- For Owners of Amazons Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching Too (January 10, 2019)
Amazon's Ring security cameras have a history of lax, sloppy oversight when it comes to deciding who has access to some of the most precious, intimate data belonging to any person: a live, high-definition feed from around -and perhaps inside- their house.
- Irony alert: Firm that warned Americans of Russian bots...was running an army of fake Russian bots (December 29, 2018)
The co-founders of cybersecurity firm New Knowledge warned Americans in November to "remain vigilant" in the face of "Russian efforts" to meddle in US elections. This month, they have been exposed for doing just that themselves.
- The World Google Controls and Surveillance Capitalism (December 17, 2018)
Google's encroaching powers over our lives, to include the freedom of expression protected by most national laws, not to mention EU and UN Charters, around the planet today.
- Washington using legal cover to conceal economic banditry (December 12, 2018)
The arrest of a Chinese telecom executive in Canada on behalf of the US is an abuse of the legal process and international law to pursue American economic interests. China's anger resonates with similar grievances against the US felt by Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and even American allies in Europe.
- Israeli spyware being used to monitor Indonesian LGBT community, religious minorities (December 3, 2018)
A look at the company and spyware product that is used by various institutions to monitor the activities of the LGBT community and religious minority groups in Indonesia.
- Twitter closes down my account for 'hateful conduct' (November 23, 2018)
Several Twitter accounts with pro-Palestinian content have been suspended. At the same time those making explicit threats against them have been found not to violate Twitter's terms of service.
- Google's 'Smart City of Surveillance' Faces New Resistance in Toronto (November 13, 2018)
A plan to develop 12 acres of the valuable waterfront just southeast of downtown Toronto
by the government agency Waterfront Toronto and Sidewalk Labs, owned by Googles parent company Alphabet Inc. has sparked concerns about privacy and lack of public consultation. A recent slew of resignations from its board has made these concerns increasingly urgent and public.
- The Weaponization of Social Media (November 9, 2018)
How the online environment and social media is being used as a political weapon, notably through the use of 'Bots'.
- Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer (August 13, 2018)
Google has admitted that its option to "pause" the gathering of your location data doesn't apply to its Maps and Search apps which will continue to track you even when you specifically choose to halt such monitoring.
- The Stasi Project: Solving the World's Biggest Puzzle (August 13, 2018)
In Germany, a small team virtually piece together the history of a surveillance state in the Stasi Puzzle Project.
- Inside Google's Effort to Develop a Censored Search Engine in China (August 8, 2018)
Google analyzed search terms entered into a Beijing-based website to help develop blacklists for a censored search engine it has been planning to launch in China, according to confidential documents seen by The Intercept. Engineers working on the censorship sampled search queries from 265.com, a Chinese-language web directory service owned by Google.
- Nine essential tools from ICIJ's data journalism and programming experts (August 8, 2018)
A look at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists' favorite data journalism tools, including: spreadsheets, Datawrapper, Jupyter Notebook, OpenRefine, Python and R, Talend Studio, SQL, Pandas, Neo4j + Linkurious.
- This e-waste evangelist got into a battle involving Microsoft - and is going to prison for it (June 2, 2018)
Recycling entrepreneur pleaded guilty, sentenced for copyright infringement dealing with computer discs.
- Surveillance Self-Defense (June 1, 2018)
A guide on how online surveillance works and the various tools and techniques the public can use to help protect themselves from spying.
- Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - April 21, 2018 (April 21, 2018)
The Internet, which was at one time a free and open space for sharing information and ideas, has been privatized and twisted to serve the profit-making agenda of huge corporations, working hand-in-glove with governments which want to suppress opposition and alternatives. What can we do about it? Is it our Internet or theirs?
- Facebook says it tracks non-users but doesn't 'sell people's data' (April 18, 2018)
Facebook admits it also collects data on people who are not users of their service, yet what they do with that data is unclear.
