surveillance

This TSA Checkpoint Is Carved Entirely Out Of Wood

Would a trip through airport security be a little better if it looked like this? Roxy Paine, a New York artist, has painstakingly whittled every last detail of a TSA checkpoint, rendering everything from the X-ray monitor to the plastic boxes for our belongings in smooth, sanded maple.


The Most Enticing Feature A Tech Company Can Offer Now Is Privacy

Apple’s new privacy policy is built specifically to make it impossible for the company to turn over your data to law enforcement, even with a search warrant.


Police Can Still Get Data Off Your iOS 8 Device Without Apple's Help

Remember that promise Apple made about not turning your data over to police in iOS 8? It’s not a lie! But as iPhone security experts point out, that does not mean police can’t access your data. It’s actually not even that hard.


NSA Was Going To Fine Yahoo $US250,000 A Day If It Didn't Join PRISM

When we first learned about NSA metadata collection, we wondered how readily the biggest tech companies acquiesced to the government. Today we start to find out. This is the story of how Yahoo was coerced into PRISM, as told by court documents cited by the Washington Post today.


Ferguson Police Are Wearing Body Cameras

Police in Ferguson started wearing body cameras this Saturday during the most recent protest following the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown Jr. by one of the city’s police officers, Darren Wilson.


The NSA Made Its Own Google To Help Share Your Data With Cops

Well, here’s timely NSA revelation for you: The Intercept reports that the spy agency built a “Google-like” search engine for its seemingly bottomless cache of data on persons of interest. This tool allows the spy agency to share over 850 billion records with nearly two dozen US government organisations, including the FBI and the DEA.


The NSA Is Scaring People Away From Tor

It makes sense in a backwards sort of way. Last year’s NSA revelations scared people into seeking more privacy online, and so they turned to Tor, the anonymous web browser. Then, we learned that the NSA is actually targeting people that use Tor, sending users running in the opposite direction. Understandably, this has Tor worried.


How I Failed To Become A Drone Pilot

Drones are fun. Let’s just get that out there. The small, semi-affordable aircraft that violate some people’s privacy, hurt others’ faces, and generally cause trouble are super duper fun. They’re also very, very complicated.


Snowden: The Worst NSA Revelations Are Yet To Come

Just when you thought Edward Snowden was finally finished trying to convince you that he’s a great American, the exiled whistleblower gave an unprecedented interview to Wired magazine. It wasn’t just any writer asking the questions either. Snowden sat down for three days with James Bamford, the other NSA whistleblower.


These Trippy 1970s TV Ads Warned That The Government Was Spying On You

In 1974, director Godfrey Reggio produced a series of public service announcements for the New Mexico Civil Liberties Union that were two parts “art house” and one part “makes u think”. The ads are weird, for sure. But they’re an interesting peek into the techno-reactionary fears of a country grappling with Watergate, the Vietnam War and the Future Shock ’70s.


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