Seattle Police Put Redacted Body Cam Footage on YouTube 

In a bid to be more transparent, the Seattle Police Department is posting footage from the body cameras and dashboard cameras of on-duty cops on YouTube. But, the footage has been carefully censored to blur out faces and remove any sound. » 3/03/15 10:40am 3/03/15 10:40am

Hillary Clinton Exclusively Used Personal Email While Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton's burgeoning presidential campaign is off to a rocky good start. Just a day after papers reported that the former Secretary of State would make a bid for the nation's highest office in April, The New York Times reports that Hillary Clinton used only her personal email address while serving as Secretary… » 3/02/15 10:30pm 3/02/15 10:30pm

Jeb Bush Is Sorry He Published Your Social Security Numbers

The man who signed Florida's Stand Your Ground law is now awkwardly moonwalking backwards on an initially indiscriminate data-dump. Presidential hopeful and former Florida governor Jeb Bush is doing some damage control on his decision to publish his gubernatorial emails, which provided easy access to over 12,000… » 2/13/15 2:45pm 2/13/15 2:45pm

Jeb Bush Basically Just Doxxed Thousands of Floridians 

Florida governor Jeb Bush bills himself as a tech-savvy politician, but he just made a major email etiquette mistake: Bush has published over 250,000 emails people sent to him as governor, easily searchable by date— and he hasn't redacted email addresses or the content of messages, meaning anyone who reached out to… » 2/10/15 11:30am 2/10/15 11:30am

Twitter Is Suing For the Right to Show How Many Fed Requests It Gets

In the past, companies like Facebook and Microsoft have released so-called transparency reports about the government surveillance requests they've received—but per government restrictions, the numbers have been relatively vague. Today, Twitter just filed a lawsuit to lift the restrictions on what they're allowed to… » 10/07/14 3:26pm 10/07/14 3:26pm

The Intelligence Community Finally Released a Transparency Report

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which includes the NSA, quietly posted its first ever transparency report on Tumblr this week. Complete with "Top Secret" written on the top, the three-and-a-half page document details basic statistics about the intelligence community's actions. It's not very… » 6/27/14 1:47pm 6/27/14 1:47pm

Apple Wishes It Could Tell You More About US Government Info Requests

Like everybody and their sister in Silicon Valley, Apple is now publishing transparency reports. The Cupertino company's first ever disclosure on the number of government information requests just hit the web, and like everybody else, the number of requests from the U.S. government is super high. » 11/05/13 4:15pm 11/05/13 4:15pm

Google, Facebook and Yahoo Join Forces to Fight For More Transparency

Facebook, Google and Yahoo are doubling down on their quest for more transparency in the government—especially the intelligence community. Specifically, the three companies filed amended petitions to coerce the government into allowing them to publish details about FISA requests. » 9/09/13 1:27pm 9/09/13 1:27pm

The NSA's Finally Going to Start Telling Us How Many People They Spy On

President Obama's order to the intelligence community is starting to produce results. On Friday, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper announced on Tumblr that the intelligence community will begin issuing annual transparency reports… on Tumblr of course. » 8/30/13 10:28am 8/30/13 10:28am

Facebook: Half of Government Requests for User Data Come from U.S.

Facebook is hopping on the transparency train by releasing its first-ever transparency report this morning. Covering 74 countries and detailing over 38,000 government requests for data, the document sheds some light on how Facebook works with governments. Some, but not much. » 8/27/13 11:44am 8/27/13 11:44am

The NSA Has No Idea What "Transparency" Means

Back in June after the first reports based on Edward Snowden's leaks were published, President Obama boldly defended the NSA spying programs. He even called them "transparent." But boy oh boy have the folks over at the NSA let him down on that count. » 8/21/13 1:26pm 8/21/13 1:26pm

Copyright Takedowns on Twitter Are Up 76 Percent

Twitter just released its latest transparency report detailing government requests for information requests, content removal requests and copyright takedowns. Not just one or two but all three categories are up in the first half of this year. » 7/31/13 3:51pm 7/31/13 3:51pm

Yahoo's Blazing the Trail to Transparency in the Post-PRISM World

On Monday, Yahoo won a court fight that will force the government to disclose secret information about a 2008 case that required Yahoo to hand over customer data. It's icing on the cake for Marissa Mayer, who celebrates her one year anniversary at Yahoo this week. But more importantly, it could give us our clearest… » 7/16/13 2:22pm 7/16/13 2:22pm

Track the Sneaky TOS Changes on Your Favorite Online Services

When Instagram announced its updated Terms of Service and Privacy Policy back in December, the Internet went into a tizzy in large measure because people didn't really understand what was going on. Now, there's a watchdog service that tracks the changes of many of the most popular online services so that we're armed… » 2/06/13 11:33am 2/06/13 11:33am

Twitter Is the One Place the Number of Copyright Notices Is Actually…

Last June, Twitter hopped on the transparency train and released its first report indexing information requests, copyright takedown notices, and removal requests from governments around the globe. Now the second report is out, with its own site and some new details on what the U.S. government in particular is doing.… » 1/28/13 11:37am 1/28/13 11:37am

Can You Burn a Photo On Your Skin Using Sunlight?

If you take a negative, slap it on your forearm and sunbathe, will the image burn on your skin? This is a question Petapixel asked of its readers and the video above is the first attempt at an answer. » 8/09/11 1:10am 8/09/11 1:10am

Now You Can See Through Buildings Like Batman Bin Suparman

Taking a hint from how the F-35 demon helmet maps multiple video feeds into a 3D space, a Carnegie Mellon University team has created an augmented reality car system to see through any massive obstacle. The objective: Avoid car collisions. » 1/17/10 7:25pm 1/17/10 7:25pm

Undress a Woman Using Radio Frequencies

A dress that gradually disappears as you get a magic ball near to it? Yaishplease. That's exactly what Daan Roosegaarde, V2 Lab, and Maartje Dijkstra have created, using a flexible plastic material and radio frequency technology. Very pretty too: » 12/25/09 9:58pm 12/25/09 9:58pm