- Facebook: A Cooperative Transformation (April 11, 2018)
Facebook represents a standard for a global model of concentration of wealth and power in the 21st century, joined by companies like Google, Amazon, and Uber. Entrepreneurs with computer skills and good or lucky timing have privatized and enclosed the global information commons and have enriched themselves by providing services for free or for reduced prices to the billions.
- Facebook and the Rise of Anti-Social Media (April 2, 2018)
For those who haven't thought about it, the internet is insidious because of the very capacity that Cambridge Analytica claims to be able to exploit: customization. Users have limited ability to confirm the authenticity of anything they see, read or hear on it. Print editions can be compared and contrasted-- technology limits print media to large-scale deceptions. With the capacity to create entire realms of deception -- identities, content, web pages and entire online publications, trust is made a function of gullibility.
- Beyond Implementation: Policy Considerations for Secure Messengers (March 30, 2018)
The importance of secure Messenger tools goes beyond just reliable technology, it must be developed and have its infrastructure maintained by a trustworthy group with a history of responsible stewardship.
- Israeli hackers reportedly gave Cambridge Analytica stolen private emails of two world leaders (March 22, 2018)
Israeli hackers reportedly gave information from the hacked emails of two world leaders to Cambridge Analytica, the political-research company at the centre of a massive Facebook-data scandal.
- Amazon's Initiative: Digital Assistants, Home Surveillance and Data (March 16, 2018)
A look at technological developments such as Amazon Echo and Google Home, which are less innovations than intrusive tools utilized by big data companies to mine personal information and condition human approaches to the way information is shared.
- Google Is Helping the Pentagon Build AI for Drones (March 6, 2018)
Google has partnered with the United States Department of Defense to help the agency develop artificial intelligence for analyzing drone footage, a move that set off a firestorm among employees of the technology giant when they learned of Google's involvement.
- 'NSA-proof' Tor actually funded by US govt agency, works with BBG, FBI & DOJ - FOIA docs (March 1, 2018)
Newly released documents reveal that The Tor Project, a supposed safeguard against a surveillance state, has received funding from US government agency the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), and cooperates with intelligence agencies.
- The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data (February 20, 2018)
As "smarter" vehicles provide storehouses of personal information, carmakers are building databases of consumer preferences that could be sold to outside vendors for marketing purposes, much like Google and Facebook.
- The Face Off: Law Enforcement Use of Face Recognition Technology (February 12, 2018)
Face recognition is poised to become one of the most pervasive surveillance technologies, and law enforcement's use of it is increasing rapidly. However, the adoption of face recognition technologies like these is occurring without meaningful oversight, without proper accuracy testing of the systems as they are actually used in the field, and without the enactment of legal protections to prevent internal and external misuse.
- How Apple is Paving the Way to a 'Cloud Dictatorship' in China (February 10, 2018)
Apple Inc. is set to hand over the operation of its iCloud data center in mainland China to a local corporation, but Apple has not explained the real issue. With the move a state-owned big data company controlled by the Chinese government will have access to all the data of its service users in China; this will allow the state apparatus to jump into the cloud and look into the data of Apple's Chinese users.
- Keep seeing Mondoweiss in your news feed following changes at Facebook (February 9, 2018)
As most of you by now know, Facebook has recently made big changes to how users see content from publishers like Mondoweiss.
- Propaganda! Pardon me, is mine really bigger than yours? (February 8, 2018)
They say Propaganda! In the West, both the mainstream media and even some of the so-called progressive outlets are shouting: "Those Russians and Chinese and the others like them, they are at it again! Their vicious propaganda is infiltrating our democratic, freedom-loving countries, spreading confusion and chaos!"
Yes, ban or at least curb RT, contain TeleSur, and if at all possible, throw Press TV to the dogs. And put the writers of NEO, Sputnik, Global Times and other foreign outlets on that proverbial Western mass media 'no fly list'.
