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…

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…

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…

What do parents think, and do, about their children’s online privacy?

Debates about personal data and online privacy, including how and by whom data is being collected about children, are scattered across the headlines. With the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), including AI home assistants for kids, internet-enabled smart toys and ‘sharenting’, assumptions are often made about parents’ attitudes towards digital privacy, and the privacy-related digital skills they and…

OpSec for activists

This group shows activists of color how to protect themselves from digital threats.   In response, a group of organizers at the Center for Media Justice and May First/PeopleLink put together a digital self-defense toolkit called Defend Our Movements. Their goal is to help activists, especially activists of color, protect their data, encrypt their communications, and learn…

Palantir Knows Everything About You

Palantir, a data-mining company created by Peter Thiel, is aiding government agencies by tracking American citizens using the War on Terror, Bloomberg reports. From the report: The company's engineers and products don't do any spying themselves; they're more like a spy's brain, collecting and analyzing information that's fed in from the hands, eyes, nose, and ears.…