Your home appliances will soon be remotely controlled by the government

Increas­ing­ly, our free­dom and auton­o­my are threat­ened by those who seek to mon­i­tor and con­trol every aspect of our dai­ly lives. George Orwell’s “Big Broth­er” from the nov­el 1984 is a pale threat in com­par­i­son to the dystopi­an real­i­ty our lead­ers which have cre­at­ed for us since that book was pub­lished more than six decades […]

EFF’s Game Plan for Ending Global Mass Surveillance

 We have a prob­lem when it comes to stop­ping mass sur­veil­lance. The enti­ty that’s con­duct­ing the most extreme and far-reach­ing sur­veil­lance against most of the world’s communications—the Nation­al Secu­ri­ty Agency—is bound by Unit­ed States law. That’s good news for Amer­i­cans. U.S. law and the Con­sti­tu­tion pro­tect Amer­i­can cit­i­zens and legal res­i­dents from war­rant­less sur­veil­lance. That […]

In Response to EFF Lawsuit, Government Ordered to Release Secret Surveillance Court Documents Today

Update: The gov­ern­ment released two new FISC opin­ions this evening, both of which con­cern the tran­si­tion of NSA sur­veil­lance to the over­sight of the FISC in 2007. Nei­ther of the two doc­u­ments, avail­able here and here, is the Raw Take order or the 2008 FAA order. The gov­ern­ment has one addi­tion­al pro­duc­tion dead­line in this […] Sends Personal Data to Dozens of Tracking Websites

The Asso­ci­at­ed Press reports that–the flag­ship site of the Afford­able Care Act, where mil­lions of Amer­i­cans have signed up to receive health care–is qui­et­ly send­ing per­son­al health infor­ma­tion to a num­ber of third par­ty web­sites. The infor­ma­tion being sent includes one’s zip code, income lev­el, smok­ing sta­tus, preg­nan­cy sta­tus and more. EFF researchers have independently […]

(Missouri conference) What Is The Role Of Public Schools

After sev­er­al years look­ing at Com­mon Core; where it came from, who sup­ports it, how it is being imple­ment­ed, its impact on teachers/students/parents, and lis­ten­ing to the com­plaints of parents/the gen­er­al pub­lic about it, I view Com­mon Core as a symp­tom, not the cause of the pub­lic out­cry over edu­ca­tion. I believe the rea­son most […]

What You Can Learn from Oakland’s Raw ALPR Data

Police cars mount­ed with auto­mat­ic license plate read­ers (ALPRs) wind their way through the streets of Oak­land like a “Snake” game on an old cell phone. Instead of eat­ing up pix­els of food, these cam­eras gob­ble down thou­sands of license plates each day. And instead of grow­ing a longer tail, ALPRs feed into a giant […]

Smartphones will begin categorizing users’ mental health; gun seizures will follow

The Dig­i­tal Age has pro­duced some remark­able tech­nol­o­gy and will con­tin­ue to do so, but as each new inno­va­tion springs forth, more of us are find­ing that we are not as com­fort­able with it as we once thought we might be. One of the lat­est exam­ples comes from a new iPhone app that appears capa­ble of […]

Bill Gates Rules the World

Data­bank­ing Every­body Every­where From the arti­cle above, “Bill Gates: dig­i­tal learn­ing will rev­o­lu­tionise edu­ca­tion in glob­al south”, Cheap­er smart­phones and tablets, advances in soft­ware and bet­ter net­work cov­er­age will rev­o­lu­tionise the way chil­dren in devel­op­ing coun­tries learn over the next 15 years, accord­ing to the Microsoft co-founder and phil­an­thropist Bill Gates.… “The edu­ca­tion­al soft­ware is still […]