Mapping a face is the starting point.
Computers are getting better at identifying people's faces, and while that can be helpful as well as worrisome. To properly understand the legal and privacy ramifications, we need to know how facial recognition technology works.
After more than 20 years and millions of cameras, UK's first attempt to regulate CCTV cameras may be too little too late.
The public must prepare to stand up for a free press, and against online censorship and surveillance.
Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities are more widely shared.
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Global media systems cannot effectively contribute to social progress until opportunities not just for access, but also for active participation, are more widely shared.
The Snooper's Charter has cleared parliament, but there might still be a way to stop the government collecting all our internet histories.
Shifts in our communication infrastructures have reshaped the very possibilities of social order driven by markets and commercial exploitation.
Capitalism has become focused on expanding the proportion of social life that is open to data collection and processing – as if the social itself has become the new target of capitalism’s expansion.
Chinese are starting to question government control of the terms of public debate, as conveyed by this propoganda banner in Hangzhou in 2010.
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.
Theresa May has been the longest-serving home secretary since the 19th century, but her tenure is distinctive for other reasons, too.
Who’s watching, and who’s watching the watchers?
What kind of society do our so-called “Western and networked democracies” count as normal if humans are constantly objectified, monitored and profiled?
The rush to grant more surveillance powers doesn't reflect what actually keeps us safe.
Under the new bill spooks needn’t listen in, they can catch up with up to a year’s stored data.
The snooper's charter is here, and it's as bad as expected. Here's three problems that need fixing.
Unwarranted mass surveillance will shift the balance of power in favour of the spies - and that might not be good for us.
Fifty years after Wilson’s edict, who’s listening now?
The convention that protects MPs was dealt a blow, but MPs minds may be swayed on what privacy against surveillance the law affords the rest of us.
Courts uphold laws on human rights online in the face of poorly drafted, draconian laws.
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Government could be forced to repeal DRIPA surveillance legislation after court ruling.
Nothing sinister, just taking a quick peek.
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An independent review recommends greater transparency but ultimately concludes surveillance can continue.
The NSA has eyes and ears around the globe.
US intelligence agencies can no longer collect and store the telecommunications data of US citizens but other countries are strengthening their efforts.
Nothing of what William’s subjects had in life escaped the Domesday Book. Today, more covertly, those in power are using mass surveillance to collect all the digital details of our lives.
Almost 1000 years after their ruler demanded every detail of serfs' lives, the digital age and mass surveillance are creating a new and undemocratic imbalance between citizens and those with power over them.
Exasperating both the White House and the Republican leadership
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.