Open Source Code – The Future of User Privacy

Open Source Code – The Future of User Privacy

Here’s why open source code is the only way to enjoy true privacy, and why you should use an open source VPN client if you want to secure your online data.

'Take This Seriously': Digital Rights Group Urges Americans to Beat Back Attempts to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Erode Civil Liberties

'Take This Seriously': Digital Rights Group Urges Americans to Beat Back Attempts to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis to Erode Civil Liberties

As President Donald Trump and other Republican leaders called on Americans to flout the advice of public health experts and consider returning to work amid the coronavirus pandemic, digital rights group Fight for the Future launched a campaign on Tuesday urging supporters to help "flatten the curve" and slow the spread of the respiratory virus while warning that government agencies are liable to use widespread anxiety about the pandemic to undermine civil liberties and human rights.

'Ban this technology': students protest US universities' use of facial recognition

'Ban this technology': students protest US universities' use of facial recognition

The protests on Monday came after pushback led by students and digital rights group Fight for The Future against a proposed facial recognition program at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) led the school to reverse course and drop the technology.

UCLA Abandons Plans to Use Facial Recognition After Backlash

UCLA Abandons Plans to Use Facial Recognition After Backlash

Ahead of a national day of action led by digital rights group Fight for the Future, UCLA has abandoned its plans to become the first university in the United States to adopt facial recognition technology.

Russian regulators at Roskomnadzor bring case to court calling for mailbox.org ban in Russia

Russian regulators at Roskomnadzor bring case to court calling for mailbox.org ban in Russia

With respect to , Roskomnadzor made a move on 29th December 2019 and submitted their case for blocking access to our services in Russia to a court in Moscow.

Civil Rights Groups Demand Congress Investigate Amazon’s 'Surveillance Empire'

Civil Rights Groups Demand Congress Investigate Amazon’s 'Surveillance Empire'

Fifteen civil rights groups launched a major campaign on Monday calling on Congress to investigate how Amazon and its home surveillance company Ring violate civil liberties, particularly through partnerships with law enforcement.

Facial recognition protesters put smartphones on their heads to scan the faces of 13,000 Washington DC inhabitants

Facial recognition protesters put smartphones on their heads to scan the faces of 13,000 Washington DC inhabitants

Three activists wandered around busy spots in Washington DC on Thursday using cameraphones to run people's faces through facial recognition software in protest against growing use of the technology.Protesters against facial recognition donned white hazmat suits and cameras to collect face scans of more than 13,000 people.

Wire Business Update

Wire Business Update

Wire stands by its mission to best protect communication data with state-of-the-art technology and practice: All source code has been and will be available for inspection on GitHub ().Wire believes that data protection is best achieved through state-of-the-art encryption and continues to innovate in that space with Messaging Layer Security (MLS).

36 Civil Rights Groups Demand End to Amazon’s Partnerships with Police

36 Civil Rights Groups Demand End to Amazon’s Partnerships with Police

Thirty-six civil rights organizations signed an open letter demanding local, state, and federal officials to end partnerships between Ring, Amazon’s home surveillance company, and over 405 law enforcement agencies around the country.

Amazon’s annual product launch fails to address privacy and surveillance concerns

Amazon’s annual product launch fails to address privacy and surveillance concerns

Amazon statements on privacy do not address growing privacy and civil liberties concerns surrounding controversial Ring-police partnerships.Today, Amazon held their annual product launch amid growing concerns about the company’s internal privacy practices, as well as controversial surveillance partnerships between Amazon Ring and local police departments.

California Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin Sides with Amazon over Californians

California Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin Sides with Amazon over Californians

California lawmaker should recuse herself from negotiations on state privacy legislation –– close ties to Amazon Ring creates a conflict of interest.

Musicians are campaigning to ban facial recognition at concerts

Musicians are campaigning to ban facial recognition at concerts

Digital rights advocacy group Fight For The Future have secured the support of artists including Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine plus indie-rock band Speedy Ortiz as they outline the potential dangers of the technology on citizens.

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.

Amazon Ring’s police partnerships ‘troubled’ security industry group

Amazon Ring’s police partnerships ‘troubled’ security industry group

Unlike other video doorbells and surveillance products, police often end up promoting Ring sales through partnerships with the company."When an industry association that represents security and surveillance camera companies thinks that your practices are too invasive and lack transparency, that really says something," Fight for the Future's deputy director Evan Greer said in a statement.

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.