 26, 2012During Testimony over a Phone Hacking Scandal Rupert Murdoch Predicts the End of Print News Media November 29 – December 1, 2012"Anonymous" Plans to Shut Down Syrian Government Websites in Response to Countrywide Internet Blackout November 29, 2012U.S. Bill to Stengthen Privacy Protection for Emails 2013Criticism of Julian Assange and Wikileaks as Reflected in the Film, "The Fifth Estate" June 2013The NSA Mines Metadata Rather than the Content of Telecommunication October 25, 2013Launch of "The Zuckerberg Files" December 4, 2013Snowden Documents Show the NSA Tracking Cellphone Locations Worldwide December 9, 2013U.S. and British Spies Infiltrated "World of Warcraft" and "Second Life" December 10, 2013The NSA Uses "Cookies" to Pinpoint Targets for Hacking October 21, 2014"How Edward Snowden Changed Journalism" October 25, 2014ISIS Closes Mosul University Departments and Bans Text Books January 9, 2015The Role of Technology in the Increased Violence Against Journalists February 26 – June 12, 2015The FCC Rules in Favor of Net Neutrality in the United States