Covid-19 vaccine passports for travel and work are coming: what are the implications for human rights, privacy and surveillance?

Covid-19 vaccine passports for travel and work are coming: what are the implications for human rights, privacy and surveillance?

Moreover, the experts say that at present, “vaccination status does not offer clear or conclusive evidence about any individual’s risk to others via transmission, so cannot be a robust basis for risk-based decision making, and therefore any roll-out of a digital passport is not currently justified.” However, they also recognize that as more data emerges, so the pressure on governments to issue vaccine passports will increase.

The Facebook news ban revealed how problematic it is to rely on corporations to provide fundamental public services

The Facebook news ban revealed how problematic it is to rely on corporations to provide fundamental public services

That surplus data is then fed into machine intelligence which turns the data into "prediction products" that "anticipate what you will do now, soon and later".According to Professor Zuboff, social media companies trade those "prediction products" in a new kind of marketplace for behavioural predictions which she calls "behavioural futures markets".

What Does Privacy Really Mean Under Surveillance Capitalism?

What Does Privacy Really Mean Under Surveillance Capitalism?

Too many of those acquiring our data want it for nefarious purposes: to betray our secrets to insurance companies, employers, and governments; to sell us things it’s not in our interest to buy; to pit us against each other in an effort to destroy our society from the inside; to disinform us and hijack our democracies.

Encryption: Council adopts resolution on security through encryption and security despite encryption

Encryption: Council adopts resolution on security through encryption and security despite encryption

At the same time, the Council notes the need to ensure that competent law enforcement and judicial authorities are able to exercise their legal powers, both online and offline, to protect our societies and citizens.

DuckDuckGo's privacy abuses-- current, historic, and by proxy

DuckDuckGo's privacy abuses-- current, historic, and by proxy

A place to discuss privacy and freedom in the digital world.In this community everyone is welcome to post links and discuss topics related to privacy.

How do you decide who to trust with your data? Professor Robin Mansell from LSE on why protecting privacy online is so difficult

How do you decide who to trust with your data? Professor Robin Mansell from LSE on why protecting privacy online is so difficult

That said, and this has been true for the last decade or more, people express concerns about their data privacy in surveys but will then go and use these apps or platforms without thinking about the consequences.

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook won't remove anti-vaccine posts despite Covid concerns

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook won't remove anti-vaccine posts despite Covid concerns

Parker Molloy, a writer and cultural critic at Media Matters for America, said Facebook had proved itself an echo chamber when it allowed hundreds of inaccurate ads funded by pro-Trump organizations.

Clearview AI CEO says ‘over 2,400 police agencies’ are using its facial recognition software

Clearview AI CEO says ‘over 2,400 police agencies’ are using its facial recognition software

More than 2,400 police agencies have entered contracts with Clearview AI, a controversial facial recognition firm, according to comments made by Clearview AI CEO Hoan Ton-That in an interview with Jason Calacanis on YouTube.

Fact check: 'Cashless' society isn't imminent, wouldn't eliminate cash

Fact check: 'Cashless' society isn't imminent, wouldn't eliminate cash

“When people talk about a cashless society, even though a small coffee shop may literally be zero cash, or some place like a Sweet Green — from a macroeconomic standpoint, I don’t think the vision is for the Treasury to never print money ever again,” Santana told USA TODAY.

Give Students #UserFreedom

Give Students #UserFreedom

Not only do programs like Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, or invite a potentially malicious third-party into the educational environment, but more importantly, they increase society's dependence on proprietary software, software that denies its users their freedom.

Instagram will soon ask for Government ID to fight Russian Troll accounts (and this is what it looks like)

Instagram will soon ask for Government ID to fight Russian Troll accounts (and this is what it looks like)

Users will need to upload a photo of a government-issued ID, their real name and location and then take a selfie video, which will then presumably be verified by real humans.

Cryptocurrency is the Second Amendment of the Internet

Cryptocurrency is the Second Amendment of the Internet

My conclusion, which I cover in this article, is that platforms based on cryptocurrency tech are uniquely good at one thing in particular: not being shut down, a property known more formally as “censorhip-resistance.” And I will argue in this post that this property alone causes cryptocurrency tech to act as a “second amendment of the internet,” providing a check against information-based oppression that is analogous to how the right to bear arms acts as a check against physical oppression.

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.