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Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic From arrests to surveillance, governments are using the novel coronavirus as cover for a crackdown on digital liberty. Source: {$feed_title) Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Russian surveillance tech startup NtechLab nets $13M from sovereign wealth funds

Russian surveillance tech startup NtechLab nets M from sovereign wealth funds NtechLab, a startup that helps analyze footage captured by Moscow’s 100,000 surveillance cameras, just closed an investment of more than 1RUB billion ($13 million) to further global expansion. The five-year-old company sells software that recognizes faces, silhouettes and actions on videos. It’s able to […]

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Anduril launches a smarter drone and picks up more money to build a virtual border wall

Anduril launches a smarter drone and picks up more money to build a virtual border wall The company building the virtual border wall has a new version of its stealthy fast-flying drones — and a fresh contract with Customs and Border Protection to match. Anduril, a young defense-friendly tech company from the founder of Oculus, […]

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Portland passes expansive city ban on facial recognition tech

Portland passes expansive city ban on facial recognition tech The city council in Portland, Oregon passed legislation Wednesday that’s widely regarded as the most aggressive municipal ban on facial recognition technology so far. Through a pair of ordinances, Portland will both prohibit city bureaus from using the controversial technology and stop private companies from employing […]

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A new technique can detect newer 4G ‘stingray’ cell phone snooping

A new technique can detect newer 4G ‘stingray’ cell phone snooping Security researchers say they have developed a new technique to detect modern cell-site simulators. Cell site simulators, known as “stingrays,” impersonate cell towers and can capture information about any phone in its range — including in some cases calls, messages and data. Police secretly […]

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New York legislature votes to halt facial recognition tech in schools for two years

New York legislature votes to halt facial recognition tech in schools for two years The state of New York voted this week to pause any implementation of facial recognition technology in schools for two years. The moratorium, approved by the New York Assembly and Senate Wednesday, comes after an upstate school district adopted the technology […]

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Decrypted: As tech giants rally against Hong Kong security law, Apple holds out

Decrypted: As tech giants rally against Hong Kong security law, Apple holds out It’s not often Silicon Valley gets behind a single cause. Supporting net neutrality was one, reforming government surveillance another. Last week, Big Tech took up its latest: halting any cooperation with Hong Kong police. Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and even China-headquartered TikTok […]

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CBP says it’s ‘unrealistic’ for Americans to avoid its license plate surveillance

CBP says it’s ‘unrealistic’ for Americans to avoid its license plate surveillance U.S. Customs and Border Protection has admitted that there is no practical way for Americans to avoid having their movements tracked by its license plate readers, according to its latest privacy assessment. CBP published its new assessment — three years after its first […]

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Decrypted: The tech police use against the public

Decrypted: The tech police use against the public There is a darker side to cybersecurity that’s frequently overlooked. Just as you have an entire industry of people working to keep systems and networks safe from threats, commercial adversaries are working to exploit them. We’re not talking about red-teamers, who work to ethically hack companies from […]

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Decrypted: DEA spying on protesters, DDoS attacks, Signal downloads spike

Decrypted: DEA spying on protesters, DDoS attacks, Signal downloads spike This week saw protests spread across the world sparked by the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis last month. The U.S. hasn’t seen protests like this in a generation, with millions taking to the streets […]

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