Surveillance

Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now

Have you ever found yourself wondering “…what if I just delete my Facebook account…?” Believe us, you’re not the only one to have pondered this question jokingly or even seriously in the last few years, and with good reason. Some part of you likely came to this realisation, intuitively, that feeling insecure and sad and…

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The State of Facial Recognition in Australia

Our guest for this episode is Andrew McAlister, a Data Ethics & Privacy Expert. Today, Australia stands out as the only democracy to use facial recognition technology to enforce COVID-19 restrictions. The private sector is participating too. Last year, 7-Eleven in Australia collected the facial prints of 1.6 million customers without their knowledge or consent….

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Captology or Computers as Persuasive Technology- Part 2

In our second installment of the Captology mini-series Manal and Reinhardt drill down into several of the specific tactics and techniques that technologists use to hold us captive. We look at how the Like and Share buttons were not just quaint additions to the social media landscape but rather, very deliberate and slick missiles that targeted our human desire…

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10 Ways to Evade Online Tracking

We all know that our phones are following us, we just became desensitised to this scary revelation. But how can you evade online tracking? The simple answer is that we can’t fully protect ourselves unless we go back to our 1997 Nokia or completely go off the grid. Once we go online, nothing is private….

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The Dark Side of Targeted Advertising

The hidden world of targeted advertising and how they evolved to know everything about us, even the things we don’t share.

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Targeted Advertising or Surveillance-Based Advertising?

How Big Tech uses our smartphones to mine our data and manipulate our minds for the sake of hyper-targeted digital advertising​

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State of Surveillance: Pegasus Targeting Freedom of Speech

“They listen to and see everything on your smartphone as if they are next to you. No end-to-end encryption, no privacy settings, no secure connection can stop them. There is nowhere to hide”.

… how could the Saudi government possess such advanced tools to break even encrypted connections?

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Episode 1 Trailer: Surveillance-Based Ads

In our first episode we explore the hidden world of targeted advertising and how it evolved to know everything about us, even the things we don’t share.

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