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Independent Media Journalist Allegedly Targeted by Chemical Weapons in Mexico

Independent Media Journalist Allegedly Targeted by Chemical Weapons in Mexico

Activist Post | Source URL The Office for Protection from Chemical Weapons has refused to investigate allegations that chemical weapons have been used to attack an American in Latin America.  Janet Phelan is a journalist and author who fled the US following the cover-up of the murder of her mother, […]

One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority

In a major ethical leap for the tech world, Chinese start-ups have built algorithms that the government uses to track members of a largely Muslim minority group. Paul Mozur | The New York Times | Source URL The Chinese government has drawn wide international condemnation for its harsh crackdown on […]

Detroit To Become America’s Second Chinese-Style Surveillance City

Detroit To Become America’s Second Chinese-Style Surveillance City

Mass Private I | Source URL The push to turn America’s cities into Chinese-style surveillance networks has found a new partner in Detroit, Michigan. The only difference between what is happening in San Diego and what is happening in Detroit is, they are not using the same smart street lights […]

With facial recognition, shoplifting may get you banned in places you’ve never been

There are hundreds of stores using facial recognition — none that have any rules or standards to prevent abuse. Alfred Ng | cNet | Source URL At my bodega down the block, photos of shoplifters sometimes litter the windows, a warning to would-be thieves that they’re being watched. Those unofficial […]

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 […]