WikiLeaks posts the software governments use to spy on dissidents

WikiLeaks’ all-or-nothing approach to revealing shady government activity just took a new (if decidedly risky) turn. Julian Assange and crew have posted FinFisher and FinSpy PC, the intrusion software that Australia, Italy, Pakistan and other countries use to break into and spy on people’s devices, no matter what platform they’re running.

Radical Librarianship : how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons’ electronic privacy

Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications — and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity.

Mullah Piaz – Cartoon

In March 2010, Hojjatollah Behrouz, managing director of the Tehran Traffic Control Company, was quoted as saying that 550 cameras are now watching the streets and, in the course of a five-year plan, their number should hit 1,400 in order to cover the whole city. The so called “Smart Systems” include special cameras monitoring traffic restricted zones, visual control cameras, and multipurpose billboards.


ZXX is a disruptive typeface which takes its name from the Library of Congress’ listing of three-letter codes denoting which language a book is written in. Code “ZXX” is used when there is: “No linguistic content; Not applicable.” I decided to create a typeface that would be unreadable by text scanning software (whether used by a government agency or a lone hacker) — misdirecting information or sometimes not giving any at all.

How parliament is failing to protect your privacy

One year on from the start of the Snowden revelations, there has still been no real political discussion about mass surveillance in the UK. In this film, we ask politicians what they knew and members of the public what they think.

Who oversees the agencies? Are they protecting us from terrorists or invading our privacy? What do the public think about mass surveillance and how does it impact on our rights to privacy and free speech?

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