Microchipping your employees will always be dehumanizing — and pointless

Microchipping your employees will always be dehumanizing — and pointless

But it’s absurd to think that the “human-embedded option,” which is basically a code (private key) embedded in an RFID chip, the same one you use to access your gym, is the wave of the future.

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

Leaked Draft of Trump Executive Order to 'Censor the Internet' Denounced as Dangerous, Unconstitutional Edict

"These leaks about a potential Executive Order from the White House are troubling on many levels, from the order's potential to violate the First Amendment, to its apparent disregard for the independence of agencies like the FCC and the FTC, to its intent to unilaterally limit Section 230 which promotes moderated online communities free of hate speech and misinformation," said Chris Lewis, president and CEO of Public Knowledge.

Rethinking Technological Positivism with Cory Doctorow

Rethinking Technological Positivism with Cory Doctorow

Self-driving cars or armed autonomous military robots may make use of the same technologies. In a certain sense, we as software developers are helping to build and shape the future. What does the future look like and are we helping build the right one?

Here's The Most Complete Map So Far Of Amazon Ring's Camera Surveillance Partnerships With Local Police

Here's The Most Complete Map So Far Of Amazon Ring's Camera Surveillance Partnerships With Local Police

Digital rights group Fight for the Future has compiled a map that shows the breadth of Amazon Ring partnerships with local police for the first time. "Amazon is aggressively marketing surveillance products, including facial recognition, to government agencies with a proven track record of human rights abuses," Greer told BuzzFeed News.

Facebook: The future is private! So private, we designed some handy new fingercams for y'all!

Facebook: The future is private! So private, we designed some handy new fingercams for y'all!

Facebook, whose CEO in April declared, "The future is private," has applied to patent a system of coordinated finger-affixed cameras that allow wearers to live stream a panoramic view of their surroundings.

City of Somerville Takes Major Step to Follow San Francisco And Ban Facial Surveillance. Next Stop: Oakland

City of Somerville Takes Major Step to Follow San Francisco And Ban Facial Surveillance. Next Stop: Oakland

Tonight the Somerville City Council Legislative Matters Committee voted to ban facial recognition. Somerville follows in San Francisco’s footsteps to become the second city in the country to ban this dangerous and racist technology.

Amazon patent reveals drone surveillance as a service

Amazon patent reveals drone surveillance as a service

A new patent granted to Amazon suggests the retail giant is exploring ways in which drone surveillance could be packaged up as a new business solution.

Join the Epic Livestream to Save Net Neutrality

Join the Epic Livestream to Save Net Neutrality

Fight For the Future has provided some great resources for embedding the video, a widget and pre-written social media posts to make it easier than ever to show your support. Tell Congress how you feel, spread the word on social media and enjoy this epic livestream:.

Online Tool Launched to Help Airline Passengers Avoid Facial Recognition

Online Tool Launched to Help Airline Passengers Avoid Facial Recognition

A tool has been launched by privacy rights groups to help travellers avoid the ‘invasive’ tech in US airports, amid growing concerns over the use of facial recognition technology. The site informs passengers on which airlines use facial recognition technology as part of the verification process during boarding.

The Surveillance Threat Is Not What Orwell Imagined

The Surveillance Threat Is Not What Orwell Imagined

George Orwell repeatedly delayed crucial medical care to complete 1984, the book still synonymous with our worst fears of a totalitarian future — published 70 years ago this month. For 19 years, private companies practicing an unprecedented economic logic that I call surveillance capitalism have hijacked the Internet and its digital technologies.

Internet Activists Launch Privacy Focused Flight Booking Site as 20,000+ People Call on Jetblue to End Facial Recognition Program

Internet Activists Launch Privacy Focused Flight Booking Site as 20,000+ People Call on Jetblue to End Facial Recognition Program

The campaign is growing after news that JetBlue expanded a biometric boarding program that scans passengers’ faces before letting them on to international flights.

Privacy activists launch campaign against airlines using facial recognition technology

Privacy activists launch campaign against airlines using facial recognition technology

A group of privacy activists on Wednesday launched a campaign calling out airlines that use facial recognition technology to scan passengers in coordination with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).Digital rights group Fight for the Future publicly unveiled a new website that encourages privacy-minded passengers to contact the airlines currently partnering with CBP to roll out facial recognition scanning — including top companies such as JetBlue, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and British Airways.

Privacy 2019 Part Two: Band-aids for Bullet Holes

Privacy 2019 Part Two: Band-aids for Bullet Holes

Now let me be clear, Google is still the giant, scary privacy monster right now, but if they implement all of the things announced, they will be closer to Apple than Facebook in terms of user privacy.

Surveillance states tracking your ‘social good’ could become normal for all and China is already trialling it

Surveillance states tracking your ‘social good’ could become normal for all and China is already trialling it

Large tech companies in China are rolling out new ways of utilising personal data to carry out everyday tasks – from checking in to flights to paying for items in shops.

