Monthly Archives: December 2013

“Too much information…”

Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker apps allow me share my diligence over New Year’s Resolutions with the world. The capacity to disseminate my progress via Facebook and Twitter is integrated as optional features. Should I choose to inflate cyberspace with … Continue reading

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A surveillance Christmas

The biblical story of Christ’s birth is replete with surveillance. Mary and Joseph make their way to Bethlehem to fulfil the requirements of a census (no mere counting exercise but one riven with political dimensions). Shepherds are keeping surveillance over … Continue reading

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Canaries to combat surveillance

Wired are carrying an interesting opinion piece by Chris Finan today. He sees the negative impact upon the reputation of IT services companies who have been entangled in the NSA’s surveillance activities as a primary motivator for them to press … Continue reading

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It’s behind you!

“It’s behind you!” has connotations peculiar to audiences familiar with the British pantomime tradition. The warning perhaps takes on a new cadence for Google-dependent internet users. Google has bought Boston Dynamics to add to Google’s portfolio of robotics companies. Google … Continue reading

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The surveillance business, Scotland

Excellent BBC Radio Scotland programme featuring extended section on businesses in Scotland that are providing or designing surveillance systems around the world. Available on BBC iPlayer for the rest of this week.

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Your profession and surveillance?

In yesterday’s Guardian Ross Anderson imagined himself as a professional in different spheres and gave a glimpse of what surveillance means wearing those different hats. So, the advertiser, police officer, lawyer, civil servant, doctor and banker “told” us how mass … Continue reading

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