A digital ID will only work if people are allowed to keep control of their data.
When then prime minister Pierre Trudeau brought in the War Measures Act in 1970, it was the first time the controversial law had been invoked during peace time.
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Ottawa used the old War Measures Act when it wanted sweeping powers to deal with extraordinary events. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has mused about using the newer Emergencies Act during the pandemic.
Commuters on the Shanghai Metro all on their smartphones in March, 2019.
China’s social credit system has been described as a ‘dystopian nightmare straight out of Black Mirror’ but many citizens think it will help fight fraud and bring about a better society.
Surveillance software that identifies people from CCTV is eroding human rights and democracy.
ParentsNext requires places like libraries and public pools to monitor parents’ attendance at activities. This undermines their role as spaces of inclusion and support.
Technology can significantly improve governments’ surveillance abilities.
Even governments in democracies with strong traditions of rule of law find themselves tempted to abuse these new abilities.
A SenseTime artificial intelligence system monitors an intersection in China.
AI can help make government more efficient – but at what cost? Citizens’ lives could be better or worse, based on how the technology is used.
Women in totalitarian states are among those particularly at risk by government’s use of Big Data to spy on its citizens.
If left unchecked, invasions of privacy enabled by technology could put every human right at risk, and on a scale that would be truly terrifying.
Virtual private networks help citizens around the world evade state surveillance – how long until more governments take action?
Pegasus statue in front of the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City.
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This is not the first time Mexico’s government has been accused of spying on and harassing citizens whose activities it finds inconvenient.
Who’s collecting your data, and what are they using your data for?
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What governments and companies think they know about us – whether or not it’s accurate – has real power over our actual lives.
What if even you didn’t know your own password?
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As searches of smartphones and other digital devices at US borders become more common, can research and computer science help protect travelers’ privacy?
The public must prepare to stand up for a free press, and against online censorship and surveillance.
If only it were this easy.
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People who think like hackers have some really good ideas about how to protect digital privacy during turbulent times. We can learn from them.
The Snooper’s Charter has cleared parliament, but there might still be a way to stop the government collecting all our internet histories.
The feds say they can secretly read all your email.
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We don’t expect our own government to hack our email – but it’s happening, in secret, and if current court cases go badly, we may never know how often.
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.
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?
A massive military exercise is slated to begin this week throughout the southwestern United States, and last for the duration of the summer.
Polls show Americans have become less trusting and more suspicious.
Nothing sinister, just taking a quick peek.
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An independent review recommends greater transparency but ultimately concludes surveillance can continue.