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  1. Worried About AI Voice Clone Scams? Create a Family Password (January 31, 2024)
    Your grandfather receives a call late at night from a person pretending to be you. The caller says that you are in jail or have been kidnapped and that they need money urgently to get you out of trouble. Perhaps they then bring on a fake police officer or kidnapper to heighten the tension. The money, of course, should be wired right away to an unfamiliar account at an unfamiliar bank.
  2. Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - October 14, 2023 (October 14, 2023)
    Fading to silence, as well as the more active and deliberate silencing of dissenting views, is the theme of this issue of Other Voices.
  3. The Need To Replace The Existing U.S.-Government-Controlled Web (September 21, 2023)
    The U.S. Government controls the Web; and this means that it also indirectly controls the news-media.
  4. The EU's best weapon against free speech isn't working (September 7, 2023)
    The European Union has just realized that it can't rule the internet with an iron fist by throwing around the 'Kremlin propaganda' label.
  5. Southfront blocked by U.S.-controlled global Internet supervisor (September 1, 2023)
    On the night of 18 August [2023], the "international domain name registry" blocked without any warning or explanation. Despite the fact that this organisation has been formally independent since 1998, it is actually controlled by the US Department of Commerce. What they have done is an unprecedented action in the history of modern information society. This is the American way of democracy, freedom of speech and the rule of law.
  6. YouTube bans Scott Ritter (August 11, 2023)
    YouTube has terminated the account of former US intelligence officer Scott Ritter and deleted all of his videos on the platform.
  7. Leaks reveal FBI helps Ukraine censor Twitter users and obtain their info (June 7, 2023)
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has aided a Ukrainian intelligence effort to censor social media users and obtain their personal information, leaked emails reveal.
  8. US Seizes Web Domains Related to Hezbollah (May 12, 2023)
    The U.S. government has seized over a dozen web domains belonging to the Lebanese resistance group Hezbollah and others. The U.S. Department of Justice said that the web domains were operated by persons or groups who had been sanctioned by the U.S. government.
  9. Report on the Censorship-Industrial Complex: The Top 50 Organizations to Know (May 10, 2023)
    A citizen's starter kit to understanding the new global information cartel
  10. The Curse of the Algorithm (December 26, 2022)
    The existence of algorithms might be a sign of civilization, but it might also be a sign of madness. As human decision-making is handed over to machines, these machines can make rather irrational, discriminatory, and outright mad decisions.
  11. Snowden says 'I told you so' (December 24, 2022)
    Former CIA and National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has claimed vindication after a media report exposed how surveillance tools deployed to fight Covid-19 are now being abused by law enforcement and other authorities – as he predicted over two years ago.
  12. Researchers Find Massive Anti-Russian 'Bot Army' (November 6, 2022)
    An Australian university has unearthed millions of Tweets by fake accounts pushing disinformation on the Ukraine war, Peter Cronau reports. The sample size dwarfs other studies of covert propaganda about the war on social media.
  13. Is your boss tracking you while you work? (October 11, 2022)
    In Ontario, employers must now disclose if they have been using productivity tracking software to keep tabs on their employees. Experts say while this may address transparency concerns, businesses should be tracking output instead.
  14. Amazon wants surveillance robots in every home (October 10, 2022)
    Amazon's new home robot is charged with privacy violations in line with the Roomba and the Ring.
  15. Google is spying on your private conversations, manipulating search results (September 1, 2022)
    Interview with Dr. Robert Epstein who has been conducting research on tech companies' roles in American politics.
  16. Americans are being urged to delete period tracking apps. Should Canadians do the same? (July 5, 2022)
    Health apps' promises to protect users' data should be taken with a grain of salt, privacy experts say.
  17. The Federal Bureau of Tweets: Twitter Is Hiring an Alarming Number of FBI Agents (June 21, 2022)
    Twitter has been on a recruitment drive of late, hiring a host of former feds and spies. Studying a number of employment and recruitment websites, MintPress has ascertained that the social media giant has, in recent years, recruited dozens of individuals from the national security state to work in the fields of security, trust, safety and content.
