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US could soon end mass phone surveillance program exposed by Snowden

US could soon end mass phone surveillance program exposed by Snowden

Engadget The Wall Street Journal Endgaget | Source URL The program used to collect billions of call logs per day for the NSA. The US government might put an end to the controversial NSA phone surveillance program Edward Snowden exposed by the end of 2019. Republican congressional national security adviser […]

Google Employees Uncover Ongoing Work on Censored China Search

Google Employees Uncover Ongoing Work on Censored China Search

The Intercept Futurism Ryan Gallagher | The Intercept | Source URL Google employees have carried out their own investigation into the company’s plan to launch a censored search engine for China and say they are concerned that development of the project remains ongoing, The Intercept can reveal. Late last year, […]

Massive Database Leak Gives Us a Window into China’s Digital Surveillance State

Massive Database Leak Gives Us a Window into China’s Digital Surveillance State

Danny O’Brien | Electronic Frontier Foundation | Source URL Earlier this month, security researcher Victor Gevers found and disclosed an exposed database live-tracking the locations of about 2.6 million residents of Xinjiang, China, offering a window into what a digital surveillance state looks like in the 21st century. Xinjiang is […]

Actually, China’s social credit system isn’t the first

Actually, China’s social credit system isn’t the first

Tom McGregor | ChannelNewsAsia | Source URL And we ought to expect even more countries to use behavioural economics to nudge good citizen behaviour, says China commentator Tom McGregor. BEIJING: Western media reports have swirled about China’s social credit system, which is intended to nudge Chinese citizens to adopt good […]

Pentagon releases blueprint for accelerating artificial intelligence

Pentagon releases blueprint for accelerating artificial intelligence

Zachary Fryer-Biggs | Center for Public Integrity | Source URL The Pentagon made public for the first time on Feb. 12 the outlines of its master plan for speeding the injection of artificial intelligence (AI) into military equipment, including advanced technologies destined for the battlefield. By declassifying key elements of […]

The Air Force Wants to Arm Fighter Jets With Laser Weapons

The Air Force Wants to Arm Fighter Jets With Laser Weapons

Futurism | Source URL Laser Jets In 2017, the U.S. Navy revealed its the Laser Weapons System (LaWS), which the media referred to as the world’s first active laser weapon — a futuristic turret mounted on a transport vessel. Now the U.S. Air Force wants to jump on the trend as well: it […]

Wireless Technology: Ultra Convenient. Endlessly Entertaining. Criminally Instigated. Terminally Pathological.

Wireless Technology: Ultra Convenient. Endlessly Entertaining. Criminally Instigated. Terminally Pathological.

Peter Tocci | Activist Post | Source URL Introduction The intent of this article is to show that wireless technology is, without remedy other than termination, one of the most devastating environmental and health threats—and threats to personal liberty—ever created. Included is discussion of the criminal deceit employed by U.S. […]

Nearly every major US cellphone carrier sold precise location data to BOUNTY HUNTERS via a ‘secret phone tracking service’ for years, bombshell report finds

Nearly every major US cellphone carrier sold precise location data to BOUNTY HUNTERS via a ‘secret phone tracking service’ for years, bombshell report finds

Annie Palmer | The Daily Mail | Source URL A shocking new report has found hundreds of bounty hunters had access to highly sensitive user data – and it was sold to them by almost every major U.S. wireless carrier. The practice was first revealed last month and, at the […]

Filin: Russian Navy Unveils New Weapon That Makes Enemy Hallucinate, Vomit

Filin: Russian Navy Unveils New Weapon That Makes Enemy Hallucinate, Vomit

Callum Paton | Newsweek | Source URL Two Russian naval vessels have been fitted with a defensive weapon, which, during testing, caused some subjects to hallucinate and vomit because of its disorientating effect. RIA Novosti, Russia’s domestic state news agency, reported that a Russian military contractor had begun supplying the […]