U.S. Government Plans to Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants

U.S. Government Plans to Collect DNA From Detained Immigrants

The officials said the proposed rule was inspired partly by a pilot program conducted this summer along the southwestern border, in which ICE agents used rapid DNA sampling technology to identify “fraudulent family units” — adults who were using children disguised as their own to exploit special protections for families with immigrant children.

Thread by @random - walker: "When we watch TV, our TVs watch us back and track our habits. This practice has exploded recently since it hasn’t faced much public scrutiny […]"

Thread by @random - walker: "When we watch TV, our TVs watch us back and track our habits. This practice has exploded recently since it hasn’t faced much public scrutiny […]"

Many of today's prominent computer scientists entered the field decades ago, inspired by the potential of digital technology to hold powerful institutions to account.The tech industry itself badly needs more accountability.The CS community has responded to ethical concerns by promoting a distinct field, algorithmic fairness.

First Librem 5 Smartphones are Shipping

First Librem 5 Smartphones are Shipping

Earlier this month, Purism announced an iterative, transparent shipping schedule for the highly anticipated Librem 5, security and privacy focused smartphone.“Seeing the amazing effort of the Purism team, and holding the first fully functioning Librem 5, has been the most inspirational moment of Purism’s five year history,” stated Todd Weaver.

Singapore’s government will give every citizen a free Fitbit, with a catch

Singapore’s government will give every citizen a free Fitbit, with a catch

Under the country’s national health program — Live Healthy SG, hundreds of thousands of Singapore residents will soon be able to register to get a free Fitbit Inspire HR.On top of that, Singaporeans will have to agree to share whatever data the Fitbit collects with the country’s health board.

GitHub - HarryJamesRobson/VernamTool: An encryption and decryption tool inspired by Vernam ciphers and one time pads.

GitHub - HarryJamesRobson/VernamTool: An encryption and decryption tool inspired by Vernam ciphers and one time pads.

An encryption and decryption tool inspired by Vernam ciphers and one time pads. August 3rd, 2019: This is my first ever Github repository. I'm 16 and obiously still learning and would really appreciate tips and advice. Any support is greatly appreciated.

Microsoft researchers spot NSA style backdoor in Huawei laptops

Microsoft researchers spot NSA style backdoor in Huawei laptops

The Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service featured in Windows 10 version 1809 alerted researchers to an NSA-inspired backdoor vulnerability in Huawei laptops. The PCManager software included in some Huawei’s Matebook systems allows unprivileged users to create processes with superuser privileges, according to a March 25 Microsoft security post.

Timothy C. May, Early Advocate of Internet Privacy, Dies at 66

Timothy C. May, Early Advocate of Internet Privacy, Dies at 66

On graduating he took a job at Intel, the world’s largest maker of computer chips, which had been founded a few years earlier. But people who successfully fought to integrate cryptography into the internet in its early days, to protect the privacy of individuals, hailed Mr. May’s writing as an inspiration.

IRL Ads Are Taking Scary Inspiration From Social Media

IRL Ads Are Taking Scary Inspiration From Social Media

Some ad tech firms, like Cuebiq, say they don’t share location data with their clients and that there would be no reason for advertisers to pinpoint individual users with their mobile ad IDs. But privacy advocates are suspicious of these claims because correlating data could be useful to advertisers in targeting potential customers.