The Price Of Connection: Surveillance Capitalism

The Price Of Connection: Surveillance CapitalismImagine, if you can, a period long before today’s internet-based connectivity. Imagine that, in that distant time, the populations of every country were offered a new plan.

We Can Read All Your Email, And You'll Never Know

We Can Read All Your Email, And You'll Never KnowFear of hackers reading private emails in cloud-based systems like Microsoft Outlook, Gmail or Yahoo has recently sent regular people and public officials scrambling to delete entire accounts full of messages dating back years.

The Future Of The US Supreme Court Is At Stake With Who Wins In November

The Future Of The US Supreme Court Is At Stake With Who Wins In NovemberAt a recent rally of Donald Trump supporters in North Carolina, Republican vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence said the result of the November presidential election would determine the shape of the US Supreme Court for the next 40 years.

Should We Worry About The Privatization Of Genetic Data

Should We Worry About The Privatization Of Genetic DataPresident Obama has promised to support a bold future for medicine where diagnostic testing and treatments aren’t just what’s best for most people – they’re what’s best for you.

3-minute Saliva Test Would Spot Stoned Drivers

3-minute Saliva Test Would Spot Stoned DriversResearchers have applied magnetic nanotechnology, previously used as a cancer screen, to create what could be the first practical roadside test for marijuana intoxication.

Does More Regulation Lead To More Fraud?

Does More Regulation Lead To More Fraud?When top-level managers find governance mechanisms too coercive, they’re more likely to commit fraud, according to a new paper.

The Myth That Started The International War On Drugs

The Myth That Started The International War On DrugsThe image of China as an opium slave was the starting point for an international ‘war on drugs’ which, over a century later, is still being fought today.

Is Your Employer Watching You Online?

Is Your Employer Watching You Online? A new study reveals employers are using online information about job applicants without their knowledge, to inform hiring decisions. Approximately 55% of organizations now have a policy about this type of practice, called profiling.

More Third Parties Know What You Do Online

More Third Parties Know What You Do OnlineFor more than two decades, people have used the internet to research, shop, make friends, find dates, and learn about the world. And third parties have been watching—and learning.

How Companies Learn What Children Secretly Want

 Student privacy laws are not adequate. Mary Woodard, CC BY-NC-ND If you have children, you are likely to worry about their safety – you show them safe places in your neighborhood and you teach them to watch out for lurking dangers.

How to Break the Power of Money

How to Break the Power of MoneyWe can refuse to accept the pervasive, but false, claims that money is wealth and a growing GDP improves the lives of all.

Why a Tax on Wall Street Trades is a Great Idea

Why a Tax on Wall Street Trades is a Great IdeaOne of Bernie Sanders’s most important proposals didn’t receive enough attention and should become a law even without a president Sanders. Hillary Clinton should adopt it for her campaign.

Why Are Black Youths So Often Branded As Criminals

Why Are Black Youths So Often Branded As CriminalsTwo years ago, on Aug. 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American teenager, was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Two years have passed since the recent high school graduate was denied the opportunity to begin his next stage of life: college.

Should We Be Locking People Up In Prisons At All?

Should We Be Locking People Up In Prisons At All?Footage aired last week of children being abused in a Northern Territory prison sent shockwaves around the nation. These images forced us to grapple with the problem as if it were breaking news, despite the fact that so many people knew so much about it for so long.

Buying And Selling Hacked Passwords: How Does It Work?

Data breaches are a regular part of the cyberthreat landscape. They generate a great deal of media attention, both because the quantity of information stolen is often large, and because so much of it is data people would prefer remained private.

What People Fear Predicts How They View Police Reform

What People Fear Predicts How They View Police ReformAt a time of intense national attention on law enforcement and race, a new study suggests that racially based fear plays a role in public support for policing reforms.

Why We Need To Find A Cure For Social Death

Why We Need To Find A Cure For Social DeathEvery year, over 50m people in the world will die. Old age, disease, war and starvation all contribute to that number, and scientists, doctors and charities do their best to bring the figure down.

