Lots in the news at the intersection of privacy and technology this week. Take a look at some of the stuff you might have missed:
Ever wondered why your cell phone reception suddenly becomes terrible at protests? Ever worried that police could use electronic spoofing devices to suck up your mobile data because you are in the streets exercising your rights?
You might have been onto something.
Try $11 billion for a single year (2011) for the government to maintain its document classification system and do background checks for security clearances, according to the Information Security Oversight Office.
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The excellent civil liberties blogger Glenn Greenwald is making the rounds talking up his new book on the two-tiered justice system in the United States. He spoke with Russia Today about the book and the US surveillance state.
Following on the heels of US military training operations in various cities over the past year, including Boston and Los Angeles, the military and local police last week warned St. Louis residents not to be alarmed if they see army personnel and gear in their civilian neighborhoods.
Readers of this blog are familiar with drones that kill…drones that conduct surveillance at home and abroad…and drones that bring windfall profits to the arms industry. But did you know that drones could be the key to our economic recovery?
What does it take to be a "professional agitator"? For the New York City Police Department, it's simple: take pictures of police officers and be a political organizer.
Do not miss this excellent talk by civil liberties blogger and attorney Glenn Greenwald. It's worth watching in whole, but if you are particularly interested in the chilling effects of society-wide surveillance, skip ahead to the fourth video down.
Civil liberties blogger Glenn Greenwald spoke at the Socialism 2012 conference in Chicago on June 29, 2012. Look for that talk here when the video is uploaded.
Greenwald spoke at the conference last year, as well, during which he described President Obama's civil liberties record through 2011.