A man walked down a street with 99 phones in a wagon. Google Maps thought it was a traffic jam.

A man walked down a street with 99 phones in a wagon. Google Maps thought it was a traffic jam.

Apps such as Google Maps provide real-time traffic data through crowdsourcing, monitoring the location and speed of phones traveling along on a roadway.He said “Google Maps Hacks” is meant to raise questions about the level of trust people have put in technology, as well as the ways society has adapted to it.

Today's kids need end-to-end encryption.

Today's kids need end-to-end encryption.

One of the surest ways to forbear that healing and maturity is to bury the head of our body politic in the sandy shores of a sort of neverland, with Uncle Sam typecast as the petulant child refusing to grow up and accept the realities of evolution - in this case, evolution of mathematics, cryptography, and a connected society of adults and children.

Privacy Day – Yes it Matters More than You Might Think

Privacy Day – Yes it Matters More than You Might Think

Privacy Day promotes the fundamental principles of being able to control your personal information and to raise awareness of the risks in our digital society.People are recognizing the importance of protecting their private information.

Opinion | Banning Facial Recognition Isn’t Enough

Opinion | Banning Facial Recognition Isn’t Enough

The problem is that we are being identified without our knowledge or consent, and society needs rules about when that is permissible.Discrimination based on protected characteristics like race and gender is already illegal, but those rules are ineffectual against the current technologies of surveillance and control.

Surveillance is a fact of life, so make privacy a human right

Surveillance is a fact of life, so make privacy a human right

The history of surveillance in any society is the story of the interplay between these two tendencies: a positive conception of surveillance as a necessary means of social control and a negative conception of it as a tool used to constrain liberty and privacy.

Access Now calls on Internet Society to halt the sale of .ORG

Access Now calls on Internet Society to halt the sale of .ORG

Berlin, Germany: While the internet community gathered at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) to debate better internet governance structures, we learned that Internet Society (ISOC), with no warning or public input, intends to sell the control of the .ORG domain registry (called the Public Interest Registry, or PIR) for an undisclosed amount to a for-profit private equity firm called Ethos Capital.

Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes (“The War of All Against All”)

Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes (“The War of All Against All”)

In order to help fight the good fight for the equality of all people, 2.5 years ago, Private Internet Access began exploring partnerships with others in the industry with the idea that together, we would be stronger.

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.

Canada’s golden opportunity to restore trust online

Canada’s golden opportunity to restore trust online

Working with technologists, policy experts, and industry partners, we’ve crafted a set of principles that we believe will help ensure the internet remains open, trusted, and people-centred.

Microsoft president: Data privacy is one of the 'fundamental freedoms of our time'

Microsoft president: Data privacy is one of the 'fundamental freedoms of our time'

videoData privacy is one of the “fundamental freedoms of our time,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith on Friday while discussing concerns related to cloud computing and other technological advances affecting society.CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS.

NSA: Fear The Future  -  Nefarious Laboratories

NSA: Fear The Future - Nefarious Laboratories

Mr. Gerstell peppers his letter with references to privacy, "wrestling with the challenges of the Fourth Amendment" in "this area of data privacy between the government and the private sector", tiptoeing around the truth: the mission of the National Security Agency is not, and will never be, to preserve citizen privacy.

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?

Your Face Is Not a Bar Code

Your Face Is Not a Bar Code

When a citizen has been arrested for probable cause, it is reasonable for the police to use automatic face recognition to match a mug shot of the individual against a database of mug shots of people who have been arrested previously.

Technology is Eroding the Ability To Move Around the Physical World Anonymously

Technology is Eroding the Ability To Move Around the Physical World Anonymously

This is happening because computers are getting better at spotting patterns in data, and the cost of capturing data that contain patterns about human beings is plummeting. It's easy to grasp that a computer can remember what your face looks like, because humans can do that too (not that well though).

Facebook makes another push to shape and define its own oversight

Facebook makes another push to shape and define its own oversight

Speaking shortly afterwards on the same radio program, Damian Collins, who chairs a UK parliamentary committee that has called for Facebook to be investigated by the UK’s privacy and competition regulators , suggested the company is seeking to use self-serving self-regulation to evade wider responsibility for the problems its platform creates — arguing that what’s really needed are state-set broadcast-style regulations overseen by external bodies with statutory powers.

Avoiding Big Tech to Protect Your Privacy

Avoiding Big Tech to Protect Your Privacy

The reasons behind the privacy paradox have been highlighted numerous times by our team at Purism: it all boils down to a simple word, convenience . Avoid the privacy paradox: sign up for Librem One, and buy Purism products from your friendly Social Purpose Company.

