I find myself wondering if the rise of global authoritarianism might be deeply—like, inextricably—connected to the maturing nature of technological surveillance, or perhaps just global telecommunications more generally. Since I'm probably not the first person to think about this, I'm curious what stories, novels, long-form articles, or other analyses (fiction or nonfiction) are out there that focus on speculating/extrapolating what happens after the age of the authoritarian panopticon. Bonus points for plausibility; not really looking to get too "far-out."
My elderly dad would like to listen to bird, owl, and nature sounds that are going on outside of his house from inside the house. Is there an outdoor microphone and indoor receiver (amp? speaker? I'm not quite sure what I am looking for here) system that will do this for him easily? [more inside]
So, I own a house. My three kids and I went away on vacation leaving my very needy dogs in the care of a housesitter. The housesitter was an acquaintance: a good friend of a good friend, but someone that I had only personally met a few times. I have non-obvious cameras in my house. Not in the private areas like the bathroom or bedrooms, but in public areas like the living room and kitchen. I, perhaps stupidly, did not tell the housesitter about these cameras and then, guiltily, reviewed the footage upon returning home. Now I don't know what to do. [more inside]
I started a new job last week, which involved registering for a bunch of different tools and services (email, internal tools, ticket tracking system, project management stuff, etc.). Since I needed access to those before I got a chance to set up a password manager, I used a couple duplicate passwords so I could remember them (they were strong passwords, but they fit a pattern that I can remember). Shortly after I signed into a site with one of the passwords I was also using on another site, I got an email from IT saying they'd noticed I'd used duplicate passwords and to change them ASAP. How did they know? [more inside]
Is there any way I can chat on Whatsapp anonymously with a group of my friends? [more inside]
I'd like to find out if there are recording devices in offices at our workplace. [more inside]
Can a rental property owner legally operate covert video recording equipment? [more inside]
I'm currently living in a small apartment with two bedrooms and one roommate. My roommate has exhibited some odd behavior in the past, but in the last week things have gotten weird. Help me negotiate this situation. Details inside. [more inside]
I want to run a Tor relay node from my house in the United States. What, if any, legal considerations should I be concerned about? [more inside]
The recently released movie Closed Circuit uses London's extensive use of the CCTV technology in ways I had only envisioned in my own screenplays. What movies within the past 10-15 years or so also do this? I am thinking more like how the Bourne movies used the technology than movies like The Conversation and The Lives of Others. What movies use CCTV's in an interesting way? Bonus points if it's in London, but it can be anywhere.
My usually very stay-at-home cat has recently taken to disappearing before I get up in the morning and coming home late in the afternoon. I think a neighbor may be feeding her because, besides the fact that my cat's always been a homebody, I feed her in the morning, so she would likely stay around to be fed unless she had an equally good reason to go elsewhere. When this started last week, she didn't have a collar, so conceivably someone could have thought she was homeless and tried to take her in. But after two days I put a collar on her, with an attached note to the effect of "please don't feed me or take me in", but she's still going off every morning. I miss her and worry that one day she won't return. How can I track her movements? [more inside]
Suppose I would like to automatically record and transcribe all conversations that happen around me. Is this technically feasible? What products and services would you use to accomplish this goal? [more inside]
In this New Yorker blog post, Internet Archive's Brewster Kahle mentions this in an answer: "Libraries have had a long history of dealing with authoritarian organizations demanding reader records—who’s read what—and this has led to people being rounded up and killed. As a librarian, you take this very, very seriously." Is there a concise history of this somewhere?
Like many of us here, I am deeply disturbed by the recent revelations about the extent of the NSA's surveillance program. How can I lead a life without my telephone calls and internet activity being monitored by the government? More questions inside from an average boring American who has nothing to hide but wants to start living my technological life differently. [more inside]
I've long suspected that the professional networking site LinkedIn may be using information such as my mobile phone records to make recommendations for connections. But today they really freaked me out. What gives? [more inside]
Google Glasses allow users to record video and audio of unsuspecting subjects by simply winking. Many states, including California and Washington, require consent from all parties before being recorded. How will this play out in practice? [more inside]
If one was moving to a country that engages in surveillance of its citizens as well as foreigners and you wanted to best protect yourself, what would you buy? [more inside]
I have been asked to set up an Internet-based surveillance camera at our weekend house. The catch? A somewhat limited DSL connection. Comments or suggestions for an easily set-up Internet surveillance system greatly appreciated. [more inside]
My boss owns the apartment in which I reside. Above the front door is a large and ominous security camera replete with a bank of infrared lights. My comings and goings are recorded and accessible by not only the boss (who was unaware of its existence), but 2 other employees who have no right to watch what I do. Or do they? Can someone answer me: is this scenario legal?
