A powerful investigative look at data-based discrimination-and how technology affects civil and human rights and economic equity The State of Indiana denies one million applications for healthcare, foodstamps and cash benefits in three years-because a new computer system interprets any mistake as "failure to cooperate." In Los Angeles, an algorithm calculates the comparative … [Read more...] about Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor
A much-needed corrective on what privacy is, why it matters, and how we can protect in an age when so many believe that the concept is dead. Everywhere we look, companies and governments are spying on us--seeking information about us and everyone we know. Ad networks monitor our web-surfing to send us "more relevant" ads. The NSA screens our communications for signs of … [Read more...] about Why Privacy Matters
In New York and Baltimore, police cameras scan public areas twenty-four hours a day. Huge commercial databases track you finances and sell that information to anyone willing to pay. Host sites on the World Wide Web record every page you view, and “smart” toll roads know where you drive. Every day, new technology nibbles at our privacy.Does that make you nervous? David Brin is … [Read more...] about The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us To Choose Between Privacy And Freedom?
American law enforcement is a system in crisis. After explosive protests responding to police brutality and discrimination in Baltimore, Ferguson, and across the country, debate over ways to reform the police continues to rage. For all the disagreement, though, people on both the left and right mostly take for granted that innovative technologies can only help. As Matt … [Read more...] about Thin Blue Lie: The Failure of High-Tech Policing
The definitive history of GCHQ, one of the world''s most tight-lipped intelligence agencies, written with unprecedented access to classified archives. Based on unprecedented access to documents in GCHQ's archive, many of them hitherto classified, this is the first book to authoritatively explain the entire history of one of the world''s most potent intelligence agencies. … [Read more...] about Behind The Enigma: The Authorized History of GCHQ, Britain’s Secret Cyber-intelligence Agency