The Disciplinary Gaze of Web Search Engines

Blogging has been light (again), as I've been preparing for my final conference trip. This time, I'm in San Antonio, TX for the 92nd Annual Convention of the National Communication Association. I'm presenting on an amazing panel titled "Visualizing Security:…

2006 Election’s Impact on Privacy & Surveillance

Wired details the potential impact the Democratic takeover of Congress will have on technology devopment, use and policy. Specific attention is paid to privacy and surveillance technologies: [I]t's unlikely that Democrats -- facing a presidential election in 2008 and fearful…

Privacy under attack, but does anybody care?

Bob Sullivan at MSNBC has started a 6-part special report called "Privacy Lost", examining the erosion of American's privacy and the increasing store of personal data being collected. Part one asks, "Privacy is under attack, but does anybody care?" First,…

Federal Judge Orders End to Warrantless Wiretapping

A federal judge in Detroit ruled today that the Bush administration’s eavesdropping program is illegal and unconstitutional. I'll leave analysis of Judge Taylor's reasoning to the experts (Jack Balkin, Orin Kerr, Dan Solove, Eugene Volokh, for starters). But I certainly…

More Amateur Surveillance: License Plate Scanning

We've seem to have recently turned a corner where advanced surveillance & data mining technologies are now increasingly marketed to everyday people. Wired News reports on a new vehicle license plate scanning and tracking that is being pitched to more…