Novel forms of state violence and colonization have been unfolding for years in China’s vast northwestern region, where more than a million and a half Uyghurs and others have vanished into internment camps and associated factories. Based on hours of interviews with camp survivors and workers, thousands of government documents, and over a decade of research, Darren Byler, one of … [Read more...] about In The Camps: China’s High-tech Penal Colony
Pandemic Privacy: A preliminary analysis of collection technologies, data collection laws, and legislative reform during COVID-19 undertakes a preliminary comparative analysis of how different information technologies were mobilized in response to COVID-19 to collect data, the extent to which Canadian health or privacy or emergencies laws impeded the response to COVID-19, and … [Read more...] about Pandemic Privacy: A preliminary analysis of collection technologies, data collection laws, and legislative reform during COVID-19
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?