  18. How 'Virtual Crime Scenes' Became a Propaganda Tool in Nicaragua, Ukraine, and Syria (May 26, 2022)
    Creating "virtual crime scenes" is a tool which enables establishment media such as the New York Times, the BBC or (in Spain) El Pais, to convey interpretations of the events which conveniently coincide with the way they are seen by the US government and its allies.
  19. The Threat to Privacy in the Post-Roe Era (May 25, 2022)
    Using a maps app to plan a route, sending terms to a search engine and chatting online are ways that people actively share their personal data. But mobile devices share far more data than just what their users say or type. They share information with the network about whom people contacted, when they did so, how long the communication lasted and what type of device was used.
  20. Dear Al Gorithm (May 7, 2022)
    A look at search engine optimization (SEO) spam and the algorithms behind them.
  21. An Intellectual No-Fly Zone: Online Censorship of Ukraine Dissent Is Becoming the New Norm (April 25, 2022)
    Google has sent a warning shot across the world, ominously informing media outlets, bloggers, and content creators that it will no longer tolerate certain opinions when it comes to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
  22. Big Tech's 'Cancel Culture' Love Affair (April 21, 2022)
    Cancel culture is inbuilt in the techno-feudalist project: conform to the hegemonic narrative, or else. Journalism that does not conform must be taken down. This month, several of us - Scott Ritter, myself, ASB Military News, among others - were canceled from Twitter. The - unstated - reason: we were debunking the officially approved narrative of the Russia/NATO/Ukraine war.
  23. Twitter Wars: My Personal Experience in Twitter's Ongoing Assault on Free Speech (April 13, 2022)
  24. Australian Government Sanctions People For Sharing Unauthorized Thoughts (March 8, 2022)
    Stomping on speech which doesn't align with the authorized opinions of the government and the globe-spanning empire of which it is a member state.
  25. Spotify Purges Dissident Voices In Latest Censorship Escalation (March 3, 2022)
    Multiple American podcasters who speak critically of the political status quo in their country are reporting that their channels have been shut down as the censorship campaign against Russia-backed media continues to escalate.
  26. Censorship By Algorithm Does Far More Damage Than Conventional Censorship (January 24, 2022)
    By mid-2017 independent media outlets were already reporting across ideological lines that algorithm changes from important sources of viewership like Google had suddenly begun hiding their content from people who were searching for the subjects they reported on.
  27. Is it already too late to say goodbye? (January 22, 2022)
    My blog posts once attracted tens of thousands of shares. Then, as the algorithms tightened, it became thousands. Now, as they throttle me further, shares can often be counted in the hundreds. "Going viral" is a distant memory.
  28. Actual reality is infinitely preferable to the dystopian augmented reality of the Metaverse (2022)
    After isolating lockdowns and other absurd anti-science measures that have made life hell for many for the past year-and-a-half, people are thirsty for real life interactions, not Zoom calls or other digital meet-ups.
  29. Massive cyberattack disrupts petrol stations in Iran (October 26, 2021)
  30. Public health or private wealth? (October 19, 2021)
  31. Don't expect tech giants to build back better (September 1, 2021)
    Tech giants need to quantify human behaviour to make money from it. The pandemic, by forcing much of our lives online, has shown just how much money they can make.
  32. Canadian Nobel scientist's deletion from Wikipedia points to wider bias, study finds (August 19, 2021)
  33. Israeli spyware used to target journalists, activists (July 18, 2021)
    Activists, politicians and journalists from around the world – including from Al Jazeera – were targeted in a surveillance operation using software sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, according to an investigation into a massive data leak by The Guardian, The Washington Post and 15 other media outlets.
