Adam Harvey will launch a line of cloaking clothing next week in London. Called 'Stealth Wear' it's a reaction to the ways we can be electronically tracked in our daily lives.
So there's this pretty small company that you've probably never heard of. It's called Google, and back in the day, you'd use it to find stuff on the Internet. Google has obviously expanded since then, becoming an all-encompassing Internet giant, and it's finally taking a leap offline with Conversions API.
Today in technology-and-human-rights events, an electronic tracking system has been put in place in Saudi Arabia. It tracks women, mostly those making cross-border movements, and it alerts their husbands, etc.
It's been said before, but remember how easy Facebook used to be? No photos, no status updates. Just a solid wall that anyone could manipulate. The term "Facebook stalking" wouldn't have even made sense. Well, now, it doesn't only make sense but Facebook is determined to not let you forget who you've stalked. Your profile now saves your search history.
Here's another controversial news story in which we can reference Room 101 and 1984 and all that. The European Union is creating programs to act as agents in monitoring discussion forums, website information, file servers, peer-to-peer networks and, best of all, personal, individual computers. It'll be looking for "automatic detection of threats and abnormal behaviour or violence."
Technology is a wonderful thing, but in the words of Spider-Man's Uncle Ben, "With great power, comes great responsibility." If we are not careful, the technology we know and love could be used against us, even subtly. In the year 1984, Apple thought IBM was the bringer of "Big Brother." In reality, the technology of today better resembles George Orwell's dystopian vision than a 1980s era PC. Every day we are in the process of becoming a more connected society. With social networks, cloud computing and even more specific, less-thought-about tech such as Internet-connected home surveillance systems, we may find ourselves in a delicate balance of trust and paranoia.
In a completely normal and unproblematic move, a school district in San Antonio, Texas has decided to insert wireless radiofrequency identification (RFID) chips into its student's ID cards so it can track the children at all times! It's OK, though, because this will help combat a problem the district has: it keeps losing children.
In what's sure to be a popular idea, Britain's Kent Police Department wants to use unmanned aerial vehicles to keep tabs on the massive crowds during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Now, before you start thinking that Ministries and...
We've seen the future, and it involves a gigantic wall that reacts to your touch. HP's "Wall of Touch" can do even better than that, sensing your intent even when your hands come close to touching it. Cameras and a...
Last week, Amazon went all Big Brother on Kindle owners, and the resulting outrage was totally appropriate. Now, one person is turning that outrage into revenge. 17-year-old student Justin Gawronski decided to take action when his Kindle ate his homework...