China Is What Orwell Feared

China Is What Orwell Feared

Having set up beachheads in Asia, Europe, and Africa, China’s AI companies are now pushing into Latin America, a region the Chinese government describes as a “core economic interest.” China financed Ecuador’s $240 million purchase of a surveillance-camera system.

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

In Australian Federal Court, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) accused Google of not explicitly getting consent or properly informing consumers of a 2016 move to combine personal information in Google accounts with browsing activities on non-Google websites.

Uber drivers are suing for their data and it has big implications for the $200 billion gig economy

Uber drivers are suing for their data and it has big implications for the $200 billion gig economy

Understanding the data and how it is used by the algorithms is the first step in addressing the asymmetric power between gig economy workers and tech giants like Uber, according to Farrar.

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

Antitrust 101: Why everyone is probing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google An internal team that tracks the worldwide usage of Google's first-party apps "also has used Lockbox data on third-party apps to show executives how Google services were performing compared to rivals," sources told The Information.

Snowden: Tech Workers Are Complicit in How Their Companies Hurt Society

Snowden: Tech Workers Are Complicit in How Their Companies Hurt Society

During a panel on technology and surveillance hosted by Motherboard and Mijente, Snowden was asked by Mijente campaign organizer Jacinta González what needs to be done to get workers within the tech industry to take a stronger position in the dismantling of oppressive systems.

Is it time for a ‘Digital New Deal’ to rein in Big Tech?

Is it time for a ‘Digital New Deal’ to rein in Big Tech?

His academic literature about the outsized power of Big Tech stretches all the way back to 2008, when he wrote a paper called "Internet Nondiscrimination Principles: Commercial Ethics for Carriers and Search Engines," predicting that "search results" would be the next hot-button issue for regulators.

What facial recognition steals from us

What facial recognition steals from us

Now that facial recognition algorithms exist, they can be effectively linked to any digital camera and any database of labeled faces to surveil any given population of people.And join the Open Sourced Reporting Network to help us report on the real consequences of data, privacy, algorithms, and AI.

YouTube investigates automatic deletion of comments criticising China Communist party

YouTube investigates automatic deletion of comments criticising China Communist party

Luckey, a founder of the virtual reality group Oculus who is now works for a defence tech firm, tweeted: “YouTube has deleted every comment I ever made about the Wumao, an internet propaganda division of the Chinese Communist party,” and suggested the filtering appeared to be a new policy of censorship.

A dystopian look ahead at a lost decade of oligarchy, xenophobia, and soul-crushing surveillance

A dystopian look ahead at a lost decade of oligarchy, xenophobia, and soul-crushing surveillance

Left-wing fantasies By June 2020, as lockdowns began to ease, left-wing optimism remained that the pandemic would revive state power on behalf of the powerless, leading friends to fantasize about a renaissance of the commons and a capacious definition of public goods.

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

One of those documents, the first to be made public in June 2013, revealed that the NSA was tracking billions of telephone calls made by Americans inside the US.

The FBI monitoring your browsing history without a warrant might just be the beginning

The FBI monitoring your browsing history without a warrant might just be the beginning

Although it was arguably created with good intentions, some believe this is just the beginning of governments around the world using the coronavirus pandemic to usher in new surveillance measures.

German intelligence can't spy on foreigners outside Germany

German intelligence can't spy on foreigners outside Germany

The German government must come up with a new law regulating its secret services, after the country's highest court ruled that the current practice of monitoring telecommunications of foreign citizens at will violates constitutionally-enshrined press freedoms and the privacy of communications.

Hungary suspends some GDPR privacy protections as part of COVID-19 “state of emergency”

Hungary suspends some GDPR privacy protections as part of COVID-19 “state of emergency”

The ruling party doesn’t seem to understand why the entire world is upset by the overreach of power and the fact that the state of emergency doesn’t have a set date to end.

Google readies its own chip for future Pixels and Chromebooks

Google readies its own chip for future Pixels and Chromebooks

Google has made significant progress toward developing its own processor to power future versions of its Pixel smartphone as soon as next year — and eventually Chromebooks as well, Axios has learned.However, the Google-designed chips aren't expected to be ready to power Pixel phones until next year.

Don’t be evil, just OBEY: After Covid-19 tech giants will have even more control over what you see & what you think

Don’t be evil, just OBEY: After Covid-19 tech giants will have even more control over what you see & what you think

Over the past two decades, democratic societies have been manipulated by Silicon Valley's unregulated big-tech behemoths, which now control the news flow and have weaponized Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Netflix, PayPal, Reddit, TikTok, Microsoft, Apple and the very dangerous Internet Of Things (sped along by 5G).Hard proof is difficult to come by since you can never catch the tech giants red-handed.