  34. Private moments captured on home security cameras being live streamed again on website (June 29, 2021)
    Cybersecurity experts say with home security cameras becoming more popular and people working from home during the pandemic, it's vital the public is educated about how to keep their cameras secure.
  35. US seizes three dozen websites used for 'Iranian disinformation' (June 23, 2021)
  36. The Drone Revolution Comes to England (May 4, 2021)
    As cities and towns are faced with rising poverty, homelessness and drug addiction, the authorities respond with more social control, using a technology that makes George Orwell’s 1984 seem tame.
  37. Screened out by a computer? (March 7, 2021)
    Experts predict "asynchronous" one-way interviews will outlast the COVID-19 pandemic.
  38. Big Tech's Playing Monopoly. It's Going to Lose. (February 4, 2021)
    Knapp critiques Big Tech, including Facebook and Twitter, as limiting freedom of speech in return for substantial revenue from government contracts.
  39. US military buys location data of popular Muslim apps (November 17, 2020)
  40. Social media's erasure of Palestinians is a grim warning for our future (October 26, 2020)
    Nowhere are ties between tech and state officials more evident than in their dealings with Israel. This has led to starkly different treatment of digital rights for Israelis and Palestinians.
  41. Wikipedia formally censors the Grayzone as regime-change advocates monopolize editing (June 10, 2020)
    On Wikipedia, a small group of regime-change advocates and right-wing Venezuelan opposition supporters have blacklisted independent media outlets like The Grayzone on explicitly political grounds, violating the encyclopedia’s guidelines.
  42. Wikipedia formally censors the Grayzone as regime-change advocates monopolize editing (June 10, 2020)
    On the blacklisting campaign of certain independent new sites launched by a small group of Wikipedia editors.
  43. Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx are collecting more customer data than they appear to be (May 1, 2020)
    Certain applications collecting more data from users than is immediately apparent.
  44. Cookie Monster: the Nuts and Bolts of Online Tracking (March 9, 2020)
    Big Tech has become notorious for its hoarding of its users' personal data, collected with great breadth and down to minute details. Billions have been paid by online platforms to settle legal charges over their invasive and reckless privacy follies.
  45. Even the Machines Are Racist. Facial Recognition Systems Threaten Black Lives. (March 4, 2020)
    Politicians and companies pushing facial recognition technology say that, like the near-certainty of DNA and the exactness of fingerprint matches, the software is a precise, unbiased alternative to human bigotry in policing. Yet in reality, facial recognition technology is prone to false positives that target Black and Brown people, and then tracks them when they're on parole.
  46. Coronavirus vs. the Mass Surveillance State: Which Poses the Greater Threat? (March 3, 2020)
    Emboldened by the citizenry's inattention and willingness to tolerate its abuses, the government has weaponized one national crisis after another in order to expands its powers. The war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on illegal immigration, asset forfeiture schemes, road safety schemes, school safety schemes, eminent domain: all of these programs started out as legitimate responses to pressing concerns and have since become weapons of compliance and control in the police state's hands.
  47. Huawei fires back, points to US' history of spying on phone networks (February 12, 2020)
    Chinese vendor Huawei has provided a longer response to US allegations of spying, claiming that it doesn't have the spying capability alleged by the US and pointing out that the US itself has a long history of spying on phone networks.
  48. 'Completely unsustainable': How streaming and other data demands take a toll on the environment (January 2, 2020)
    "We are using an immense amount of energy to drive this data revolution," said Jane Kearns, an environment and technology expert at MaRS Discovery District, an innovation hub in Toronto. "It has real implications for our climate."
  49. Amazon Alexa wants to save you from uncomfortable Christmas dinner talk. Be careful what you wish for. (December 19, 2019)
    Amazon has introduced a feature for Alexa to introduce conversation topics at Christmas family dinners. Given the history of privacy breaches people should wary.
