The drones and cameras in this dystopian animation are horrifying

The dystopia created in this animation by Simon Russell is a world I hope to never be a part of: drones littered across the sky, surveillance cameras pointing every which way and for some reason, dubstep. It doesn't all make sense but Russell's imaginative take on the look of futuristic drones and cameras are… » 4/09/14 8:31pm 4/09/14 8:31pm

Tin Foil Hats Just Got a Major Hardware (and Fashion) Upgrade

They've been a mainstay of the hyper-paranoid for decades—at least when it comes to comic depictions. But now, the classic, beloved tin foil hat has left the world of hyperbole to become an actual, honest-to-god mind-reading-deflection machine. And it looks fancy, to boot. » 1/14/14 5:20pm 1/14/14 5:20pm

The Benefits of Living in a Total Surveillance State

Suppose you’re walking home one night, alone, and you decide to take a shortcut through a dark alley. You make it halfway through, when suddenly you hear some drunks stumbling behind you. Some of them are shouting curses. They look large and powerful, and there are several of them. Nonetheless, you feel safe, because… » 9/30/13 3:20pm 9/30/13 3:20pm

How to Pick Your Battles in the War Against Transparency

Are you worried about Barack Obama reading all your emails and listening to all your phone calls? Beefing up your privacy settings is one thing, but fighting in the greater war to protect your Constitutional rights is another. You should do the latter, y'know, to be a good American. Here's how to get started. » 6/13/13 2:18pm 6/13/13 2:18pm

Throw Away All Your Electronics Because They're All Turning Into Narcs

We already know that Microsoft's been looking at ways to turn Kinect into a snitch, but now, Big Brother is taking his talents to the nation's students with a shiny new line of merciless, whistle-blowing e-books. » 11/15/12 3:46pm 11/15/12 3:46pm

The App That Turns You Into a Government Informant

The state of West Virginia has developed an app that will turn people into government informants: the Suspicious Activity Reporting Application. It's an app loaded with good intentions, but it could go very bad in very little time. » 3/08/12 4:44pm 3/08/12 4:44pm

Giant Head Costume Is Apple's 1984 Commercial Come to Life

For a paranoid section of the population, a giant face on a monitor can be an Orwellian nightmare come true. But, a giant face on a monitor that walks around town in a white jumpsuit is actually pretty cool. Still, he should definitely keep an eye out for a girl in red shorts wielding hammers. » 11/11/11 5:00pm 11/11/11 5:00pm

Turkish Military Police Rescue Nine Girls Held Hostage in a Fake Big…

We all have opinions about the people on Big Brother-style TV shows. But spare a thought for nine girls who were duped into taking part in a fake show — then held captive while naked images of them were sold online. » 11/10/11 1:20pm 11/10/11 1:20pm

The Most Precise GPS Satellite in the World

Location's on our mind today. There are currently 24 satellites that make up our Global Positioning System. The most recently launched, the GPS IIF SV-1, is part of a new series that offer a whole bundle of upgrades. » 4/20/11 7:00pm 4/20/11 7:00pm

China Wants to Track Its Citizens By Tapping Into Their Cell Phones

In yet another frightening instance of China manipulating technology for their purpose, China is looking to track 17 million Chinese citizens by tapping into their cell phone's location. The 'research', as China would like their people to think of it, is part of an initiative to improve Beijing's public transportation… » 3/03/11 4:20pm 3/03/11 4:20pm

FBI Gets Caught Tracking Man's Car, Wants Its GPS Device Back

Remember that strange GPS tracking device found by young man under his car? Turns out that the FBI rushed half a dozen agents to retrieve it after photos started appearing online. » 10/07/10 11:00pm 10/07/10 11:00pm

Cleveland "Smart Bins" Will Fine Non-Recyclers $100

Armed with RFID chips and a disdain for those residents who simply refuse to put out their recyclables in a timely manner, an army of "smart" recycling bins will soon descend on Cleveland to enact their green environmental goodness. » 8/22/10 5:00pm 8/22/10 5:00pm

The Government's "Perfect Citizen" Program Will Protect Companies By…

In order to curb cyber attacks on companies that control critical infrastructure, the US federal government is launching a new surveillance program dubbed "Perfect Citizen." The people behind it are already calling it "Big Brother." » 7/08/10 11:40am 7/08/10 11:40am

A Surveillance Camera That Types What It Sees

A prototype surveillance camera, developed at UCLA, has the ability to give a live text description of crosses its path. It provides a more efficient way to search video, and gives me a good excuse to buy a wide-brimmed hat. » 6/01/10 6:20pm 6/01/10 6:20pm

The Government's Secret Fear of Wikileaks, Where Confidential Documents…

In March 2008, the Department of Defense supposedly published a memo about a perceived national security threat. The target: Wikileaks a site that had previously put out sensitive information about Abu Ghraib. » 3/16/10 1:32pm 3/16/10 1:32pm

Samsung Goes Orwell on the World with Its OLED ID card

For all the good things that leviathan Samsung comes up with, they have to spoil it somehow. Now, I'm not saying that the tech behind this ID card is teh bad, but it's the principle. Winston Smith, where are you? » 1/07/10 8:59am 1/07/10 8:59am

Pre Tracks Your Location and Tells Palm All About It

Palm Pre's webOS, besides juggling your life or whatever that creepy girl says, sends information back to the mothership periodically, like what apps you've installed and how much you've used 'em. And location data. Wait. What? Updated. » 8/12/09 5:16pm 8/12/09 5:16pm

Britain Putting CCTV Cameras in Homes to Make Sure Kids Do Their…

Thousands of "the worst families in England" are being put in "sin bins," or subsidized housing outfitted with closed-circuit cameras. The cameras will be used to ensure that children do their homework and go to bed on time. Holy shit. » 8/03/09 10:20am 8/03/09 10:20am

High School Student Suing Amazon After They Deleted Homework From His…

Forget blaming it on the dog, thanks to Amazon students have a 21st century excuse for lost homework. When Amazon foolishly yanked 1984 from thousands of Kindles, Justin Gawronski's electronic notes for a summer assignment became useless. » 7/30/09 5:38pm 7/30/09 5:38pm

Carnegie Mellon Demos the Power of Facial Recognition Using Star Trek:…

Want to know how much screen time William Shatner commanded in Star Trek? Or how little Chekov received, for that matter? Carnegie Mellon has you covered, as it has "face mined" the entire series. » 4/26/09 2:30pm 4/26/09 2:30pm