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Former Facebook Exec: 'You Don’t Realize It But You Are Being Programmed'

This is the year everyone—including founding executives—began publicly questioning the impact of social media on our lives.<p>Last month, Facebook’s …

NSA whistleblower discusses ‘How the NSA tracks you’

At the outdoor hacker camp and conference SHA2017, which is taking place in the Netherlands, NSA whistleblower William Binney gave the talk, “How the …

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WikiLeaks drops 'Grasshopper' documents, part four of its CIA Vault 7 files

After publishing thousands of politicised emails during the US presidential election, Wikileaks has turned its focus to the US intelligence …

New Snowden leaks unravel mystery behind NSA's UK base

Just when you thought you couldn't be shocked by the NSA's snooping anymore, new leaked documents show the agency's reach extends far beyond American borders. According to files obtained by <i>The Intercept</i> from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, a US base in the UK has been eavesdropping on satellite …

China spent millions on a shady project to control the weather ahead of the Beijing Olympics — and dozens of other countries are doing it too

Their mission? Make it rain.<p>The project is part of a larger campaign of so-called weather modification techniques that the country has been using since at least 2008, when they claim to have cleared the skies for the Beijing Olympics by forcing the rain to come early.<p>China is far from the only …

Facebook finds a way to use lasers for high-speed wireless internet

Facebook's Connectivity Lab is moving forward in its plan to bring fast, cheap internet to regions of the world with no access to it at all. It's now developed a new detector that could bring laser communications to wireless internet.<p>Lasers are currently used in optical fibre networks, but wireless …

US intelligence wants real-time behavior monitoring software

A new initiative from the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence aims to create an intelligent surveillance system that can analyze live video and spot suspicious behavior in real time. According to <i>Defense One</i>, the research project is called Deep Intermodal Video Analytics (a.k.a. …

FBI's facial recognition system can access 411 million photos

When we first wrote about the FBI's Next Generation Identification (NGI) facial recognition system, we said the agency has access to 70 million photos. Turns out the feds can sift through tons more images than that. The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has discovered that the FBI actually …

FBI built a massive facial recognition database without proper oversight

The FBI steadily, stealthily compiled a massive facial recognition database without oversight and in disregard of federal law, according to a report released today by the Government Accountability Office.<p>The bombshell report reveals that the FBI dipped into driver’s license photo databases from 16 …

Disturbing new site scrapes your private Facebook and informs landlords, employers

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Euphemism is beautiful.<p>It holds within it darkness and creepiness and emits only softness and lightness.<p>For example, these words: "Unlocking big data to bring you insightful referencing."<p>This is the promise …

FBI Wants Biometrics Database Exempt From Federal Privacy Law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Civil liberties groups are criticizing an FBI proposal that they say would make it harder for people to know if personal information about them such as fingerprints and iris scans is on file.<p>The FBI is proposing to exempt a large identification database from certain provisions of …

CIA ex-boss: secretive spooks tolerated in UK more than in US

Michael Hayden talks at Hay festival about Edward Snowden and how Facebook, not government, is new privacy battleground<p>British people are not demanding more transparency from the intelligence services as loudly as Americans, the former director of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and CIA has …

CIA and NSA doubled their searches for Americans' data in 2 years

So much for US intelligence scaling back its curiosity in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks. An Office of the Director of National Intelligence transparency report has revealed that the CIA and NSA doubled the number of searches for the content of Americans' communications in an NSA database …

Even basic phone logs can reveal deeply personal information, researchers find

Stanford study shows how details gleaned from telephone ‘metadata’ by National Security Agency pose a threat to privacy of ordinary citizens<p>The mass collection of telephone records by government surveillance programs poses a clear threat to the personal privacy of ordinary citizens, according to US …

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How Facebook plans to take over the world

Social network went from digital directory for college kids to communications behemoth – and it’s planning for prosperity with its global takeover<p>It’s late afternoon on a blustery spring day on the waterfront at San Francisco’s Fort Mason, a former military base that’s now hired out for corporate …

