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Find out how technology is reshaping our lives every day and explore the new powers of governments and companies.

    A eulogy to Yahoo Answers

    A eulogy to Yahoo Answers

    On Tuesday, we said goodbye to Yahoo Answers in the appropriate spirit - by answering questions from the Computers and Internet section of Yahoo.


    - Listen to Love Letter and find more from Sepia on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/sepiamusicuk/love-letter (he's also on most other music platforms!)

    - Find out more about Dark Patterns: https://www.darkpatterns.org/

    - The Electronic Freedome Foundation on what comes after cookies: https://www.eff.org/issues/online-behavioral-tracking

    - WHO on COVID vaccine safety: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/coronavirus-disease-(covid-19)-vaccines-safety

    - COVID and social change - our thoughts from earlier in the pandemic: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4074/looming-disaster-immunity-passports-and-digital-identity

    - Our podcast on immunity passports: https://privacyinternational.org/video/4072/podcast-immunity-passports

    - Workplace surveillance and Covid-19: https://privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/3757/unlocking-workplaces-virtually-locking-workers

    - Resources on staying safe digitally from control and abuse: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/3366/womens-aid-and-privacy-international-launch-digital-information-cards-help-women

    - Google's policy on "stalkerware": https://privacyinternational.org/news-analysis/4204/stalkerware-wont-disappear-notification

    - Listen to the Voyager Golden Record on Nasa's soundcloud page 

             - Greetings to the Universe here: https://soundcloud.com/nasa/sets/golden-record-greetings-to-the

             - Sounds of Earth here: https://soundcloud.com/nasa/sets/golden-record-sounds-of

    - Find out more about Ann Druyan's brain waves here: https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/28apr_voyager2

    - Find out more about Ann Druyan falling in love by listening to this RadioLab podcast: https://www.npr.org/2010/02/12/123534818/carl-sagan-and-ann-druyans-ultimate-mix-tape?t=1619644250998 

    - Our work on pre-installed apps (and other issues with low-cost phones): https://privacyinternational.org/campaigns/privacy-shouldnt-be-luxury

    - Our podcast on General Warrants: https://privacyinternational.org/video/4418/general-warrants-victory-uk-high-court-and-250-year-old-law

    - Our survey: pvcy.org/tpsurvey

    • 51 min
    A spotter's guide to facial recognition

    A spotter's guide to facial recognition

    This week we talk about the different kinds of facial recognition and which you might see where. We also chat about the Facebook leak of 553million records.

    Remember: sign our ECI! pvcy.org/banbiometrics

    And you can find our survey here: pvcy.org/tpsurvey


    Facebook Leak

    - Facebook Leak: https://www.businessinsider.com/stolen-data-of-533-million-facebook-users-leaked-online-2021-4?r=US&IR=T

    - Mark Zuckerburg on signal?: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/14595265/mark-zuckerberg-using-whatsapp-rival-signal/

    - Irish DPA investigation: https://www.cnet.com/news/facebook-under-investigation-in-europe-over-massive-personal-data-leak-gdpr/

    - EU implications of the Facebook leak: https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-leaders-facebook-data-leak-cybersecurity-didier-reynders/

    - Facebook use of 2FA: https://www.forbes.com/sites/leemathews/2019/12/23/facebook-will-finally-stop-using-2fa-phone-numbers-to-suggest-friends/

    - The second cache of phone numbers found by Motherboard: https://www.vice.com/en/article/qj8dj5/facebook-phone-number-data-breach-telegram-bot

    Facial Recognition Links

    * Proctorio and recognising black people'sfaces: https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5gxg3/proctorio-is-using-racist-algorithms-to-detect-faces

    * Public order offence for avoiding facial recognition: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/facial-recognition-cameras-technology-london-trial-met-police-face-cover-man-fined-a8756936.html

    * Kings cross facial recognition: https://sprivacyinternational.org/case-study/3973/kings-cross-has-been-watching-you-and-police-helped

    * Function creep in a largely jewish community in Belgium [in Flemish] https://myprivacy.dpgmedia.be/consent?siteKey=6OfBU0sZ5RFXpOOK&callbackUrl=https%3a%2f%2fwww.demorgen.be%2fprivacy-wall%2faccept%3fredirectUri%3d%252fnieuws%252fcamera-s-in-antwerpse-joodse-wijk-controleren-bezoek-aan-synagoges-en-feestzalen%257eb5824508%252f%253freferrer%253dhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Ft.co%25252F

    * Categorisation systems for telling if you're gay: https://www.theregister.com/2019/03/05/ai_gaydar/ 

    • 50 min
    Spring Cleaning (rebroadcast)

    Spring Cleaning (rebroadcast)

    This week we're rebroadcasting a coversation we had last year with PI's Tech Co-ordination Groups, bringing you tips and tricks about how to start cleaning up and securing your phone or computer. Please note - Whatsapp does now offer disappearing messages.

