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What You Do On Your Cell Phone Could Come Back To Haunt You

As far as Big Brother is concerned, nothing that you do on your cell phone is ever private. And if the government really wants to see what is on your …

Carlsbad to photograph cars entering city

Carlsbad is expanding its use of automated license plate readers into a system that aims to capture the plates of every vehicle that enters the …

Surveillance

Yes, the NSA Can Spy on Every US Citizen

We've learned from investigations that the NSA and FBI have direct access to the servers of numerous tech-industry giants including Google, Facebook, and Apple through the use of PRISM—a program that enables intelligence analysts to intercept any form...<p>NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland.</i> …

UK public faces mass invasion of privacy as big data and surveillance merge

Tony Porter, the government’s surveillance camera commissioner, says regulators are struggling to keep up with pace of technological change<p>The privacy of the public is at risk of being invaded on a mass scale without its consent as the collection of big data meshes with proliferation of video …

D.C. Circuit Court Issues Dangerous Decision for Cybersecurity: Ethiopia is Free to Spy on Americans in Their Own Homes

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today held that foreign governments are free to spy on, injure, or even kill …

Russia launches website dedicated to flagging ‘fake news’

‘This article puts forward information that does not correspond to reality.’<p>The Russian foreign ministry this week announced a new part of its website dedicated to flagging media reports that it considers to be “fake news,” in a bid to counter accusations that the Kremlin has been spreading its own …

Dystopian Fiction Is Selling Like There's No Tomorrow

BOSTON — Save the light reading for later. In 2017, dystopian fiction is all the rage.<p>Gloomy classics depicting societies gone terribly wrong have shot to the top of best-seller lists like Amazon's in recent months, including George Orwell's "1984" and Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale," …

Creepy new browser-tracking technique means there's nowhere left for you to hide

These days, everyone on the internet already knows if you're a dog. Thanks to a newly developed tracking technique, they may soon know even …

Three kinds of propaganda, and what to do about them

Jonathan Stray summarizes three different strains of propaganda, analyzing why they work, and suggesting counter-tactics: in Russia, it's about …

Michael Flynn

Defense Against the Dark Arts: Networked Propaganda and Counter-Propaganda

In honor of MisinfoCon this weekend, it’s time for a brain dump on propaganda — that is, getting large numbers of people to believe something for …

Journalism

Over 230 American Colleges Now Have 'Speech Police' Known as the Bias Response Team

Once considered the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement, college campuses are becoming more well known for their efforts to stifle free speech …

Rights & Freedoms

Nest Adds Two-Step Authentication to Increase Security for Nest Cams and Thermostats

Smart home accessory company Nest today announced the addition of two-step authentication into its mobile apps for iOS and Android devices, which will act as an extra layer of security that prevents intrusions into a user's Nest account. The company said that these extra security measures can help …

Biotech will let us give our brains a makeover—but we risk becoming less human in the process

Within the lifetimes of most children today, bioenhancement is likely to become a basic feature of human society. Personalized pharmaceuticals will enable us to modify our bodies and minds in powerful and precise ways, with far fewer side effects than today’s drugs. New brain-machine interfaces …

Singularity

Your TV is probably tracking you -- here's how to stop it

When you unpacked your new TV or streamer for the first time, you probably couldn't wait to start watching it. In the excitement to put it through its paces, chances are you just clicked "I agree" to all those screens of legal mumbo jumbo that came up during the setup process.<p>Did you know one of …

Smart TV

Report highlights growth for Apple devices in enterprise: 91% now using Mac, 99% iPhone & iPad

Jamf, makers of popular Apple device management software for businesses, today released its Annual Jamf Trends Survey measuring use of Apple products in the enterprise. The key takeaway: both iOS and Mac adoption grew among business users last year.<p>The report also offers additional insight into …