Why privacy matters - Glenn Greenwald

Why privacy matters - Glenn Greenwald

The "Nothing to hide" argument follows the idea that there are two kinds of people: good and bad.The only people who care about privacy are by definition "bad people".An implicit bargain: if you're untreatening and harmless to those who have political power, then and only then can you be free of the dangers of surveillance.

Interacting With Non-Privacy People

Interacting With Non-Privacy People

I often see people ask “how do I get my family/friends/significant other/coworkers/etc to care about privacy,” but I rarely see anyone ask “should you get them to care at all?” It’s an important question.

Data privacy is a collective concern says Ania Calderon from the Open Data Charter

Data privacy is a collective concern says Ania Calderon from the Open Data Charter

Once that clear purpose is defined, it’s helpful to think about how information can be governed in a way that balances both the benefits and the risks.

U.S. House's antitrust report hints at break-up of Big Tech firms: lawmaker

U.S. House's antitrust report hints at break-up of Big Tech firms: lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives antitrust report on Big Tech firms contains a “thinly veiled call to break up” the companies, Republican Congressman Ken Buck said in a draft response seen by Reuters.

The EU wants to limit which apps Apple and Google pre-install on your phone

The EU wants to limit which apps Apple and Google pre-install on your phone

Draft rules would force the tech giants to share their data with rivals, and limit how many of their own apps they pre-install on devices.

How China surveils the world

How China surveils the world

The CCP doesn’t only collect data through invasive surveillance technologies like cameras that employ facial recognition.A: GTCOM is a big-data and AI company that is controlled by China’s Central Propaganda Department, which is deeply involved in Party attempts to shift the global narrative around China’s power.

The Big Tech Extortion Racket

The Big Tech Extortion Racket

To understand this power and its implications, consider Uber, whose service was designed to manipulate both buyer and seller using personalized price discrimination, as the company has admitted.

China Is What Orwell Feared

China Is What Orwell Feared

Having set up beachheads in Asia, Europe, and Africa, China’s AI companies are now pushing into Latin America, a region the Chinese government describes as a “core economic interest.” China financed Ecuador’s $240 million purchase of a surveillance-camera system.

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

In Australian Federal Court, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) accused Google of not explicitly getting consent or properly informing consumers of a 2016 move to combine personal information in Google accounts with browsing activities on non-Google websites.

Uber drivers are suing for their data and it has big implications for the $200 billion gig economy

Uber drivers are suing for their data and it has big implications for the $200 billion gig economy

Understanding the data and how it is used by the algorithms is the first step in addressing the asymmetric power between gig economy workers and tech giants like Uber, according to Farrar.

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

Google reportedly peeks into Android data to gain edge over third-party apps

Antitrust 101: Why everyone is probing Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google An internal team that tracks the worldwide usage of Google's first-party apps "also has used Lockbox data on third-party apps to show executives how Google services were performing compared to rivals," sources told The Information.

Snowden: Tech Workers Are Complicit in How Their Companies Hurt Society

Snowden: Tech Workers Are Complicit in How Their Companies Hurt Society

During a panel on technology and surveillance hosted by Motherboard and Mijente, Snowden was asked by Mijente campaign organizer Jacinta González what needs to be done to get workers within the tech industry to take a stronger position in the dismantling of oppressive systems.

Is it time for a ‘Digital New Deal’ to rein in Big Tech?

Is it time for a ‘Digital New Deal’ to rein in Big Tech?

His academic literature about the outsized power of Big Tech stretches all the way back to 2008, when he wrote a paper called "Internet Nondiscrimination Principles: Commercial Ethics for Carriers and Search Engines," predicting that "search results" would be the next hot-button issue for regulators.

What facial recognition steals from us

What facial recognition steals from us

Now that facial recognition algorithms exist, they can be effectively linked to any digital camera and any database of labeled faces to surveil any given population of people.And join the Open Sourced Reporting Network to help us report on the real consequences of data, privacy, algorithms, and AI.

YouTube investigates automatic deletion of comments criticising China Communist party

YouTube investigates automatic deletion of comments criticising China Communist party

Luckey, a founder of the virtual reality group Oculus who is now works for a defence tech firm, tweeted: “YouTube has deleted every comment I ever made about the Wumao, an internet propaganda division of the Chinese Communist party,” and suggested the filtering appeared to be a new policy of censorship.

A dystopian look ahead at a lost decade of oligarchy, xenophobia, and soul-crushing surveillance

A dystopian look ahead at a lost decade of oligarchy, xenophobia, and soul-crushing surveillance

Left-wing fantasies By June 2020, as lockdowns began to ease, left-wing optimism remained that the pandemic would revive state power on behalf of the powerless, leading friends to fantasize about a renaissance of the commons and a capacious definition of public goods.

