Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Privacy activists are worried that the new rules could be misused to curb free speech India's plan to try to mandate the monitoring, interception and tracing of messages on social media has alarmed users and privacy activists - as well as the companies running the platforms.
Senate Republicans have a new plan for preventing mass shootings: require public schools to use surveillance technology to monitor students’ online behavior for signs of violence or self-harm.
Recent reports have surfaced that republicans are pushing hard for a Bill by Cornyn entitled, The Response Act which seeks to require public schools to use surveillance technology to monitor students’ online behavior for signs of violence or self-harm.
We often hear complaints about software projects that are meant to fight surveillance, like Tor and Tails, getting funds from the US government.
The Trump administration is reportedly considering a pitch from former NBC Chairman Robert Wright, a presidential pal, for a research program aimed at preventing mass shootings by electronically monitoring people who have received psychiatric diagnoses.
Aside from assuming a strong link between mental illness and violence, this kind of surveillance creates mistrust in the system, forcing people with mental health issues to consider whether getting help could put them on a federal watch list.
After two recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, President Trump said his administration would ask social media companies to develop tools that could detect potential mass shooters.
The social media site will soon tell you which users follow your account. Other users are concerned Reddit is moving away from its roots as a forum that offered more anonymity over typical social networking sites.
The number of spycam crimes reported to police surged from around 2,400 in 2012 to nearly 6,500 in 2017.According to official statistics about 98 percent of convicted offenders are men — ranging from school teachers and college professors to church pastors and police officers — while more than 80 percent of victims are women.“I turn customers away when it isn’t clear why and what they want hidden cameras for,” said Lee Seung-yon, who customizes spycam gadgets in Seoul.
In April, China’s State Administration of Press and Publication introduced sweeping changes to approval guidelines in the gaming industry. Because, as we all know, if there’s one thing that makes video games objectively more fun it’s censoring violence.
The need for a gendered right to privacy All of these cases show that with technologies transforming our experience of the world, we will need a right to privacy well suited to protect women and gender diverse people from new forms of abuses, which will keep emerging as long as the patriarchal structures that fuel gender-based violence remain unchallenged.
Throughout the year, India has been on the world’s radar for many Internet and privacy-related incidents; top-most being the numerous mob lynchings which have been reported to initiate from fake Whatsapp messages.
The disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi is becoming a major international incident as Western governments line up to cast doubt on the implausible and inconsistent story offered by Saudi Arabia about his death.
At its best, these tools can offer citizens living environments that are more responsive to their needs, and allow them opportunities to engage directly and meaningfully with their governments and their communities.