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Artificial intelligence is going to supercharge surveillance - The Verge
What happens when governments can track huge numbers of people using CCTV? When police can digitally tail you around a city just by uploading your mugshot into a database?

Or, indeed, when CCTV combined with AI and big data is routinely tracking everybody all the time?
ai  surveillance  privacy  cctv  big-data  government  big-brother  anpr 
27 days ago by jm
Big Brother is born. And we find out 15 years too late to stop him - The Register
During the passage of RIPA, and in many debates since 2000, Parliament was asked to consider and require data retention by telephone companies, claiming that the information was vital to fighting crime and terrorism. But Prime Minister Tony Blair and successive Home Secretaries David Blunkett and Jack Straw never revealed to Parliament that at the same time, the government was constantly siphoning up and storing all telephone call records at NTAC.

As a result, MPs and peers spent months arguing about a pretence, and in ignorance of the cost and human rights implications of what successive governments were doing in secret.
ripa  big-brother  surveillance  preston  uk  gchq  mi5  law  snooping 
december 2015 by jm
"They Know Everything We Do"
[via Boing Boing:] A new, exhaustive report from Human Rights Watch details the way the young state of modern Ethiopia has become a kind of pilot program for the abuse of "off-the-shelf" surveillance, availing itself of commercial products from the US, the UK, France, Italy and China in order to establish an abusive surveillance regime that violates human rights and suppresses legitimate political opposition under the guise of a anti-terrorism law that's so broadly interpreted as to be meaningless.

The 137 page report [from Human Rights Watch] details the technologies the Ethiopian government has acquired from several countries and uses to facilitate surveillance of perceived political opponents inside the country and among the diaspora. The government’s surveillance practices violate the rights to freedom of expression, association, and access to information. The government’s monopoly over all mobile and Internet services through its sole, state-owned telecom operator, Ethio Telecom, facilitates abuse of surveillance powers.
human-rights  surveillance  ethiopia  spying  off-the-shelf  spyware  big-brother  hrw  human-rights-watch 
march 2014 by jm
Inside the mind of NSA chief Gen Keith Alexander | Glenn Greenwald
featuring some mental pics of the "Information Dominance Center", the Star Trek bridge which NSA chief Keith Alexander built with taxpayer money
big-brother  nsa  politics  keith-alexander  star-trek  funny  bizarre 
september 2013 by jm
Feds admit storing checkpoint body scan images
surprise! 'The U.S. Marshals Service admitted this week that it had surreptitiously saved tens of thousands of images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse.'
airport  dhs  fail  privacy  security  surveillance  tsa  big-brother  x-ray  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
Draft Functional Spec of Hadopi "securisation" software
Crazy suggestions leaked from the French anti-piracy authority. Mandatory host-based and router-based anti-piracy software and firmware with blocklists of suspect keywords, suspicious applications, TCP ports, protocols; detect suspicious apps installed; detect use of open wifi; detect use of anti-filtering/anti-blocking "workarounds" (ie. VPNs and Tor). Log all this to a dual journal, one of which will be encrypted using key escrow (presumably for use in prosecutions), retaining data for a year. Basically, a mandatory snooping infrastructure. Where would this leave Macs and Linux for French users?
hadopi  piracy  filtering  snooping  big-brother  1984  via:adulau  vpn  tor  blocklists  from delicious
july 2010 by jm

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