Palmer Luckey, the 24-year-old Silicon Valley wunderkind, is planning a comeback after being forced to leave Facebook, which acquired his virtual reality company for $2 billion in 2014.
The “Snowden” filmmaker believes technology will lead to totalitarianism, and his points about domestic spying and data mining should not be dismissed.
Further erosions of privacy are likely as companies develop more and better methods for gathering information on internet users.
A report by The Intercept shines a light on social-media mining and surveillance-oriented companies receiving funding from In-Q-Tel, the intelligence agency’s venture capital firm.
“To treat this apparatus of the national security state as if it’s on any level acting in a rational sense, other than trying to have an enemy so we can have a big defense industry … is utter nonsense,” the Truthdig editor-in-chief told an audience at a conference on nuclear weapons Sunday.
Barack Obama “makes George W. Bush and Richard Nixon look good by comparison," Truthdig's editor-in-chief told Salon in an interview about his new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.”
Tumblr shunned advertising and earned the trust of its users, but Yahoo undoubtedly has other plans.
Data companies are scooping up enormous amounts of information about almost every American. They sell information about whether you're pregnant or divorced or trying to lose weight, about how rich you are and what kinds of cars you have.
Mobile phone service providers collect user information and share it with the government, to the tune of at least 1.3 million disclosures per year. What if our nomenclature reflected that?
Devices that intercept calls and text messages and dig into data stored on your mobile phone are being marketed to police departments across the United States “as being perfect for covert operations in public order situations.” Or, as the ACLU’s Privacy SOS blog puts it: protests.