Let us not–out of fear–destroy what we are most proud of: democracy and your fundamental rights and liberties.
I have long spoken and written about the problems with the “walled garden” approach of social media companies. The danger lies in depending on a single platform that you do not own, and relinquishing ownership of your materials to the platform for the financial gain of its owners. Take control, folks! Own your data! Keep an eye on this space for more projects aimed at democratizing social media. My goal is that, with a minimum of effort and learning, you too can claim your own space much like we had back in the heyday of the personal web site.
This was the business model of Compuserve. And AOL. And then a little thing called The Internet got popular for a minute in the mid 1990s, and that plan suddenly didn’t work out so well for those captains of industry.
Everyone fails to recognize that the decentralised nature of Android is–while being a “mainstream flaw”–is one of its greatest strengths. Yes, Google wants to have more control over its operating system, but that goes against the very nature of what they intended when they began developing it. The point of the matter, though, is that very little would change if that asshole had used Android instead (considering the likely application of Paranoid Android in such a case). Actually, the whole matter would likely be less of an issue politically because there is not one entity to subpoena. The FBI could subpoena Google to do something, but Google could (in good faith) say that there is nothing they can do if an alternative OS were installed. The takeaway here should not be how much more secure iPhones are (they aren’t necessarily), but that compulsory cracking like this is dangerous to freedom at large.
“There is nothing new in the realization that the Constitution sometimes insulates the criminality of a few in order to protect the privacy of us all.”
Justice Antonin Scalia
Our privacy is being exploited commercially by the oligopoly of Silicon Valley. With so little control over our online lives, how can we reclaim the balance?
Software that spits out misinformation about what you’re actually doing on the web is a fascinating development in our relationship to online surveillance.
Welcome to the latest, weirdest phase of our relationship with technology: machines that eavesdrop on us.
“Every step you take, every move you make, I’ll be watching you.” –Siri
Unlike you, GPS doesn’t lie.
Under the radar, Verizon, Sprint, and other carriers have partnered with firms including SAP to manage and sell data.
Say what you want about California’s liberal politics, this is Constitutional conservatism at its finest. It’s also a great first step at protecting our inalienable right to be secure in our persons against unreasonable searches and seizures and upholding due process. Your move, America.
New law requires state law enforcement get warrant or other court order to obtain digital data held by companies, track GPS location or search mobile devices.
Whether or not you are a member of a civilian oversight board, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the tools of the surveillance trade.
While some police departments and sheriff’s offices are left to oversee themselves, many cities and counties around the country have adopted civilian oversight bodies. Often composed of everyday citizens, these boards and commissions are charged with investigating misconduct complaints against law enforcement, from intense police brutality to minor violations of departmental policies.