Technologies of Obfuscation and Resistance

During my studies in privacy and surveillance theory, I've gained an interest in technologies of obfuscation and resistance. Especially simple ones that nearly any average citizen can implement. TrackMeNot is a great example: a simple Firefox extension that periodically issues…

Seeking References on Cellphone Surveillance

This post is a bleg: I've been asked to film an interview that will accompany the DVD bonus material for the forthcoming (Steven Spielberg produced) action/thriller movie "Eagle Eye," which features sophisticated surveillance technologies as one of its plot devices.…

FBI’s DCSNet Electronic Surveillance System Exposed

From Wired's Ryan Singel: The FBI has quietly built a sophisticated, point-and-click surveillance system that performs instant wiretaps on almost any communications device, according to nearly a thousand pages of restricted documents newly released under the Freedom of Information Act.…

Function Creep 101: Surveillance Cameras and Social Norms

Jeremy Hunsinger points to this disturbing report about how a dean of students at a Washington high school thought he saw two girls kissing, so he checked the school's surveillance footage to confirm it. He then proceeded to share what…

Debrief: Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Surveillance Studies Summer Seminar hosted by the Surveillance Project at Queens University. The seminar was led by world-class surveillance studies experts: David Lyon, Kevin Haggerty, and Kirstie Ball. About twenty graduate…