A View Of American Islam From The Suburbs

amercian muslim 7 10On June 10 Americans celebrated Muhammad Ali as a paragon of athletic prowess, dignity in the face of suffering and patriotic dissent.

Why The Wounds From Incarceration Never Heal

Why The Wounds From Incarceration That Never HealNew research that we’ve published with our colleague Mary Laske Bell shows that African American men who are former inmates are irrevocably harmed by time they spent behind bars.

How To Spot An Online Lie

online lying 6 29There are three things you can be sure of in life: death, taxes – and lying. The latter certainly appears to have been borne out by the UK’s recent Brexit referendum, with a number of the Leave campaign’s pledges looking more like porkie pies than solid truths.

How Regulating Guns Like Cars Could Improve Safety

How Regulating Guns Like Cars Could Improve SafetyIn the midst of the Senate’s failure to agree on measures designed to tighten controls around the sales of firearms, a new idea is emerging.

Why Does LGBT Bias Translate Into Violence?

Why Does LGBT Bias Translate Into Violence?In the United States, public support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has increased in recent years

Hillary Clinton Seizes On Environmental Justice

Hillary Clinton Seizes On Environmental JusticeHillary Clinton has won the California primary, in part by appealing to environmentalists in a state with a long tradition in conservation and aggressive climate change policies. The victory follows the release earlier this spring of her strategy to address environmental and climate justice – a topic that’s risen to national prominence following the Flint water crisis.

Why Should Prostitution Be Decriminalized?

Why Should Prostitution Be Decriminalized?It seems that almost everyone has an opinion about prostitution and sex work. But with Amnesty International’s recent unflinching policy recommendation to decriminalize all adult consensual sex work

Securing Web Browsing: Protecting The Tor Network

Securing Web Browsing: Protecting The Tor NetworkThere are more than 865 encryption tools in use worldwide, all addressing different aspects of a common problem. People want to protect information: hard drives from oppressive governments, physical location from stalkers, browsing history from overly curious corporations or phone conversations from nosy neighbors.

How To Stop Your Phone From Being Hacked

How To Stop Your Phone From Being HackedIf you’ve ever forgotten your phone or left it at home for the day, you will have realised just how much you use it. On average, we check our mobile phones about 110 times a day.

Has U.S. Mexico Border Enforcement Been Effective?

Has U.S. Mexico Border Enforcement Been Effective?Illegal immigration to the United States has long been a subject of heated debate. Some argue that immigrants take jobs away from Americans, commit crimes, traffic drugs and unduly strain social welfare programs but pay no taxes.

There Is Another Way To Do Capitalism

There Is Another Way To Do CapitalismMarissa Mayer tells us a lot about why Americans are so angry, and why anti-establishment fury has become the biggest single force in American politics today.

Can Your Devices Spy On Your Every Move?

people talking phonesWe now have dozens of smart devices in our houses and even on our bodies. They improve our lives in so many ways – from lowering energy consumption in our homes to egging us on to be active.

How To Reverse The Widening Racial Wealth Gap

How To Reverse The Widening Racial Wealth GapWealth inequality is even more of a problem than income inequality. That’s because you have to have enough savings from income to begin to accumulate wealth – buying a house or investing in stocks and bonds, or saving up to send a child to college.

Immigration Raids May Harm Community Health

"Even if we can't change the immigration policies or prevent raids from happening, people should know that they can access [government] services," says Daniel Kruger. (Credit: @ICEgov/Twitter)"Even if we can't change the immigration policies or prevent raids from happening, people should know that they can access [government] services," says Daniel Kruger.

Here Is Where Bernie's Justice Ideas Already Work

college in denmark 4 9In an election year, we hear endless promises of what our politicians will do to help the people. But are the ideas we’re hearing from Bernie Sanders and others—like Medicare for all, free college tuition, paid family leave—just slogans to pander to voters suffering under stagnating wages and burdensome debt? Could those ideas ever actually take hold?

