Most of us would rather not think about the fact that we’re immersed in an electromagnetic soup of radio waves.
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Hiding in plain sight, they’re subtle reminders that we’re being watched, tracked, studied.
Jose Eduardo dos Santos.
Dos Santos was a withdrawn president. His silence produced an aura of power and the cult of personality that surrounded him.
Video cameras on city streets are only the most visible way your movements can be tracked.
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It’s increasingly difficult to move about – both in the physical world and online – without being tracked.
The data we generate online and using apps could be used to inform a digital version of ourselves.
Digital twins could be used in the future to predict and influence our behaviour, but this raises concerns about who owns our data and how we can access and control it.
Proud Boy Dominic Pezzola is filmed smashing Capitol building window on Jan. 6.
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Performance crime is the act of filming while engaging in criminal activity. During the Jan. 6 capitol riots, insurrectionists uploaded performance crime videos and photos, incriminating themselves.
Cookie notifications become a ubiquitous aspect of online life.
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Cookie notifications remind people that they are being tracked, which affects how people behave online.
Australia’s consumer advocacy group Choice identified three Australian retailers who use facial recognition to identify consumers. What are the privacy concerns?
Testing wastewater for the presence of diseases has grown in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in wastewater testing to monitor the spread of the virus. But historical cases show that targeted surveillance can further marginalize vulnerable populations.
Apps for tracking reproductive health are convenient, but the data they collect could be used against you.
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Data privacy is an abstract issue for most people, even though virtually everyone is at risk. Now that abortion may become illegal in some states, digital surveillance could take an even darker turn.
Disinformation is particularly rife during elections.
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By linking different issues together, organisations show the importance of approaching information disorder as a complex problem requiring various responses.
Vaccine mandates and passports have resulted in protests, like this one in London, U.K.
Vaccine passports can and have been used to increase surveillance by governments. Transparency and accountability are crucial for protecting the privacy of civilians.
Spyware and covert monitoring devices can be exploited to abusive ends.
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Abusers are exploiting all manner of smart tech and software to extend their capacity for coercive control.
Cellular phones track and reveal owners’ movements, generating useful data for pandemic tracking.
In order to track the pandemic, the Public Health Agency of Canada has been using location data without explicit and informed consent. Transparency is key to building and maintaining trust.
On TikTok, stories can be manufactured and dramatized like an investigative gossip reel.
Tabloids traditionally have gone after the rich and famous. On TikTok, anyone can be a target.
Computer-brain interfaces are no longer science fiction.
Smart devices and sensors can now gauge mood and attention, effectively engaging in mind-reading. This intimate data collection raises questions about who has access and control of it.
The internet’s extension into virtual reality spaces presents opportunities for data collection and surveillance.
Facebook’s rebranding as Meta is an attempt to reposition the company as poised to move into virtual reality networks.
People protest against the white supremacist movement and racism outside the United States consulate in Toronto in August 2017 after racism-fuelled violence in Charlottesville, Va.
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Critics of new terrorism laws argue they do not necessarily eradicate hate-fuelled violence — and they could make structural and institutional violence seem more palatable.
School laptop surveillance systems monitor students even when they’re not in school.
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Monitoring of student behavior often extends beyond schoolwork and normal school hours. A privacy expert explains the harmful effects.
State surveillance has a big impact on the way RCMP treat Indigenous land defenders. Listen to our podcast for more info. Here, RCMP officers walk toward an anti-logging blockade in Caycuse, B.C., in May.
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In recent years, Indigenous land defenders have lived under increasing police and state surveillance while far-right, conspiratorial movements have not.
A CCTV camera sculpture in Toronto draws attention to the increasing surveillance in everyday life. Our guests discuss ways to resist this creeping culture.
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Mass data collection and surveillance have become ubiquitous. For marginalized communities, the stakes of having their privacy violated are high.