How to hide from a drone – the subtle art of 'ghosting' in the age of surveillance

Avoiding drones' prying eyes can be as complicated as donning a high-tech hoodie and as simple as ducking under a tree.

Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, Associate Professor of Political Sociology, University of San Diego • conversation
July 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: facial-recognition demonstrations surveillance gps drones infrared mit-press civil-liberties mass-surveillance surveillance-systems us-protests face-surveillance

Police surveillance of Black Lives Matter shows the danger technology poses to democracy

The massive increase in internet-connected devices will create an informal surveillance network that could be used to target protestors and activists.

Jason Nurse, Assistant Professor in Cyber Security, University of Kent • conversation
July 24, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: internet-of-things surveillance police digital-privacy black-lives-matter digital-surveillance

Contact tracing's long, turbulent history holds lessons for COVID-19

Trust in the confidentiality of contact tracing broke down during the AIDS epidemic. Today, it's faltering again.

Ronald Bayer, Professor Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: health covid-19 coronavirus history pandemic surveillance contact-tracing sexually-transmitted-diseases aids syphilis stds

High-tech surveillance amplifies police bias and overreach

Police forces across the country now have access to surveillance technologies that were recently available only to national intelligence services. The digitization of bias and abuse of power followed.

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson, Professor of Law, American University • conversation
June 12, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: protest policing big-data facial-recognition surveillance police predictive-analytics george-floyd big-brother civil-liberties black-lives-matter police-reform racial-justice

Digital surveillance can help bring the coronavirus pandemic under control – but also threatens privacy

Cellphone data can show who coronavirus patients interacted with, which can help isolate infected people before they feel ill. But how digital contact tracing is implemented matters.

Jennifer Daskal, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Technology, Law & Security Program, American University • conversation
April 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  public-health  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  quarantine  population  outbreak  viruses  new-coronavirus  surveillance  privacy  privacy-invasion  fourth-amendment  cell-phone  contact-tracing

Coronavirus: South Korea’s success in controlling disease is due to its acceptance of surveillance

South Korea's COVID-19 testing programme relies on what many would call privacy invasions.

Jung Won Sonn, Associate Professor in Urban Economic Development, UCL • conversation
March 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  south-korea  surveillance  human-rights  disease-prevention  covid-19-testing

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