When the Time Comes We’ll Need to Step Up the Fight Against TPP’s Secret, Anti-User Agenda

If you missed our live teach-in yesterday on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and its restrictive, anti-user provisions, you can still check out the video of our discussion. It’s embedded below. We invited experts from digital rights groups from several TPP countries—all members of the Fair Deal Coalition—and we discussed the various ways this massive, […]

COMMON CORE’S GLOBAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

Necessary for the shift from academics to limited learning for lifelong labor “It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” — Justice Louis […]

Smart Cities: Understanding the Untapped Value of Sensor Data

Technology leaders in three cities imagine how they would harness Chicago’s innovative sensor pilot in their communities This fall, Chicago will install a network of 40 sensors to discover how new data sets can inform decisions that make the city a better place to live. The Array of Things initiative will begin with devices being […]

City expands surveillance system to include private cameras of residents, businesses

This expanding “voluntary” surveillance network is a public-private partnership, allowing police detectives access to video footage in most locations only where crimes have already occured. Such networks cannot guarantee to prevent crime; they record crime. “Baltimore’s CitiWatch video surveillance program has expanded over the past eight years from an initial installation of 50 standalone cameras to more than 600 networked closed-circuit […]

Common Core: A Lesson Plan for Raising up Compliant, Non-thinking Citizens

As I point out in my new book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, there are several methods for controlling a population. You can intimidate the citizenry into obedience through force, relying on military strength and weaponry such as SWAT team raids, militarized police, and a vast array of lethal and nonlethal […]

Verizon Injecting Perma-Cookies to Track Mobile Customers, Bypassing Privacy Controls

Verizon users might want to start looking for another provider. In an effort to better serve advertisers, Verizon Wireless has been silently modifying its users’ web traffic on its network to inject a cookie-like tracker. This tracker, included in an HTTP header called X-UIDH, is sent to every unencrypted website a Verizon customer visits from […]

I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too

From facial recognition to personal data collection, this thing is downright scary — and so are the implications I just bought a new TV. The old one had a good run, but after the volume got stuck on 63, I decided it was time to replace it. I am now the owner of a new […]

YOU ARE A CRIMINAL UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT—A BEDTIME STORY

Just a few days ago the Miami Herald, Florida, newspaper ran a story headlined: Lawmakers To Consider Banning Biometrics in Schools.  The Pinellas County school district started using biometrics (iris scans, fingerprint scans, and palm readers…not the ones wearing turbans and earrings…) in the school cafeterias.  When the Polk and Seminole County school districts instituted […]