Category Archive: Technology development

An exciting new Periodic Table reveals the elements of surveillance

By Simon Davies Getting to grips with how the world ended up under a blanket of extensive surveillance can be a challenge, even for the experts. Surveillance is now so deeply embedded in our societies and legal systems that understanding its causes is a full-time task. With this in mind Privacy Surgeon is pleased to …

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US states pilot the drone menace into the statute books

By Simon Davies A new report on the regulation of drones in the US has identified a surge in state legislation to control the technology. The analysis “The Year of the Drone” was prepared by Allie Bohm of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). It presents an interesting picture of increased activity by state legislatures …

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European Commission official warns that “new thinking” is needed for the future of privacy

 By Simon Davies A European Commission official has warned that implementation of new privacy rules in the EU will present a substantial challenge to technologists and lawmakers in the face of ubiquitous information systems. Gérald Santucci, head of the Commission’s Knowledge Sharing Unit set out his views in a personal capacity in a provocative essay …

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Former NSA contractor warns of “murky” interception arrangements

By Simon Davies __________________________ Update: Sunday June 30, 2013. 17.03 GMT Following a rather turbulent sequence of events in the reporting of this blog by the Observer and Guardian newspapers, coverage can now be found in the Guardian story here. _______________________ A former contractor to the US National Security Agency (NSA) has told the Privacy …

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A time capsule reveals the limitations of tech predictions

 By Simon Davies While rummaging through an old data archive today I discovered a document that I thought had been lost to history. It was a profoundly humiliating read – even more so than those woeful newspaper articles I churned out as a teenager in the late 1970’s warning that new technologies would totally devastate …

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New Post: Outsourcing Big Brother

 By Simon Davies Anxieties over the data relationship between government and corporations are not new. I managed to dig up this piece from the October 1996 edition of Wired (which I thought had been lost to the world) in which I investigate the early days of cloud and outsourcing. I thought it may be an …

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Military drones are scary enough, but toy-store drones without ethical guidelines are going to be terrifying

By Simon Davies Walking through Boston Airport yesterday brought both the chill of foreboding and a thrill of excitement. I was being chased by a miniature drone. It was an awesome piece of technology. Controlled remotely through the Android platform it had two high resolution cameras, gyroscopic stabilisers and proximity sensors. The video images were …

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Noam Chomsky voices concern at Google’s role in the secret state

By Simon Davies The world’s most influential thinker, Professor Noam Chomsky, has voiced his concern over the amount of data being amassed by Google, linking the advertising giant’s activities with the growth of the national security sector. Professor Chomsky spoke to me at MIT in Boston today for the upcoming audio series The Privacy Channel, …

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Viol des données et apocalypse à venir de la vie privée 

 By Simon Davies Traduit par Christine Tréguier http://www.politis.fr/-De-quels-droits,017-.html Ce texte étant à la fois lucide, didactique et nécessaire, j’ai proposé à son auteur d’en publier ici une traduction intégrale (libre de droits, il va sans dire). Dans les années 1970 – frustrés par un cadre légal agressif dominé par les mâles et un système judiciaire …

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Google pulls the plug on face recognition apps – for now

By Simon Davies Last week the Privacy Surgeon published a critical piece alerting readers to a new app that would have turned Google Glass into an automated face recognition device. The article warned that the new software would irrevocably shift the Glass product to “the dark side” and that there were serious inherent dangers in …

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