- Science's pirate queen (February 8, 2018)
A profile of open access academic publishing activist Alexandra Elbakayan and the ongoing conflict between academics and for-profit academic publishing houses.
- A library without books? OSU and other universities purging dusty volumes (February 7, 2018)
A library without books? Not quite, but as students abandon the stacks in favour of online reference material, university libraries are unloading millions of unread volumes in a nationwide purge that has some print-loving scholars deeply unsettled.
- Facebook announces latest step in censorship campaign, prioritizing "local news" (February 6, 2018)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social media giant will prioritize news from 'local sources' in the News Feed displayed to users. This is the third move this year in a roll-out of updates by Facebook aimed at censoring online information.
- Is political pressure behind YouTube's video labeling? (February 6, 2018)
YouTube has started labeling videos by government-funded media after their recommendation program was the subject of a Guardian investigation and a letter from the Senate Intelligence Committee's ranking Democrat.
- How the internet 'punishes' Palestinians (February 2, 2018)
Multinational tech companies, including Google, Facebook and PayPal are being accused of complicity in rights violations and in shaping false narratives with regard to policies in Palestinian territories.
- If you're going to blame a cyberattack on North Korea, you'd better show your work (January 24, 2018)
Transit operator Metrolinx says it was hit by North Korean hackers. Experts want evidence
- An Inside Look At The Accounts Twitter Has Censored In Countries Around The World (January 24, 2018)
BuzzFeed News has identified more than 1,700 Twitter accounts that have been blocked in at least one country. The list provides an unprecedented glimpse into Twitter's collaboration with national groups and governments -- democratic and authoritarian alike -- and provides new details about a surge in blocked accounts in Germany, France, and Turkey.
- For an international coalition to fight Internet censorship (January 23, 2018)
In this open letter from the International Editorial Board of the World Socialist Web Site, the threat and consequences of internet censorship and reduction in access to information is highlighted.
- The War Against "Fake News" is a War on Us (January 23, 2018)
Barely a day passes without a new development in the war on social media -- that is, the war on us. Today, it is a report that Twitter has emailed hundreds of thousands of its users, warning them that they shared "Russian propaganda".
- The data war behind net neutrality (January 18, 2018)
The fight for the enormous volume of information the public generates with every search and click is the most precious commodity for big data companies, and the winner stands the most to gain with the end of Net Neutrality.
- Bitcoin's energy usage is huge - we can't afford to ignore it (January 17, 2018)
A look at the use of cryptocurrency, its astonishingly high use of electrical power and why there is a need to take it seriously as a climate threat.
- Uber Used Clandestine Technology Tool To Thwart Police Raids (January 17, 2018)
Uber uses a number of technological tools for tax evasion, undermining competition and monitoring customers and drivers.
- Facebook will soon filter out RT news, so this is how you fix it
probably (January 16, 2018)
In light of recent changes to Facebook's news feed, this RT article demonstrates what is needed to secure access to RT content.
- Surveillance Self-Defense (2018)
Modern technology has given those in power new abilities to eavesdrop and collect data on innocent people. Surveillance Self-Defense is EFF's guide to defending yourself and your friends from surveillance by using secure technology and developing careful practices.
- Apple sued for deliberately slowing down older iPhones (December 22, 2017)
A lawsuit was filed in California against technology giant Apple after the company admitted to slowing down their older iPhone models.
- The Internet is Already Broken (December 20, 2017)
Nick Pemberton's article on the already broken internet.
- Adapt or Die: Millennials, Technology, and Net Neutrality (December 18, 2017)
The Internet is changing the way we think, concentrate, and process information. Studies are showing the Internet is lowering our concentration because the Internet offers constant distractions. Its reducing our attention span, and its ruining our interpersonal communication skills. Basically this technology is dehumanizing us.
- Broadband monopolies to censor Internet content (December 5, 2017)
The recently released plan by the American Federal Communications Commission to abolish net neutrality has evoked mass opposition across the US and around the world.
