Surveillance Capitalism Exploits the Choices We Make

February 06, 2019

Thanks to technology, our actions in the present are commodifying our own future. Once upon a time, businesses were content to work with what they knew from the past, adjusting their actions for a mysterious, risk-ridden future. Today’s tech giants won’t allow such uncertainty. They monitor...

The Dark Side of Tech

January 29, 2019

Is our civilization putting its citizens on a track from which deviation will be impossible?  Those who forecast the future tread a fine line between the serious analysis of trends and their own speculative opinion. David Samuels, the author of what Wired classifies as an opinion piece,...

Continuing Opacity: Surveillance Under the Next Administration

September 08, 2016

Amid an election full of outlandish statements, Twitter spats and ad hominem accusations, many important problems facing America have failed to grace headlines. In the fourth of a five-part series exploring issues ignored during the 2016 presidential election season, Ryan J. Suto addresses the...

Is the Snooper’s Charter as Bad as You Think?

March 10, 2016

Security services lack the resources to randomly spy on people. On March 1, UK Home Secretary Theresa May announced that the redrafting of the Investigatory Powers Bill was complete, following a call for the written evidence on the original draft in November 2015. The purpose of the bill is...

How Much Does Google Know About You?

February 07, 2015

Covert technology is 30 years ahead of what’s in the public realm, argues Norman Ball. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt made a splash recently at Davos with his quip about the vanishing Internet. Frankly, he does creepy better than obtuse when he all but begged the question about what the hell...

Blurred Lines: When is National Security No Longer an Excuse?

August 09, 2013

Snowden's controversial disclosures reignite the debate over national security vs civil liberties. Background In early June, Edward Snowden, a US intelligence employee, disclosed highly classified documents to the Guardian and the Washington Post, revealing that the United States and United...