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Recent articles by Sam:

Zoom Censorship of Palestine Seminars Sparks Fight Over Academic Freedom

Zoom cited anti-terrorism laws to shut down an event with Palestinian activist Leila Khaled — and other events criticizing its censorship. → Read More

Coronavirus Monitoring Bracelets Flood the Market, Ready to Snitch on People Who Don’t Distance

A crop of “new” body-worn devices issue alerts about hospital patients, the quarantined, people under house arrest, and workers who fail to social distance. → Read More

The Inventors of Bluetooth Say There Could Be Problems Using Their Tech for Coronavirus Contact Tracing

Judging distance based on the strength of a radio signal is a fraught process that can be stymied by physical obstructions. → Read More

TikTok Told Moderators: Suppress Posts by the “Ugly” and Poor

The China-based social media company also has policies censoring various forms of political speech, leaked documents reveal. → Read More

Ring Ukraine News Suppressed at Amazon’s Request, Journalists Say

Amazon told a business publication that it was expanding the scope of its work in Ukraine — then asked for that information to be removed from the article. → Read More

Amazon’s Ring Planned Neighborhood “Watch Lists” Built on Facial Recognition

Documents hint the data could be shared with police, but Ring denies the features are in use or development. → Read More

Why an “AI Race” Between the U.S. and China Is a Terrible, Terrible Idea

We don’t need to win this nationalistic race — especially when we don’t even know what’s at the finish line. → Read More

Team of American Hackers and Emirati Spies Discussed Attacking

Spies working for the United Arab Emirates discussed the attack with operatives at controversial firm DarkMatter. → Read More

Thanks to Facebook, Your Cell Phone Company Is Watching You Closer Than Ever

Legal experts believe Facebook profiling may run afoul of federal law on credit checks. → Read More

Facebook’s Ad Algorithm Is a Race and Gender Stereotyping Machine, New Study Suggests

For example, jobs with taxi companies were overwhelmingly delivered to black users and secretarial ads to women, despite neutral targeting preferences. → Read More

Amazon’s Home Surveillance Chief Declared War on “Dirtbag Criminals” as Company Got Closer to Police

Video and internal emails show how Amazon's Ring has blurred line between private innovation and public law enforcement. → Read More

“A Fundamentally Illegitimate Choice”: Shoshana Zuboff on the Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Even those who've tracked technology will be chilled to their core by Zuboff's new book. → Read More

For Owners of Amazon’s Ring Security Cameras, Strangers May Have Been Watching Too

Sources disclosed troubling privacy practices at a Ring office in Ukraine. → Read More

Here’s Facebook’s Former “Privacy Sherpa” Discussing How to Harm Your Facebook Privacy

In a chat seized by U.K. authorities, privacy officer Yul Kwon discussed how Facebook planned to circumvent an Android privacy dialog. → Read More

Homeland Security Will Let Computers Predict Who Might Be a Terrorist on Your Plane — Just Don’t Ask How It Works

The software, developed under contract, will be given to foreign governments. It is already being tested. → Read More

Facebook Allowed Advertisers to Target Users Interested in “White Genocide” — Even in Wake of Pittsburgh Massacre

Despite efforts to debunk "white genocide" theory, Facebook sold advertisers ability to market to users with interest in the myth just days after bloodshed. → Read More

Axios Reporter Bounces in His Chair With Glee as Trump Announced Xenophobic Policy

Axios reporter Jonathan Swan was grotesquely happy to get the scoop on Donald Trump's latest xenophobic move. → Read More

Government Report: “An Entire Generation” of American Weapons Is Wide Open to Hackers

Testers were easily and routinely able to take over real weapon systems using simple tools against “mission-critical cyber vulnerabilities.” → Read More

The Government Wants Airlines to Delay Your Flight So They Can Scan Your Face

The feds are mad that, in a pilot program, airlines are keeping flights on time by letting passengers skip a facial recognition procedure at boarding. → Read More

Facebook Brushed Off the U.N. Five Separate Times Over Calls for Murder of Human Rights Worker

A U.N. report said a post about the “Muslim ... national traitor” was shared over 1,000 times and that comments called for the person to be killed. → Read More