    Episode notes 

    Useful info

    Tech pill survey: pvcy.org/tpsurvey

    How to minimise targeted ads: privacyinternational.org/act/minimise-targeted-ads

    Protect yourself from online tracking: privacyinternational.org/act/protect-yourself-online-tracking 

    Social media account settings: privacyinternational.org/act/protect-yourself-social-media-monitoring 

    Our Onion address: privacyintyqcroe.onion

    Episode Info

    6:06 - reasons to delete apps you’re not using

    8:00 - 4 things you should do first

    8:19 - Updates

    9:41 - Password managers Keepass, 1password, Lastpass

    13:22 - Has your data been breached? haveibeenpwned.com/

    14:38 - Backups

    20:47 - Apps

    22:34 - Firewalls

    Netguard - play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.faircode.netguard&hl=en_GB 

    Clamwin - clamwin.com 

    30:27 - When is too old too old

    32:54 - iPhone

    Better Blocker - better.fyi 

    38:09 - Android

    42:11 - Social Media

    42:11 Facebook/instagram

    Facebook TOR address: facebookcorewwwi.onion 

    Zynga hack: theguardian.com/games/2019/dec/19/170m-passwords-stolen-in-zynga-words-with-friends-hack-monitor-says 

    47:02 - Twitter

    MicahFlee - delete your tweets: micahflee.com/2019/06/semiphemeral-automatically-delete-your-old-tweets-except-for-the-ones-you-want-to-keep/ 

    Social media monitoring by local authorities - privacyinternational.org/long-read/3586/when-local-authorities-arent-your-friends 

    51:22 - Email

    53:17 - Desktops

    53:32 - Windows

    CCleaner - ccleaner.com/

    WinDirStat - windirstat.net/

    57:24 - Mac OS

    Little snitch - obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html

    1:00:02 - Linux

    Uncomplicated Firewall (UFW) - linux.com/training-tutorials/introduction-uncomplicated-firewall-ufw/

    Firewall D - firewalld.org/

    1:03:22 Encryption

    Veracrypt - veracrypt.fr/en/Introduction.html 

    Bitlocker - support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4028713/windows-10-turn-on-device-encryption

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Big Brother pays your benefits: We read 995 pages on how to surveil people so you don't have to

    Big Brother pays your benefits: We read 995 pages on how to surveil people so you don't have to

    Content warning: this episode includes some disturbing stories of people  who have died after having their benefits cut or withdrawn by the UK  Department of Work and Pensions 

    This week we're looking at the ways in which the UK Department of Work  and Pensions surveil benefit recipients.


    You can find out more about the DWP's surveillance here: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4395/shedding-light-dwp-part-1-we-read-uk-welfare-agencys-995-page-guide-conducting  

    You can find out more about the DWP's alogrithims here: https://privacyinternational.org/long-read/4397/shedding-light-dwp-part-2-long-days-journey-towards-transparency    

    You can find out more about each of the cases of people who died after their benefits withdrawn below.

    Errol Graham:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-51283186 

    The 5,000: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jan/16/people-died-benefits-error 

    Jodey Whiting: https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/jodey-whiting-dwp-continued-to-phone-woman-who-took-her-own-life-inquiry-finds/ 

    Phillipa Day: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-55826996 

    David Clapson: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/03/victims-britains-harsh-welfare-sanctions

    If you're having problems navigating the UK's benefits system Citizen's Advice is a good place to go for help and support: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

    • 36 min
    What does your face say about you? Phrenology, physiognomy and society

    What does your face say about you? Phrenology, physiognomy and society

    This week we're joined by Dr Courtney Thompson to discuss the history of phrenology and physiognomy and their relationship to modern technologies and culture. 


    - Find more of Dr Thompson's work and her book 'An Organ of Murder: Crime, Violence, and Phrenology in Nineteenth-Century America': history.msstate.edu/people/courtney-thompson/

    - Or you can find her on twitter at: twitter.com/Dr_C_Thompson

    - You can see the 'Good and Bad heads' picture in her article 'Rediscovering “Good” and “Bad” Heads in the Phrenological Present' here: nursingclio.org/2020/12/08/rediscovering-good-and-bad-heads-in-the-phrenological-present/

    - Find out more about Physogs and Photofit in Courtney's article in Endeavour: sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0160932719300468?via%3Dihub

    - You can listen to our podcast on Facial Recognition here: privacyinternational.org/video/4368/podcast-end-privacy-spread-facial-recognition

    - And you can support Privacy International here: support.privacyinternational.org

    • 47 min
    Are you paranoid?

    Are you paranoid?

    We hear that we're paranoid a lot - but what is paranoia? What does it mean to be paranoid? And is it all bad? We spoke to Dr David Crepaz-Keay from the Mental Health Foundation to find out. 


    - Learn more about mental health at the mental health foundation's website: mentalhealth.org.uk/

    - Learn more about PI's work at: privacyinternational.org

    - You can listen to our first episode with David about tracking on mental health websites here: privacyinternational.org/video/4279/podcast-your-mental-health-sale

    • 37 min

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