  50. 'Shadow banning' written into Twitter's new terms of service, may 'limit visibility' of some users (December 4, 2019)
    With the addition of those four words, the company is telling users it reserves the right shadow ban or "throttle" certain accounts. On what basis will it make those decisions – or whether they will be made solely by an automated algorithm – remains unclear.
  51. Amazon's Ring Planned Neighborhood 'Watch Lists' Built on Facial Recognition (November 26, 2019)
    Amazon's plan to create proactive "watch lists" based on supposed suspicious activity - including facial recognition software - seen by their Ring cameras should alarm anyone who cares about privacy.
  52. Freedom, Valor, Love: On Snowden's Permanent Record (November 20, 2019)
    Edward Snowden's life reveals it's not just "the computer guy" (or other non-male folks) at tech's helms, but the general U.S. public that bears witness to corporatized data surveillance state violations, or the data industrial complex. This secretive sprawling network is the invasive rule today; it involves regular media outlets, telecommunications, social media platforms, Internet service providers, and government agencies.
  53. VAR, technology and human judgment (November 18, 2019)
    VAR aims to eliminate 'clear and obvious errors' by referees by using TV replays to allow officials to view contentious incidents from different camera angles and by reconstructing the movement of the ball or players to check whether a goal was actually scored and whether a player was offside. The trouble is, what constitutes a 'clear and obvious error' is itself a judgment call.
  54. How the Hand of Israeli Spy Tech Reaches Deep into our Lives (November 12, 2019)
    Digital age weapons developed by Israel to oppress Palestinians are rapidly being repurposed for much wider applications – against Western populations who have long taken their freedoms for granted.
  55. Here we go again: Amazon AI-powered Cloud Cam actually powered by unseen humans who watch you have sex (October 17, 2019)
    Amazon’s AI-based home security system is sending footage of users' private moments to dozens of algorithm trainers halfway around the world, according to former employees - not unlike its Alexa "smart" speakers. Amazon’s Cloud Cam home security device regularly sends video clips to employees in Romania and India, who help "train" its AI algorithms, according to five current and former employees who spoke to Bloomberg.
  56. Why deep-learning AIs are so easy to fool (October 9, 2019)
    These problems are more concerning than idiosyncratic quirks in a not-quite-perfect technology, says Dan Hendrycks, a PhD student in computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. Like many scientists, he has come to see them as the most striking illustration that DNNs are fundamentally brittle: brilliant at what they do until, taken into unfamiliar territory, they break in unpredictable ways.
  57. Robot Trolls on Amazon: How Fake Reviews Could Undermine Progressive Politics (October 4, 2019)
    In the pursuit of profit, corporations appear to be using bots to undermine competitors on Amazon, as they do on Twitter and Facebook. This could have detrimental effects on progressive authors and filmmakers who, in the absence of major corporate backing, need the support of reviewers -- at least on Amazon -- in order to boost their marketability.
  58. The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption (October 3, 2019)
    Top law enforcement officials in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia told Facebook today that they want backdoor access to all encrypted messages sent on all its platforms. In an open letter, these governments called on Mark Zuckerberg to stop Facebook's plan to introduce end-to-end encryption on all of the company's messaging products and instead promise that it will "enable law enforcement to obtain lawful access to content in a readable and usable format."
  59. Adversarial Interoperability (October 2, 2019)
    A round-up of the EFF's writing on 'adverserial interoperabillity' which is necessary for creating a decentralized internet free from corporate monopolies.
  60. Technology was supposed to make us more capable. Instead it has made us scarily dependent (September 24, 2019)
    Technology has promised to make things easier and elevate the species. But much technology emerging today has only increased our dependence on technology by rendering obsolete many of the skills we once relied upon.
  61. Algorithms Are People (September 18, 2019)
    Amazon, Google, and other tech platforms deny interfering with their respective search algorithms, to boost profits or sidestep regulations. Because of the murky mechanics of how search works, proving the allegations is nearly impossible.
