13 May. 2015
Have you ever read a newspaper and noticed a stranger reading it over your shoulder? Reading the news online is like having Google, Facebook, or Twitter doing the same thing. Known as third-party trackers, these companies collect data about who you are, what you’re reading, and what you’re interested in, usually without you ever knowing it.
30 Mar. 2015
When we think about surveillance, we tend to forget that many of our normal daily activities, like reading the news online, are recorded and collected for commercial purposes. This is often done without our knowledge or informed consent, and serves as a gold mine for data analysts and the data industry. This industry is opaque, as it is unclear to us which and how many companies are tracking us...
19 Mar. 2015
Trackography shows that hundreds of companies track our online activity when we read the news online. But how do these companies handle our data? This post examines the privacy policies of some of the globally prevailing tracking companies.
26 Feb. 2015
The false promise of data anonymisation. Find out what happens to our data when it is collected and 'anonymised' in the times of big data analytics, where what is “personal” is no longer so straightforward. Information algorithmically derived from anonymised data is not necessarily “personally identifiable”. Yet, it can tell intimate stories about you. It can prevent you from entering a univer...
25 Feb. 2015
When you query Google for images of a “mask”, its algorithm places the Guy Fawkes mask adopted by the Anonymous on top of the results page across European countries. This mask has become a symbol of anonymity in the digital age. Ironically, anonymity is in short supply for “netizens” - persons online. Masks have been used by humans for protection, disguise and performance. Today, a new brand ...
24 Feb. 2015
Many activists and advocacy groups we talk to are not entirely sure why they should care about big data, nor what this means for their community. Even though big data is seen by government and companies as a quick fix solution for a 'better world', we know very little about the creation and use of these datasets. In a journey to unravel the data industry, Tactical Tech will explore what this i...
08 Jan. 2015
Law enforcement agencies around the world keep arguing that surveillance can safeguard national security and that it is necessary to detect the so-called "bad guys". However, the documents leaked by Snowden reveal that a lot of surveillance carried out by intelligence agencies does not target criminals and terrorists at all. In fact, a lot of it is geared towards international politi...
25 Feb. 2014
The day after Facebook bought Whatsapp, 500,000 people signed up to Telegram. With three out of four Europeans worried about how companies, including search engines and social networks, use their information, some users are voting with their feet and for good reason.
11 Apr. 2013
It is not easy to keep up to date with how Facebook changes. Some things change for better, some for worse. Can you be sure that you didn't miss the latest update of Facebook's terms of service? Here's the second post in a series about how to protect you privacy when using Facebook.
20 Mar. 2013
It is not easy to keep up to date with how Facebook changes. Some things change for better, some for worse. Can you be sure that you didn't miss the latest update of Facebook's Terms of Service? These are some of the changes you might be interested in.