Smart Lock Vendors Under Fire For Collecting Too Much Private Data

Smart Lock Vendors Under Fire For Collecting Too Much Private Data

With your cell carrier, ISP, smart locks, electrical utility, and every IOT device in your home collecting data on every single move you make, it's not hard to envision a future where every step you take is monitored and monetized (and often poorly secured ), with little serious recourse for consumer rights.

I’m Not an International Drug Dealer

I’m Not an International Drug Dealer

Ten years later, after the horrors of World War II, George Orwell published 1984, which described a dystopian future far less comforting than Huxley’s, and was positively terrifying in many ways. A cypherpunk is any activist advocating widespread use of strong cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies as a route to social and political change.

Discovery of cameras built into airlines’ seats sparks privacy concerns

Discovery of cameras built into airlines’ seats sparks privacy concerns

Cameras pointed at passengers have been noticed in the inflight entertainment systems used by some American Airlines and Singapore Airlines aircraft, BuzzFeed News reports.

'Do the right thing': ads on Facebook and Google seek big tech whistleblowers

'Do the right thing': ads on Facebook and Google seek big tech whistleblowers

Initiative by not-for-profit Fight for the Future offers employees of Silicon Valley firms a way to organize and leak information 'Do the right thing': ads on Facebook and Google seek big tech whistleblowers Silicon Valley activists have launched a whistleblower campaign to help workers organize against “unethical tech”, including ads on social media platforms targeting the employees of those companies.

Tails report for January, 2019

Tails report for January, 2019

The month started with this questions: But after the release of Tails 3.12, the hottest topics were: Our infrastructure was targeted by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that caused a couple of temporary outages.

Rep. Gabbard Earns A+ Rating for Protecting Civil Liberties, Open Internet

Rep. Gabbard Earns A+ Rating for Protecting Civil Liberties, Open Internet

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was recognized on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, as a champion for protecting a free and open internet and civil liberties, earning an A+ rating from Restore The Fourth and Fight for the Future .

Three Laws of Privacy: A Set of Rules to Build a Privacy Standard

Three Laws of Privacy: A Set of Rules to Build a Privacy Standard

They would tell you, ‘Are you sure I should put shit in that structure that is even better than my house?’” Kar knew right away that this problem wasn’t going to go away until people wanted that change.

NHS told to ditch 'absurd' fax machines

NHS told to ditch 'absurd' fax machines

The Department of Health said a change to more modern communication methods was needed to improve patient safety and cyber security. In place of fax machines, the Department of Health said secure email should be used.

Decentralize This! — Episode 11: Alison Macrina – Enigma

Decentralize This! — Episode 11: Alison Macrina – Enigma

Enigma’s new podcast “Decentralize This!” features guests from all over the decentralization space: developers, investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, writers, artists, people in government and enterprise — all individuals who care deeply about building a more decentralized and sustainable world.

Ep 9 - Nathan Schneider - Platform Cooperativism and the Meaning of Decentralization by Decentralize This!

Ep 9 - Nathan Schneider - Platform Cooperativism and the Meaning of Decentralization by Decentralize This!

How can all these people with different perspectives collaborate to create and scale the technologies we need to shape a better future?

'Privacy is a human right': Big cheese Sat-Nad lays out Microsoft's stall at Future Decoded

'Privacy is a human right': Big cheese Sat-Nad lays out Microsoft's stall at Future Decoded

Of course, ethical behaviour extends beyond the AI sphere, and Nadella assured the audience of Microsoft fans that the software giant also thinks long and hard about the human rights record of a region before plonking down a data centre and giving the local regime access to Azure's cloudy toys.

Online Data Security Catapults Organizations into Uncharted Territory

Online Data Security Catapults Organizations into Uncharted Territory

In the rush to prepare for the future, business entrepreneurs may have forgotten that data is the fuel of the artificial intelligence technology. Would this offer new personal data security levels and would people’s behavior online become the only password needed?

“Enough is enough.” Latest Facebook mega breach prompts calls for change from digital security advocates

“Enough is enough.” Latest Facebook mega breach prompts calls for change from digital security advocates

Internet users are demanding change from tech companies, and call on federal lawmakers to pass laws that will actually protect users from dangerous data breaches. Rather than shoring up their security, companies like Facebook have been spending millions lobbying against real privacy and data security protections for Internet users.

Leave no dark corner

Leave no dark corner

Social credit is like a personal scorecard for each of China's 1.4 billion citizens. Dandan's financial behaviour will be an important measure for the national social credit score.

New lawsuit shows your phone is unsafe at American borders

New lawsuit shows your phone is unsafe at American borders

One of Lazoja's attorneys, Albert Fox Cahn, of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told Ars, "They provided no justification for why they took the phone." He added, "They've never accused her of a crime." This is especially important because in January, CBP announced its updated policy on electronic-device search at borders.