- Internets Past (December 1, 2017)
This article discusses the Internet and the problems with prevailing public concern over Net neutrality. The author advocates for an alternate way forward, and a need to bring political economy back to the agenda by viewing corporations as political actors and the technology corporations as powerful commercial players with their own agendas.
- Cutting Cords to Kurds: Facebook's Foreign Policy (November 28, 2017)
The recent deletion and suspension of Facebook accounts of Kurdish supporters provides further troubling evidence that the popular social media company has been censoring the Kurdish resistance for the past five years.
- Google's de-ranking of RT in search results is a form of censorship and blatant propaganda (November 26, 2017)
A commentary on the recent admission by an executive of Google's parent company (Alphabet) that special algorithms are being created to filter RTs news in order to make it appear less prominently in Google's search results.
- From an Open Internet, Back to the Dark Ages (November 22, 2017)
Can anyone still doubt that access to a relatively free and open internet is rapidly coming to an end in the west? In China and other autocratic regimes, leaders have simply bent the internet to their will, censoring content that threatens their rule. But in the "democratic" west, it is being done differently. The state does not have to interfere directly -- it outsources its dirty work to corporations.
- Google's Eric Schmidt admits political censorship of search results (November 22, 2017)
Recent remarks by the Executive Chairman of Google's parent company confirm charges that the company has been deliberately altering its search algorithms and taking other measures to prevent the public from accessing information that is critical of the US government.
- Google will 'de-rank' RT articles to make them harder to find - Eric Schmidt (November 20, 2017)
The Executive Chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet states that the company will engineer specific algorithms for news services RT and Sputnik to make their content less prominent on the search engine's news delivery services.
- The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked (November 15, 2017)
Do you want to stop criminals from getting into your Gmail or Facebook account? Are you worried about the cops spying on you? Motherboard Staff have answers on how to protect yourself. This is Motherboard's comprehensive guide to digital security, which will be regularly updated and replaces some of our old guides. This guide is also available as a printable PDF.
- Warning to Spanish (and Other) Whistleblowers: Anonymous Boxes which ARE NOT ANONYMOUS (November 13, 2017)
Citizens' victories in the struggle against corruption, sometimes requiring information to be provided through safe anonymous channels like Xnet's Mailbox for reporting corruption, have catalysed a proliferation of similar initiatives within governments and institutions.
- Kaspersky Lab in crosshairs since exposing US & Israeli spies behind Stuxnet (November 10, 2017)
The campaign to discredit Kaspersky Lab dates back to 2010, when the Russian-based cybersecurity firm uncovered the origin of the Stuxnet malicious computer worm which ruined Iran's nuclear centrifuges.
- CIA wrote code 'to impersonate' Russia's Kaspersky Lab anti-virus company, WikiLeaks says (November 9, 2017)
WikiLeaks published documents exposing the elaborated malware suite used by the CIA to hack, record and control modern hi-tech appliances worldwide.
- The FBI Blindly Hacked Computers in Russia, China, and Iran (November 8, 2017)
Recent court papers indicate that the FBI repeatedly broke into devices overseas as part of ordinary criminal investigations; in countries hostile to the U.S. this could have significant geopolitical fallout.
- 'We're designing minds': Industry insider reveals secrets of addictive app trade (November 3, 2017)
A look at the science and psychology behind the 'technological arms race' which seeks to keep people fixated on their smartphones.
- Whos Afraid of Corporate COINTELPRO? (November 3, 2017)
On November 30, 2016, presumably right at the stroke of midnight, Google Inc. unpersoned CounterPunch. They didn't send out a press release or anything. They just quietly removed it from the Google News aggregator. Not very many people noticed.
- Confessions of a (verified) Russia-linked Twitter Bot (November 2, 2017)
Twitter's defines any user who has "ever logged in, at any time, from Russia" as being "Russia-linked." This is taking the new McCarthyism to ridiculous levels.
