surveillance

US Government Wants To Delete Years Of CIA And DHS Emails

On September 17, the National Archives published a seemingly routine announcement in the US Federal Registrar. Couched in language about preserving records of value is a line about the destruction of records and a list of federal agencies. The CIA is one of these agencies, and its emails about waterboarding could be some of those records.


Damien Hirst's Latest Artworks Turn Scalpels Into City Maps

British artist Damien Hirst is often controversial, but his latest works are unlike the pieces he’s put together before: intricate depictions of cities from above, created using a variety of sharps, from scalpels to safety pins.


WSJ: A Secret US Spy Program Is Using Planes To Target Mobile Phones

A secret US spy program used fake mobile phone towers attached to aeroplanes to scan citizens’ mobile phones and collect their data, the Wall Street Journal reports. What the hell.


This CCTV System Actually Edits People Out

You might think that the whole point of surveillance cameras was to, y’know, watch people. But what if we were actually edited out of the street scenes they show?


25 Years After The Wall Fell, Berlin Is A Haven For Cyber Rebellion

It’s been exactly 25 years since the wall came down and Berlin — a city that was once the epicentre of a worldwide ideological struggle — took its first, daunting steps toward reunification. Despite all odds, the graft took. And today the scar the wall left is so faint that unless you know what to look for, it’s practically invisible.


Ford Helps The LAPD Track Cop Cars In Real-Time

Pull up a chair, good citizen, because I’ve got a story about law enforcement and surveillance that you’re actually going to like. The Los Angeles Police Department is now using a new telematics system in 50 of its Ford Police Interceptors. In other words, the watchmen are being watched — in real-time.


Why The Woman Who Found Snowden Doesn't Want More Whistleblowers

A few days ago, I found myself in a crowded Manhattan office watching Laura Poitras sign posters for her new documentary. Each signature appeared above the film’s title — Citizenfour — and below the film’s subject — Edward Snowden. She didn’t think she had time, but her handler insisted. It’s taken me a while, but only now do I realise what a powerful metaphor that moment was. In a way, it revealed what Poitras thinks about the future of whistleblowers: We shouldn’t need them any more.


Brazil Is Keeping Its Promise To Avoid The US Internet

Brazil was not bluffing last year, when it said that it wanted to disconnect from the United States-controlled internet due to the NSA’s obscenely invasive surveillance tactics. The country is about to stretch a cable from the northern city of Fortaleza all the way to Portugal, and they have vowed not to use a single US vendor to do it.


Report: FBI Proposes Invasive New Powers For Hacking Into Computers

The Guardian reports that the FBI has proposed a rule change that would greatly broaden its powers to hack into computers. Bad.



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