As she spent her days in a windowless room analyzing classified data she sometimes thought about the girl in the old fairy tale. The one who was locked in a room and told she must spin straw into gold even though she possessed no such magical powers. Unlike the girl in the story she was allowed … Continue reading Rumpelstiltskin and the NSA
On June 5, you may see splash screens on web sites and posts on social media about telling you to "Reset the Net." Those Reset the Net messages are to encourage website administrators, app developers, and all Internet users to take steps to prevent NSA mass surveillance. The date June 5, 2014 was selected because … Continue reading Reset the Net: How you can fight NSA mass surveillance
Chicago: City of Big Data is an exhibition being presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation from now until the end of the year. The title City of Big Data is a play on the moniker bestowed on Chicago by Carl Sandburg, "City of Big Shoulders." The exhibition focuses on how the City of Chicago uses … Continue reading City of Big Data promotes data benefits, ignores privacy concerns
I previously reported how the National Security Agency (NSA) used the Elf on the Shelf to spy on American families. Although the NSA's SANTA (Securing America's Noel Toy Allotment) program was quite successful during the Christmas season the usefulness of the program waned once people boxed the shelf-perching monitoring devices with the rest of their … Continue reading Is your FitBit spying on you for the NSA?
Top secret documents leaked by former contractor Edward Let-It-Snowden reveal a previously unknown NSA program code-named SANTA (Securing America's Noel Toy Allotment). A key component of the SANTA program is the use of hidden recording and transmitting devices in Elf on the Shelf dolls. The Elf on the Shelf dolls allow the NSA to secretly monitor … Continue reading Elf on the Shelf revealed to be part of secret NSA spying program