Privacy Matters

Corporate data management for law enforcement and confidential informants

Yesterday I wrote a quick blog about the data-mining and electronic systems management firm NTREPID, which produced a strange document purporting to show the network of power connecting "anarchists" in the United States. The most powerful image associated with that product was the following, which purports to lay out the connections between supposedly "anarchist" activists and organizations, including PBS, Citizen Radio and Occupy Oakland. 

Terror Tuesday: The duel over state-sponsored homicide

United Nations headquarters, NYC

The combatants are hardly evenly matched. A man armed with nothing but the paper weapon of international law stares down the firing range at the most formidable military machine the world has ever known. 

Anarchist threat modeling and private data-mining for intelligence

Yesterday the independent surveillance researcher Asher Wolf tweeted an astonishing link to a private intelligence corporation's website containing a document entitled: "Tartan Influence Model: Anarchist Groups." The document was published  by a corporation called Tartan Metrics, a division of the information security, cyberwar and surveillance company NTREPID -- a company that

Longtime Black Panther associate was FBI informant, report says

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Spy tech secretly embeds itself in phones, monitors and operates them from afar

In 2008, a Reston, VA based corporation called Oceans' Edge, Inc. applied for a patent. On March, 2012 the company's application for an advanced mobile snooping technology suite was approved.

Think Trapwire is bad? Meet the Air Force's newest surveillance project

Image: The ISIS camera configuration set-up at Logan airport in Boston, MA. Image courtesy the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Note: This post has been updated with images of the ISIS system taken from the patent application posted here.

Note: story updated below.

NYTimes misses the mark in Trapwire story

Pushing back the surveillance state: we must get behind these two bills

Things often seem so bad on the privacy front that it’s hard to imagine anything concrete that can be done to roll back surveillance. 

But one Member of Congress is trying to do exactly that.  And we should pressure our elected representatives to give him their support.

Trapwire and data mining: What we know

These days every news cycle brings us more thoroughly disturbing reasons to be concerned about pervasive digital monitoring in the United States. This week things got extra interesting with the revelation of an enormous, shadowy surveillance company with deep ties to the CIA: Trapwire exploded on the surveillance scene like a bat out of hell. And people are justifiably freaked out about it.

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