Archive for the 'Surveillance' Category

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“Is Alexa Spying On Us? We’re Too Busy to Care”

August 12th, 2017

Oblivion. Via: McClatchy: It’s an experience every computer or smart phone user has had. After downloading new software or an app, a window pops up with a legal agreement. At the bottom is an “I agree” button. One click, and it’s gone. Most users have no clue what they’ve agreed to. That single action can […]

‘You Will Get Chipped – Eventually’

August 9th, 2017

Mmm hmm. Via: USA Today: You will get chipped. It’s just a matter of time. … “It will happen to everybody,” says Noelle Chesley, 49, associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “But not this year, and not in 2018. Maybe not my generation, but certainly that of my kids.” Related: Cyborgs at […]

This Mysterious Military Spy Plane Has Been Flying Circles Over Seattle For Days

August 5th, 2017

Via: The Drive: A very unique USAF surveillance aircraft has been flying highly defined circles over Seattle and its various suburbs for nine days now. Nobody at the DoD seems to know who the aircraft belongs to or what exactly it is doing flying so many missions over the Seattle area. But based on its […]

Smartphones and Social Media Causing Mental Health Disaster with Children

August 4th, 2017

Via: The Atlantic: Even when a seismic event—a war, a technological leap, a free concert in the mud—plays an outsize role in shaping a group of young people, no single factor ever defines a generation. Parenting styles continue to change, as do school curricula and culture, and these things matter. But the twin rise of […]

Slain Activist’s Lawyers Latest Known Targets of Spyware Sold to Mexican Government

August 2nd, 2017

Via: CBC: At first glance, the text messages looked innocuous enough. One was a simple “service message,” the sort you might get from your cellular provider, with a link to more information. Another was more serious; the person who sent it said their father had died, and included a link to “dates for the wake.” […]

GCSB ‘Had No Idea’ Spy Gear Was Still Targeting Kim Dotcom

August 2nd, 2017

Oh sure. Via: New Zealand Herald: THE GCSB lost control of its surveillance technology and wasn’t aware its systems continued spying on Kim Dotcom, according to new documents from the spy bureau. It claimed that it turned off all surveillance systems targeting Dotcom and others but found out more than a year later that surveillance […]

Putin Bans VPNs to Stop Russians Accessing Prohibited Websites

August 1st, 2017

Via: BBC: Vladimir Putin has banned virtual private networks (VPNs) and Tor in a crackdown on apps that allow access to websites prohibited in Russia. The law, signed by President Putin, was passed by Russia’s parliament last week and will come into force on 1 November. A second law to ban anonymous use of online […]

‘Apple’s Silence in China Sets a Dangerous Precedent’

July 31st, 2017

Dangerous precedent? I think it’s more of a dangerous precedent du jour. Apple blocks apps for the Chinese regime. Yes, that’s bad. But Cisco built China’s god damned Great Firewall in the first place! In mentioning Apple’s, “Dangerous Precedent,” this New York Times article doesn’t mention Cisco at all. I’m definitely not defending Apple—their manufacturing […]

Facebook Lobbies to Prevent State Limits on Facial Recognition

July 31st, 2017

Via: The Center for Public Integrity: When Chicago resident Carlo Licata joined Facebook in 2009, he did what the 390 million other users of the world’s largest social network had already done: He posted photos of himself and friends, tagging the images with names. But what Licata, now 34, didn’t know was that every time […]

Disney’s Next Movie Could Be Watching You

July 25th, 2017

Via: Fast Company: Now, Disney Research has developed a neural network that seems to be chasing a similar idea–but for the world of movies. The system has been trained to watch an audience of theatergoers as they watch a film. It can track reactions like smiling and laughter on hundreds of faces in a dark […]

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