  62. Smart Faucets And Toilets Use Alexa To Listen To Your Conversations (September 17, 2019)
    It is hard to imagine a more intrusive home surveillance device than a faucet or toilet that listens to everyone’s conversations, but that is just what Delta Faucet and Kohler have done. Delta Faucet's "Voice IQ" takes advantage of where lots of people like to congregate and turns it into an Alexa eavesdropping centre.
  63. Facebook advertisers can write their own headlines for shared news stories (September 16, 2019)
    Advertisers on Facebook are able to completely rewrite the displayed headline for news stories, CBC News has learned, opening the door for potential disinformation to spread on the platform while using news media branding as cover.
  64. The Stupidity of Smart Devices and Smart Cities (August 29, 2019)
    Smart phones, smart bombs, and, it follows, Smart Cities (capitalising such terms implies false authority), do not exist in that sense, whatever their cheer squad emissaries in High Tech land claim. They are merely a masterfully daft celebration of tactically deployed cults: there is a fad, a trend, and therefore, it must be smart, a model option to pursue.
  65. Facebook had human contractors 'reviewing' users' Messenger voice chats (August 14, 2019)
    Facebook has given contractors access to people's private voice chats for transcription purposes.
  66. Australian investigative journalist exposes Guardian/New York Times betrayal of Assange (August 10, 2019)
    Sources reveal new first-hand information exposing the extent of the betrayal of Julian Assange by the Guardian and the New York Times and refute lies both publications have used to smear the WikiLeaks founder.
  67. Taxed, throttled or thrown in jail: Africa's new internet paradigm (August 6, 2019)
    Many governments in Africa, threatened by the democracy of internet communication, are stifling it by imposing taxes and fees, throttling internet service itself and even arresting bloggers.
  68. Amazon Is Coaching Cops on How to Obtain Surveillance Footage Without a Warrant (August 5, 2019)
    Amazon's home surveillance company Ring is coaching police on how to use their technology which simultaneously provides a source of advertising for Amazon.
  69. Are Israel's spies stealing your data? (August 5, 2019)
    Many Israeli spies go into careers in surveillance software bringing techniques that are used to violate the privacy of Palestinians into everyday commercial software.
  70. Another day, another data hack-- and truth is, there's not much you can do about it (July 31, 2019)
    This week's Capital One hack is just yet another reminder of what cybersecurity experts have known for a while: you've probably already had your information stolen, and the only question is whether you know it.
  71. 'It was chaotic': National outage of passport kiosks causes major delays at Pearson (July 28, 2019)
    A nationwide outage affecting the primary inspection kiosks and NEXUS of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) caused serious delays for passengers arriving on international flights.
  72. 'Algorithms don’t write themselves' (July 25, 2019)
  73. ANYONE can be re-identified from 'anonymous data', researchers claim & let you TEST it (July 24, 2019)
    Online services that claim to anonymize users’ personal data aren’t as secure as we think, according to researchers who found over 99 percent of people can be identified from a handful of supposedly anonymous data points. Using just three commonly-requested demographic attributes -- birthdate, zip code, and gender -- the program is able to successfully identify users about 83 percent of the time. And with 5 and more data points the machine-learning model gets it right over 99 percent of the time.
  74. Outsourced spying: Google admits 'language experts' listen to 'some' assistant recordings (July 12, 2019)
    Google assistants are recording their surroundings without the user's knowledge and making the recordings available to contractors.
  75. Google Maps outage sparks mass disorientation (July 5, 2019)
    The Google Maps server went offline in some parts of the world, and users found themselves utterly disoriented – or couldn't find themselves at all.
  76. Amazon admits it keeps some Alexa recordings even when users delete them (July 4, 2019)
    Amazon has admitted that Alexa can keep recordings and other data after a user believe they have deleted them. Amazon cites improving customer service and technology as one reason for doing this.
