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At the height of the Cold War, during the winter of 1980, FBI agents recorded a phone call in which a man arranged a secret meeting with the Soviet embassy in Washington, D.C. On the day of his appointment, however, agents were unable to catch sight of the man entering the embassy.
ABC Home Search Could US warrants be able to access Australian data? Microsoft case worries privacy advocates ABC Science By technology reporter Ariel Bogle Microsoft, led by CEO Satya Nadella, has opposed demands from the US Government to disclose user data.
For computer security professionals, 2018 started with a bang.
Encryption is a method for ensuring communications between two parties remain private from everyone else, including the carrier. Even if an encrypted communication is intercepted by a third party, it cannot be read by anyone except the people who are authorised to decrypt it.
Facebook last week announced a redesign of its news feed to prioritise posts from friends and family over those of news publishers.
The world’s most popular artificially intelligent speakers will launch in Australia early next month after tech giant Amazon revealed plans to expand its reach in the country today.
The government is close to finalising proposed legislation that it says will boost the ability of law enforcement agencies to access to communications using encrypted services.
In a digital world, identity is flexible – race, class, gender, age and socio-economic background are determined from behind a screen.
Your face is becoming the latest weapon in the world of digital surveillance, and the humble driver's licence looms as a game-changer in tracking individuals through both the real and virtual world.
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Humiliated, and in the depths of her despair that she could never be good enough, she famously battled anorexia. However, she refused to accept the traditional institutional barriers to success in the music industry.
Yesterday afternoon, the official Twitter account of Brazil’s Federal Police (its FBI equivalent) posted an extraordinary announcement. The bureaucratically nonchalant tone it used belied its significance.
On January 18, 2012, the Internet went dark. Hundreds of websites went black in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). The bills would have created a “blacklist” of censored websites based on accusations of copyright infringement.
In 2013, 18-year-old Tadrae McKenzie robbed a marijuana dealer for $130 worth of pot at a Taco Bell in Tallahassee, Florida. He and two friends had used BB guns to carry out the crime, which under Florida law constitutes robbery with a deadly weapon.
How do mothers and fathers engage with their children’s information and communications technology (ICT) use? Many studies in the past have featured only mothers as respondents.
By Virginia Eubanks, from Automating Inequality, which was published this month by St. Martin’s Press. Eubanks is an associate professor of political science at the University at Albany, SUNY, and a founding member of the Our Data Bodies project.
Feeling antsy lately? Is there a delivery van idling in your neighborhood every day? Have you noticed men in black suits watching you everywhere you go? Paranoid you’re the target of government surveillance? Depending on your line of work — journalist, activist, government worker — that may ac
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As customers order their coffee at Sydney's Bahista Cafe, their picture is automatically taken and added to a database along with some basic details. The next time they visit they will not have to tell the barista their name or their coffee order.
Sebastian Tomczak is a music technologist and professor who likes to upload random experiments to YouTube. One of his clips is just 10-hours of white noise that he generated with open source software. Five copyright complaints later, and some vultures are now making money off of his work.
My previous article, The Web began dying in 2014, here’s how, raised much more awareness than I thought it would. Many people found it to be an insightful analysis of the Web under the control of tech giants, but the article ended without providing anything positive to hold on to.
Earlier this month, Facebook announced it would be using facial recognition to let users know every time a photo of them had been uploaded to the site.
A New York Times report out Friday identifies more than 250 mobile games in Android's Play Store that use always-on audio recognition software to track users' TV- and ad-viewing behaviour.
In September of last year, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli government to determine which Facebook accounts of Palestinians should be deleted on the ground that they constituted “incitement.
What to you defines a “bad gift”? For some people, it’s the classic “hideous holiday sweater.” For others, it’s smart speakers or smart watches that spell trouble, especially if there’s been a privacy breach in the past with the companies who make them.
Some questions. Do you... Want the proliferation of "fake news" (both the now-meaningless phrase and actual bullshit news) to stop?
Many experts say lack of trust will not be a barrier to increased public reliance on the internet. Those who are hopeful that trust will grow expect technical and regulatory change will combat users’ concerns about security and privacy.
Your digital security, any sufficiently paranoid person will remind you, is only as good as your physical security.
Angela Daly, postdoctural research fellow with the Queensland University of Technology’s Law School joins Nick and Trevor to talk about net neutrality, what it is and what it means for us.
The competition regulator says Australians have nothing to fear from a recent US decision to overturn net neutrality laws in that country, dismissing calls for similar rules to be adopted here.
This is excerpted from the Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked, our comprehensive guide to digital security.
It’s standard in an end of year piece to attempt to identify some unifying theme in the events of an arbitrarily selected period of time. Sometimes themes and commonalities really do emerge. Other times, they’re the author’s confection.
This story was co-published with The New York Times. Some relevant numbers were not immediately evident. The promotion was set to run on the Facebook feeds of users 25 to 36 years old who lived in the nation’s capital, or had recently visited there, and had demonstrated an interest in finance.
Microsoft on 19 December presented its Digital Geneva Convention during the 12th Internet Governance Forum in Geneva. With cybersecurity being one of the top issues at the forum, the company received a lot of interest for the idea of developing the convention as a multi-stakeholder draft.
Well now, that was a long year. Here’s a quick reminder of all the happenings in the digital rights space that the team at Digital Rights Watch has been working on over the past year.
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Facebook said it would begin using facial recognition technology to tell people on the social network when others upload photos of them, if they agree to let the company keep a facial template on file.
Much of the world has gone mobile with smartphones and tablets. To a certain extent, the mobile devices have outrun the software to support them. Up until recently hacks and identity theft had been focused on desktop systems. However, there has been a significant shift toward these mobile devices.
Rolling back net neutrality laws is just part of Trump’s giant experiment in media deregulation with little protection for the consumer “Do you want [the internet] to be governed by engineers and entrepreneurs, or do you want it governed by lawyers and bureaucrats here in Washington?”
The internet as we know it is about to change drastically. Net neutrality — the standard that internet service providers, or ISPs, must treat all traffic equally — was repealed Thursday in a party-line vote by the Federal Communications Commission in Washington.
There are fresh concerns Amazon and Google devices might be listening to people and have the potential for an “Orwellian future” where they “eavesdrop on everything”.
Mozilla sneaked a browser plugin that promotes Mr Robot into Firefox - and managed to piss off a bunch of its privacy-conscious users in the process.
Now that the new Star Wars is upon us — which, as we all know, is the real Reason for the Season — it’s time for what is now my yearly overthinking of the entire franchise.
Related Story: Net neutrality rules ditched in move that could recast internet Related Story: Why is net neutrality a thing again? Australians may feel the reverberations from the US decision to end open access to the internet, according to consumer and digital rights groups.
MENLO PARK, CA—Tech titan Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, came out strongly against the repeal of net neutrality Friday, calling the rollback of the Obama-era regulation an “injustice.
Related Story: Why is net neutrality a thing again? Related Story: Trump set to get his wish with net neutrality to be axed Related Story: 'Flawed and inaccurate': Internet pioneers call on US to keep net neutrality The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to repeal sweeping 2015 n
A few hours ago, the US media regulator made a really, really bad decision. In a 3-2 vote,it decided to scrap something known as net neutrality. It’s a move opponents say could mark the end of the free and open internet.
Like most decisions currently made in Washington, the decision to repeal net neutrality is a craven appeal to its favourite American citizen: corporations.