These 3 Laws Might Reduce U.S. Gun Deaths By 80%

"Very few of the existing state gun-control laws actually reduce gun deaths, highlighting the importance of focusing on relevant and effective gun legislation," says Bindu Kaesan. "Background checks for all people buying guns and ammunition, including private sales, are the most effective laws we have to reduce the number of gun deaths in the United States." (Credit: K.G.23/Flickr)More than 90 people are killed by guns every day in the United States. In 2013, there were 33,636 gun deaths in the US. Civilians own approximately 270 million guns, roughly one “for every man, woman, and child,” as President Obama noted in an address to the nation in the wake of the shooting rampage at an Oregon community college last October that left 10 dead.

24 States Still Put Juvenile Offenders in Solitary Confinement

24 States Still Put Juvenile Offenders in Solitary ConfinementPrison reform advocates see signs of hope in recent federal and state actions that alter the way young adults are incarcerated. “The president’s decision was an enormous display of moral leadership.”Last week, the Kansas State Senate passed a bill to revamp its juvenile justice system.

How Women Change Outcomes In Courtrooms And Beyond

How Women Change Outcomes In Courtrooms And BeyondDespite progress in recent decades, women remain underrepresented (or not represented at all) in many aspects of political and civic life. In the United States, the current Congress is about 20 percent female; there has not (yet) been a female president (out of 44 in total).

Giving Up Security And Privacy Could Hurt Us All

Giving Up Security And Privacy Could Hurt Us All“You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide” is an argument that is used often in the debate about surveillance.

Why Apple Is Making A Stand Against The FBI

Why Apple Is Making A Stand Against The FBIApple has been ordered to help FBI investigators access data on the phone belonging to San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook. The technical solution proposed by the FBI appears to undermine Apple’s earlier claim that they would be unable to help.

It's Time To Shine A Light On The Algorithms That Power Big Brother

Sorting by algorithms puts us in boxes. How do we know they’re the correct ones? generated, CC BYSociety seems set on a course to a point where our lives are subject to the scrutiny of computer algorithms. The data we generate is pored over and analysed, whether by governments for national security or companies for profit, and this is unlikely to change – the power and appeal of data analysis, once found, will not be given up easily.

Hello Barbie, Hello Hackers: Accessing Personal Data Will Be Child's Play

Hello Barbie, Hello Hackers: Accessing Personal Data Will Be Child's PlayAt the top of some children’s Christmas present wish list this year will be the new Hello Barbie doll. Mattel’s latest doll connects to the internet via Wi-Fi and uses interactive voice response (IVR) to effectively converse with children. When the doll’s belt button is pushed, conversations are recorded and uploaded to servers operated by Mattel’s partner, ToyTalk.

Prisoner Run Coop Slashes Recidivism Rate By Over 80% In Puerto Rico

Prisoner Run Coop Slashes Recidivism Rate By Over 80% In Puerto RicoIt's no secret that the United States prison system is a failure. Dismal statistics abound about the growing prison population. Despite having only 5 percent of the world's population, the United States incarcerates a quarter of the world's prisoners, according to the Economist.

Six Things Americans Should Know About Mass Shootings

Six Things Americans Should Know About Mass ShootingsAmerica has experienced yet another mass shooting. As a criminologist, I have reviewed recent research in hopes of debunking some of the common misconceptions I hear creeping into discussions that spring up whenever a mass shooting occurs.

Why Do American Cops Kill So Many Compared To European Cops?

Why Do American Cops Kill So Many Compared To European Cops?Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder November 24 in the death of Laquan McDonald. A video released by police shows Van Dyke shooting the teenager 16 times.

