Massachusetts State Police Becomes First Agency To Test Out Robot Dog

by Bill Galluccio, Jamn945.iheart.com -

The Massachusetts State Police have been quietly testing Boston Dynamics' robot dog named Spot and took it out into the field on two separate occasions. Boston Dynamics has been leasing Spot to a [...]

Meet The Activists Risking Prison To Film VR In Factory Farms

By Andy Greenberg, Wired.com -

As the truck speeds off, the three figures scramble quietly off the highway shoulder and into a terrain of scrub brush and jagged gullies. For the next 15 minutes, they walk down an unlit dirt [...]

Tax Gap Of Silicon Six Over $100 Billion So Far This Decade

By Staff, Fairtaxmark.net -

The Fair Tax Mark will later this week release a new report, The Silicon Six and their $100 billion global tax gap, which examines the tax conduct of Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google and [...]

Israeli Spyware: WhatsApp Hack Raises Global Fears

By Saikat Datta, Asiatimes.com -

In the middle of October this year, the world’s biggest messaging platform, WhatsApp, started sending out alerts to select users advising them that their security had been compromised. The [...]

The Hidden Costs Of High-Tech Surveillance In Schools

  By Priyam Madhukar, Brennancenter.org   -

The phrase “school-to-prison pipeline” has long been used to describe how schools respond to disciplinary problems with excessively stringent policies that create prison-like environments and [...]

The Delicate Ethics Of Using Facial Recognition In Schools

By Tom Simonite and Gregory Barber, Wired.com -

A growing number of districts are deploying cameras and software to prevent attacks. But the systems are also used to monitor students—and adult critics. On a steamy evening in May, 9,000 people [...]

Berkeley Becomes Fourth U.S. City To Ban Face Recognition In Unanimous Vote

By Tom McKay, Gizmodo.com -

Berkeley, California became the fourth U.S. city to pass a ban on all government use of facial recognition technology on Tuesday night following a unanimous yes vote by the City Council. Two [...]

iPhone Workers Today Are 25 Times More Exploited Than Textile Workers In 19th Century England

By Vijay Prashad, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research -

A recent report by the International Labour Organisation shows that the total global labour force is now measured at 3.5 billion workers. This is the largest size of the global labour force in [...]

Over 1,000 Students Across 17 Colleges Pledge Not To Work At Palantir Over ICE Work

By Emily Birnbaum, Thehill.com -

Over 1,000 students across 17 U.S. colleges are pledging to not work for software company Palantir over its work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), escalating the widespread protests [...]

M.C. McGrath, Hiding In The Open

By Staff, Exposingtheinvisible.org -

M.C. McGrath is a hacker and an activist based in Berlin, Germany and is the creator of Transparency Toolkit. This Toolkit provides a set of tools to collect data from various open data sources [...]

Facial Recognition: Ten Reasons You Should Be Worried About The Technology

By Birgit Schippers, Theconversation.com -

Facial recognition technology is spreading fast. Already widespread in China, software that identifies people by comparing images of their faces against a database of records is now being adopted [...]

Surviving Amazon

By Sam Adler-Bell, Logicmag.io -

It is human to resist even when our resistance is barely registered by those in power. In her memoir of working in an Amazon warehouse in Leipzig, Germany in 2010, Heike Geissler recalls these [...]

Time To Break Up The 21st Century Tech Trusts

By David Rosen, Counterpunch.org -

On June 11th, the House Judiciary Committee launched an investigation into the market dominance of the four leading “big-tech” companies — Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon.  Rep. David [...]

Computers In The Classroom May Do More Harm Than Good

By Tom Jacobs, Pacific Standard Mag. -

Initiatives to provide every schoolchild with a laptop or tablet computer have, to date, been well-publicized failures. And perhaps they were bad ideas to begin with. Computers can certainly [...]

Tech Workers Are Workers, Too

Over a decade after the 2008 financial crisis, the cracks in our neoliberal economy are still glaringly apparent. Multinational corporations continue to exploit cheap labor from around the world, [...]