Leave no dark corner

China is building a digital dictatorship to exert control over its 1.4 billion citizens. For some, “social credit” will bring privileges — for others, punishment. This real world surveillance state will involve constant tracking and judging of all of her actions, 24 hours a day. This story has been making the rounds over the last…

What Parents Need to Know About Musical.ly

Musical.ly is a social media platform that lets users make and share 15-second videos of themselves lip syncing to various sound clips, from the latest Cardi B hit to comedy bits to the voices of other users. Gary Vaynerchuk described the app as a “a mashup of Vine, Snapchat, and Dubsmash,” which is accurate. With tools such…

The History of the Secret NSA-AT&T Buildings Across the Country

From The Observer: Yesterday’s alleged bombshell, “The Wiretap Rooms: The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities,” was trademark. Based on top-secret documents stolen by Snowden when he worked as an IT contractor for the agency, this incredibly verbose exposé reveals that NSA has partnered with private telecommunications firms for decades to accomplish its mission: the…

The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities

From The Intercept: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. In each of these cities, The Intercept has identified an AT&T facility containing networking equipment that transports large quantities of internet traffic across the United States and the world. A body of evidence – including classified NSA documents,…

A New Tech Manifesto

First draft proposal from Baratunde Thurston for restoring some balance and trust between the tech companies that are shaping the future and we the people. Offer Real Transparency Around Data Collection and Usage Change Data Defaults from Open to Closed Respect Our Right to Our Own Data Diversify Who’s At the Table Implement New Laws and…

Reconciling Privacy and Internet Freedom with Blockchain

Post from Alice Bonacio discussing a possible future connection between privacy, security, and blockchain uses. Bonacio posits "with privacy becoming an increasing concern, but users reluctant to sacrifice the ease of use that Internet freedom allows them, blockchain offers a solution to reconcile data protection with simplicity without the need for regulation." I know that…