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

Inside the NSA’s Secret Tool for Mapping Your Social Network

One of those documents, the first to be made public in June 2013, revealed that the NSA was tracking billions of telephone calls made by Americans inside the US.

The FBI monitoring your browsing history without a warrant might just be the beginning

The FBI monitoring your browsing history without a warrant might just be the beginning

Although it was arguably created with good intentions, some believe this is just the beginning of governments around the world using the coronavirus pandemic to usher in new surveillance measures.

German intelligence can't spy on foreigners outside Germany

German intelligence can't spy on foreigners outside Germany

The German government must come up with a new law regulating its secret services, after the country's highest court ruled that the current practice of monitoring telecommunications of foreign citizens at will violates constitutionally-enshrined press freedoms and the privacy of communications.

Hungary suspends some GDPR privacy protections as part of COVID-19 “state of emergency”

Hungary suspends some GDPR privacy protections as part of COVID-19 “state of emergency”

The ruling party doesn’t seem to understand why the entire world is upset by the overreach of power and the fact that the state of emergency doesn’t have a set date to end.

Google readies its own chip for future Pixels and Chromebooks

Google readies its own chip for future Pixels and Chromebooks

Google has made significant progress toward developing its own processor to power future versions of its Pixel smartphone as soon as next year — and eventually Chromebooks as well, Axios has learned.However, the Google-designed chips aren't expected to be ready to power Pixel phones until next year.

Don’t be evil, just OBEY: After Covid-19 tech giants will have even more control over what you see & what you think

Don’t be evil, just OBEY: After Covid-19 tech giants will have even more control over what you see & what you think

Over the past two decades, democratic societies have been manipulated by Silicon Valley's unregulated big-tech behemoths, which now control the news flow and have weaponized Amazon, Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Netflix, PayPal, Reddit, TikTok, Microsoft, Apple and the very dangerous Internet Of Things (sped along by 5G).Hard proof is difficult to come by since you can never catch the tech giants red-handed.

HTTPS Is A Privacy Nightmare

HTTPS Is A Privacy Nightmare

After reading NSA files, I wouldn’t be surprised if NSA already hacked some of the big CAs. I don’t see what stops governments from issuing a subpoena for the CAs in their countries to sign a certificate so they could sniff the communication of whoever they want.

Coronavirus delays the passage of the world’s most important new privacy law

Coronavirus delays the passage of the world’s most important new privacy law

However, as the Carnegie India article notes, there are some differences between the Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 and the GDPR: the bill gives India’s central government the power to exempt any government agency from the bill’s requirements.

Protect our Speech and Security Online: Reject the Graham-Blumenthal Bill

Protect our Speech and Security Online: Reject the Graham-Blumenthal Bill

It doesn’t equip law enforcement agencies with resources to investigate claims of child exploitation or training in how to use online platforms to catch perpetrators.

Before Clearview Became a Police Tool, It Was a Secret Plaything of the Rich

Before Clearview Became a Police Tool, It Was a Secret Plaything of the Rich

Clearview was unknown to the general public until this January, when The New York Times reported that the secretive start-up had developed a breakthrough facial recognition system that was in use by hundreds of law enforcement agencies.

Protect our Speech and Security Online: Reject the Graham-Blumenthal Proposal

Protect our Speech and Security Online: Reject the Graham-Blumenthal Proposal

The Graham-Blumenthal bill would finally give Barr the power to demand that tech companies obey him or face overwhelming liability from lawsuits based on their users’ activities.

The EARN IT Act is the latest clueless attack on encryption, do not fall for it

The EARN IT Act is the latest clueless attack on encryption, do not fall for it

At its core, the EARN IT Act would give the Attorney General the power to force tech companies like Facebook to build backdoors into their encryption.

In an unprecedented move, Twitter gave a state university access to a student’s parody account after it complained that he was mocking the school

In an unprecedented move, Twitter gave a state university access to a student’s parody account after it complained that he was mocking the school

Kelly told Business Insider he has been in contact with the school about the parody account, including the administrator whose email appeared to be given access to it.

Facebook will stop using 2FA tool to harvest phone numbers for friend suggestions

Facebook will stop using 2FA tool to harvest phone numbers for friend suggestions

Facebook says it will soon stop its practice of using phone numbers provided to the company as part of its two-factor authentication (2FA) security tool to power a friend suggestion feature, Reuters reported on Thursday.