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

The False Promise of “Lawful Access” to Private Data

Governments in the G7 and around the world need to resist this seemingly benign request from their law enforcement establishments, and resolve instead to make sure that their citizens have the best tool to protect them: strong encryption, from end to end, deployed widely, to defend the society against its attackers.

How tech companies are shaping the rules governing AI

How tech companies are shaping the rules governing AI

Benkler says the program is an example of how the tech industry is becoming too influential over how society governs and scrutinizes the effects of AI.

Why Using a Privacy Coin Preserves Our Rights as Global Citizens

Why Using a Privacy Coin Preserves Our Rights as Global Citizens

Now, even more treacherous than standard online environments is the land of crypto. And by using a privacy coin, you’re not transacting your way through crypto networks with a giant target on your back. However, there’s more to privacy than keeping your finances out of the wrong hands.

China’s Big Brother Social Control Goes to Australia

China’s Big Brother Social Control Goes to Australia

Just as in China, the surveillance system is being branded as a “smart city” program, and while Australian officials claim its operations are benign, they’ve announced it functions to monitor cell phone activity and “virtual fences” that will trigger alerts if people cross them.

Facebook Senior Staff Knew about Privacy Busting ‘Bug’ Five Years Ago

Facebook Senior Staff Knew about Privacy Busting ‘Bug’ Five Years Ago

The email proves that Facebook has been aware for five years of a technique called “sniper-targeting” that bypasses its anonymity safeguards and enables customized ads to reach just a few or even a single person.

How to Protect Privacy in a Cashless Economy

How to Protect Privacy in a Cashless Economy

As stated by Jerry Brito of the Coin Center, “a cashless society is a surveillance economy.” Bank-mediated transactions enable unprecedented monitoring, and the “death of cash means the birth of perfect financial control.” For example, China’s Social-Credit System punishes behavior the regime deems unfavorable, aided by monitoring via payment platforms.

An Internet for Kids

An Internet for Kids

Two thirds of 12–15 year olds who use social media or messaging sites say they send support messages, comments or posts to friends if they are having a difficult time.

Don’t Buy California’s Callous Attempt to Ignore People’s DNA Privacy Rights, EFF Tells Court

Don’t Buy California’s Callous Attempt to Ignore People’s DNA Privacy Rights, EFF Tells Court

Analyzing and indefinitely keeping the DNA profiles of thousands of Californians arrested for felonies, but never charged with a crime, is not just an ominously overbroad practice by law enforcement—it’s an invasion of privacy that violates the state’s constitution.

Facebook Succeeded In Killing Cybersecurity Like It Did Privacy

Facebook Succeeded In Killing Cybersecurity Like It Did Privacy

As Facebook teaches society across the world to no longer care about cybersecurity, the world’s companies will recognize that their costly investments in securing their user data may no longer be necessary.

Criminal Suspects Deserve Genetic Privacy, Too

Criminal Suspects Deserve Genetic Privacy, Too

Both sites allow individuals to obtain raw DNA data files, which they can then upload to an open-source database like GEDmatch in order to connect them to distant family members.

THINK FACEBOOK CAN MANIPULATE YOU? LOOK OUT FOR VIRTUAL REALITY

THINK FACEBOOK CAN MANIPULATE YOU? LOOK OUT FOR VIRTUAL REALITY

LOOK OUT FOR VIRTUAL REALITY Elissa Redmiles , University of Maryland As Facebook users around the world are coming to understand, some of their favorite technologies can be used against them.

Mark Zuckerberg said he doesn't want 'a camera in everyone’s living room,' but seemed to forget that Facebook sells a camera that goes in living rooms

Mark Zuckerberg said he doesn't want 'a camera in everyone’s living room,' but seemed to forget that Facebook sells a camera that goes in living rooms

In an interview with Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain that spanned almost two hours, Zuckerberg was asked to discuss Facebook's efforts to bring more privacy to online messaging. The Facebook CEO invoked a metaphor in which he compared messaging platforms to people's living rooms.

Privacy is a commons

Privacy is a commons

No less an authority than François Chollet has written “I’d like to raise awareness about what really worries me when it comes to AI: the highly effective, highly scalable manipulation of human behavior that AI enables, and its malicious use by corporations and governments.” We may conclude that while individually, our privacy may usually be mostly meaningless, collectively, it is a critically important commons.

Hidden Services And At-Risk Communities

Hidden Services And At-Risk Communities

While some at-risk communities, like criminals are going to always be considered harmful to society regardless of the social context, others like ethnic minorities are not as clear-cut.