It's Traditional Detective Work That Will Keep Us Safe, Not Mass Surveillance

It's Traditional Detective Work That Will Keep Us Safe, Not Mass SurveillanceBefore the dust has even settled from the attacks on Paris, familiar calls for greater surveillance powers are surfacing. The desire for greater security is understandable, but that doesn’t mean we should suspend our judgement on the measures proposed to bring it about.

Why Even $15 An Hour Is Not Enough In Some States

Why Even $15 An Hour Is Not Enough In Some StatesLow-wage workers nationwide have been campaigning for a $15 hourly "living wage" and the right to organize without employer labor law-breaking. But a new think tank report says that in most states, $15 is not enough - even for one person.

How Much Does Your Smart Home Know About You?

How Much Does Your Smart Home Know About You?How much does your smart home know about you? That was the question that Charles Givre, a data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton, set out to answer in a recent experiment. Givre has an account on Wink, a platform designed to control, from a single screen, his Internet-connected home devices, such as door locks, window shades and LED lights.

If You Think Your Emails Are Private, Think Again

If You Think Your Emails Are Private, Think AgainWhen you type up a racy email to a loved one, do you consider the details private? Most of us would probably say yes, even though such messages often end up filtered through intelligence agencies and service providers.

Verizon's Zombie Cookie Gets New Life With AOL's Ad Network

Verizon's Zombie Cookie Gets New Life With AOL's Ad NetworkVerizon is giving a new mission to its controversial hidden identifier that tracks users of mobile devices. Verizon said in a little-noticed announcement that it will soon begin sharing the profiles with AOL's ad network, which in turn monitors users across a large swath of the Internet.

The Internet Hasn't Killed Privacy, But It Has Changed It Forever

The Internet Hasn't Killed Privacy, But It Has Changed It ForeverWhen people say “privacy is dead”, it’s usually for one of two reasons. Either they truly believe that privacy is irrelevant or unachievable in today’s hyper-connected world or, more often, that not enough is being done to protect privacy when huge amounts of personal information are being posted online

Why Do We Assume That Life Is Fair?

Why Do We Assume That Life Is Fair?Income inequality in America has been growing rapidly, and is expected to increase. While the widening wealth gap is a hot topic in the media and on the campaign trail, there’s quite a disconnect between the perceptions of economists and those of the general public.

In Alaska It's Always Been The Mountain Denali Not McKinley

In Alaska It's Always Been The Mountain Denali Not McKinleyFor most Alaskans, there’s only one name for the mountain known as Denali. Reestablishing this original place name, as President Obama did this week by executive order, honors the first peoples of the region, who have been connected to this land for thousands of years.

There's No Evidence That Death Penalty Is A Deterrent Against Crime

capital punishmentCapital punishment is such a costly, controversial, and divisive issue that, unless it succeeds in saving lives, it clearly should be abolished – as it already has been in the European Union and in 101 countries around the world. But does the death penalty save lives? Let’s consider the relevant factors and the evidence.

The Rest of the Story About Greece

greece debtEU’s economic demands seek to derail small business and local communities, paving the way for multinational corporate giants. One demand is that Greece abolish any laws restricting the days or hours a business can operate despite the fact that several European countries including have enacted such policies to protect workers and small business, including Germany.

Why Are So Many People In U.S. Prisons?

Why Are So Many People In U.S. Prisons?In recent years, an increasingly bipartisan consensus around prison reform has begun to take shape, uniting policymakers in Congress who are typically on opposite sides of law-and-order issues

How Much Government Surveillance Will Americans Accept?

spy camerasThe expiration of key provisions of the US Patriot Act – and the passage of the USA Freedom Act – has renewed interest in the trade-offs between civil liberties and security. To what extent are American citizens willing to concede their civil liberties to the government in order to feel safe and secure from terrorism?

The Evidence Is In And You Can't Link Imprisonment To Crime Rates

The Evidence Is In And You Can't Link Imprisonment To Crime RatesPrison populations in Australia are increasing rapidly. This is usually said to be driven by increases in crime. Digging deeper though, in Australia and internationally, the link is far less clear. The extent of a country’s use of imprisonment seems in fact to be more a matter of policy choice than of necessity.