- Racists and xenophobes find fertile ground in violent online world (October 28, 2017)
Spend enough time hunting terrorists or wandering dystopian wastelands in online games and you're bound to come across players hurling xenophobic and racist taunts at each other -- from the openly Islamophobic in Europe to Korean and Japanese gamers bickering over disputed islands.
- Cowardly New World: Alternative Media Under Attack by Algorithms (October 26, 2017)
An insidious assault is underway against alternative media on the internet. Leftist and progressive websites have been suffering significant declines in traffic. Some have had online income sources cut. Many others have been publicly defamed.
The only voices speaking the truth, says Kollibri terre Sonnenblume, are those on the fringes and we must amplify them however we can. Some suggestions:
* Read/view alternative media stories and share them in whatever venues you can.
* Stop consuming mainstream media and stop posting links to it.
* Actively support alternative media by donating money, time or other resources.
* Stop using Google as your search engine; I recommend DuckDuckGo. You will be surprised at how much you've been missing.
* Become the media: take your own photos or video and write up stories yourself for whatever outlet will take your work, even if that's only your own blog.
- Pay to play: Facebook rolls out nightmare scenario for publishers on its network (October 24, 2017)
Proposed changes to the way Facebook handles posts from publishers and businesses may result in publishers having to pay Facebook to promote their stories so that people can see them.
- 'Pay to play': Facebook rolls out nightmare scenario for publishers on its network (October 24, 2017)
Facebook is testing out a change to their network in six markets. As a result, posts from some publishers and businesses will be removed from the site's News Feed section. The change has caused a dramatic drop in referral traffic to news outlets.
- The conspiracy to censor the Internet (October 18, 2017)
The political representatives of the American ruling class are engaged in a conspiracy to suppress free speech. Under the guise of combating "trolls" and "fake news" supposedly controlled by Russia, the most basic constitutional rights enumerated in the First Amendment are under direct attack.
- 'Fake news' or free speech: Is Google cracking down on left media? (October 18, 2017)
Left leaning progressive websites say they are being unfairly penalized by Google's efforts to stamp out fake news.
- Germany's Network Enforcement Act: Legal framework for censorship of the Internet (October 5, 2017)
On October 1, 2017, the Network Enforcement Act took effect in Germany. Under the cover of a fight against "fake news" and "hate speech," it creates a legal framework for censorship of the Internet.
- Sources News Releases (September 11, 2017)
News releases from organizations and companies on a wide range of topics. Includes an extensive topic index, an archive of releases going back to the 1970s, and links to experts and organizations knowledgeable about the issues covered in the releases. Available via RSS feed as well as on the Sources.com website.
- CIA sneak undetectable 'malicious' implants onto Windows OS - WikiLeaks (September 1, 2017)
Windows machines are targeted by the CIA under 'Angelfire,' according to the latest release from WikiLeaks' 'Vault7' series. The documents detail an implant that can allow Windows machines to create undetectable libraries.
- NSA's Cyberwarfare Blowback (September 1, 2017)
In May and June 2017, hackers took over thousands of computers around the world, encrypted their contents, and demanded ransom to decrypt them. They used tools developed by the National Security Agency (NSA) to exploit vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows operating system.
- Car remotely deactivated after Quebec teen refuses to pay for removal of GPS device (August 28, 2017)
A Quebec teenager's car was remotely deactivated by a dealership after he refused to pay to remove a GPS tracking device -- one that he never wanted installed in the first place.
- Google's new advertising program tracks offline line shoppers, violates privacy (August 2, 2017)
The privacy watchdog Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a formal complaint against Google alleging that the company's new advertising program violates consumer privacy.
- Google's new search protocol is restricting access to 13 leading socialist, progressive and anti-war web sites (August 2, 2017)
New data suggests that the implementation of changes in Google's search evaluation protocols resulted in a massive loss of readership of socialist, anti-war and progressive web sites.
