surveillance

The FBI's Drone Pilot Team Is Just Two Dudes

The US Justice Department inspector general’s recent audit of the FBI’s drone program revealed something surprising: the FBI drone pilot team is literally just two people sitting in a room.


The US Government Is Testing Myriad Invasive Biometric Surveillance Methods

Government agencies are currently in the process of secretly testing new surveillance and monitoring at points of entry into the United States, according to leaked documents obtained by Motherboard. You’re going to want to hear about this.


CISA Bill Promises Safety, But Actually Expands US Government Surveillance

Remember when everyone freaked about CISPA, the US cybersecurity bill with scary privacy implications? CISA, a similarly-named cybersecurity bill, is here to take its place. Even after adding fifteen amendments, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is a dangerous piece of US legislation.


5 Unsettling Works Of Encryption Art

Encryption is the process of encoding a message, and today we have incredibly sophisticated software and algorithms that make our encrypted messages almost impossible to decode. But how does it work? These art projects answer that question by exploring how encryption has become part of daily lives.


New Policy Will Grant FBI Power To Install Tracking Malware On Computers Worldwide

The rules for how the US Department of Justice tracks down criminals in the digital age are woefully arcane. However, the DoJ’s recent proposed changes to update those rules go way too far, using vague terms to grant FBI agents the power to install tracking malware on computers all over the world, without telling people they have started surveillance.


How Police Body Cameras Were Designed To Get Cops Off The Hook

In the wake of protests over police violence against black men, many civil rights activists are calling for a high-tech solution: strapping wearable body cameras to cops. The idea is to hold police accountable for unnecessary violence. But the history of police body cams reveals that the devices have often had the opposite effect.


CIA Helped US Justice Department Build Spy Planes To Snoop On Phones

There are rules barring the CIA from getting involved in matters of domestic surveillance. But here’s some news: The CIA played a key role in developing a sketchy domestic dragnet phone snooping technology used by the Justice Department, according to a Wall Street Journal report.


Wikipedia Just Joined The List Of Pissed-Off Organisations Suing The NSA

Wikipedia’s parent organisation just joined the fight against dragnet government surveillance.


Tor Doesn't Want To Depend On US Government Money Anymore

Tor is transforming. The anonymity service is making a concerted effort to find funding sources other than the United States government, a problematic sugar daddy that’s bankrolled Tor for years.


FBI Admits Its Secret Spy Tool Screws Up Bystanders' Reception

The FBI wants to keep stealthy phone surveillance tools called Stingrays as secret as possible, for obvious reasons (to use them whenever they want with as little oversight as possible, growing tipsy on the intoxicating liquor of unfettered power). And now another reason for secrecy just came out: Using Stingrays can disrupt regular peoples’ phone reception.