Category: Surveillance

China has perfected the internet control playbook and now it’s exporting it to the world

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | Source URL After decades of back-and-forth over internet freedom, China has figured out a method for allowing people to use the internet for social and business purposes, but not for political reform — a combination of huge boiler-rooms full of censors, centralization of internet […]

As Tech Giants Compete for $18B Pentagon Contract to Develop Orwellian Data Cloud, Workers Push Back

Silicon Valley companies have something the Pentagon wants: remarkable artificial intelligence capabilities. Since the DoD doesn’t have the means to develop this technology itself, it has to purchase it from somewhere. It’s a natural partnership for an increasingly Orwellian age. Randi Nord | Mintpress News | Source URL SILICON VALLEY, […]

As Tech Giants Compete for $18B Pentagon Contract to Develop Orwellian Data Cloud, Workers Push Back

Silicon Valley companies have something the Pentagon wants: remarkable artificial intelligence capabilities. Since the DoD doesn’t have the means to develop this technology itself, it has to purchase it from somewhere. It’s a natural partnership for an increasingly Orwellian age. Randi Nord | Mintpress News | Source URL SILICON VALLEY, […]

Facebook Shareholders Accuse Zuckerberg of Running ‘Corporate Dictatorship’ and Condemn Data Privacy Scandal as ‘Human Rights Violation’

Julia Conley | Common Dreams | Source URL At a tense annual meeting, Facebook shareholders added their voices to the outcry that’s been directed at the social media giant over its recent user privacy scandal and what some suggested has been CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s outsized control over the company. “If […]

Leaked Emails Show Google Expected Lucrative Military AI Work to Grow Exponentially

Lee Fang | The Intercept | Source URL FOLLOWING THE REVELATION in March that Google had secretly signed an agreement with the Pentagon to provide cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology for drone warfare, the company faced an internal revolt. About a dozen Google employees have resigned in protest and thousands have signed a petition calling for […]

Mapping DHS’s new cybersecurity strategy, highlighting S&T’s R&D support

Homeland Security Newswire | Source URL Last month at a cybersecurity conference, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen previewed the May unveiling of DHS’s new cybersecurity strategy and issued a stern warning to cybercriminals. The new DHSCybersecurity Strategy was released 15 May. Nielsen said: “I have a news flash for America’s adversaries: Complacency […]

Governments all over the world buy spy products that let them track and eavesdrop on global cellphones, especially US phones

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | Source URL Senator Ron Wyden [D-OR] has sent a letter to the DHS with his view that “nefarious actors may have exploited” the cellular phone system “to target the communications of American citizens.” He’s referring to well-understood vulnerabilities in the ancient, creaking SS7 messaging […]

Google’s Hypothetical ‘Selfish Ledger’ Imagines Collecting All Your Data to Push You to Change Society

Fortune | Source URL A couple of years ago, Alphabet’s X “moonshot factory” conjured up a concept that describes how total and absolute data collection could be used to shape the decisions you make. And now a video about that concept has leaked online. The video was obtained and published on Thursday […]

Senate bill would expand federal counter-drone powers, including at local ‘mass gatherings’

Michael Laris | The Washington Post | Source URL A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Monday that would give the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security powers to act against drones deemed a threat, including those at large gatherings in local communities, if federal authorities are invited by […]

Facebook’s privacy crisis deepens as firm admits it has now suspended 200 apps as part of audit following the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Press Association via Daily Mail | Source URL Facebook has suspended around 200 apps as part of its investigation into misuse of personal data on the social network. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg promised an audit of apps that may have accessed […]

Privacy concerns over Amazon ‘Echo babysitter’ smart speaker that records children’s voices and stores them online

The Daily Mail | Source URL Amazon released its first Echo device for kids last month, but now lawmakers are raising privacy concerns due to a feature that records children’s voices and stores them online. Called the Echo Dot Kids Edition, it looks just like Amazon’s other Alexa-enabled devices, but includes new […]

West Sacramento Launching Controversial Program Watching Public’s Social Media Posts

CBS13 Sacramento | Source URL WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — West Sacramento is the first city to launch a controversial new program that watches what people post about it online. The pilot project gives city leaders a look at what’s trending in the city, whether it’s good or bad. It’s also creating privacy […]

Public to Be Scanned in Real Time as Police Body Cameras May Soon Get Facial Recognition

Jack Burns | The Free Thought Project | Source URL New innovations in technology are allowing police officers to contribute to a growing database by implementing facial recognition software in Breathalyzer tests and body cameras. The largest maker of body cameras in the United States, Axon, announced last week that […]