Bill C-30 in Canada argued that police need new lawful access powers in order to keep up with modern criminals. This paper examines the police's own reports to demonstrate that the use of electronic surveillance is actually on the decline over the past 30 years; down nearly elevenfold. While it may be true that the process has become too onerous, as the police claim, we argue that this decline is the result of police not being compelled to report on new methods of surveillance.
The current report is antiquated and can't incorporate new methods of surveillance such as production orders. With Bill C-55 (which imposes new reporting requirements on emergency intercepts) currently being debated in the House of Commons it appears that MPs are finally recognizing the failings of the current transparency regime.
Senate Republicans have introduced a bill to ensure that the FCC won’t be able to prevent your ISP from spying on your internet usage and selling your private information. What does that mean in practice?
American penitentiaries, in idealized Quaker imaginings, were to be a place for reflective penitence followed by forgiveness. That’s not how it worked out, especially for the poor. And the problem goes far beyond prison reform:
A ruling about a DC university held that posting course videos to the open web without subtitling them violated the Americans With Disabilities Act (while keeping them private to students did not) (I know: weird), and this prompted UC Berkeley to announce the impending removal of 20,000 open courseware videos from Youtube.
The Lightning port has thus far resisted the cruel fate that befell the headphone jack, and despite rumors that it may be disappearing come iPhone 8, for the present and foreseeable future, Lightning cables are a hot commodity for iPhone users. As such, we must make do in this strange time in which long, glorified […]
All the filters in the world won’t save your smartphone pics from a shaky hand. To really step up your mobile photography game, you’ll need some kind of mount to hold it steady. You could buy a smartphone attachment for a conventional camera tripod, but who wants to carry that kind of gear everywhere they […]
The forced transition from analog to digital TV signals was probably met with relative indifference from people with Netflix subscriptions and the “I don’t even own a TV” snoots. But anyone living in the vast swaths of the country that don’t have guaranteed high-speed internet, broadcast TV is a perfectly valid (and 100% free) way […]