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Last updated January 28, 4:22 AM (UTC)

40 groups call for US moratorium on facial recognition technology (technologyreview.com)

The news: US government use of facial recognition technology should be banned “pending further review,” according to 40 organizations that signed a letter calling for a recommendation to be made to the president.

You Are Now Remotely Controlled (nytimes.com)

Surveillance capitalists control the science and the scientists, the secrets and the truth.

A Repair Manual for Spaceship Earth (logicmag.io)

The story of Biosphere 2 and the prospects for planetary repair.

The state of surveillance in the Gulf (wired.me)

Regional countries have deployed some of the world’s most advanced tech to monitor what we do.

YelloPain - My Vote Dont Count 🤷 (youtube.com)

YelloPain - My Vote Dont Count Support YelloPain: https://yellopain-clothing.myshopify.com Produced by: Sauce W8ed Down Shot by: Bangout Films Directed by: Y...

Ring Doorbell App Packed with Third-Party Trackers (eff.org)

Ring isn't just a product that allows users to surveil their neighbors. The company also uses it to surveil its customers.An investigation by EFF of the Ring doorbell app for Android found it to be packed with third-party trackers sending out a plethora of customers’ personally identifiable...

Sareeta Amrute — Sounding the Flat Alarm (Review of Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism) (boundary2.org)

a review of Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power (PublicAffairs, 2019) by Sareeta Amrute Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surve…

The Enemies of the Truth (newrepublic.com)

What is George Packer so afraid of?

The Right to Listen (newyorker.com)

As citizens of a democracy, we need to hear one another. Why can’t we?

2020: The Year of Robot Rights (thereader.mitpress.mit.edu)

A once-unthinkable concept is gaining traction and deserves our attention.

Congress Faces a Big Decision on Government Surveillance (slate.com)

This is an ineffective, cumbersome system that even some of the nation’s brightest minds haven’t been able to legally wield in nearly five years.

Launch of VUB Research Chair in Surveillance Studies (lsts.research.vub.be)

Launch of the VUB Research Chair in Surveillance Studies At Botanique, Brussels Address: Koningsstraat 236, 1210 Sint-Joost-ten-Node RSVP:&...

New Jersey Bars Police From Using Clearview Facial Recognition App (nytimes.com)

Reporting about the powerful tool with a database of three billion photos “troubled” the state’s attorney general, who asked for an inquiry into its use.

The Pitfalls and the Potential of the New Minimalism (newyorker.com)

The mantra of “less is more” still obeys a logic of accumulation—but it hints at genuinely different ways of thinking.

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem (eff.org)

On January 15, a Norweigian Consumer Council (NCC) investigative report exposed the ways that Grindr, OKCupid, and eight other apps are collecting and sharing extremely sensitive personal data. Grindr in particular was sharing users’ age and location tied to a device ID that would allow trackers to...

Exclusive: Hackers acting in Turkey's interests believed to be behind recent cyberattacks - sources (reuters.com)

Sweeping cyberattacks targeting governments and other organizations in Europe an...

Have a Search Warrant for Data? Google Wants You to Pay (nytimes.com)

The tech giant has begun charging U.S. law enforcement for responses to search warrants and subpoenas.

The Tor Project | Privacy & Freedom Online (torproject.org)

Defend yourself against tracking and surveillance. Circumvent censorship.

Top Apps Invade User Privacy By Collecting and Sharing Personal Data, New Report Finds (eff.org)

A new year often starts with good resolutions. Some resolve to change a certain habit, others resolve to abandon an undesired trait. Mobile app makers, too, claim to have user behavior and their preferences at their heart. From dating to health to music, their promise is to add convenience to...