CMU researchers create a huge dome that can read body language

The Panoptic Studio is a new body scanner created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University that will be used to understand body language in real situations. The scanner, which looks like something

Tor Wars: The Signal Awakens

The long arm of the law wants ever more eyes, if you'll pardon the gruesome metaphor. The UK government recently unveiled an attempt to legalize "draconian state surveillance powers." US voices keep c

On The War On General Purpose Computing

The powers that be want to control your phones and your drones. And who can blame them? It was inevitable. Of course they're upset that smartphones are making it hard to catch speeders. Of course man

Mo’ Data Mo’ Problems

The most exciting promise of Big Data—and if you hate that term, you're not alone, but I think we're stuck with it now—is this: the data collection happening on an increasingly gargantuan scale, p

Online Anonymity Will Soon Be The Only Kind We Have

Anonymity: it's all the rage--Whisper, Secret--and it's rage-inducing. A Brazilian court has ruled that Secret must be removed from app stores there, and existing installs remotely wiped. The UK's Hou

Dear America, Would You Please Give Edward Snowden His Medal Of Freedom Already?

2013: "A government task force is preparing legislation that would pressure companies such as Face­book and Google to enable law enforcement officials to intercept online communications as they occur

Who Watches The Watchmen?

In honor of the Fourth of July, let's talk a little about how horrifically paranoid and counterproductive the US government has become. And I'm not even talking about Congress! Instead I mean our old

Technology And The Ruling Party

"Power tends to corrupt," said <a target="_blank" href=",_1st_Baron_Acton">Lord Acton</a>, "and absolute power corrupts absolutely." The sexism needs

Tomorrow’s Surveillance: Everyone, Everywhere, All The Time

Everyone is worried about the wrong things. Since Edward Snowden exposed the incipient NSA <a href="">panopticon</a>, the civil libertarians

Blanket Surveillance. Total Secrecy. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Imagine that one day you came home to find a shiny little bubble of one-way glass in an upper corner of every single room, and a notice left on your kitchen table: "<em>As required by the Safe Society

ParStream And Panopticon Partner To Provide Analytics And Data

<a target="_blank" href="">ParStream</a> And <a target="_blank" href="">Panopticon</a> are partnering to offer data analytics and data visualization

Is The FBI Dumb, Evil, Or Just Incompetent?

Your government is worried. The world is "going dark." Once upon a time, telephones were the only way to talk to someone far away, and the authorities could wiretap any phone they wanted. Nowadays, th

OK Glass, RIP Privacy: The Democratization Of Surveillance

How's this for synchronicity: Google Glass <a href="">started shipping</a> on the same

Who’s Afraid Of Google Glass?

"First you see video. Then you wear video. Then you eat video. Then you be video." -- <a target="_blank" href="">Pat Cadigan</a>, <em>Pretty Boy Crossover</em>

Security Is Hard, But That Doesn’t Mean You Should Ignore It

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Prepare To Pay For Your Privacy

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Move Along, No Panopticon To See Here

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Heads Up! This Was Google’s Apple Moment

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Selling Software That Kills

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“For Those Who Don’t Want To Believe”

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