- How Threats Against Domain Names Are Used to Censor Content (July 27, 2017)
A summary of a whitepaper released by EFF titled "Which Internet registries offer the best protection for domain owners?", outlining important points to consider, such as the policies of the registry that operates the domain.
- HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier runs on Windows XP, vulnerable to cyberattack (June 27, 2017)
The first of Britain's two brand new aircraft carriers runs on outdated Windows XP software that may be vulnerable to cyberattack.
- The World Center of Hacking is in Washington, Not Moscow or Beijing (June 9, 2017)
Documents from the U.S. NSA (National Security Agency) unveiled by Edward Snowden show that whole countries, not just a number of sensitive computers, have been hacked by the NSA.
- How to Access Digital Files from the Nineties (April 7, 2017)
In this step-by-step, digital archivist Tim Walsh demonstrates how to access decades old files.
- Digital Privacy at the U.S Border: A New How-To Guide from EFF (March 27, 2017)
A new guide released by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) gives travelers the facts they need in order to prepare for border crossings while protecting their digital information.
- Real-Time Face Recognition Threatens to Turn Cops' Body Cameras Into Surveillance Machines (March 22, 2017)
For years, the development of real-time face recognition has been hampered by poor video resolution, the angles of bodies in motion, and limited computing power. But as systems begin to transcend these technical barriers, they are also outpacing the development of policies to constrain them. Civil liberties advocates fear that the rise of real-time face recognition alongside the growing number of police body cameras creates the conditions for a perfect storm of mass surveillance.
- WikiLeaks Vault 7 Reveals CIA Cyberwar and the Battleground of Democracy (March 17, 2017)
WikiLeaks dropped a bombshell on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Code-named Vault 7, the whistleblowing site began releasing the largest publication of confidential documents that have come from the top secret security network at the Cyber Intelligence Center.
- Connexions Quotations (2017)
A selection of quotations about social change, resistance, solidarity, and many other topics. Compiled by Ulli Diemer. Each quote has been turned into an image file.
- Snowden's Box (2017)
Edward Snowden's disclosure of NSA secrets to the press as reported by the two journalists who literally had Snowden material mailed to them in a cardboard box. The article describes their experiences with encryption, codewords, government surveillance and extreme paranoia. The journalists also reveal that they were not the only people to have received Snowden's files.
- The Weekly Package (2017)
With limited resources and government restrictions on internet access in Cuba, a thriving underground industry selling digital information has developed.
- EFF To Canadian Court: Order Allowing Worldwide Censorship of Google Search Results Violates Users' Free Speech Rights (December 15, 2016)
On Dec. 6, 2016, the Electronic Frontier Foundation will tell Canada's highest court that an overbroad court order that censors Google search results for users everywhere violates our rights to freely search the web without government interference.
- Internet Archive Received National Security Letter with FBI Misinformation about Challenging Gag Order (December 15, 2016)
The Internet Archive published a formerly secret National Security Letter (NSL), highlighting misinformation in the letter about the process for challenging the contents of the NSL, impacting many communications providers who have received such NSLs.
- New Privacy Badger Upgrades Help Protect Your Online Holiday Shopping from Sneaky Data Collection (December 15, 2016)
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today released Privacy Badger 2.0 - a free browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera with new upgrades to help protect shoppers from online tracking.
- Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft team up to tackle extremist content (December 6, 2016)
Tech companies plan to create a shared database of 'unique digital fingerprints' that will able to identify images and videos promoting terrorism and extremist content.
- Apple Logs Your iMessage Contacts - and May Share Them With Police (September 28, 2016)
Apple promises that your iMessage conversations are safe and out of reach from anyone other than you and your friends. But according to a document obtained by The Intercept, your blue-bubbled texts do leave behind a log of which phone numbers you are poised to contact and shares this (and other potentially sensitive metadata) with law enforcement when compelled by court order.
