“Telegram has the capacity to share nearly any confidential information a government requests. Users just have to trust that it won’t.”
The Humiliating History of the TSA
“I don’t really recognize the America that exists at a TSA checkpoint. It is overly paranoid, vindictive, and unaccountable to us as citizens.” Since 9/11, there isn’t really evidence that shows the Transportation Security Administration has made air travel any safer for passengers. For The Verge, Darryl Campbell dives into two decades of unnecessary security check […]
‘I Felt Like I Was a Prisoner’: The Rapid Rise of US Immigration Authorities’ Electronic Surveillance Programs
Across the U.S., an electronic surveillance system, built on ankle monitors and voice- and face-recognition technology, is tracking an increasing number of asylum seekers and people seeking permanent residency in the country. For many, it feels like they never left prison. ICE spokespeople and officials at the Department of Homeland Security espouse the technology-driven approach […]
Police Are Giving Amazon Ring Cameras to Survivors of Domestic Violence. Is It Helping?
“Experts question whether these always-on surveillance devices, provided by police departments with close ties to Ring marketing representatives, are really the right tools to make survivors safer.”
How Target Got Cozy With the Cops, Turning Black Neighbors Into Suspects
“For decades, Target fostered partnerships with law enforcement unlike those of any other U.S. corporation.”
Where Surveillance Cameras Work But the Justice System Doesn’t
“Mexico City has one of the most ambitious and sophisticated video surveillance systems in the world. But it hasn’t stopped crime.”
How Google Discovered the Value of Surveillance
In 2002, still reeling from the dot-com crash, Google realized they’d been harvesting a very valuable raw material — your behavior.
‘Intelligent Education’ and China’s Grand AI Experiment
Seven schools in China have installed facial recognition technology in classrooms to monitor — and score — their students. At The Disconnect, Yujie Xue reports on this “intelligent education” initiative.
Camera Above the Classroom
Hoping to use AI to boost its education system, China’s government has installed facial recognition technology in pilot schools to monitor its students in the classroom.
Searching for Insights from Her Father’s Delusions
When a journalist tries to understand her father’s claims of CIA surveillance, she learns to see her digital world in a very different light.