  77. Raging Against the Algorithm: Google and Persuasive Technology (July 2, 2019)
    Fears of Google's algorithms detrimental effect on society may be well-founded but the proposed solutions are problematic.
  78. Deep Fakes: Will AI Swing the 2020 Election? (June 25, 2019)
    The ability of AI to create credible-looking fake videos could pose a threat to candidates at election time but gullibility was a problem before computer technology.
  79. Nothing Kept Me Up At Night the Way Gorgon Stare Did (June 1, 2019)
    An interview with an expert on drones about a new camera technology that drastically improves wide-area sureillance capabilities.
  80. WhatsApp breach might have targeted human rights groups (May 14, 2019)
    The messaging app WhatsApp had a security breach that installed surveillance software on users' phones. It seems to have targeted several people in human rights groups who report getting phone calls from strange numbers at odd times.
  81. Google Bans Press TV (May 5, 2019)
    Social media companies are banning media outlets in the name of alleged 'hate speech' but the companies' contacts and their targets make them instruments of government censorship.
  82. Weaponized Social Media Is Driving the Explosion of Fascism (April 5, 2019)
    Describing how social media wages war on reality by spreading propaganda. With examples from ISIS to Alex Jones.
  83. Social Media Regulation: Speak of the Devil and in Walks Zuck (April 3, 2019)
    Social media giants such as Facebook support government regulation as a means to secure their monopolies.
  84. The Chilling Censorship of the Christchurch Shooting (March 21, 2019)
    Attempts to censor details of the Christchurch shooting may have the opposite of the intended effect by enabling denial and conspiracy theories.
  85. The Intercept Shuts Down Access to Snowden Trove (March 13, 2019)
    First Look Media, owner of The Intercept, is shutting down access to Snowden’s leaked NSA documents. Their reporters still have copies of all the documents and are looking to find a new outlet for them.
  86. Facebook Wants You to Know if You’re Getting Your News From the Wrong Government (March 1, 2019)
    Media outlets owned by a company with ties to the Russian government are forced to disclose their affiliation on Facebook. Media outlets owned or funded by the US government are not held to the same standard.
  87. Face Surveillance Is a Uniquely Dangerous Technology (February 5, 2019)
    Lightly edited transcript of an interview regarding face recognition technology and how it will impact people who are already over-policed.
  88. International undercover agents target Toronto-based digital rights group Citizen Lab (January 25, 2019)
    Members of the internet watchdog group Citizen Lab have been contacted by men masquerading as investors who seem to be trying to dig up dirt on them.
  89. For Owners of Amazon’s 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.
  90. 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.
  91. 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.
  92. 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.
  93. 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.
  94. 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.
  95. 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 Google’s 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.
  96. 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'.
  97. 'City of Surveillance': Google-backed smart city sounds like a dystopian nightmare (October 24, 2018)
    A Google-backed project to build the interconnected, data-driven ‘city of the future’ sounds like all George Orwell’s nightmares come true, and is now in the spotlight after a privacy expert resigned from the project in protest. Toronto’s Waterfront district used to be an industrial wasteland, but Sidewalk Labs – a sister company of Google – wants to turn that wasteland into a prototype ‘city of the future,’ where data helps planners micromanage every aspect of urban life.
  98. 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.
  99. 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.
  100. 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, a Chinese-language web directory service owned by Google.
  101. 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.
  102. It's not a conspiracy theory – your phone really is watching you, research finds (July 4, 2018)
    Scientists used an automated system to interact with apps, searching for any media files that had been sent from them -- particularly to a third party. It was in the course of searching for audio files that the researchers began to see that screenshots and video recordings were being sent to third parties instead.
  103. John Pilger's speech at Sydney rally to free Julian Assange (June 19, 2018)
    Video by Cathy Vogan & Liam Kesteven (, for Politics in the Pub.
  104. 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.
  105. 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.
  106. Defenders of Copyright Troll Victims Urge Congress to Reject the "Small Claims" Bill (April 26, 2018)
    A dedicated group of attorneys and technologists from around the U.S. defend Internet users against abuse by copyright trolls.
