Who Watches the Watchmaker?

In other words, as human behavior is tracked and merchandized on a massive scale, the Internet of Things creates the perfect conditions to bolster and expand the surveillance state. In the world of the Internet of Things, your car, your heating system, your refrigerator, your fitness apps, your credit card, your television set, your window shades, your scale, your medications, your camera, your heart rate monitor, your electric toothbrush, and your washing machine — to say nothing of your phone — generate a continuous stream of data that resides largely out of reach of the individual but not of those willing to pay for it or in other ways commandeer it.

The Creepy New Wave of the Internet

One of the premises of the speculative future in William Gibson’s The Peripheral is that only wealth and power afford privacy. It’s a future I’d rather not see realized.

Where Can I Buy a Faraday Cage?

After years of speculation that electronics can be accessed by intelligence agencies through a back door, an internal NSA catalog reveals that such methods already exist for numerous end-user devices.

— Der Spiegel: NSA’s ANT Division Catalog of Exploits for Nearly Every Major Software/Hardware/Firmware

I’m starting to think Gene Hackman’s character in Enemy of the State was completely sane.

Oversight

With each recent revelation about the NSA’s spying programs government officials have tried to reassure the American people that all three branches of government — the Executive branch, the Judiciary branch, and the Congress — knowingly approved these programs and exercised rigorous oversight over them.

— NSA Spying: The Three Pillars of Government Trust Have Fallen

Obama appointing Clapper to head the review board is the most laughable part of the administration’s response to the revelations.