Archive for the 'Surveillance' Category

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This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult

January 24th, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: Every move you make. Every click you take. Every game you play. Every place you stay. They’ll be watching you. Forget telephoto lenses and fake mustaches: The most important tools for America’s 35,000 private investigators are database subscription services. For more than a decade, professional snoops have been able to search troves of […]

Facial Recognition to Replace Passports in Security Overhaul at Australian Airports

January 23rd, 2017

Via: Guardian: A radical overhaul of security at Australia’s international airports is the first step towards the government’s goal of automating 90% of air traveller processing by 2020. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will start moving towards a “contactless” system for arrivals this year, Fairfax reported on Sunday – the most ambitious stage […]

A New Era of Mass Surveillance is Emerging Across Europe

January 22nd, 2017

Via: Just Security: In recent months, and in the wake of a series of terrorist attacks across Europe, Germany, France and the United Kingdom — Europe’s biggest superpowers — have passed laws granting their surveillance agencies virtually unfettered power to conduct bulk interception of communications across Europe and beyond, with limited to no effective oversight […]

Tesla’s Second Generation Autopilot Could Reduce Crash Rate by 90%, Says CEO Elon Musk

January 21st, 2017

Whatever you think about autonomous drive technologies, my point with posting these stories is not to be a cheerleader one way or another. I just want to be sure everyone knows that this stuff is real and it is coming. Millions of drivers will lose their jobs, and these are not minimum wage, burger flipping […]

Air Force Tests IBM’s Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

January 17th, 2017

Nope, there aren’t any SkyNet jokes in the article. Via: MIT Technology Review: Satellites, aircraft, and growing numbers of drones—the U.S. Air Force has a lot of electronic eyes in the sky. Now it’s exploring whether brain-inspired computer chips could give those systems the smarts to do things like automatically identify vehicles such as tanks […]

Obama Expands Surveillance Powers on His Way Out

January 13th, 2017

Via: Electronic Frontier Foundation: With mere days left before President-elect Donald Trump takes the White House, President Barack Obama’s administration just finalized rules to make it easier for the nation’s intelligence agencies to share unfiltered information about innocent people. New rules issued by the Obama administration under Executive Order 12333 will let the NSA—which collects […]

Facebook: Building 8

January 12th, 2017

Wikipedia: Transcranial Pulsed Ultrasound: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is undergoing research to develop a helmet that could control the minds of soldiers through the use of TPU. It would have the potential to control a soldier’s stress and anxiety levels with the click of a remote controlled button.[5] Sound waves would target specific […]

China Has Wealth of Data on What Individuals Are Doing at a Micro Level

January 11th, 2017

Most of what sounds grim about this situation in China is the same in the U.S. Via: CBC: Living in China, it’s safe to assume pretty much everything about you is known — or easily can be known — by the government. Where you go, who you’re with, which restaurants you like, when and why […]

Terror Suspects Could be Forced to Wear Electronic Tags Under Radical Proposal from German Justice Minister

January 9th, 2017

Do you get it yet? Do you see what becomes possible when they create the problem in the first place? If you think this would just be used on “Islamic extremists,” read the statement from Heiko Maas carefully: “The use of ankle tags should not be only available for convicted criminals after release from prison, […]

How Is the Facebook Android App So Diabolical?

January 2nd, 2017

Update: How Facebook Learns About Your Offline Life I found this, but it doesn’t mention the “hot mics” issue that is obviously real: How Facebook Learns About Your Offline Life — Can anyone explain this one? During Christmas, I was over at a house with a bunch of family members. My brother in law’s girlfriend […]

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