When Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. government was running massive spying operations on its own people, the country was shocked. But few remember that the origins of America’s modern surveillance apparatus began more than 115 years ago, half a world away in the Philippines. Today, we are still playing this century-old spy game. Despite changes in national agendas and leadership over the years, the U.S. government’s desire for total information control has remained the same but with one difference – it has become increasingly reliant on private companies to operate this surveillance complex. More. […]
It’s a tiny black box about the size of a pack of gum that is installed right under the steering wheel. It will allow city officials under a program called “Drive Smart” to collect and access data about how you drive — if you drive like a maniac, or if you’re Mr. or Mrs. Slow Poke. “It can tell the g-force of hard stopping or hard acceleration and a hard turn,” DOT senior project manager Alex Keating said. “So the driver, as well as the service provider, are able to look at speeds, hard-breaking events, […]
This happens when the governments forget about the mandate invested on them by all of their people, and start ruling for a minority of powerful individuals. Source.
Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond is the latest university to begin using biometrics. The university is using the technology to scan students at meal time. On Wednesday, the school announced it had added two iris cameras to the campus dining hall so that students can use their eyes instead of their ID for access. “Students won’t need their ID to enter the dining center anymore,” Stephen Barr, VCU director of campus services, said in a statement Thursday. “With iris identification, it’s as simple as a camera taking a picture of their eyes and two seconds later […]
New Ten Commandments: The Right to Privacy from Alice Nelson on Vimeo. I was commissioned alongside nine other directors to contribute to a feature length documentary celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Produced by Lansdowne Productions and SDI Productions for BBC Scotland and Creative Scotland. The Right to Privacy was the piece I produced based on the story of one man and his relationship with his bike. The other directors on the New Ten Commandments project were Kenny Glenaan, Douglas Gordon, Mark Cousins, Tilda Swinton, Nick Higgins, Irvine Welsh, Sana […]