An NSA Program Fizzled Out. The World Didn’t End.

An NSA Program Fizzled Out. The World Didn’t End.

So when Congress sought to reform the government’s surveillance powers, starting in 2014, the phone-records program was a natural priority. It made the NSA’s job slightly harder by requiring a court order to get targeted records from phone companies.

China’s Huawei has big ambitions to weaken the US grip on AI leadership

China’s Huawei has big ambitions to weaken the US grip on AI leadership

The company’s technological ubiquity, and the fact that Chinese companies are ultimately answerable to their government, are big reasons why the US views Huawei as an unprecedented national security threat.

Wyden Calls for Permanent End to NSA Phone Records Program

I will not stop pushing Congress and intelligence leaders to be straight with the American people and end unnecessary surveillance that violates our constitutional freedoms without keeping us any safer.” Last year, Wyden and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., asked the NSA Inspector General to investigate the NSA’s overcollection of phone records.

Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says

Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says

Mr. Augustine also said that the National Security Agency expected to “provide input” about whether to push for renewed authority to pursue the bulk data collection, but he made clear that the White House would make the final call about whether to ask Congress to extend the Freedom Act.

Neutrino Saga Reveals Coinbase User Data Was Leaked

Neutrino Saga Reveals Coinbase User Data Was Leaked

Now, a Coinbase executive has reportedly gone on record to state that a previous intelligence firm hired by the exchange was caught selling customer data to third parties for a profit.

How much does your government spy on you? U.N. may rank the snoopers

How much does your government spy on you? U.N. may rank the snoopers

REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo Joseph Cannataci, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to privacy, submitted the draft questionnaire - touching on everything from chatrooms to systematic surveillance - to the U.N. Human Rights Council, and invited comments by June 30.

Confessions of a private spy

Confessions of a private spy

Of course, Weinstein hired Black Cube - an organisation staffed by ex-Mossad operatives and a favoured plaything of some of the less savoury individuals stalking the planet - to spy on McGowan.

Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser

Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser

A spokesman for Brittany Kaiser, former business development director for Cambridge Analytica – which collapsed after the Observer revealed details of its misuse of Facebook data – confirmed that she had been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller, and was cooperating fully with his investigation.

One of the UN's largest aid programmes just signed a deal with the CIA-backed data monolith Palantir

One of the UN's largest aid programmes just signed a deal with the CIA-backed data monolith Palantir

Last week, the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) announced a partnership with Palantir, the controversial US-based data analytics company with deep links to US intelligence agencies.

EU mulls cyber defense against US surveillance

EU mulls cyber defense against US surveillance

As a key component of its official cyber security strategy, the European Union has explicitly emphasized the importance of protecting basic rights as its member states and the private sector bolster defenses against digital attacks.

Japan lends its vision to 'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance

Japan lends its vision to 'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance

Aircraft from the U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand have been tasked with the bulk of surveillance, although British naval vessels also patrol the South China Sea. Japan has shared pictures of North Korean smuggling with each nation.

Engineers translate brain signals directly into speech

Engineers translate brain signals directly into speech

"The sensitive vocoder and powerful neural networks represented the sounds the patients had originally listened to with surprising accuracy." Dr. Mesgarani and his team plan to test more complicated words and sentences next, and they want to run the same tests on brain signals emitted when a person speaks or imagines speaking.

Amazon Is Pushing Facial Technology That a Study Says Could Be Biased

Amazon Is Pushing Facial Technology That a Study Says Could Be Biased

Now a new study from researchers at the M.I.T. Media Lab has found that Amazon’s system, Rekognition, had much more difficulty in telling the gender of female faces and of darker-skinned faces in photos than similar services from IBM and Microsoft.

The National Security Agency Is A Criminal Organization

The National Security Agency Is A Criminal Organization

They just aren’t getting violent yet that we know of — internally in the US, outside is another story.” “Everybody’s afraid because all this data that’s about them, the central agencies — the intelligence agencies — they have it.” As Binney had no documents to give to the media, blowing the whistle had no consequence for NSA.

A Future with Elon Musk’s Neuralink

A Future with Elon Musk’s Neuralink

Neuralink is one of the companies founded by Elon Musk. Elon Musk said the following in the podcast, when asked about the difference in intelligence between us regular humans and the ones that will have the chip implanted in them.

How the NSA Spies on Us All – Part 4: The 90’s – Present

How the NSA Spies on Us All – Part 4: The 90’s – Present

Enter the TAO ( Up until 1998, the NSA had been a, that was tasked with cryptography (enemy code breaking), passive collection of SIGINT, intelligence production for other agencies, and defense of American and Five Eyes networks.

Mass Surviellance: What does the UK government know about you?

Mass Surviellance: What does the UK government know about you?

