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Chicago Just Convicted A Thief Using Facial Recognition Technology
Privacy concerns aside, this is the idea: If a criminal is caught committing an offense on surveillance footage, the technology could theoretically scan the person’s face and produce a positive ID based on mug shots or DMV photos.
Jun 14, 2014

Chicago Just Convicted A Thief Using Facial Recognition Technology

Privacy concerns aside, this is the idea: If a criminal is caught committing an offense on surveillance footage, the technology could theoretically scan the person’s face and produce a positive ID based on mug shots or DMV photos.

New Hotness: Identity Replacement Tech
via CNET
If the world starts looking like a scene from “Matrix 3″ where everyone has Agent Smith’s face, you can thank Leo Selvaggio.His rubber mask aimed at foiling surveillance camera
s features his visage, and if he has his way, plenty of people will be sporting the Personal Surveillance Identity Prosthetic in public. It’s one of three products made by the Chicago-based artist’s URME Surveillance, a venture dedicated to “protecting the public from surveillance and creating a safe space to explore our digital identities.”
May 22, 2014

New Hotness: Identity Replacement Tech

via CNET

If the world starts looking like a scene from “Matrix 3″ where everyone has Agent Smith’s face, you can thank Leo Selvaggio.
His rubber mask aimed at foiling surveillance camera

s features his visage, and if he has his way, plenty of people will be sporting the Personal Surveillance Identity Prosthetic in public. It’s one of three products made by the Chicago-based artist’s URME Surveillance, a venture dedicated to “protecting the public from surveillance and creating a safe space to explore our digital identities.”

San Francisco woman pulled out of car at gunpoint because of license plate reader error
May 20, 2014
May 15, 2014
How Police Spied on a Whole City
In a secret test of mass surveillance technology, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sent a civilian aircraft* over Compton, California, capturing high-resolution video of everything that happened inside that 10-square-mile municipality.
Compton residents weren’t told about the spying, which happened in 2012. “We literally watched all of Compton during the times that we were flying, so we could zoom in anywhere within the city of Compton and follow cars and see people,” Ross McNutt of Persistence Surveillance Systems told the Center for Investigative Reporting, which unearthed and did the first reporting on this important story. The technology he’s trying to sell to police departments all over America can stay aloft for up to six hours. Like Google Earth, it enables police to zoom in on certain areas. And like TiVo, it permits them to rewind, so that they can look back and see what happened anywhere they weren’t watching in real time. 
If it’s adopted, Americans can be policed like Iraqis and Afghanis under occupation–and at bargain prices.
Apr 22, 2014

How Police Spied on a Whole City

In a secret test of mass surveillance technology, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sent a civilian aircraft* over Compton, California, capturing high-resolution video of everything that happened inside that 10-square-mile municipality.

Compton residents weren’t told about the spying, which happened in 2012. “We literally watched all of Compton during the times that we were flying, so we could zoom in anywhere within the city of Compton and follow cars and see people,” Ross McNutt of Persistence Surveillance Systems told the Center for Investigative Reporting, which unearthed and did the first reporting on this important story. The technology he’s trying to sell to police departments all over America can stay aloft for up to six hours. Like Google Earth, it enables police to zoom in on certain areas. And like TiVo, it permits them to rewind, so that they can look back and see what happened anywhere they weren’t watching in real time. 

If it’s adopted, Americans can be policed like Iraqis and Afghanis under occupation–and at bargain prices.

OFF Pocket Takes Your Phone Off the Grid (Sorry NSA)
I would be shocked if this actually worked but one can hope. 
Sep 7, 2013

OFF Pocket Takes Your Phone Off the Grid (Sorry NSA)

I would be shocked if this actually worked but one can hope. 

Inside The NYPD Division of Un-American Activities
via New York Magazine
Sep 5, 2013 / 4 notes
Aug 13, 2013
FBI raids journalist home after googling “pressure cooker”
"This is where we are at. Where you have no expectation of privacy. Where trying to learn how to cook some lentils could possibly land you on a watch list. Where you have to watch every little thing you do because someone else is watching every little thing you do.
All I know is if I’m going to buy a pressure cooker in the near future, I’m not doing it online.”
Aug 1, 2013 / 46 notes

FBI raids journalist home after googling “pressure cooker”

"This is where we are at. Where you have no expectation of privacy. Where trying to learn how to cook some lentils could possibly land you on a watch list. Where you have to watch every little thing you do because someone else is watching every little thing you do.

All I know is if I’m going to buy a pressure cooker in the near future, I’m not doing it online.”

Jul 8, 2013
Surveillance Cameras Wearing Party Hats For George Orwell’s Birthday
Jul 7, 2013 / 2 notes
Wi-Fi signal used to track moving humans — even behind walls
via Kurzweil
I can’t help but see a future of cops sitting outside people’s apartments and watching them have sex through walls with an improved future version of this technology.
Jul 4, 2013

Wi-Fi signal used to track moving humans — even behind walls

via Kurzweil

I can’t help but see a future of cops sitting outside people’s apartments and watching them have sex through walls with an improved future version of this technology.

Behold the NSA’s Dark Star: the Utah Data Center
It’s the ultimate machine of what’s become our Paranoid State. Clive Irving on the Orwellian mass-surveillance data center rising in the Utah desert.
Jun 10, 2013

Behold the NSA’s Dark Star: the Utah Data Center

It’s the ultimate machine of what’s become our Paranoid State. Clive Irving on the Orwellian mass-surveillance data center rising in the Utah desert.

IRS claims it can read your e-mail without a warrant
via cnet
The ACLU has obtained internal IRS documents that say Americans enjoy “generally no privacy” in their e-mail messages, Facebook chats, and other electronic communications.
Apr 10, 2013

IRS claims it can read your e-mail without a warrant

via cnet

The ACLU has obtained internal IRS documents that say Americans enjoy “generally no privacy” in their e-mail messages, Facebook chats, and other electronic communications.