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With New Patents Facebook Brings Us One Step Close to a Dystopian Future

    With New Patents Facebook Brings Us One Step Close to a Dystopian Future

This year Facebook filed two very interesting patents in the US. One was a patent for emotion recognition technology; which recognises human emotions through facial expressions and so can therefore assess what mood we are in at any given time-happy or anxious for example. This can be done either by a webcam or through a…

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CIA-Backed Firm Touted Social Media Surveillance of Students to Sell Services to Police

    CIA-Backed Firm Touted Social Media Surveillance of Students to Sell Services to Police

Emails obtained by Lucy Parsons Labs reveal that Geofeedia touted social media surveillance of middle and high school students by its suburban Chicago police customers in an effort to sell their services to Evanston police. Geofeedia provides law enforcement with tools to monitor social media use by mapping location and other data. It has received funding from…

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Google is Tracking You Even When Your Phone’s ‘Location History’ is Off

    Google is Tracking You Even When Your Phone’s ‘Location History’ is Off

Android and iPhone users may be under the impression that Google is not tracking their location data if they’ve turned off “Location History” on their devices. After all, the Google support page says, “With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.” But a new Associated Press investigation showed how that is not really the…

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Supreme Court Just Ruled Against Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

    Supreme Court Just Ruled Against Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

In a decision that digital rights advocates called “a groundbreaking victory for Americans’ privacy rights,” the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that police generally must obtain a warrant before collecting cellphone records that can be used to track a person’s movements. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which represented the petitioner, predicted the “historic”…

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The ABC’s of America’s Descent into Tyranny

  The ABC’s of America’s Descent into Tyranny

Big Brother does not watch us, by his choice. We watch him, by ours. There is no need for wardens or gates or Ministries of Truth. When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in…

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Mark Zuckerberg Makes a Sudden 180 on Privacy—Is It for Real?

  Mark Zuckerberg Makes a Sudden 180 on Privacy—Is It for Real?

The backlash against high-tech’s privacy-invading business model is growing—but one hard-hit Silicon Valley institution, Facebook, announced a potentially far-reaching reform late on Wednesday. Over a 24-hour period, it appears that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg went from endorsing, “in spirit,” soon-to-take-effect European Union privacy rules, to committing that Facebook will implement the EU rules across its global…

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