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The Game Is Rigged: Why Americans Keep Losing to the Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Being a citizen in the American police state is much like playing a game of cards against a stacked deck: you're always going to lose.

Creating Smarter Police Body-Worn Cameras

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 12.08.2014 | Technology
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

As companies race to chase the federal money flowing into new police body-worn camera systems, predictive analytics should be a major consideration. Both police and communities should welcome smarter cameras that will ultimately lead to smarter policing.

Tech as a Police Brutality Shield?

Dieter Holger | Posted 12.04.2014 | College
Dieter Holger

Tech is being used to highlight disturbing police behavior, but can it be used preventatively?

A Brain Implant That Registers Trauma Could Help Prevent Rape and Violent Crime -- So Why Don't We Have It Yet?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

All things considered, the trauma alert implant sounds like a sensible and impressive thing. So why don't we have them yet?

Elonis v. US: Are 'We the People' Useful Idiots in the Digital Age?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

We would do well to tread cautiously in how much authority we give the government to criminalize free speech activities and chill what has become a vital free speech forum. If free speech is not vigilantly protected, democracy is more likely to drift toward fear, repression, and violence.

Geronimo Was Cornered, Not Killed

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics
Ximena Ortiz

U.S. officials demonstrated a tolerance and forbearance in dealing with Geronimo that wouldn't stand a chance of prevailing today, against a similar "hostile."

Detekt: A New Software Tool in the "Cat and Mouse" Game Against Big Brother

Josefina Salomon | Posted 12.14.2014 | Technology
Josefina Salomon

The hope is that Detekt will not only provide human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and activists with some sense of security but also open a debate on the broader need for regulation of the development, sale and use of surveillance technology.

We Have Sacrificed Our Liberty to the Surveillance State

Samantha Wood | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Samantha Wood

The government now has an irresistible power. There are billions of dollars to be made in security contracts, campaign donations from security firms and rotating lobbying jobs. But this is also true: We have an obligation to govern our government.

The Devil's Bargain: The Illusion of a Trouble-Free Existence in the American Police State

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Who is really to blame when the wool gets pulled over your eyes: you, for believing the con man, or the con man for being true to his nature?

News Media's Growing Facebook Co-dependency Challenges Journalism's Limits on Acquiring Information Ethically

Edward Wasserman | Posted 11.11.2014 | Media
Edward Wasserman

Both journalism and the business it's embedded in are built on information acquisition. But the ethical constraints that journalists are supposed to respect are incompatible with the approach taken by the commercial model they increasingly rely on.

Verizon Has A News Site That Bans Stories On U.S. Spying, Net Neutrality

The Daily Dot | Posted 10.29.2014 | Technology

Verizon is getting into the news business. What could go wrong? The most-valuable, second-richest telecommunications company in the world is bankro...

Breaking Digital Firewalls: Walid Al-Saqaf's Circumvention Ph.D.

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 12.10.2014 | Technology
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's unusual to write about Ph.D. dissertations, but when the topic deals with digital firewalls and Internet censorship, it's an attention grabber in an era of disclosures on surveillance by countless governments.

As Surveillance Reforms Languish, New Tools for Consumers to Protect Data Criticized by FBI

Edward J. Black | Posted 12.09.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Recent statements by FBI officials, including Director James B. Comey, are revealing and troubling. They criticize tech companies for deploying techn...

Illiberal Liberalism

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Soumaya Ghannoushi

We often boast of the uniqueness of our system. We are not a totalitarian society that crushes the individual out of existence and tramples over his/her rights and freedoms. But there are questions we need to ask ourselves.

Bolster Your Belongings on TV and This Is What Happens

Robert Siciliano | Posted 11.26.2014 | Crime
Robert Siciliano

How did a burglar know that Theresa Roemer had a 3,000 square foot, three-level closet that was crammed full of very pricey items including jewels and furs?

The Cost of Convenience -- Is Apple Pay Evil?

Jamil Bouchareb | Posted 11.26.2014 | Technology
Jamil Bouchareb

Under the cloak of powerful buzzwords like "convenient" and "free", Apple both convinces us that Google's "Don't Be Evil" corporate motto applies to them, too, while spell-binding us into states of diminished privacy in licenses and rights we grant them.

Inside The NFL's FBI

The Washington Post | Posted 09.13.2014 | Sports

Larry Wansley convinced himself long ago that three hours’ sleep is plenty. His thoughts kept him up anyway, but even if he did drift off, the chanc...

The Scary Apple Watch Feature No One Is Talking About

HuffPost Live | Posted 09.12.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

There’s a scary feature on the Apple Watch that no one seems to be talking about. In its elaborate press conference on Tuesday, complete with an...

DOCUMENTS: U.S. Threatened Yahoo To Turn Over User Data

The Washington Post | Posted 09.11.2014 | Technology

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Dealing With the Stasi

John Feffer | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
John Feffer

Today David Crawford reports for The Wall Street Journal from Berlin. When I met him 23 years ago, he was one of the most knowledgeable researchers into the Stasi. Through careful investigation, he put together a series of lists that exposed the inner workings of the organization.

Legal Memos Released On Bush-Era Justification For Warrantless Wiretapping

The Washington Post | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics

The Justice Department released two decade-old memos Friday night, offering the fullest public airing to date of the Bush administration’s legal jus...

Give Me $46 Billion and I will Build a Safe Computer System

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 11.05.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Founder & Chairman Ziklag Systems ABI Research estimates that cyber security spending on the critical infrastructur...

Is China's New Computer Operating System a Threat?

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 10.29.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Founder & Chairman, Ziklag Systems China has announced it will introduce a new computer operating system in October...

Surveillance and the Creative Mind

T.A. Ridout | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

Recent U.S. history paints a clear picture of abuses by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, often with the approval of politicians. Despite paternalistic assurances that Americans have no reason to fear their own government, caution is warranted.

Think Twice Before Using Your Smartphone

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 10.25.2014 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

As smartphones are increasingly used for financial transactions, sharing sensitive personal and proprietary information, and for operating other devices (such as home security systems), the field for intruders grows and becomes increasingly attractive.