According to a court statement , it found there was “ inadequate independent oversight of the selection and search processes involved in the operation, in particular when it came to selecting the Internet bearers for interception and choosing the selectors and search criteria used to filter and select intercepted communications for examination …” List of British intelligence agencies The UK government operates one of the largest surveillance and data collection plans in the world.

Sen. Leahy asks for surveillance information

Sen. Leahy asks for surveillance information

In their letter, Leahy and Lee ask the government to explain how recent changes in Supreme Court caselaw, and the National Security Agency’s (NSA) report of a massive compliance problem earlier this year, have affected implementation of these powerful surveillance authorities.

Silicon Valley: How ‘connect-everything’ tech is problematic

Silicon Valley: How ‘connect-everything’ tech is problematic

“Something that was heartening this year was that accompanying this parade of scandals was a growing public awareness that there’s an accountability crisis in tech,” said Meredith Whittaker, a co-founder of New York University’s AI Now Institute for studying the social implications of artificial intelligence.

How the NSA Spies on Us All – Part 2: The 60’s and 70’s

How the NSA Spies on Us All – Part 2: The 60’s and 70’s

Complacency or a sense of immunity started to catch up with the NSA in the early 1960s when January of 1970 Captain Pyle reports on the domestic spying operation and hopes to make some waves.

ACLU sues government to learn about NSA call records program

ACLU sues government to learn about NSA call records program

NEW YORK (AP) — A civil rights group has sued the U.S. government, saying it needs more information about surveillance of Americans’ phone and financial records to guide the public debate over what will happen when the law that regulates the scrutiny expires next year.

How the NSA Spies on Us All – Part 1: The Early Years

How the NSA Spies on Us All – Part 1: The Early Years

Let’s jump back in time a bit, because in August 1945, 7 years before the creation of the NSA, the SIS began performing domestic surveillance on Americans under operation codename Project Shamrock which was tasked with collecting all incoming and outgoing telegraph messages from the United States.

ACLU sues US government to learn more about NSA call records program

ACLU sues US government to learn more about NSA call records program

The ACLU says in the lawsuit that it is concerned that the government hasn't acted on its request for additional information because the request “relates to sweeping surveillance activities that implicate core privacy and free speech rights of Americans,” the AP reported.

Artificial Intelligence Creates Realistic Photos of People, None of Whom Actually Exist

Artificial Intelligence Creates Realistic Photos of People, None of Whom Actually Exist

Their architecture, described in a paper by the Nvidia researchers who developed it , "leads to an automatically learned, unsupervised separation of high-level attributes (e.g., pose and identity when trained on human faces) and stochastic variation in the generated images (e.g., freckles, hair), and it enables intuitive, scale-specific control of the synthesis." What they've come up with, in other words, has made it not just more possible than ever to create fake faces, but made those faces more customizable than ever as well.

Opposition slams cyber surveillance order

Opposition slams cyber surveillance order

The agencies have been authorised “for the purpose of interception, monitoring and decryption of any information generated, transmitted, received or stored in any computer resource under the said Act (section 69 of the IT Act, 2000)”, the order states.

1-800-Surveillance State: Agencies Can Snoop On Any Computer, Says Centre

1-800-Surveillance State: Agencies Can Snoop On Any Computer, Says Centre

Highlights Home Ministry gives 10 central agencies sweeping powers Can now intercept, monitor data on any computer, not just emails, calls Includes Intelligence Bureau, anti-narcotics and tax agencies

All computers now under govt. watch

All computers now under govt. watch

According to the order, the subscriber or service provider or any person in charge of the computer resource will be bound to extend all facilities and technical assistance to the agencies and failing to do will invite seven-year imprisonment and fine.

At Ring’s R&D Team, Security Gaps and Rookie Engineers

At Ring’s R&D Team, Security Gaps and Rookie Engineers

It was December 2016, and the Santa Monica, Calif., company had recently opened a satellite office in Ukraine to develop products that would use artificial intelligence and motion detection to improve home security. One of the engineers in the room said that to improve Ring’s software, the Kiev office needed access to customer video feeds.

2018 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference - Securing Journalism in an Age of Surveillance and Closing Remarks

2018 Cato Institute Surveillance Conference - Securing Journalism in an Age of Surveillance and Closing Remarks

Meanwhile, technology companies ranging from social media platforms to manufacturers of the connected devices that constitute the “Internet of Things” have struggled with how to balance users’ privacy against their own business interests and the surveillance demands of governments around the world.

Google’s Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us

Google’s Earth: how the tech giant is helping the state spy on us

As it turns out, the same platforms and services that Google deploys to monitor people’s lives and grab their data could be put to use running huge swaths of the US government, including the military, spy agencies, police departments and schools.

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