On the 50th anniversary of the War Measures Act, we don’t need a coronavirus sequel
by Maxime Dagenais, Coordinator of the Wilson Institute for Canadian History/Adjunct Assistant Professor of History, McMaster University on May 4, 2020 at 5:37 pm
Ottawa used the old War Measures Act when it wanted sweeping powers to deal with extraordinary events. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has mused about using the newer Emergencies Act during the pandemic.
Hundreds of Chinese citizens told me what they thought about the controversial social credit system
by Xinyuan Wang, Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, UCL on December 17, 2019 at 10:41 am
China’s social credit system has been described as a ‘dystopian nightmare straight out of Black Mirror’ but many citizens think it will help fight fraud and bring about a better society.
Facial recognition: ten reasons you should be worried about the technology
by Birgit Schippers, Visiting Research Fellow, Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, Queen’s University Belfast on August 21, 2019 at 1:47 pm
Surveillance software that identifies people from CCTV is eroding human rights and democracy.
Turning local libraries, pools and playgroups into sites of surveillance – ParentsNext goes too far
by Rebecca Williamson, Research Officer, Australian National University on June 18, 2019 at 2:10 am
ParentsNext requires places like libraries and public pools to monitor parents’ attendance at activities. This undermines their role as spaces of inclusion and support.
How artificial intelligence systems could threaten democracy
by Steven Feldstein, Frank and Bethine Church Chair of Public Affairs & Associate Professor, School of Public Service, Boise State University on April 22, 2019 at 10:45 am
Even governments in democracies with strong traditions of rule of law find themselves tempted to abuse these new abilities.
As governments adopt artificial intelligence, there’s little oversight and lots of danger
by James Hendler, Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on April 18, 2019 at 10:43 am
AI can help make government more efficient – but at what cost? Citizens’ lives could be better or worse, based on how the technology is used.
How governments use Big Data to violate human rights
by Andrew Thompson, Adjunct Assistant Professor Political Science, and Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo on January 13, 2019 at 2:14 pm
If left unchecked, invasions of privacy enabled by technology could put every human right at risk, and on a scale that would be truly terrifying.
Why you should care about China’s VPN crackdown
by Omair Uthmani, Lecturer in Networking and Security, Glasgow Caledonian University on August 22, 2017 at 2:18 pm
Virtual private networks help citizens around the world evade state surveillance – how long until more governments take action?
For many Mexicans, this government spying scandal feels eerily familiar
by Luis Gómez Romero, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights, Constitutional Law and Legal Theory, University of Wollongong on July 28, 2017 at 5:47 am
This is not the first time Mexico’s government has been accused of spying on and harassing citizens whose activities it finds inconvenient.
The real costs of cheap surveillance
by Jonathan Weinberg, Professor of Law, Wayne State University on July 18, 2017 at 12:26 am
What governments and companies think they know about us – whether or not it’s accurate – has real power over our actual lives.
Why we should not know our own passwords
by Megan Squire, Professor of Computing Sciences, Elon University on March 10, 2017 at 4:19 am
As searches of smartphones and other digital devices at US borders become more common, can research and computer science help protect travelers’ privacy?
What does Trump’s election mean for digital freedom of speech?
by Luis Hestres, Assistant Professor of Digital Communication, The University of Texas at San Antonio on January 16, 2017 at 4:44 am
The public must prepare to stand up for a free press, and against online censorship and surveillance.
Protect your privacy during turbulent times: A hacker’s guide to being cyber-safe
by Timothy Summers, Director of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Engagement, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland on December 8, 2016 at 2:11 am
People who think like hackers have some really good ideas about how to protect digital privacy during turbulent times. We can learn from them.
How the UK passed the most invasive surveillance law in democratic history
by Paul Bernal, Lecturer in Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media Law, University of East Anglia on November 23, 2016 at 12:17 pm
The Snooper’s Charter has cleared parliament, but there might still be a way to stop the government collecting all our internet histories.
Feds: We can read all your email, and you’ll never know
by Clark D. Cunningham, W. Lee Burge Chair in Law & Ethics; Director, National Institute for Teaching Ethics & Professionalism, Georgia State University on September 21, 2016 at 11:00 pm
We don’t expect our own government to hack our email – but it’s happening, in secret, and if current court cases go badly, we may never know how often.
Do moves against Hangzhou G20 ‘rumours’ help show China at its best or worst?
by Meg Jing Zeng, PhD Candidate, Queensland University of Technology on August 31, 2016 at 2:24 am
Hangzhou is hosting the G20 summit and China is anxious to present a positive picture of the country to the world, but the official attitude to non-compliant citizens isn’t helping.
Western democracy’s new maxim: surveillance and soft despotism
by Benedetta Brevini, Lecturer in Communication and Media, University of Sydney on December 18, 2015 at 1:16 am
What kind of society do our so-called “Western and networked democracies” count as normal if humans are constantly objectified, monitored and profiled?
Is the Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theory a sign that Americans are becoming more paranoid?
by David LaPorte, Professor of Psychology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania on July 15, 2015 at 10:14 am
Polls show Americans have become less trusting and more suspicious.
Two years on from Snowden, UK gets green light to continue accessing bulk data
by Nicholas Clapham, PhD Candidate (Privacy and Surveillance). Non-practising solicitor., University of Surrey on June 12, 2015 at 4:31 am
An independent review recommends greater transparency but ultimately concludes surveillance can continue.
US government clips NSA wings, but snooping is a global effort
by Madeline Carr, Senior Lecturer in International Politics and the Cyber Dimension , Aberystwyth University on June 3, 2015 at 9:28 pm
US intelligence agencies can no longer collect and store the telecommunications data of US citizens but other countries are strengthening their efforts.
Patriot Act meltdown: surveillance, politics and Rand Paul
by Benjamin Dean, Fellow for Internet Governance and Cyber-security, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University on June 2, 2015 at 3:38 am
The expiry at midnight, Sunday of three key provisions of the Patriot Act has thrown Washington into turmoil and halted surveillance programs – a panel of scholars gives their verdicts.
An open letter to the British Prime Minister: 20th-century solutions won’t help 21st-century surveillance
by Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of Law and Professor of Computer Science, Harvard University on February 6, 2015 at 6:15 am
Dear Prime Minister Cameron, You recently proposed that all internet apps – and their users’ communications – be compelled to make themselves accessible to state authorities. I want to explain why this…