Privacy

Wikileaks and the End of Stolen Kisses

Slavoj iek says that Wikileaks is hated not because of the secrets it has revealed, but because it exposed the cynicism of a system that has long stopped believing in the values it imagines itself to uphold. It's a problem not only for diplomacy and governance, but for the eroding distinction between public and private life.

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In 2010, the EFF leveled up

In 2010, the Electronic Frontier Foundation fought copyright monopolies, walled-garden mobile phone formats, and privacy invasion in the social media, helping keep the Internet safeeven for 8-bit nostalgia. Video after the jump.

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Motorized Window Curtain Automatically Follows Peeping Toms

For some people, the easy way out just doesn’t cut it. You could make a good argument that it would have been much easier just to get a curtain that comfortably fit in front of the whole window, or find some blinds that would scare people away. Even a shower curtain would work. But it’s the principle of the thing! ...

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Deleting Embarrassing Facebook Photos Doesn’t Actually Delete the Photos

As Facebook strives to quell their privacy woes, more and more risks to our security are unveiled. This time, it’s the fact that deleting photos doesn’t actually delete your photos. Deleting your photos on Facebook is simple, you just click the delete photo link. Sounds easy enough. But what Facebook doesn’t want you to know is that even when you ...

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Speech Bubble: Looking Like a Fool for the Sake of Privacy

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen people go to extreme lengths for a little privacy, and it almost certainly won’t be the last, but this might be the first time we’ve seen such a ridiculous apparatus be made for use at parties. If you’re looking for a way to make yourself look like even more of a weirdo, the ...

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Viacom Has YouTube User Data “In Site”

Poor, poor YouTube. The courtrooms just can’t get enough of ya’! According to Wired’s Threat Level blog the judge in the Viacom/Google lawsuit has made a ruling which forces Google to turn over “every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users’ names and IP addresses,” to Viacom. Although Google argued that turning over the data would invade ...

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New York Gets Enhanced 911 Service

Technology helps prevent crime. That’s a no-brainer. London’s use of CCTV has turned the city into a near police state and GPS has led to more arrests for car theft. As of yesterday, New Yorkers will be able to send text messages, picture messages and video to 911 and 311. This will enable citizens to report crimes of all types, ...

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Crazy Rhode Island School RFID’ing Students

In a move that shows a blatant disregard for civil liberties and personal freedoms, a Rhode Island school district will be testing out a program that monitor’s student movement via RFID chips in backpacks. Right now, 80 children are using the RFID-equipped backpacks. Buses will also receive GPS units. Parents and faculty will be able to login to a system ...

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