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US Launches Criminal Inquiry Into 200 US Citizens Named In The Panama Papers

<b>The Panama Papers.</b> A massive law firm data breach of otherwise secretive financial information identifying numerous high-ranking government and public officials around the world was recently disclosed online by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. (ICIJ). Almost forty years of …

Reports: U.S. will buy nuclear components from Iran

The United States is poised to buy heavy water, a component of nuclear reactors, from Iran for $8.6 million, according to reports credited to an unnamed senior White House official.<p>The purchase of 32 metric tons of heavy water will help the United States' goal of getting the material out of Iran, …

Facebook Employees Asked Zuckerberg If Facebook Could Stop Trump

Facebook probably could<p>Facebook isn’t exactly a media company, but that’s like saying the ocean isn’t exactly a shipping company. Both of the former are essential ingredients to the free flow of the latter. Unlike the unsentimental ocean, though, Facebook is an entirely human construct, under human …

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Facebook's New Master Plan: Kill Other Apps

Mark Zuckerberg has laid out a 10-year master plan for Facebook. It's bold. It's savvy. And it glosses over a key detail: the dark side of making the world more connected.<p>At F8, the company mega-conference in San Francisco, the 31-year-old CEO delivered a keynote address in which, he said, over the …

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Is Facebook the enemy of truth and civic unity?

The defining political achievements of the past decade have favored tolerance and empathy – and online discussion has fuelled them all, argues Steven Johnson<p>Every new technology threatens to kill off some revered institution. But in the waning months of 2015, more than a few smart and tech-savvy …

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FBI confirms new rules for accessing Americans' NSA spying data

Score one for privacy... I guess? The FBI has confirmed to <i>The Guardian</i>that it's accepted new privacy rules for accessing data on American citizens collected by the NSA. The only rub? We don't know <i>what the heck</i> has been changed. In fact, the agency won't even say when the new rules took affect. All …

It doesn't matter if the NSA planted the Juniper backdoor

They kept it open, which puts them on the wrong side of the cyberwar<p>All week, the security world has been puzzling over a newly discovered backdoor into Juniper's VPN software. The software isn't popular, but it's often used for high-security corporate work, making it exactly the kind of software …

The FBI's head of technology admitted that they imitate cell towers to catch suspects

Amy Hess, who heads up the agency's Operational Technology Division and the use of technology in investigations, made the admission in a profile published today by the Washington Post .<p>A zero-day is vulnerability in software that has yet to be exploited and the software's maker may not even be …

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NYPD caught using X-ray vans to search the public, refuses court order to release details - ExtremeTech

By on October 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>For more than three years, …

Newly published FBI request shines light on National Security Letters

An ISP has released the first unredacted National Security Letter attachment ever made public, exposing just how much access US law enforcement asks for in its secretive letters. In 2004, the FBI requested that Nicholas Merrill and his former ISP, the Calyx Internet Access Corporation, submit …

50 Insanely Useful Websites for Guitarists

The guitar is a versatile and popular instrument that spans most musical genres. Here are 50 useful and interesting sites dedicated to the guitar and …

Guitar

20 Best Tips to Stay Anonymous and Protect Your Online Privacy - ExtremeTech

By on March 2, 2018 at 7:12 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Now that so much of normal life …

Patriot Act: Fight Over Domestic Spying Heats Up in Congress with 'USA Freedom Act'

6K Shares<p><b>Jon Queally</b> <b><br>May 3, 2015</b><p><b>(COMMONDREAMS) With Patriot Act reauthorization quickly coming down the pipe, fight over surveillance reform</b> …

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National Morality: Natural Law, Ethics, Entitlements, Poverty, Obama Economic Destruction, Budget, Debt, Bush and Jobs, Health Care, Common Core

<b>Helping Misguided Voters</b><p>Our efforts to report the truth about <b>Obama and Progressives (Socialists)</b>, have little effect if you don’t tell others about …