How Empathetic Understanding Between Police and Communities Makes Us Safer

How Empathetic Understanding Between Police and Communities Makes Us SaferBy now, no one is insulated from hearing about incidents of police shootings or violence against police officers. While fatal shootings are thankfully still rare events, this does not diminish the emotional impact of hearing about a violent death.

Cracking Down On The New Teflon Dons And Their Crime Families

Cracking Down On The New Teflon Dons And Their Crime FamiliesLike green-shaded teflon dons – mobster John Gotti’s nickname for managing to stay out of jail – the largest banks have been repeatedly prosecuted over the past decade and yet have so far avoided any harsher consequences. Instead they’ve received “deferred prosecutions” or non-prosecutions that trade criminal charges for promised reforms and criminal fines.

Why Black America Fears the Police

Yes, Black America Fears the Police. Here's WhyLast July 4, my family and I went to Long Island to celebrate the holiday with a friend and her family. After eating some barbecue, a group of us decided to take a walk along the ocean. The mood on the beach that day was festive. Giggling children chased each other along the boardwalk...

Should We Expect Intelligence Services To Prevent Everything?

Should We Expect Intelligence Services To Prevent Everything?The apparent recurrence of intelligence failures in France and elsewhere has long been debated by security experts, and ultimately begs the question: what can be expected from intelligence services?

8 Ways To Defend Against Terror Nonviolently

8 Ways To Defend Against Terror NonviolentlyOne of my most popular courses at Swarthmore College focused on the challenge of how to defend against terrorism, nonviolently. Events now unfolding in France make our course more relevant than ever. In fact, the international post-9/11 “war against terror” has been accompanied by increased actual threats of terror almost everywhere.

Our Surveillance Society Needs A Dose Of Integrity To Be Reliable

Our Surveillance Society Needs A Dose Of Integrity To Be ReliableAt this moment, there are likely many eyes on you. If you are reading this article in a public place, a surveillance camera might be capturing your actions and even watching you enter your login information and password. Suffice it to say, being watched is part of life today.

Like It Or Not Your Life Is Facebook's Business Model

Like It Or Not Your Life Is Facebook's Business Model

Facebook’s recent apology for its Year in Review feature, which had displayed to a grieving father images of his dead daughter, highlights again the tricky relationship between the social media behemoth and its users' data.

Online Anonymity Isn’t As Easy As The Firms Offering Privacy Want You To Think

Online Anonymity Isn’t As Easy As The Firms Offering Privacy Want You To Think

In a post-Snowden world, anonymity is what people want online. Smartphone apps offering anonymous messaging are popping up everywhere – Secret, Whisper, and now Yik Yak. The latest additions to privacy-protecting technology, they claim to provide anonymous, location-based confession, expression, and discussion platforms.

A Victory On The Front Lines Of The War Against Surveillance

A Victory On The Front Lines Of The War Against Surveillance

Municipal struggles over mass surveillance take on increased significance. As it becomes more and more clear that these agencies are wastefully overfunded, as a bipartisan 2012 report on fusion centers found, communities must decide whether to stand up for their civil liberties when elected officials are no longer able to advocate for them.

What Your Smartphone Might Be Telling the NSA About You

What Your Smartphone Might Be Telling the NSA About You

Recently, documents unveiled by ProPublica, the New York Times and the Guardian showed that the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, are not only capable of accessing your metadata but also capturing information sent by applications on your smartphone.

Four Questionable Claims President Obama Has Made on NSA Surveillance

Four Questionable Claims Obama Has Made on NSA Surveillance

Since the first disclosures based on documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Obama has offered his own defenses of the programs. But not all of the president's claims have stood up to scrutiny. Here are some of the misleading assertions he has made.