My office just announced that they are installing Casper QuickAdd to all of our laptops in the next week or so. I want to know what they are going to be able to see after I do the installation. [more inside]
What's the best way to protect surveillance equipment from lightning? [more inside]
Following Jacob Appelbaum and Bruce Schneier on Twitter has led me to some interesting articles / videos, etc. RE: information security, surveillance, and online censorship -who else should I be keeping an eye on?
I'm working on setting up an outdoor webcam that can pan, tilt, and zoom with web (and possibly iPad/smartphone) access, and I'm having a heck of a time finding a good solution to do all of the above. Help? [more inside]
How do I make our surveillance cameras available to the public over the web? [more inside]
What was this documentary? [more inside]
Seeking a 1950s sf short story, probably by a notable author, that presaged a panopticon-esque surveillance society. My google-fu pride is injured that I can't find a trace of it. [more inside]
What's the best way to record audio (or video) of myself sleeping? Yes, ideally, eight hours of low-quality audio in one shot. [more inside]
We are going out of town and using a housesitting service that we found through the interwebs. A friend told us that we absolutely must set up some sort of surveillance. I'm really torn. [more inside]
I need to know how to set up a wireless, night-vision enabled, motion detecting camera for the purposes of spying. [more inside]
When the police drill through to insert a surveillance camera, how do they do it stealthily? [more inside]
What's the best iPad app for viewing surveillance cameras? [more inside]
What's the easiest/cheapest way to set up a home surveillance camera that will notify me and stream video for remote viewing/recording if somebody enters my home while I'm gone?
What is the easiest, cheapest, most effective way for me to set up a single motion-triggered surveillance camera at home to verify whether I have a creepy situation going on while I'm gone? If triggered, I want it to alert me remotely, stream video for remote live viewing, and ideally record to the cloud rather than locally for later viewing. I'd like an easy web/desktop interface to control it all. Have you tried one of those kits from X10 for this and did it work well for you? [more inside]
I have a nightmarish neighbor. This particular question is about security cameras. [more inside]
What's the "best" standalone security/surveillance DVR? Assume that I want the best mix of value, quality, cool features and durability/longevity. Are there "prosumer" DVR products? [more inside]
I'm trying to access a webcam/serveillance system that I have. Is there a protocol or standard to interact with DVR/webcam systems? [more inside]
Wired had an article recently about a company whose job it was to sweep Fortune 500 corporate offices and boardrooms looking for electronic surveillance devices. Is this a real problem? Has there ever been a documented case of a large company being bugged by their competitors? My gut is telling me this is a lot of hype.
Why should I be concerned about privacy? [more inside]
What legal barriers prevent ISPs from violating their users' privacy? [more inside]
Help me find the perfect home surveillance gear that I can install myself. I'm looking for hardware recommendations, installation and usage tips and tricks. [more inside]
Looking to set up a fairly simple home surveillance system. I’m looking for some basic advice on equipment, programs for view and recording feeds as well as any other insights you might have. [more inside]
what is the best counter-argument to the "if you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about" line of thinking regarding surveillance (both covert and overt)?
Why (and what) is my iPhone transmitting while switched off? My (Australian bought, legitimately carrier-unlocked, T-Mobile-SIM'd) iPhone 3GS is switched off (hold down top button, swipe red switch on screen) but connected to wall power and sitting on top of a poorly shielded computer speaker. Almost exactly at 5:00am it uttered the characteristic "dit dit de-dit dit de-dit dit de-dit" of a GSM phone chatting to a cell tower. I switched it off ffs, the GSM radio shouldn't be active! What is it sending to the tower and why? [more inside]
My roommate has been watching what I do online- help! [more inside]
What is the name and who is the author of this science fiction short story about a Utopian Transparent Society
After looking everywhere and which a way, I am at a loss. I am looking for a short story with a near future high tech anarchy as background-- something that resembles David Brin's concept of The Transparent Society, Utopian Version, where every body knows everybody else's business--as opposed to, say, Police Surveillance State On Steroids Big Time where Big Brother knows your business and location as in 1984 meets The Minority Report. [more inside]
Can anybody recommend a good IP surveillance camera that does motion detection internally? [more inside]
Looking for pop culture examples of our obsession with seeing and being seen. [more inside]
Why haven't (or to what extent have) prisons embraced video technology? [more inside]
How can I secretly and wirelessly be informed of cars pulling into my driveway? [more inside]
I'm currently running a business where I monitor computers for people. I use custom made software that gets by all the anti-malware scanners and through the firewalls. I have been charging $40/hr for the first hour, and $45 for each hour after that. Since most of work may only take 1-4 hours per client I've been told that I'm charging too little. Figures have been thrown at me by friends, family and even clients that I should charge $60, $75 or even $100. What is a fair amount in this business. Yes this involves spying on people at the workplace, churches and spouses. My first question. I've searched mefi for similar stuff and came up empty.
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