Why NSA surveillance is worse than you’ve ever imagined

Last sum­mer, after months of encrypt­ed emails, I spent three days in Moscow hang­ing out with Edward Snow­den for a Wired cov­er sto­ry. Over pep­per­oni piz­za, he told me that what final­ly drove him to leave his coun­try and become a whistle­blow­er was his con­vic­tion that the Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Agency was con­duct­ing ille­gal sur­veil­lance on […]

Biometrics: Scanning eyes, ears, heart and even scent

It’s hard to think of bio­met­ric iden­ti­ty tech­nol­o­gy with­out pic­tur­ing Tom Cruise on the run in the movie Minor­i­ty Report. Hunt­ed by killer robots with iris scan­ning equip­ment and hailed by ani­mat­ed bill­boards that use sim­i­lar tech to per­son­alise their adverts, Cruise is reduced to a full eye trans­plant to evade cap­ture and death. It […]

Stanley Family Gets Custody Back of 4 Youngest Children – 3 Older Children Still in State Custody

A review hear­ing in Gar­land Coun­ty Juve­nile Court in Arkansas yes­ter­day result­ed in the case being closed for the four younger Stan­ley chil­dren. The par­ents now have full cus­tody back of these four chil­dren. The three old­er Stan­ley chil­dren, how­ev­er, remain in State cus­tody. They are allowed to live at home with 20 hours a […]

In Landslide Vote, House Overwhelmingly Passes USA Freedom Act without Amendments

Is this the year Con­gress pass­es a bill to lim­it NSA spy­ing? The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives cer­tain­ly hopes so. But just how strong that reform will be remains to be seen. Min­utes ago, the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives passed the USA Free­dom Act over­whelm­ing­ly with 338 yes votes and 88 no votes. EFF is neu­tral on […]

Motels Sharing “Daily Guest List with Police” and Aiding Warrant Checks on Every Guest

The motel and hotel indus­try is not only spy­ing you, it is part­ner­ing with police. This isn’t just rou­tine coop­er­a­tion when police request infor­ma­tion for crim­i­nal inves­ti­ga­tions. Instead, it is appar­ent­ly every­day data shar­ing on every guest. It is a trou­bling pri­­vate-pub­­lic over­lap where motel and hotel clerks are sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly shar­ing “do not rent” lists […]

Michigan Proposes Bill to Require Official Visits to Parents Homeschooling Their Children

The busy­bod­ies in Michi­gan have pro­posed a new bill direct­ed at chil­dren who are home­schooled, which will require two annu­al home inspec­tions and offi­cial state reg­is­tra­tion. Stephanie Chang, a Michi­gan State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, is wor­ried that home­school par­ents will abuse their chil­dren while no one is watch­ing. Appar­ent­ly, the state wants to be the sole author­i­ty on child abuse; includ­ing indoc­tri­na­tion, […]

New Tech to Watch: Automated Vehicle Occupancy Detection

Jour­nal­ists and trans­paren­cy activists across the coun­try have done a phe­nom­e­nal job of shin­ing light on how local law enforce­ment agen­cies use emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies to sur­veil every­day peo­ple on a mas­sive scale.  It’s often like play­ing Whac-A-Mole and Go Fish at the same time. One day, the ques­tion may be whether police are using drones. […]

A Heartless Congressional Blunder!

A Teacher’s Per­spec­tive on the “Every Child Achieves Act of 2015” by Dawn Hoagland, gut­sy pub­lic school teacher and reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor to ABCSOFDUMBDOWN.BLOGSPOT.COM The “Every Child Achieves Act” has passed unan­i­mous­ly out of the Health, Edu­ca­tion, Labor, and Pen­sion Com­mit­tee in the Sen­ate. The usu­al sus­pects are singing its prais­es while the peo­ple who actu­al­ly […]