Tag: surveillance

Schools Spy on Kids to Prevent Shootings, But There’s No Evidence It Works

It was another sleepy board of education meeting in Woodbridge, N.J. The board gave out student commendations and presented budget requests. Parents complained about mold in classrooms. Then, a pair of high schoolers stepped up to the podium with a concern that took the district officials completely off guard. “We have students so concerned about […]

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How Ring Went From ‘Shark Tank’ Reject to America’s Scariest Surveillance Company

This is the first of a three-part series, where we’ll explore how Ring transformed from start-up pitch to the technology powering Amazon’s privatized surveillance network throughout the United States. When Ring came to Baltimore, residents believed they were out of options. Pastor Troy Randall, who lives in northwest Baltimore, said that his neighborhood has been […]

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Australia Introduces Phone Detection Cameras for Roads

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Zimbabwe Is Trying to Build a China Style Surveillance State

The end of Robert Mugabe’s brutal 37-year dictatorship over Zimbabwe in 2017 was greeted by scenes of wild jubilation on the streets of Harare by people who’d seen their dream of independence from minority white rule turned into tyranny under the aging dictator’s leadership. But it was on social media that Zimbabweans first found their […]

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Smart CCTV Networks Are Driving an AI-Powered Apartheid in South Africa

Michael Kwet is a Visiting Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. He is the author of Digital Colonialism: US Empire and the New Imperialism in the Global South, and hosts the Tech Empire podcast. “Beggars” and “vagrants” are not welcome in Parkhurst, South Africa, a mostly white, middle-class suburb of about […]

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India Is Using a 134-Year-Old Law Designed for Telegraphs to Monitor People’s Encrypted Texts

1885 was the year Mark Twain published the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York on a boat from France. It was also the year the Indian government passed a piece of legislation that lawmakers in Delhi say is key to providing them with broad powers to monitor, intercept, […]

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Moscow Is About to Build a Surveillance System to Rival China’s Dystopian Nightmare

For years the Kremlin has been taking steps to implement a dystopian Chinese-style surveillance system that can track its citizens wherever they go. Now, a court ruling has paved the way for Moscow to build just such a system. On Wednesday, a Moscow court dismissed a lawsuit brought by Alena Popova, an activist and founder […]

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About Three Billion Social Media Users Are Being Spied On by Their Governments

Dozens of governments around the world are weaponizing social media to subvert democratic elections and spy on their own citizens, a new report reveals. The latest edition of Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net report shows that rather than acting as a vector for more transparency and open elections, the internet is being used to […]

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The Assassination of Blogger Martin Kok

The tale started with an encrypted phone company, Morroccan gangsters, the Scottish mafia, and a blogger. It ended with an assassination outside of a sex club in Amsterdam. Last week, Motherboard reporter Joseph Cox broke the news that MPC—a Scottish company that hawked special encrypted phones that could evade police surveillance—had been connected to the […]

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The Most Important Moments From Edward Snowden’s Appearance On Joe Rogan’s Podcast

If you avoid Joe Rogan’s show like the plague because you’re uncomfortable with the fact that he gives a platform to conspiracy theorists and nut-job UFO enthusiasts, then… we get it. But know that you’re also missing out on some seriously great interviews. The man knows how to draw big-name guests, and his unfiltered long-format […]

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AI Weekly: In China, you can no longer buy a smartphone without a face scan

Picture a world in which the baseline requirement for a new smartphone is a facial recognition test. You needn’t imagine it — in China, beginning December 1, that’s the scrutiny to which the country’s over 850 million internet users will be subject, without exception. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said in a late […]

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Human Rights Activist Allegedly Targeted With NSO Malware Says His Life Is ‘Hellish’

Hackers likely working for a government targeted two Moroccan human rights activists with malware made by the controversial Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group, according to a new report by Amnesty International. In the report, researchers from Amnesty detail a series of attacks against Maati Monjib, a historian and journalist, and Abdessadak El Bouchattaoui, a lawyer […]

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36 Civil Rights Groups Demand End to Amazon’s Partnerships with Police

Thirty-six civil rights organizations signed an open letter demanding local, state, and federal officials to end partnerships between Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance company, and over 405 law enforcement agencies around the country. The open letter, which was published yesterday by digital rights advocacy group Fight for the Future, also demands municipalities to pass surveillance oversight […]

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DHS Says It Will Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants, Including Children

A father carries his sleeping son, 3, after their family illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border on December 7, 2015 near Rio Grande City, TexasPhoto: John Moore (Getty Images) Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security announced that it will be collecting DNA samples from tens of thousands of immigrants detained in federal facilities, including children, and […]

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The US government wants a major tech company to stop the deployment of strong, end-to-end encryption in the name of “public safety.” Is this Crypto Wars 3 or 4? Much like Fast and Furious sequels, I can’t recall which one we’re at, and they all kinda look the […]

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Hackers Tried to Compromise Phones of Tibetans Working for Dalai Lama

Hackers tried to break into the iPhones and Android devices of several Tibetans, some working for the office of the Dalai Lama, the Central Tibetan Administration, and the Tibetan parliament, according to a new report. The hackers used exploits and spyware developed for the iOS and Android operating systems, and attempted to deliver them through […]

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Edward Snowden’s Novel Makeover

Edward Snowden’s new memoir, Permanent Record, wasn’t eagerly anticipated. That’s only because hardly anyone had heard about it before Snowden’s publisher, Macmillan, announced in August that it would go on sale in 20 countries on September 17, Constitution Day. To keep the project covert, even from Snowden’s many hard-core admirers, publishers had reportedly used code […]

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Eye in the Sky: LAPD Makes Drone Usage Permanent

Photo: iStock Anyone who’s lived in L.A. knows that helicopters—particularly, ones manned by the LAPD—are a staple of the city’s skies. Now, a small fleet of drones will be permanently added to the department’s surveillance arsenal, raising concerns from civil liberties advocates. The permanent addition of drones was approved unanimously by a five-member civilian police […]

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Facebook denies that Oculus Quest and Rift S share your room data

Facebook’s data harvesting and sharing practices have deservedly come under fire over the past two years, but the company wants to put a recent rumor to rest: It’s not gathering or sharing data about the rooms where its Oculus Quest and Rift S VR headsets are being used, and if that changes in the future, it […]

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Ring Says It’s Partnered With 405 Police Departments, Here’s What We Still Don’t Know

Jamie Siminoff, the founder of Amazon-owned home security company Ring, published a blog today in which he revealed that the company has partnered with 405 law enforcement agencies around the country. These partnerships give police access to a Law Enforcement Neighborhood portal, an interactive map that shows the approximate location of all Ring cameras in […]

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The Trailer for ‘Mr. Robot’ Season 4 Just Dropped and It’s Dark as Ever

The trailer for Season 4 of USA’s hacking drama Mr. Robot just dropped. In it, a piano plays “Silent Night.” Like the trailers for seasons past, it features disjointed shots of characters in tense moments: Price drinking, Darlene watching, Dom crying, Vera shooting, Tyrell and Elliot arguing, and lots of shots of blood. Unlike other […]

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ICE Just Renewed Its Contract With Palantir

Immigration and Customs Enforcement just renewed its contract with Palantir, a data aggregation company, despite protests from organizers demanding that the agency ends its relationship with the company, according to a document published to a government contract database Monday. Since 2014, Palantir has provided the software that powers ICE’s Investigative Case Management System, which has […]

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