SURVEILLANCE

SURVEILLANCE
SURVEILLANCE

Describe a Face and This AI Will Draw It

Animesh Karnewar wanted to program an AI that could translate descriptions of characters in books to images.
Kaleigh Rogers
8.7.18
data
data

Google Is Still Planning a ‘Smart City’ in Toronto Despite Major Privacy Concerns

After nine months, the new deal between Sidewalk Labs and Waterfront Toronto is still light on details about data, surveillance, and privacy.
Bianca Wylie
8.1.18
When Spies Come Home
When Spies Come Home

Hacker Steals Customers' Text Messages from Android Spyware Company

A hacker has stolen text messages and call metadata from SpyHuman, a firm selling malware to the everyday consumer. It’s the fifth such consumer spyware company to be targeted recently.
Joseph Cox
7.9.18
State of Surveillance
State of Surveillance

Supreme Court Says Cops Need to Get a Warrant to Get Your Phone Location Data

In a much-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court changed the course of history, siding with privacy activists and giving Americans stronger privacy protections in the digital age.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.22.18
I See You
I See You

Bail Bond Company Let Bounty Hunters Track Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Phones for $7.50

Low-level enforcement were able to monitor phones nationwide with minimal legal oversight. But the predatory bail bonds industry provided a similar, and cheap, service to bounty hunters to track down individuals.
Joseph Cox
6.22.18
watching the watchers
watching the watchers

We Tracked Police and Military Planes at the G7

Accessible tools made quantifying air activity over the heavily-policed economic summit a breeze.
Laurent Bastien Corbeil
6.21.18
BROKEN NETWORKS
BROKEN NETWORKS

Verizon Says It Will Stop Selling US Phone Data That Ended Up in Hands of Cops

Verizon and other telcos have been selling phone location data to companies catering to marketers and low level law enforcement. Now, Verizon says it is cutting ties with certain firms that abused that data access.
Joseph Cox
6.19.18
SURVEILLANCE
SURVEILLANCE

Watch: Here Are All The Ways Your City Is Surveilling You

Networks of New York author Ingrid Burrington points out all the devices around us that are watching our every move.
Samantha Cole
6.19.18
Video Games
Video Games

Game Developers Dump 'Redshell' Tracking Program After Privacy Backlash

Developers of games like Total War and Civilization are apologizing and removing the software from their games.
Ian Birnbaum
6.18.18
X-Ray Vision
X-Ray Vision

MIT Device Uses Wi-Fi to ‘See’ Through Walls and Track Your Movements

Researchers have been working on this technology since the 70s, and it’s getting more precise.
Kaleigh Rogers
6.13.18
OPSEC 101
OPSEC 101

Paul Manafort’s Terrible Encrypted Messaging OPSEC Got Him Additional Charges

Don’t commit crimes. But if you do, don’t back up the evidence of your crimes to Apple or Google’s cloud, where it doesn’t matter that the evidence was originally end-to-end encrypted.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.5.18
Mum's The Word
Mum's The Word

The NSA Just Released 136 Historical Propaganda Posters

In the 1950s and 1960s, the NSA was very worried about employees spilling secrets. Here’s some of the best internal propaganda posters that taught them to keep their mouths shut.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
6.4.18