Archive for the 'Surveillance' Category

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Who Controls Your Computer? (And How to Make Sure It’s You)

March 7th, 2017

Good luck with that. My paranoia doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of this thing. Keep going, keep pushing through, and the next thing you know, you’re falling through fractals of fuckedness that endlessly reveal more fuckedness the deeper you descend. Via: François-René Rideau: At least in theory, we therefore know how to build […]

Open Thread: Trump Wiretap Claims

March 6th, 2017

I haven’t posted anything about this because I have no idea what all the fuss is about. Where is the uproar over the spook’s data center in Utah? Man, if you think that place is only used to store information gleaned from taps on foreigners, I’ve got a bridge to sell you. Retroactive surveillance? Remember […]

Why Amazon’s Data Centers Are Hidden in Spy Country

March 2nd, 2017

Yeah, I guess you’d be nuts to think that Amazon built out infrastructure in this area to be in close proximity to CIA. That’s just a coincidence, as usual: The fact that northern Virginia is home to major intelligence operations and to major nodes of network infrastructure isn’t exactly a sign of government conspiracy so […]

‘Facebook Artificial Intelligence Spots Suicidal Users’

March 1st, 2017

The Facebook bots will also be used to, “Identify posts by terrorists among other concerning content.” Mmm hmm. Via: BBC: Facebook has begun using artificial intelligence to identify members that may be at risk of killing themselves. The social network has developed algorithms that spot warning signs in users’ posts and the comments their friends […]

DHS Quietly Testing Mandatory Facial Recognition of Passengers *Exiting* U.S.

February 27th, 2017

Via: Professional Troublemaker: We’re all used to having to identify ourselves as we enter a country. It is the only way we can hope to have any attempt at a secure border. But, so-called “exit controls,” where documents are checked as travelers are leaving the country, were popularized last century by Nazi Germany as a […]

Cameras, Microphones and Sensors on 3,200 Street Lights in San Diego

February 27th, 2017

Via: Reuters: General Electric will put cameras, microphones and sensors on 3,200 street lights in San Diego this year, marking the first large-scale use of “smart city” tools GE says can help monitor traffic and pinpoint crime, but raising potential privacy concerns. Based on technology from GE’s Current division, Intel Corp and AT&T Inc, the […]

Flashback 2013: Jeff Bezos Is Doing Huge Business with the CIA, While Keeping His Washington Post Readers in the Dark

February 17th, 2017

Not only do I buy a lot of homeschooling books for my children from Amazon, but Cryptogon depends on affiliate commissions from Amazon. Several retailers in New Zealand simply buy stuff at retail from Amazon and then send it over to NZ. (That should give you an idea of how broken retailing is in NZ […]

AI-Powered Body Cams for Police

February 17th, 2017

Via: Vocativ: The police body camera industry is the latest to jump on the artificial intelligence bandwagon, bringing new powers and privacy concerns to a controversial technology bolstered by the need to hold police accountable after numerous high-profile killings of unarmed black citizens. Now, that tech is about to get smarter. Last week, Taser, the […]

Flynn’s Takedown, “A Soft Coup”

February 14th, 2017

In case anyone is keeping score, there was a faction allied with Trump that claimed that they were going to steal the election from Hillary, who was obviously well into the process of stealing the election for herself (see Bernie). Post election, Hillary’s faction obviously hasn’t just shrugged its shoulders and said, “Oh well.” Via: […]

CIA Files Reveal How U.S. Used Psychics to Spy on Iran

February 10th, 2017

Via: Miami Herald: “The stuff that the CIA has declassified is garbage,” one of the Grill Flame psychics, Joseph McMoneagle, told the Miami Herald. “They haven’t declassified any of the stuff that worked.” Agreed Edwin May, a physicist who oversaw parapsychology research for government intelligence agencies for 20 years: “The psychics were able to tell, […]

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