- New Film Tells the Story of Edward Snowden; Here Are the Surveillance Programs He Helped Expose (September 16, 2016)
Oliver Stone's latest film, "Snowden," bills itself as a dramatized version of the life of Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who revealed the global extent of U.S. surveillance capabilities.
- Delta says 740 flights cancelled after worldwide system outage (August 8, 2016)
Delta Air Lines says it has cancelled 740 flights after a power outage that began overnight knocked out its computer systems and operations worldwide.
- Hackers can record everything you type on certain wireless keyboards (July 27, 2016)
A computer security research team has identified a weakness in several brands of low-cost wireless keyboards that could allow hackers to view and record every word, number and password typed by a user from up to about 75 metres away. According to Bastille, an Atlanta-based research team, eight wireless keyboards made by companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Radio Shack and Toshiba send keystroke data from the board to the USB dongle that connects to your computer without the encryption needed to mask what someone is typing.
- Open Source Software: a necessary tool to build our movements | What's Left (July 25, 2016)
Software companies are exploitative and other companies should invest in unionized products, condem work to lower wages and act in solidarity with other workers in the software industry.
- Snowden leak: MI5 has gathered so much data it may actually be missing 'life-saving intelligence' (June 8, 2016)
British spies may have missed potentially "life-saving intelligence" because their surveillance systems were sweeping up more data than could be analyzed, a leaked classified report reveals. The document, given to The Intercept by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was sent to top British government officials, outlining methods being developed by the UKs domestic intelligence agency, MI5, to covertly monitor internet communications.
- Google voice search records and keeps conversations people have around their phones - but the files can be deleted (June 1, 2016)
How google search can record and store conversations picked up by a phone's microphone, as well as how to prevent this and delete the stored files.
- OCCRP Launches New Search Engine for Investigative Journalists (May 30, 2016)
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), a non-profit network of investigative journalism centers in Europe and Eurasia, has launched a new data platform to enable journalists and researchers to sift more than 2 million documents and use the findings in their investigations. People using the new data platform, called ID Search, will be able to set up email alerts notifying them when new results appear for their searches or for persons tracked on official watchlists. They can also create their own private watchlists.
- Dear "Skeptics," Bash Homeopathy and Bigfoot Less, Mammograms and War More (May 16, 2016)
So I'm a skeptic, but with a small S, not capital S. I dont belong to skeptical societies. I dont hang out with people who self-identify as capital-S Skeptics. Or Atheists. Or Rationalists. When people like this get together, they become tribal. They pat each other on the back and tell each other how smart they are compared to those outside the tribe. But belonging to a tribe often makes you dumber.
- New Study Shows Mass Surveillance Breeds Meekness, Fear and Self-Censorship (April 28, 2016)
A newly published study from Oxford's Jon Penney provides empirical evidence for a key argument long made by privacy advocates: that the mere existence of a surveillance state breeds fear and conformity and stifles free expression. Reporting on the study, the Washington Post this morning described this phenomenon: "If we think that authorities are watching our online actions, we might stop visiting certain websites or not say certain things just to avoid seeming suspicious."
- Who's downloading pirated papers? Everyone (April 28, 2016)
Researchers are increasingly turning to Sci-Hub, the world's largest largest 'pirate' website for scholarly literature. Sci-Hub is becoming the world's de facto open-access research library.
- UC Davis spent $175,000 to scrub online pepper spray references (April 13, 2016)
The University of California, Davis, contracted with consultants for at least $175,000 to scrub the Internet of negative online postings following the November 2011 pepper spraying of students and to improve the reputations of both the university and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, newly released documents show.
- EFF to Copyright Office: Improper Content Takedowns Hurt Online Free Expression (April 10, 2016)
Safe Harbors Work for Rightsholders and Service Providers. Content takedowns based on unfounded copyright claims are hurting online free expression, says Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
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