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June 19 2017

surveyork
18:24

A Tack in the Shoe: Neutralizing and Resisting the New Surveillance

A Tack in the Shoe: Neutralizing and Resisting the New Surveillance

Journal of Social Issues, forthcoming May 2003, vol. 59 (2)

By Gary T. Marx

Professor Emeritus, MIT

In light of contemporary efforts to intensify the collection of personal information, this article, as well as articles elsewhere on this web site dealing with the engineering of social control and computer matching and profiling, may be of more than academic interest.

 

Abstract: Eleven behavioral techniques of neutralization intended to subvert the collection of personal information are discussed:  discovery moves, avoidance moves, piggy backing moves, switching moves, distorting moves, blocking moves, masking moves, breaking moves, refusal moves, cooperative moves and counter-surveillance moves. In Western liberal democracies the advantages of technological and other strategic surveillance developments are often short-lived and contain ironic vulnerabilities. The logistical and economic limits on total monitoring, the interpretive and contextual nature of many human situations, system complexity and interconnectedness, and the vulnerability of those engaged in surveillance to be compromised, provide ample room for resistance. Neutralization is a dynamic adversarial social dance involving strategic moves and counter-moves and should be studied as a conflict interaction process.

January 15 2015

surveyork
19:36

October 02 2014

surveyork
18:23

Terror laws enabling internet monitoring clear Senate

Australia's spy agency could soon have the power to monitor the entire Australian internet after new anti-terrorism laws passed the Senate on Thursday night.

surveyork
18:07

the U.S. Department of Commerce dumped another set of documents as a result of our request. One particular email from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) — highlighted earlier this morning in Der Spiegel — caught our attention. It reveals how the Home Affairs department of the European Commission (DG Home) has been working alongside the U.S. administration during the early stages of the privacy reform effort.

The email is between staff working at the NTIA of the Department of Commerce. The email makes reference to the drafting of one of the lobby documents the Obama administration produced to influence the outcome of the data protection reform package (read EDRi’s analysis on the paper here). This is one of the many documents which likely contributed to a diluting of the Data Protection Regulation even before the proposal had been made public.

The email indicates that Commissioner Malmström and/or her cabinet had been sharing information with the U.S. Mission in the E.U., including appropriate times to publish the lobby document, information about internal politics within the Commission, and concerns about how the proposal for a Data Protection Directive could conflict with E.U. and U.S. Law Enforcement interests. In short, DG Home has been actively working to undermine a crucial reform for E.U. citizens’ fundamental rights to privacy and data protection.

For many who have been following the E.U. privacy reform debate closely, this trans-Atlantic cooperation was an open secret. However, until now, it has not been possible to demonstrate DG Home’s maneuvers. Beyond the implications for the Data Protection Reform, the contents of the acquired document give cause for concern about Ms. Malmström’s suitability for leading EU negotiations with the USA on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), given that she has recently been chosen E.U. Commissioner-designate for Trade.

September 15 2014

surveyork
08:56
AUCKLAND, New Zealand—The New Zealand spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), worked in 2012 and 2013 to implement a mass metadata surveillance system even as top government officials publicly insisted no such program was being planned and would not be legally permitted.
surveyork
08:51

August 23 2014

surveyork
23:18

July 15 2014

surveyork
13:02
surveyork
12:45

July 08 2014

surveyork
20:00

Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post.

Nine of 10 account holders found in a large cache of intercepted conversations, which former NSA contractor Edward Snowden provided in full to The Post, were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else.

Many of them were Americans. Nearly half of the surveillance files, a strikingly high proportion, contained names, e-mail addresses or other details that the NSA marked as belonging to U.S. citizens or residents.

Reposted byp856wonko

June 28 2014

surveyork
12:08

We are a coalition of organizations and individuals from across the political spectrum advocating for transparency and an end to mass surveillance. Read our story.

We've rated each member of Congress on his or her actions to end or promote mass surveillance. Read about our methodology.

surveyork
12:05

Activists flew a blimp emblazoned with the words "Illegal Spying Below" over the National Security Agency's data centre in Utah on Friday in protest against the US government's mass surveillance programmes.

The one-hour flight was carried out by the environmental group Greenpeace, digital rights activists the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a conservative political organisation, the Tenth Amendment Centre.

The 41 metre (135ft) blimp, owned by Greenpeace, was adorned with a sign that read "NSA Illegal Spying Below".

June 27 2014

surveyork
23:15
Australian spy agencies will be granted new digital surveillance powers under a bill being prepared by the Abbott government, expected to be introduced into parliament in July.

June 25 2014

surveyork
02:50

Facebook said they will never use your browsing and app history to show you ads - they lied.

Last week, Facebook announced it will start tracking our Internet activity to serve us ads -- even when we're not on Facebook. They can even collect data on people who don't have Facebook accounts. This time they've gone too far.

surveyork
02:50

Facebook said they will never use your browsing and app history to show you ads - they lied.

Last week, Facebook announced it will start tracking our Internet activity to serve us ads -- even when we're not on Facebook. They can even collect data on people who don't have Facebook accounts. This time they've gone too far.

June 19 2014

surveyork
07:21
An amendment is being voted on in the House of Representatives today or tomorrow. If passed, it would close critical backdoors that allow the NSA to surveil the Internet.

June 04 2014

surveyork
11:22
Exclusive Above-top-secret details of Britain’s covert surveillance programme - including the location of a clandestine British base tapping undersea cables in the Middle East - have so far remained secret, despite being leaked by fugitive NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden. Government pressure has meant that some media organisations, despite being in possession of these facts, have declined to reveal them. Today, however, the Register publishes them in full.
surveyork
06:43
Some of the world's largest websites are planning a coordinated day of action on Thursday to oppose mass surveillance online.

May 22 2014

surveyork
09:31
“Don't ask for your #privacy. Take it back. Today we #ResetTheNet to stop mass #spying. Encrypt everything! Learn how: http://thndr.it/1euOUIl

May 07 2014

surveyork
10:46
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