A Republic If You Can Keep It

A Republic If You Can Keep It

The curious thing about a democratic system is that it contains the seeds of its own demise. Freedom is not something guaranteed by any parchment or promise. It is earned by each generation which must jealously protect it from threats, not only from outside, but from within a nation.

NSA Has Built Its Own, Secret, Warrantless, Shadow Social Network, And You've Already Joined It

NSA Has Built Its Own, Secret, Warrantless, Shadow Social Network, And You've Already Joined It

Soon after the very earliest reporting on Ed Snowden's leaked documents about PRISM, the folks from Datacoup put together the very amusing GETPRSM website, which looks very much like the announcement of a new social network, but (the joke is) it's really the NSA scooping up all our data and making the connections. It's pretty funny. Except, of course, when you find out that it's real.

Just How Successful Is The NSA At Spying On You

Jus How Successful Is The NSA At Breaking Encryption

A new exposé based on the leaks of Edward Snowden has revealed the National Security Agency has developed methods to crack online encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records. "Encryption is really the system that lets the Internet function as an important commercial instrument all around the world.

Why NSA Snooping Is A Bigger Deal in Germany

Why NSA Snooping Is Bigger Deal in Germany

Germans like posting baby pictures, party snapshots and witty comments on Facebook just like anyone else. They just do not want to get caught doing it. Many of us use fake names for their profiles 2013 silly puns, movie characters or anagrams and "remixes" of their real names. (Yes, I have one. No I'm not telling you the name.)

Black And White Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Merge

 Ok, Who's Behind The Hijacking Of The Purina Delivery Truck?

The outrage over the NSA's massive, sprawling data collection is different in the white community than in the black community, but why? Chris Hayes discusses with MSNBC contributor James Peterson and David Sirota, a columnist for Salon.com

Maddow And Rather Discuss How NSA Bungling Has Implications Beyond Just Security

Maddow And Rather Discuss How NSA Bungling Has Implications Beyond Just Security

Dan Rather, anchor and managing editor for "Dan Rather Reports" on AXS-TV, talks with Rachel Maddow about how abuse of power and general bungling by the NSA undermines the credibility of the United States and calls into question how the "war on terror" is being conducted almost 12 years after 9/11.

Is US Government Spying Worse Than A Conspiracy Nut's Imagination?

NSA Spying Worse Than A Conspiracy Nut's Imagination

It seems that every day brings a new revelation about the scope of the NSA’s heretofore secret warrantless mass surveillance programs. And as we learn more, the picture becomes increasingly alarming. The chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court said the court lacks the tools to independently verify how often the government’s surveillance breaks the court’s rules.

President Obama Lacks Credibility As He Offers Potential NSA Reforms

President Obama Displays "Bush Like" Lack Of Credibility As He Offers Potential NSA Reforms

The President seemed unaware of the article that was published by The Guardian just 3 hours prior to the press conference as his handlers allowed the President to appear either untruthful or out of touch. In this article the Guardian disclosed that the NSA had at least a virtual "backdoor" if not an actual into their own systems that allowed them to skirt even the "rubber stamped" FISA Court spirit and restraints.

Stop Thinking That Tech Hacks Are the Solution to Our Surveillance Woes

Stop Thinking That Tech Hacks Are the Solution to Our Surveillance Woes

It will require “coordinated dissent” from individuals, advocacy groups, and, yes, technology companies. Smart people like Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) warn that our inaction opens the door for such surveillance to become an irreversible and regrettable part of our society, but the hard truth is that citizens need to muster incredible will to demand or enact sorely needed privacy protections.

Slippery Slope Really Slippery: DEA And Other Agencies Fed From NSA Spying?

Reuters Exclusive: DEA Up To The Same NSA Spying

The real problem with the NSA spying program is not that objectionable when used to catch "real" terrorism suspects or prevent actual attacks, a knack these programs have not yet accomplished that warrant the spending and effort put forth so far. Now the real problem is the slippery slope the NSA program provides. And it is slippery as other agencies are following NSA's lead and their own agendas.

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