Surveillance

You Can Get Hacked Just By Watching This Cat Video on YouTube – The Intercept

Many otherwise well-informed people think they have to do something wrong, or stupid, or insecure to get hacked—like clicking on the wrong attachments, or browsing malicious websites. People also think that the NSA and its international partners are the only ones who have turned the internet into a militarized zone. But according to research I am releasing Read more

Why Facebook is beating the FBI at facial recognition

The FBI is getting set to deploy its own system of computerized facial recognition, called NGI. It will bring together millions of photos in a central federal database, reaching all 50 states by the end of the year.

But compared with Facebook’s DeepFace system it isn’t very good. Give Facebook two pictures, and it can tell you with 97 percent accuracy whether they’re the same person, roughly the same accuracy as a human being in the same spot. To be fair, Facebook has a whole network’s worth of data on its side.

The nation’s most powerful law enforcement agency is getting outgunned by a social network.

13 ways the NSA spies on us

Over the last year,  we’ve learned more and more about the National Security Agency’s spying programs. Indeed, there have now been so many revelations that it can be hard to keep them straight.

So here’s a handy guide to the most significant ways the NSA spies on people in the United States and around the world.

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