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Tracking what you stop to pay attention to and what you ‘don’t see’ can tell us a lot about what might be going on inside your mind.

The Panopticons are coming! And they’ll know when we think the grass is greener

Eye-tracking technology helps us understand how people interact with their environment. This can improve policy and design, but can also be a tool for surveillance and control.
It’s a cat and mouse game that could put our online privacy and security at risk. Shutterstock/welcomia

As surveillance gets smart, hackers get smarter

As governments look to new ways to step up surveillance, hackers find new ways to subvert it. Is there a way to end this cat and mouse game, described as a crypto-war?
Brian Halsey, 'Novem II,' 1981, 8 Color Silkscreen Serigraph

Are we in the midst of a public space crisis?

Many praise the internet as a democratizing force. But with online spaces replacing physical public squares as places for debate, what do we risk losing?
Your phone’s just sitting there, innocently…. Tabletop image via www.shutterstock.com.

Your devices’ latest feature? They can spy on your every move

Bad guys or law enforcement could hack into our networked gadgets to spy on everything we do – and it's not clear how a laptop's video camera or an Amazon Echo fits within wiretapping laws.
Some people are concerned by the presence of drones in the air above them. Shutterstock

Police drones: can we trust the eyes in the skies?

Drones are increasingly being used by law enforcement agencies around the world, but this raises some issues around privacy and regulation.
Western governments are threatening to undermine the encryption that keeps our online communications private. Shutterstock

Governments undermining encryption will do more harm than good

An open letter signed by security experts from around the world is calling on governments to protect encryption rather than undermine it in a quixotic attempt to tackle terrorism.

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