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, […]


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 Brandeis, […]

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 […]


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 […]