HTTPS Is A Privacy Nightmare

HTTPS Is A Privacy Nightmare

After reading NSA files, I wouldn’t be surprised if NSA already hacked some of the big CAs. I don’t see what stops governments from issuing a subpoena for the CAs in their countries to sign a certificate so they could sniff the communication of whoever they want.

Coronavirus delays the passage of the world’s most important new privacy law

Coronavirus delays the passage of the world’s most important new privacy law

However, as the Carnegie India article notes, there are some differences between the Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 and the GDPR: the bill gives India’s central government the power to exempt any government agency from the bill’s requirements.

Protect our Speech and Security Online: Reject the Graham-Blumenthal Bill

Protect our Speech and Security Online: Reject the Graham-Blumenthal Bill

It doesn’t equip law enforcement agencies with resources to investigate claims of child exploitation or training in how to use online platforms to catch perpetrators.

Before Clearview Became a Police Tool, It Was a Secret Plaything of the Rich

Before Clearview Became a Police Tool, It Was a Secret Plaything of the Rich

Clearview was unknown to the general public until this January, when The New York Times reported that the secretive start-up had developed a breakthrough facial recognition system that was in use by hundreds of law enforcement agencies.

Protect our Speech and Security Online: Reject the Graham-Blumenthal Proposal

Protect our Speech and Security Online: Reject the Graham-Blumenthal Proposal

The Graham-Blumenthal bill would finally give Barr the power to demand that tech companies obey him or face overwhelming liability from lawsuits based on their users’ activities.

The EARN IT Act is the latest clueless attack on encryption, do not fall for it

The EARN IT Act is the latest clueless attack on encryption, do not fall for it

At its core, the EARN IT Act would give the Attorney General the power to force tech companies like Facebook to build backdoors into their encryption.

In an unprecedented move, Twitter gave a state university access to a student’s parody account after it complained that he was mocking the school

In an unprecedented move, Twitter gave a state university access to a student’s parody account after it complained that he was mocking the school

Kelly told Business Insider he has been in contact with the school about the parody account, including the administrator whose email appeared to be given access to it.

Facebook will stop using 2FA tool to harvest phone numbers for friend suggestions

Facebook will stop using 2FA tool to harvest phone numbers for friend suggestions

Facebook says it will soon stop its practice of using phone numbers provided to the company as part of its two-factor authentication (2FA) security tool to power a friend suggestion feature, Reuters reported on Thursday.

Privacy concerns pushing people to change online behaviour, poll shows

Privacy concerns pushing people to change online behaviour, poll shows

TBILISI, Dec 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Privacy concerns are pushing people to change their behaviour online, according to an international poll published on Wednesday that found one in three avoid specific search terms or web pages to elude tracking.

France fines Google 150 million euros for opaque advertising rules

France fines Google 150 million euros for opaque advertising rules

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s competition watchdog fined Google (GOOGL.O) 150 million euros ($167 million) on Friday for abusing its power over the treatment of advertisers, saying it applied opaque rules and changed them at will.

Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers

Putin signs law making Russian apps mandatory on smartphones, computers

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed legislation requiring all smartphones, computers and smart TV sets sold in the country to come pre-installed with Russian software.

Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes (“The War of All Against All”)

Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes (“The War of All Against All”)

In order to help fight the good fight for the equality of all people, 2.5 years ago, Private Internet Access began exploring partnerships with others in the industry with the idea that together, we would be stronger.

Big tech achieving “quantum supremacy” for the first time is bad news for our privacy ǀ View

Big tech achieving “quantum supremacy” for the first time is bad news for our privacy ǀ View

We should all be very concerned that an industry with a questionable track record on data protection, privacy and political neutrality now has access to the world’s most powerful computer.

Renata Ávila: “The Internet of creation disappeared. Now we have the Internet of surveillance and control”

Renata Ávila: “The Internet of creation disappeared. Now we have the Internet of surveillance and control”

“The people deciding for what purpose those without access to the Internet are going to connect to it are the technology companies that dominate the future of industry.

House antitrust probe report likely by 'first part' of 2020

House antitrust probe report likely by 'first part' of 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee expects to have a final report on its probe of big technology companies and their potential breaches of antitrust law, by the “first part” of next year, the chair of its antitrust panel said on Friday.