Tracks

By Valdis Krebs | Who is mining & mapping the tracks you leave on the Internet?

How Peter Thiel’s Palantir Helped the NSA Spy on the Whole World

Donald Trump has inherited the most powerful machine for spying ever devised. How this petty, vengeful man might wield and expand the sprawling …

Peter Thiel

American Spies: how we got to age of mass surveillance without even trying

Review: law prof explains how the road to bad law is paved with good intentions.<p>While <i>American Spies</i> was written prior to Donald Trump winning the …

The ACLU Is in Dublin, Ireland, Today Defending the Right to Privacy for Europeans and Americans Alike

Today, lawyers for Facebook will cross-examine ACLU Staff Attorney Ashley Gorski at a court hearing in Dublin, Ireland, about U.S. surveillance …

Justice naps: Man in jail 16 months for refusing to unlock hard drives

He’s not charged with a crime. Judge demands he help prosecutors build their case.<p>Francis Rawls, a former Philadelphia police sergeant, has been in …

A US-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone

Two weeks ago, Sidd Bikkannavar flew back into the United States after spending a few weeks abroad in South America. An employee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Bikkannavar had been on a personal trip, pursuing his hobby of racing solar-powered cars. He had recently joined a Chilean …

Immigration Law

Cellphone Spy Tools Have Flooded Local Police Departments

Major cities throughout the U.S. have spent millions on mobile surveillance tools—but there are still few rules about what happens to the information they capture.<p>A little after midnight on November 28, 2014, hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters filled the streets of downtown Chicago. The …

Big Brother

String of Baffling Arrests Shakes Cyber Division of FSB

The Recorded Future Blog<p>String of Baffling Arrests Shakes Cyber Division of FSB<p>Posted in<p>by Andrei Barysevich on January 27, 2017<p>On January 12, 2017, …

Your Browsing History Alone Can Give Away Your Identity

Researchers have found a way to connect the dots between people’s private online activity and their Twitter accounts—even for people who have never tweeted.<p>Advertisers would give just about anything to be able to lurk over your shoulder as you browse the internet. They want to know what sites you …

Dystopia

What Vizio was doing behind the TV screen | Federal Trade Commission

Consumers have bought more than 11 million internet-connected Vizio televisions since 2010. But according to a complaint filed by the FTC and the New …

Net Neutrality

Don’t Tweet: New tool gives insight into who’s behind Twitter “eggs” and trolls

When an account makes 500 posts a day, that's a sure sign that there’s something amiss.<p>President Donald J. Trump loves his Twitter account. Much has …

Weapons of Math Destruction: invisible, ubiquitous algorithms are ruining millions of lives

Discussions about big data's role in our society tends to focus on algorithms, but the algorithms for handling giant data sets are all well …

Education

Who Will Own Your Data If the Tech Bubble Bursts?

Corporations, data brokers, and even criminals might buy failed companies just for their users’ personal information.<p>Imagine that Silicon Valley’s nightmare comes true: The bubble bursts. Unicorns fall to their knees. The tech giants that once fought to attract talented developers with mini-golf …

Dystopia

Transparency: Watching and Watchers

Veering back to more important issues... <br>We are increasingly surrounded by “always-on” devices with microphones that listen for our voice commands. …

China’s plan to organize its society relies on ‘big data’ to rate everyone

BEIJING — Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and awards you a single score that measures how “trustworthy” you are.<p>In this world, anything from defaulting on a loan to criticizing the …

China

Dancing the Bunny Hop with the NSA

According to an NSA executive, 2-3 hops/steps is the social distance that the NSA uses to <i>look outward,</i> into social space, from a known terrorist …

Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban on Personally Identifiable Web Tracking

Updated (Oct. 21, 2016):After we published this story, Google reached out to say that it doesn’t currently use Gmail keywords to target web ads. …

Google

Civil liberties groups ask for ‘moratoriums’ on face recognition tech

Armed with new research, civil rights organizations are urging the Justice Department to investigate law enforcement’s excessive use of face recognition technologies.<p>A coalition of more than 50 civil rights organizations asked the Department of Justice today to investigate the use of face …

Civil Rights

Cops have a database of 117M faces. You’re probably in it

It’s no secret that American law has been building facial recognition databases to aide in its investigations. But a new, comprehensive report on the …

Big Brother

Russian propaganda on WikiLeaks makes its way into a Donald Trump speech in record time

The Russian outlet Sputnik briefly published a misleading article, but Trump had it before it was taken down<p>Republican nominee Donald Trump was awfully defensive during Sunday’s debate about the fact that Russian intelligence is almost certainly behind the Democratic National Committee hacks, which …

Donald Trump

The Election Won’t Be Rigged. But It Could Be Hacked.

In my old workplace, right next to the comfortable couches where we would take breaks, we kept a voting machine. Instead of using the screen to pick our preferred candidate, we played Pac-Man. We sent Pac-Man’s familiar yellow chomping face after digital ghosts with the same kind of machine that …

Elections

Facebook has repeatedly trended fake news since firing its human editors

<i>The Intersect ran a little experiment a few weeks ago: During the work day, we’d check in with Facebook each hour, on the hour, and record which topics were trending for us on the platform. The resulting daily pop-up newsletter gave us some interesting insight into the world according to Facebook.</i> …

Facebook

We Need to Save the Internet from the Internet of Things - Motherboard

Brian Krebs is a popular reporter on the cybersecurity beat. He regularly exposes cybercriminals and their tactics, and consequently is regularly a target of their ire. Last month, he wrote about an online attack-for-hire service that resulted in the arrest of the two proprietors. In the aftermath, …

Internet of Things

Why online privacy matters — and how to protect yours

Christopher Soghoian of the ACLU talks privacy, security and why you should put a sticker on your webcam right now, in conversation with …

Security

Four Lessons from IoT Early Adopters

<b>Four lessons from IoT early adopters:</b> To paraphrase the late Roy Scheider in one of the greatest of all summer movies, you’re gonna need a bigger …

Internet of Things

Governments Around the World Deny Internet Access to Political Opponents

Keeping your enemies offline can cripple their chances of overthrowing you.<p>Whether or not your ethnic group has political power in the country where …

Internet Access

Google’s Clever Plan to Stop Aspiring ISIS Recruits

Google has built a half-trillion-dollar business out of divining what people want based on a few words they type into a search field. In the process, …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Artificial Intelligence, Rise of Agents and The Death of Choice

<i>Michael Nicholas, Entrepreneur in Residence, Assembly</i><p><i>The Same Like Never Before</i><p>Everyone is talking about bots. Whether it is a panel discussion, keynote or headline, they’re all the rage. But are they just the latest version of trendy presentationware (remember Blockchain)? We’ve had chat and …

Artificial Intelligence

Brian Eno is MORE DARK THAN SHARK

INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS & RELATED ARTICLES<br>"Craft is what enables you to be successful<br>when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno<p>THE WELL OF FREEDOM IS RUNNING …

Brian Eno