  107. 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?
  108. 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.
  109. 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.
  110. 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.
  111. 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.
  112. 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.
  113. 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.
  114. 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.
  115. Know your history: Google has been a military-intel contractor from the very beginning (March 6, 2018)
    But the fact that Google helps the military build more efficient systems of surveillance and death shouldn't have been surprising, especially not to Google employees. The truth is that Google has spent the last 15 years selling souped-up versions of its information technology to military and intelligence agencies, local police departments, and military contractors of all size and specialization -- including outfits that sell predictive policing tech deployed in cities across America today.
  116. '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.
  117. 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.
  118. 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.
  119. 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.
  120. 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.
  121. 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'.
  122. 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.
  123. 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.
  124. 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.
  125. 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.
  126. 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.
  127. 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
  128. 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.
  129. 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.
  130. 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".
  131. 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.
  132. 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.
  133. 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.
  134. 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.
  135. 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.
  136. 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.
  137. The Internet is Already Broken (December 20, 2017)
    Nick Pemberton's article on the already broken internet.
  138. 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. It’s reducing our attention span, and it’s ruining our interpersonal communication skills. Basically this technology is dehumanizing us.
  139. Google's true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance (December 8, 2017)
    Two decades ago, the US intelligence community worked closely with Silicon Valley in an effort to track citizens in cyberspace. And Google is at the heart of that origin story. Some of the research that led to Google's ambitious creation was funded and coordinated by a research group established by the intelligence community to find ways to track individuals and groups online.
  140. 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.
  141. 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.
  142. 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.
  143. 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.
  144. 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.
  145. 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.
  146. 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.
  147. 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.
  148. 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.
  149. 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.
  150. 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.
  151. 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.
  152. '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.
  153. Who’s 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.
  154. 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.
  155. 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.
  156. 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.
  157. 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.
  158. '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.
  159. What if You Had to Worry About a Lawsuit Every Time You Linked to an Image Online? (October 24, 2017)
  160. 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.
  161. '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.
  162. 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.
  163. 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 website.
  164. 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.
  165. 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.
  166. 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.
  167. 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.
  168. 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.
  169. 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.
  170. 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.
  171. 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.
  172. 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.
  173. 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.
  174. 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.
  175. 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.
  176. Image Copyright Infringement Scam (March 16, 2017)
  177. 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.
  178. 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.
  179. The Weekly Package (2017)
    With limited resources and government restrictions on internet access in Cuba, a thriving underground industry selling digital information has developed.
  180. 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.
  181. 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.
  182. 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.
  183. Copyright Infringement Fraud: A Serious Problem (December 9, 2016)
    Copyright infringement is serious business and true violations should be addressed as soon as possible. But what if it isn't a true violation? What if it is a ploy to make money? And, whether true or a scheme, how would one know the difference?
  184. 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.
  185. 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.
  186. 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.
  187. 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.
  188. 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.
  189. 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.
  190. 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 UK’s domestic intelligence agency, MI5, to covertly monitor internet communications.
  191. 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.
  192. 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.
  193. 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 don’t belong to skeptical societies. I don’t 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.
  194. Dear "Skeptics," Bash Homeopathy and Bigfoot Less, Mammograms and War More (May 16, 2016)
    A science journalist takes a skeptical look at capital-S Skepticism
  195. 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."
  196. 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.
  197. 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.
  198. 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).
  199. Nest's move to stop supporting Revolv smart hub leaves customers with costly 'brick' (April 6, 2016)
    Here's a major downside to the so-called Internet of Things -- companies can potentially disconnect your smart devices and leave them essentially useless at any time.
  200. The cyber arms race (April 1, 2016)
    A look at cyber warfare between nations, a militarisation of cyberspace that is advancing far faster than the creation of positive peace keeping mechanisms.

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