Surveillance of Citizens by Government

Bitcoin and Encryption: A Race Between Criminals and the F.B.I.

Law enforcement also has an advantage when it gets ahold of digital devices. Despite claims from Apple, Google and even the Justice Department that smartphones are largely impenetrable, thousands of law enforcement agencies have tools that can infiltrate the latest phones to extract data. “Police today are facing a situation of an explosion of data,” …

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China Still Buys American DNA Equipment for Xinjiang Despite Blocks

The police in the Chinese region of Xinjiang are still buying hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of American DNA equipment despite warnings from the U.S. government that the sale of such technologies could be used to enable human rights abuses in the region. The U.S. government has tried to prevent the sale of DNA …

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In China, Apple Compromises on Censorship and Surveillance

On Chinese iPhones, Apple forbids apps about the Dalai Lama while hosting those from the Chinese paramilitary group accused of detaining and abusing Uyghurs, an ethnic minority group in China. The company has also helped China spread its view of the world. Chinese iPhones censor the emoji of the Taiwanese flag, and their maps suggest …

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Clubhouse App Creates Space for Open Talk in Middle East

Clubhouse policy bans users from recording conversations without participants’ consent, but the company says it temporarily records audio for investigating reports of policy violations. It has not specified who can listen to such recordings, or when. A Clubhouse spokeswoman declined to comment. Yet something about the spontaneous, intimate nature of the conversations — open to …

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